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Statewide Ballot Measures

Referendum #88

VOTE APPROVED
Vote "Approved" on Referendum 88

Referendum 88 is a public vote on I-1000, the affirmative action ballot measure signed by nearly 400,000 Washingtonians and approved by the Legislature this spring.

I-1000 would allow affirmative action policies in the areas of public education, public employment, and public contracting. It will restore fairness for veterans, small business owners, women, and people of color seeking to succeed in public employment, contracting, and university admissions – without the use of caps or quotas. Affirmative action, which is legal in 42 other states, will increase business contracts and college enrollment for women and people of color in Washington.

It's long past time to restore affirmative action in Washington. Vote to approve Initiative 1000.


General Progressive: Fuse
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
Other: League of Women Voters of Washington, VoteVets.org, Washington Education Association, ACLU of Washington


Initiative #976

VOTE NO
Vote NO on I-976

Initiative 976 is Tim Eyman's latest attempt to cut billions of dollars in funding from badly-needed transportation projects across the state. I-976 would derail our ability to fix dangerous roads, retrofit outdated bridges and overpasses, complete voter-approved light rail, provide transit for riders with disabilities, and more. More than $12 billion would be slashed from state and local projects with no plan for replacing any of the funding.

Every city and county in Washington depends on transportation infrastructure that would be impacted by the cuts from I-976. Vote NO on I-976!



Advisory Vote #20

VOTE MAINTAINED
Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 20

Washington's senior population has doubled since 1980 and will double again by 2040. Most seniors cannot afford to pay out-of-pocket for the long-term medical care they need. A bipartisan group of lawmakers moved to build upon the state's Paid Family and Medical Leave program through Second Substitute House Bill 1087. This legislation created a new long-term insurance benefit that will address the looming crisis of seniors who cannot afford the care they need. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote No. 20.


Advisory Vote #21

VOTE REPEALED
Vote "Repealed" on Advisory Vote 21

Legislators passed Engrossed Third Substitute House Bill 1324, also known as the Washington Rural Development and Distressed Opportunity Zone Act, that extends a business and occupation tax preference for timber companies. In addition, part of HB 1324 raises a small amount of revenue from timber companies for salmon recovery, which is what led to Advisory Vote 21. While the salmon recovery provision is laudable, HB 1324 will primarily serve as an unnecessary tax cut for timber companies at a time when we need to be investing more in affordable housing, education, health care, and other priorities. Vote “Repealed” on Advisory Vote No. 21.


Advisory Vote #22

VOTE MAINTAINED
Vote "Maintained" On Advisory Vote 22

Washington is the latest state to adopt a recycling program for leftover architectural paint. The Legislature passed Substitute House Bill 1652 to add a small recycling fee to the price of paint to fund the program. This law will ensure that hundreds of thousands of gallons of paint will be disposed of responsibly and no longer pollute our environment. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote No. 22.


Advisory Vote #23

VOTE MAINTAINED
Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 23

Manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of vape products have not been paying regular tobacco taxes. The Legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1873 to remedy this and create the Essential Public Health Services Account. Electronic cigarettes, electronic devices, and vape pens will now be classified and taxed as tobacco products. This account will fund health services, tobacco and vape product control and prevention, and enforcement by the state liquor and cannabis board to prevent the sale of vape products to minors. This legislation is even more important after several reports of lung injuries linked to vaping in Washington state as well as hundreds around the country. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote No. 23.


Advisory Vote #24

VOTE MAINTAINED
Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 24

The Legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 2158 to increase funding for higher education, including financial aid, raises for community college faculty, and a student loan program for middle-class students called the Washington College Grant. The Washington College Grant would replace the State Need Grant, which runs out of money every year and leaves thousands of eligible students without any money. The Workforce Education Investment Act is designed so that businesses that benefit the most from a highly-educated workforce will contribute to the cost of higher education. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote No. 24.


Advisory Vote #25

VOTE MAINTAINED
Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 25

Washington's low-income families pay six times more in taxes than the wealthiest residents. To begin to balance our tax code, the Legislature passed Substitute House Bill 2167 to increase the business and occupation tax on financial institutions that reported a net income of $1 billion or more during the previous calendar year. We think it's reasonable for these extremely profitable companies to pay a little more in taxes to support the services working families rely on. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote No. 25.


Advisory Vote #26

VOTE MAINTAINED
Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 26

Washington legislators have moved to update our tax laws in the wake of the Supreme Court decision that forced internet retailers to charge sales tax in all states. Among other things, Substitute Senate Bill 5581 eliminates a tax advantage that out-of-state sellers long enjoyed over local companies. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote No. 26.


Advisory Vote #27

VOTE MAINTAINED
Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 27

Washington state has more than 13,000 known or suspected contaminated sites. The Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) became law in 1989 and has supported efforts to clean up more than 7,000 contaminated sites. The MTCA is funded by a voter-approved tax on hazardous substances such as petroleum products and pesticides. This year, the Legislature passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5993 to update the law to improve transparency and increase funding for clean air, clean water, and toxic cleanup programs. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote No. 27.


Advisory Vote #28

VOTE MAINTAINED
Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 28

Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5997 closed a longstanding loophole that allowed many out-of-state shoppers to avoid paying sales tax in Washington. Visitors from states without a sales tax can still request a remittance from the Washington Department of Revenue. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote No. 28.


Advisory Vote #29

VOTE MAINTAINED
Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 29

This legislation is one step towards balancing our upside-down tax code by making Washington's real estate excise taxes (REET) progressive. Instead of a flat rate of 1.28 percent, property sales of less than $500,000 are reduced to a 1.1 percent tax rate, sales between $1.5 and $3 million would be taxed at 2.75 percent, and properties sold for more than $3 million would be taxed at 3 percent. All the funding from Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5998 will be dedicated to the Education Legacy Trust Account. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote No. 29.


Advisory Vote #30

VOTE MAINTAINED
Vote "Maintained" for Advisory Vote 30

This legislation eliminates a tax break for travel agents and tour operators for businesses who earn $250,000 or more per year. Businesses that earn less than $250,000 will continue to pay the lower rate. Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6004 will bring more revenue to the state and ensure that large out-of-state and online businesses pay their share. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote No. 30.


Advisory Vote #31

VOTE MAINTAINED
Vote "Maintained" on Advisory Vote 31

This legislation passed Engrossed Senate Bill 6016 to reauthorize and narrow a sales tax exemption for certain international investment management companies. In order to receive the tax exemption, a business must have more than 25 percent of employees in the state, at least 500 full-time employees worldwide, and gross revenue of more than $400 million. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote No. 31.


Constitutional Amendment #8200

VOTE APPROVED
Vote "Approved" on Senate Joint Resolution 8200

This measure would allow the Legislature to temporarily fill vacant public offices during an emergency by including "catastrophic incidents" like earthquakes or tsunamis in the definition of emergency powers. As Washington has been on high alert for an earthquake for years, legislators want to ensure governmental continuity in the event of massive damage from a natural disaster. While it is not pleasant to think about, Washington state needs to be prepared for a catastrophic event. This measure passed with bipartisan support. Vote "Approved" on Senate Joint Resolution No. 8200.


King County Ballot Measures

King County Proposition #1

VOTE YES
Vote YES on Proposition No. 1

King County relies on its Medic One emergency medical system to respond to 268,000 emergency medical calls a year - one every three minutes. Proposition No. 1 would replace an expiring levy of $0.265 on every $1,000 of assessed property value, which would cost a homeowner of a $500,000 property about $133 per year. Supporting the Medic One levy would continue 40 years of crucial medical services that we all rely on in an emergency.

Our rapidly-growing county can't afford to short change the firefighters and EMTs who keep us all safe. Vote Yes on Proposition No. 1 Medic One.


King County

King County Assessor

  • John Wilson photo
    Non-Partisan
  • John Wilson is running unopposed for re-election for King County Assessor. He was first elected as county assessor in 2015 after spending four years as the county's chief deputy assessor. Wilson considers himself an "activist assessor" and wants to stop young potential homeowners and seniors from being priced out of King County. In August 2019, the assessor's office released a Taxpayer Transparency Tool, a website that provides taxpayers with a breakdown of where their property tax dollars go, as well as the estimated cost of proposed property taxes.

    Wilson's years of experience make him a good choice for King County Assessor.

    John Wilson

    John Wilson is running unopposed for re-election for King County Assessor. He was first elected as county assessor in 2015 after spending four years as the county's chief deputy assessor.

King County Elections Director

  • Julie Wise photo
    Non-Partisan
  • Julie Wise is running for re-election for King County Director of Elections. Wise has worked in King County Elections for more than 15 years and has held almost every job in the department. During her time as director, Wise has worked to reduce barriers for voters, including adding prepaid postage to ballots and increasing the number of ballot drop boxes. Her office also worked to ensure voting materials are available in additional languages and improved election integrity and security for the county. When concerns about VoteWA, the state's new voting system, were raised before the primary, Wise took steps to make sure the election was not impacted.

    Wise is being challenged by Mark Greene, a perennial candidate who supports lowering the voting age to 16-years-old but does not support the current system of pre-registration for 16 and 17-year-olds. Greene has expressed distrust in vote tabulation machines and would institute random hand counts.

    Wise's experience and strong performance during her first term make her the best choice for King County Director of Elections.

    Julie Wise

    Julie Wise is running for re-election for King County Director of Elections. Wise has worked in King County Elections for more than 15 years and has held almost every job in the department.

  • Other: Washington Education Association

King County Council

King County Council, District #2

  • Girmay Zahilay photo
    Non-Partisan
  • Attorney and nonprofit founder Girmay Zahilay is challenging Councilmember Larry Gossett in King County, District 2. Zahilay, who is the child of Ethiopian refugees, is prioritizing making systemic changes to alleviate homelessness, improving access to transit, and tackling environmental justice. He has made it clear he’s not running to criticize Gossett but to carry on his legacy. Zahilay supports a housing-first approach to homelessness and wants to create a central authority to coordinate the response across agencies and locations. As the co-founder of Rising Leaders, a group that provides mentorship and leadership development to underserved middle school students, Zahilay believes that a stronger mentorship system in Seattle Public Schools could help alleviate the achievement gap. 

    Zahilay earned strong support in the primary election. He is a great choice if you’re looking for new leadership on the King County Council.

    Girmay Zahilay

    Attorney and nonprofit founder Girmay Zahilay is challenging Councilmember Larry Gossett in King County, District 2.

  • Other: King County Democrats, Transportation for Washington

King County Council, District #4

King County Council, District #6

King County Council, District #8

Port of Seattle

Port of Seattle, Port Commissioner, Position #2

  • Sam Cho photo
  • Sam Cho, the co-founder of an international export company, is running for Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 2. He served on Gov. Jay Inslee’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and previously worked on trade issues for a member of Congress. As the son of South Korean immigrants, Cho is running to make the Port of Seattle work better for all people in King County, from reducing congestion at SeaTac Airport to supporting low-income families south of the airport who are impacted by noise and air pollution. He also wants to use the port as an economic engine to create opportunities for the county’s rapidly growing population.

    Cho is running against attorney and former Bellevue City Councilmember Grant Degginger. His priorities for the port include balancing investment in clean fuels and carbon reduction with careful growth and ensuring contract equity at the airport for all businesses. As the port expands its construction projects, Degginger states his role as past chair of the Washington Public Disclosure Commission will mean more transparency for voters.

    Cho is the best choice in this race because of his strong support from our Progressive Voters Guide partners.

    Sam Cho

    Submitted by jay on Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:38

    Sam Cho, the co-founder of an international export company, is running for Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 2. He served on Gov. Jay Inslee’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and previously worked on trade issues for a member of Congress.

Port of Seattle, Port Commissioner, Position #5

  • Incumbent Fred Felleman is an environmental consultant and marine biologist. He is running to retain his seat on the Seattle Port Commission to continue fighting climate change and increase the port's green energy jobs. He has been a leader on the commission on protecting orcas, publicly opposing the dangerous Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and advocating for well-paying jobs. The port faced criticism following Trump's Muslim ban when some protesters on the light rail were forced to skip the airport station. However, Felleman was among numerous leaders who released a statement condemning the ban and calling for an evaluation of the numerous government agencies’ response at the airport.

    Felleman is being challenged by attorney Garth Jacobson. His priorities include pausing cruise line terminal growth until pollution cleanup efforts are further along, finding a way to eliminate the bus shuttles from the car rental facility, and installing availability lights in the airport parking structure. According to The Seattle Times, as of the primary election he has never attended a port commission meeting.

    Felleman is the best choice for Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 5.

    Fred Felleman

    Submitted by jay on Fri, 06/28/2019 - 14:07

    Incumbent Fred Felleman is an environmental consultant and marine biologist. He is running to retain his seat on the Seattle Port Commission to continue fighting climate change and increase the port's green energy jobs.

Court of Appeals, Division One, District One

Judge, Position #1

  • John H. Chun is running to retain Judge Position 1 on the Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1. He was appointed to this seat in 2018 by Governor Inslee and was previously a King County Superior Court Judge as well as a private practice attorney and federal law clerk. Chun specializes in criminal, complex civil, and family law cases. He is endorsed by all of the Washington State Supreme Court Justices and many other judges around Washington. Chun is running unopposed and deserves your vote for the Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1, Judge Position 1.

    John H. Chun

    John H. Chun is running to retain Judge Position 1 on the Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1. He was appointed to this seat in 2018 by Governor Inslee and was previously a King County Superior Court Judge as well as a private practice attorney and federal law clerk.

Judge, Position #2

  • Judge Lori K. Smith is running to retain Position 2 on the Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1. She was appointed to this seat by Governor Inslee in 2018 and previously served on the King County Superior Court as a Family Law Court Commissioner and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Smith serves on the Minority and Justice Commission and co-chairs the Tribal and State Court Consortium. She often mentors young people and over her career has worked to increase access to justice and eliminate bias in the judicial system. Smith is running unopposed and deserves your vote for the Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1, Position 2.

    Lori K. Smith

    Judge Lori K. Smith is running to retain Position 2 on the Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1. She was appointed to this seat by Governor Inslee in 2018 and previously served on the King County Superior Court as a Family Law Court Commissioner and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.

Auburn City Council

Auburn City Council, Position #1

Auburn City Council, Position #3

  • Parks and Recreation board member James Jeyaraj is running for Auburn City Council, Position 3. Jeyaraj's top priority is helping vulnerable residents by providing additional shelters and shelter expansions. He wants to improve housing affordability by giving tax incentives to developers for a number of years and holding them accountable for creating multi-level apartment buildings to serve as affordable housing for young families. He also wants to partner with small businesses to promote local spending and create a clean, welcoming, safe city for all. However, he takes a more fiscally conservative approach to taxes and local government spending.

    Jeyaraj is running against Ken Pearson, a reverend who as of late August has yet to post detailed campaign information on his site. However, in his candidate questionnaire to the Auburn Examiner, Pearson stated that he had no plan on affordable housing, as he believes that's not the city council's job, saying, "For all you ‘woke progressives’, that’s the cost of progress. In the near future, you’ll need to earn six figures a year in order to afford to live here." On public safety, Pearson asserts the need for "broken windows" policing, an incredibly damaging policy that leads to aggressive over-policing of communities of color and low-income communities. Pearson also states that a sanctuary city policy would "import poverty and the criminal element."

    While he's not progressive on every issue, Jeyaraj is by far the best choice in this race.

    James Jeyaraj

    Parks and Recreation board member James Jeyaraj is running for Auburn City Council, Position 3. Jeyaraj's top priority is helping vulnerable residents by providing additional shelters and shelter expansions.

Auburn City Council, Position #5

  • Robyn Mulenga, the District 2 Director of the Auburn School Board, is now running for Auburn City Council, Position 5. During her time on the school board, Mulenga worked on the voter-supported bond that will fund the construction of new and replacement schools in the district, helped introduce racial equity policies, and supported building out the district's 5-year strategic plan. If elected to the city council, Mulenga says she will focus on reducing homelessness and its impacts, including building rest areas for the homeless for laundry and showering, as well as continue to focus on improving community engagement in education.

    Mulenga is running against Ryan Burnett, a chef and restaurant manager who is concerned about family displacement, community safety, the opioid crisis, and improving business opportunities. He is a member of the mayor’s new jobs task force, which seeks to connect people with job training opportunities.

    Mulenga is the best choice in this race because of her record of public service and experience working on important issues in Auburn.

    Robyn Mulenga

    Robyn Mulenga, the District 2 Director of the Auburn School Board, is now running for Auburn City Council, Position 5.

Bellevue City Council

Bellevue City Council, Position #1

  • Incumbent John Stokes is running for re-election to Bellevue City Council, Position 1. Stokes was first elected to the council in 2011 and served as mayor from 2016 through 2017. He is a leading advocate for housing affordability and has pushed Bellevue to offer additional services to people experiencing instability and homelessness. Stokes is also a strong proponent of expanding transit options, led the passage of the Downtown Livability Initiative, and is committed to protecting the region's clean drinking water.

    Holly Zhang is challenging Stokes for Position 1. Zhang runs Holly Zhang Pearl Gallery in downtown Bellevue. Zhang's campaign leans conservative and emphasizes fiscal responsibility and crime prevention. However, she has not laid out a detailed campaign platform or clear vision for Bellevue.

    John Stokes is the clear choice in this race because of his progressive values, detailed knowledge of Bellevue issues, and commitment to serving his community.

    John Stokes

    Incumbent John Stokes is running for re-election to Bellevue City Council, Position 1. Stokes was first elected to the council in 2011 and served as mayor from 2016 through 2017.

  • Other: Bellevue Firefighters

Bellevue City Council, Position #3

  • Jeremy Barksdale is running for Bellevue City Council, Position 3, currently held by John Chelminiak, who is retiring this year. Barksdale is a user experience researcher with a strong background in tech and computer sciences. He currently serves as Chair of the Planning Commission for the City of Bellevue and on the board of Fuse. Barksdale is running on a progressive platform focused on creating vibrant neighborhoods, supporting economic development, and promoting job growth in the City of Bellevue. Barksdale's background in technology and business combined with his roles in the community give him the right perspective to help navigate Bellevue's rapid growth.

    Barksdale is running against East Bellevue Community Councilmember Stephanie Walter. Walter has opposed efforts to improve housing affordability and has been an obstacle to addressing homelessness in Bellevue, including taking unnecessary steps to "clarify the meaning of single family housing."

    Barksdale is the best choice for Bellevue City Council, Position 3.

    Jeremy Barksdale

    Jeremy Barksdale is running for Bellevue City Council, Position 3, currently held by John Chelminiak, who is retiring this year. Barksdale is a user experience researcher with a strong background in tech and computer sciences.

  • General Progressive: Fuse
    Other: King County Democrats

Bellevue City Council, Position #5

Bellevue City Council, Position #7

  • James Bible, a civil rights attorney and the former president of the King County NAACP, is running for Bellevue City Council, Position 7. Bible was a public defender with the King County Public Defender's Office while serving on a task force with the Minority Executive Director's Coalition. Bible wants to focus on affordable housing, increasing wages for service workers, and improving education for kids like his 6-year-old son, who is a student in Bellevue public schools.

    Bible is challenging conservative incumbent Jennifer Robertson after she opposed the expansion of homelessness services last year. Robertson was part of the conservative block on the city council that sought to block the expansion of light rail to Bellevue, and she opposed strengthening the city's ethics code. Robertson is often mentioned by Republicans as a potential candidate for higher office.

    We recommend Bible for Bellevue City Council, Position 7.

    James Bible

    James Bible, a civil rights attorney and the former president of the King County NAACP, is running for Bellevue City Council, Position 7. Bible was a public defender with the King County Public Defender's Office while serving on a task force with the Minority Executive Director's Coalition.

Bothell City Council

Bothell City Council, Position #2

  • Mason Thompson is a City of Bothell Parks and Recreation board member running to replace retiring Position 2 council member Andy Rheaume. Thompson is running to create Complete Neighborhoods, a concept which puts all basic amenities within walking distance to downtown and Canyon Park. He also wants to bring a dog park and mountain bike trails to Bothell. Thompson has been endorsed by a number of Democratic local leaders as well as six of seven current city council members.

    Thompson is running against Leigh Henderson, a small business owner of Alexa’s Cafe and member of the Bothell-Kenmore Chamber of Commerce. According to her website, she is running to preserve the city’s character, be a good steward of local tax dollars, and be accountable to the people.

    We recommend Thompson for Bothell City Council, Position 2 for his progressive values and community support.

    Mason Thompson

    Mason Thompson is a City of Bothell Parks and Recreation board member running to replace retiring Position 2 council member Andy Rheaume. Thompson is running to create Complete Neighborhoods, a concept which puts all basic amenities within walking distance to downtown and Canyon Park.

  • Environment: Sierra Club
    Other: King County Democrats, Snohomish County Democrats

Bothell City Council, Position #4

  • James McNeal is a construction manager who is running for re-election to the Bothell City Council, Position 4. McNeal was one of the founders of One Bothell, a grassroots effort to protect the 89-acre Wayne Golf Course, which was purchased by the council through a unanimous vote in 2017. During his time on the council, he has advocated for preserving parkland, increasing transit options, and supporting public safety officers.

    McNeal is running against Matt Seymour, who ran as a Libertarian in 2018 for Legislative District 1. He does not appear to have a political or civic record and states on his Facebook page that his main focus is to fight against taxes.

    McNeal is the better choice for Bothell City Council, Position 4. 

    James McNeal

    James McNeal is a construction manager who is running for re-election to the Bothell City Council, Position 4. McNeal was one of the founders of One Bothell, a grassroots effort to protect the 89-acre Wayne Golf Course, which was purchased by the council through a unanimous vote in 2017.

  • Endorsed By: 1st Legislative District Democrats

Bothell City Council, Position #6

  • Davina Duerr is an architect running for re-election to Bothell City Council, Position 6. Duerr currently serves as deputy mayor and was formerly the chair of the Landmark Preservation Board in Bothell and as well as a board member of the Northshore Schools Foundation. During her first term, she served on the Puget Sound Regional Council's transportation policy board and focused on transportation issues facing the city, including advocating for bus rapid transit options for Bothell residents. Duerr has advocated for environmental protections with her vote to approve the acquisition of North Creek Forest and the 89-acre Wayne Golf Course, which will become a park. She has also voted for a local affordable housing ordinance for workforce housing.

    Duerr is running against Sean Palermo, a business development representative who has worked as an activist for Inslee for America and Friends of Bernie Sanders. Palermo, who is 24, states that he's running to bring a younger perspective to the city council and address affordable housing, the cost of education, infrastructure, and protecting the environment. Palermo wants to see rent control, stricter environmental protections, and a bolder progressive agenda instituted in the city council.

    Duerr's experience and community support make her the best choice in this race.

    Davina Duerr

    Davina Duerr is an architect running for re-election to Bothell City Council, Position 6. Duerr currently serves as deputy mayor and was formerly the chair of the Landmark Preservation Board in Bothell and as well as a board member of the Northshore Schools Foundation.

  • Other: Snohomish County Democrats

Burien City Council

Burien City Council, Position #2

  • Community organizer and Burien Arts Association board member Cydney Moore is running for Burien City Council, Position 2. Moore has been actively working to make Burien a better place for all as the local People Power ACLU organizer. She also serves as an ICE rapid response team member pushing back against the Trump administration’s harmful anti-immigrant policies. If elected, she wants to establish a $16 minimum wage, tenants' rights and rent control, and low-barrier shelters. Moore would also look for ways to make the city more sustainable and explore implementing municipal broadband.

    Moore's opponent in this race is Joel Manning, who is running to push back against progressive politics in Burien. He frames efforts to alleviate the homelessness crisis in as "misguided" and states that he will oppose "low/no barrier shelters," leaving members of the community to suffer the consequences. In addition, Manning does not support a $16 minimum wage.

    Moore is by far the best choice in this race for Burien City Council, Position 2.

    Cydney Moore

    Community organizer and Burien Arts Association board member Cydney Moore is running for Burien City Council, Position 2. Moore has been actively working to make Burien a better place for all as the local People Power ACLU organizer.

Burien City Council, Position #4

  • Kevin Schilling is a third-generation Burienite running for Position 4 on the Burien City Council. Having worked on a number of local civic issues, including his time as a legislative intern in Governor Inslee’s office, Schilling is currently finishing up his dual master’s degree from Columbia University and the London School of Economics. He is running to increase public safety, support local businesses, empower union workers, and to "bring an end to divisive politics."

    Schilling's opponent in this race is conservative incumbent and former mayor Lucy Krakowiak. When she was mayor, Krakowiak spent $5,000 of her own money for anti-Seattle scare tactic postcards designed to promote her fellow conservative members. In 2017, she signed a petition to repeal her own city council's sanctuary city policy.

    Schilling is the best choice for Burien City Council, Position 4.

    Kevin Schilling

    Kevin Schilling is a third-generation Burienite running for Position 4 on the Burien City Council.

Burien City Council, Position #6

  • Sofia Aragon is a progressive running for the open Position 6 seat on the Burien City Council that was vacated by Austin Bell. Aragon is a registered nurse and the Executive Director of the Washington Center for Nursing. Aragon serves on the boards of the WA Low Income Housing Alliance and Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE). Aragon is running to ensure Burien is a safe, healthy, and inclusive place for all residents. She is also passionate about creating more affordable housing and reducing homelessness in our communities.

    Aragon is facing conservative Debi Wagner, a former Burien City Council member who lost her seat in 2017 to Mayor Jimmy Matta. Wagner was a previous supporter of Respect Washington, a group she was forced to disavow after they sent mailers to Burien residents with the names and addresses of allegedly undocumented immigrants. Her previous campaign platforms included distractions like fighting socialism.

    Aragon is the best choice in this race because of her decades of community service and commitment to healthier communities for all.

    Sofia Aragon

    Sofia Aragon is a progressive running for the open Position 6 seat on the Burien City Council that was vacated by Austin Bell. Aragon is a registered nurse and the Executive Director of the Washington Center for Nursing.

Des Moines City Council

Des Moines City Council, Position #2

  • Incumbent Luisa Bangs was first elected to the Des Moines City Council in 2015. She serves on several boards and commissions on the council, including the Public Safety/Emergency Management Committee, the Municipal Facilities Committee, and the Des Moines Arts Commission. Bangs states that she's proud of her work on fiscal responsibility, public safety, and economic diversity, and will continue to work on noise pollution, economic development in the downtown core, and more. She points to the city's solvent long term budget and contingencies, fully-funded police department, and doubling of the budget for human resources as proof of her and the current council's success.

    Bangs is running against JC Harris, a retired professional musician and engineer. He previously ran for city council in 2017 on a platform of transparency and stronger code enforcement. He's running again on those issues, as well as reducing air traffic and making Des Moines more business-friendly.

    Bangs' endorsements by local progressive organizations make her the best choice in this race.

    Luisa Bangs

    Incumbent Luisa Bangs was first elected to the Des Moines City Council in 2015. She serves on several boards and commissions on the council, including the Public Safety/Emergency Management Committee, the Municipal Facilities Committee, and the Des Moines Arts Commission.

  • Endorsed By: Laborers 242

Des Moines City Council, Position #6

  • Community activist Anthony Martinelli is running for Des Moines City Council, Position 6 on a platform of increased public safety funds, raising the Des Moines minimum wage, and focusing greater attention on homelessness and mental health. Previously, he served as the Communications Director for Sensible Washington, a nonprofit political committee for the reformation of state drug laws. In addition, he managed the campaign of King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove.

    Martinelli is challenging incumbent Rob Back. Back spoke in favor of creating the Aviation Advisory Committee back in 2017 to address noise pollution over Des Moines. In his campaign video, Back points to the city budget and the fully staffed police department and new police substation for the Redondo neighborhood as one of the council's successes since his election in 2015.

    Martinelli is the best choice in this race because of his strong support of working families and endorsements from progressive community leaders. 

    Anthony Martinelli

    Community activist Anthony Martinelli is running for Des Moines City Council, Position 6 on a platform of increased public safety funds, raising the Des Moines minimum wage, and focusing greater attention on homelessness and mental health.

Federal Way City Council

Federal Way City Council, Position #1

  • Councilmember Lydia Assefa-Dawson is running for re-election to Federal Way City Council, Position 1. She has served in the community through several avenues, including as a board member for Puget Sound Access, a language interpreter for the American Red Cross, the Community Relations Board President for the Federal Way Detention Center, as a PTA president, and on the Washington State Advisory Council on Homelessness, among other roles. She is running unopposed and has earned your vote.

    Lydia Assefa-Dawson

    Councilmember Lydia Assefa-Dawson is running for re-election to Federal Way City Council, Position 1.

Federal Way City Council, Position #3

No Good Choices

There are no good choices for Federal Way City Council, Position 3. Sharry Edwards is a nurse who has volunteered to help people experiencing homelessness in several capacities, including serving as co-chair of the city's Homeless Mothers and Children's Initiative along with fellow candidate Susan Honda. However, Edwards has been censured by a local Democratic organization, of which she was a member, for making perceived threats against another member and accusing other Federal Way candidates of accepting "bribes."

Edwards is running against Susan Honda, the current deputy mayor of Federal Way. Honda serves on the Finance, Economic Development & Regional Affairs Committee, and is the president of women's organization Soroptimist International and as well as incoming co-president of the local Kiwanis Club. However, she is more conservative than Edwards.

Write in a candidate of your choice for Position 3.


Federal Way City Council, Position #5

  • Jamila Taylor is an attorney for domestic violence survivors. She has served in several leadership positions in the community, including on the Federal Way Human Services Commission, and on the boards for the Highline College Foundation and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Taylor's top priorities include affordable housing, inclusive and equitable economic development, and sustainable public transit. On housing, Taylor wants to provide opportunities for additional low- and middle-income housing, first time home buyers programs, and education for tenants on their rights. She wants to see Federal Way attract more labor-friendly businesses, better access to local safety net programs, and increased investment in youth development.

    Taylor's opponent in this race is incumbent Mark Koppang. As a former chair of the 30th District Republicans, Koppang is clearly more conservative. Koppang's campaign is focused on downtown development, public safety, and looking for local solutions for homelessness.

    Jamila Taylor is the best choice for Federal Way City Council, Position 5.

    Jamila Taylor

    Jamila Taylor is an attorney for domestic violence survivors. She has served in several leadership positions in the community, including on the Federal Way Human Services Commission, and on the boards for the Highline College Foundation and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington.

  • Other: 30th District Democrats, King County Young Democrats, King County Democrats, Teamsters Local 763

Federal Way City Council, Position #7

No Good Choices

There are no progressive choices in this race. Incumbent Linda Kochmar has served on the Federal Way City Council for 14 years. She has also been mayor, deputy mayor, and is a former Republican state representative. Kochmar is focused on fiscal responsibility, homelessness, and public safety.

Tony Pagliocco works at Boeing as a product management leader. He is looking to build up the police force and "clean up the decay that is happening on our street corners." He wants to "clean up the city" to make it more attractive to businesses, and to enact ordinances against panhandling.


Federal Way Ballot Measures

Federal Way Citizen Initiative #No 19-001

VOTE YES
Vote YES on Federal Way Initiative No 19-001

Federal Way Citizen Initiative No 19-001, also known as the Stable Homes Federal Way initiative, would prohibit retaliatory and discriminatory evictions by requiring landlords to have good-cause to evict a renter. Currently, landlords can evict a renter with a 20-day no-cause notice or refuse to renew their lease, making it easy for landlords to retaliate against tenants. This policy would help protect all renters from bad-faith evictions by predatory landlords and ensure families can stay together. This initiative was organized by local renters and our partners at Washington CAN. Vote yes on the Stable Homes Federal Way Initiative. 



Federal Way City Advisory Vote #1

VOTE YES
Vote YES on Federal Way Advisory Proposition No. 1

Advisory Proposition No. 1 is a non-binding advisory vote that will inform the Federal Way City Council about whether or not to allow marijuana-related businesses within the city. A yes vote has the potential to bring in large amounts of revenue for the city, assist those who use medicinal marijuana for pain relief, and bring family-wage jobs. Elsewhere in Washington state, thanks to strict ID laws and regulation, allowing the sale of marijuana has not raised crime rates or underage usage. Vote Yes on Federal Way Advisory Proposition No. 1.


Issaquah City Council

Issaquah City Council, Position #2

  • Zach Hall is a legislative aide in the Washington state House of Representatives who is running for Issaquah City Council, Position 2. Hall is running on a platform of building more affordable housing for people at all income levels, preserving public spaces like parks and forests, and reducing Issaquah's carbon footprint to combat the climate crisis. He is also a lifelong Issaquah resident who understands the struggle of getting around the city and wants to prioritize improvements and expansions to transportation infrastructure. 

    Hall is running against Michele Kemper, who is retired after working for 30 years in the financial services industry. She serves on the Issaquah Urban Village Development Commission. Kemper is positioning herself to be a conservative voice on the council and wants to focus on local business vitality. She mentions embracing diversity and protecting the environment but does not offer substantive policy ideas.

    Zach Hall the best choice for Issaquah City Council, Position 2.

    Zach Hall

    Zach Hall is a legislative aide in the Washington state House of Representatives who is running for Issaquah City Council, Position 2.

  • Endorsed By: King County Young Democrats, 5th Legislative District Democrats, 41st Legislative District Democrats

Issaquah City Council, Position #3

  • Barbara de Michele is a former King County Department of Transportation community relations planner who is running for Issaquah City Council, Position 3. She previously served on the Issaquah School District Board of Directors, including twice as board president, and spent 12 years on the Issaquah Arts Commission. De Michele's campaign platform is very progressive. It includes a multi-layered approach to affordable housing and community cohesion that includes prioritizing sustainable commutes, increasing mobility options and decreasing traffic, and encouraging a welcoming community with an equity statement from the Issaquah City Council.

    Michele is running against Tim Flood, a program manager at Johnson Controls in Redmond. Flood wants to protect natural spaces, find a better balance between development and infrastructure investment where developers pay their share, and navigate the budget shortfall Issaquah is facing.

    Based on her strong platform and numerous endorsements from elected officials and progressive partner organizations, de Michele is the best choice for Issaquah City Council, Position 3.

    Barbara de Michele

    Barbara de Michele is a former King County Department of Transportation community relations planner who is running for Issaquah City Council, Position 3.

Issaquah City Council, Position #4

  • Lindsey Walsh is running unopposed to retain Issaquah City Council, Position 4. She was appointed to the seat in February to replace Councilmember Bill Ramos. Walsh is a small business owner and has served on the Issaquah Planning Policy Committee (PPC) for two years. Walsh serves on the Council Infrastructure Committee as well as the Council Services & Safety Committee. Walsh is running unopposed and is the best choice for Issaquah City Council, Position 4.

    Lindsey Walsh

    Lindsey Walsh is running unopposed to retain Issaquah City Council, Position 4. She was appointed to the seat in February to replace Councilmember Bill Ramos. Walsh is a small business owner and has served on the Issaquah Planning Policy Committee (PPC) for two years.

Issaquah City Council, Position #6

  • Victoria Hunt is the current council member for Position 3 and is now running unopposed to Issaquah City Council, Position 6. She was appointed to the seat in February 2018 after Councilmember Justin Walsh moved outside Issaquah city limits and was no longer eligible to serve. Hunt is a data analyst for Global Good and has served on the Issaquah Planning Policy Commission since 2017. In her time on the council, Hunt has worked to preserve and protect public spaces like the remaining undeveloped areas of Cougar Mountain and has endorsements from numerous progressive elected officials and groups. Hunt is running unopposed and is the best choice for Issaquah City Council, Position 6.

    Victoria Hunt

    Victoria Hunt is the current council member for Position 3 and is now running unopposed to Issaquah City Council, Position 6. She was appointed to the seat in February 2018 after Councilmember Justin Walsh moved outside Issaquah city limits and was no longer eligible to serve.

Kenmore City Council

Kenmore City Council, Position #1

Kenmore City Council, Position #3

No Good Choices

There are no progressive choices in this race. Incumbent Milton Curtis is running unopposed for re-election to Kenmore City Council, Position 3. He worked as a doctor for 35 years before retiring to start a senior care company emphasizing safety and fall prevention. Curtis is socially conservative and has taken votes against equality and justice for all on the council.

We recommend writing in a more progressive candidate for Kenmore City Council, Position 3.


Kenmore City Council, Position #5

  • David Baker is the current mayor of Kenmore and is running for re-election to City Council, Position 5. He owns two local businesses and has served as a council member since 2003. Baker wants to invest in transportation, improve relationships with community businesses, and preserve green spaces. However, Baker is more conservative on issues related to taxes and budgeting.

    While Baker is not extremely progressive, he is running unopposed for Kenmore City Council, Position 5.

    David Baker

    David Baker is the current mayor of Kenmore and is running for re-election to City Council, Position 5. He owns two local businesses and has served as a council member since 2003. Baker wants to invest in transportation, improve relationships with community businesses, and preserve green spaces.

Kenmore City Council, Position #7

Kent City Council

Kent City Council, Position #1

  • Appointed to the City Council in 2018 to replace Tina Buddell, Marli Larimer is running with a focus on economic development, public safety, and affordable housing. She is a senior content editor at Amazon with an extensive history of volunteering on community councils, local PTAs, and other organizations. She also serves on the King County Affordable Housing Committee as well as the King County Advisory Council on Aging and Disabilities Services. Unfortunately, Larimer hired Bailey Stober, the former King County Democrats chair who resigned after being accused of harassment, to work on her campaign.

    Larimer is facing Todd Minor, a director at Microsoft and a member of Kent's Police Diversity Task Force and a commissioner on the city's Parks and Recreation Commission. He is running on a platform of public safety and fiscal and environmental stewardship. He plans to advocate for police officers and create non-tax revenue sources, though he does not have details about the latter.

    Larimer's support from local progressive organizations makes her the best choice in this race.

    Marli Larimer

    Appointed to the City Council in 2018 to replace Tina Buddell, Marli Larimer is running with a focus on economic development, public safety, and affordable housing.

Kent City Council, Position #3

  • Hira Singh Bhullar is a senior software developer for Starbucks who is running for Kent City Council, Position 3 on a progressive platform. Bhullar is a board member of several nonprofits, including Kent Youth and Family Services, the Khalsa Gurmat Center, the Kent Schools Foundation, and the Kent YMCA. His campaign is centered on job creation that supports families, improving transportation, creative revenue generation, and transparency in city government. As an immigrant himself, Bhullar supports immigration reform and embraces diversity in the community. He wants to increase funding for the police department and reduce traffic congestion in Kent.

    Bhullar is facing 16-year incumbent Les Thomas, who has missed time on the council recently for health reasons. A former Republican and independent candidate in the early 2000s, Thomas is a more moderate voice on the council. Thomas does not have a detailed re-election platform available, but states that he will focus on traffic congestion, homelessness, and budget constraints. In 2016, he referred to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shooting victim from Ferguson, MO, as a "thief" and objected to a moment of silence for his killing in the Kent City Council.

    Bhullar is the best choice in this race.

    Hira Singh Bhullar

    Hira Singh Bhullar is a senior software developer for Starbucks who is running for Kent City Council, Position 3 on a progressive platform.

  • General Progressive: Fuse
    Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
    Other: 47th District Democrats

Kent City Council, Position #5

  • Mizan Rahman is currently the Senior Capital Project Manager for the King County Wastewater Division. He has deep connections in Kent and is active with the local Muslim community. Rahman has a very detailed plan available on his website, including his priorities of balancing the budget, improving infrastructure, helping the homeless, public safety, and immigration. He wants to ensure that zoning accommodates a variety of affordable housing types, advocate for community-based policing, provide rehab and transitioning homes for the homeless, and streamline department budgets in the city's general fund, among other policies.

    Rahman is running against Bill Boyce, the Kent City Council president. Boyce was appointed last year to the King County Children and Youth Advisory Board, serves on the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority, and chairs the council's Economic & Community Development Committee, among other leadership roles. However, he hasn't released a detailed progressive platform like Rahman.  

    Rahman is the best choice for Kent City Council, Position 5 because of his broad support in the progressive community and thoughtful plans to improve the city. 

    Mizan Rahman

    Mizan Rahman is currently the Senior Capital Project Manager for the King County Wastewater Division. He has deep connections in Kent and is active with the local Muslim community.

  • General Progressive: Fuse
    Other: King County Democrats

Kent City Council, Position #7

  • Awale Farah is currently pursuing a master's degree in Innovative Leadership from Saybrook University. Farah's campaign is focused on increasing access to public transportation, affordable housing, and more well-paid jobs for families. As a passionate learner about food security and access to healthy foods in Kent, he has served as a volunteer at the Living Well Kent greenhouse and the Kent Farmer’s Market.

    Farah is running against Zandria Michaud, a student at UW Tacoma. Michaud, along with Larimer and Bhullar in Positions 1 and 3, was among 8 candidates shortlisted from a pool of 36 candidates to fill the vacancy in Position 1 in 2018 after Tina Budell's departure from the city council. Disappointingly, Michaud is pushing hard for more policing of homeless people rather than addressing the root causes of the issue. In addition, Michaud been stoking fear and division in the community through her exaggerated claims about crime in Kent. 

    Farah is the best choice for Kent City Council, Position 7 because of his broad endorsements by local progressive organizations.

    Awale Farah

    Awale Farah is currently pursuing a master's degree in Innovative Leadership from Saybrook University. Farah's campaign is focused on increasing access to public transportation, affordable housing, and more well-paid jobs for families.

Kirkland City Council

Kirkland City Council, Position #2

Kirkland City Council, Position #4

No Good Choices

There are no good choices for Kirkland City Council, Position 4.

Libertarian incumbent Toby Nixon is the most conservative member of the Kirkland City Council. Nixon's campaign is emphasizing “individual liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government.” Unfortunately, he has been rigid and uncompromising on important environmental, low-income housing, and regional transit issues. Nixon also denies the science behind climate change. 

David Schwartz is a former Microsoft employee who is challenging Nixon. Unfortunately, he is also not progressive and is not mounting a credible challenge to Nixon.

Write in a candidate of your choice for Kirkland City Council, Position 4.


Kirkland City Council, Position #5

  • Neal Black is a Houghton Community Council member running for Kirkland City Council, Position 5. Black was one of the five finalists interviewed to fill this seat when Amy Walen vacated it in 2019, but Kelli Curtis (now running for Position 2) was chosen. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the King County Bar Association and chaired their Public Policy Committee for four years. His campaign is emphasizing affordable housing, inclusiveness, planning for sustainability, more diverse transportation options, and stewardship over Kirkland’s current assets.

    Black is running against Martin Morgan, a perennial candidate who served a one-year probationary sentence for fourth degree assault and resisting arrest in 2009. The city of Kirkland sued him twice, resulting in a $20,000 fine for Morgan.

    Black is the clear choice for Kirkland City Council, Position 5.

    Neal Black

    Neal Black is a Houghton Community Council member running for Kirkland City Council, Position 5. Black was one of the five finalists interviewed to fill this seat when Amy Walen vacated it in 2019, but Kelli Curtis (now running for Position 2) was chosen.

Kirkland City Council, Position #6

  • Amy Falcone is a Kirkland Human Services Commission co-chair and Thoreau Elementary School PTA president running for Kirkland City Council, Position 6. She is a member of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance Board and the Neighborhood Safety Program Panel. Falcone is emphasizing inclusivity, “smart growth,” community safety, and fiscal responsibility in her campaign. She has been endorsed by numerous legislators including former Kirkland mayor and state representative Joan McBride and State Representative Amy Walen.

    Falcone is running against Jory Hamilton. In 2017, he ran for Position 5 and lost to Amy Walen. He is a UW graduate and his current campaign presence is very thin. Hamilton's voter guide statement says he believes the average person in Kirkland does not know when city council meetings are held or even who their mayor is. He also wants to support the firefighters.

    Falcone is the clear choice in this race.

    Amy Falcone

    Amy Falcone is a Kirkland Human Services Commission co-chair and Thoreau Elementary School PTA president running for Kirkland City Council, Position 6. She is a member of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance Board and the Neighborhood Safety Program Panel.

Mercer Island City Council

Mercer Island City Council, Position #1

  • Dave Rosenbaum is a public relations manager at a pet-focused technology company running for Mercer Island City Council, Position 1. His top priorities are protecting the island's natural spaces, replacing aging water and sewer infrastructure, and connecting the "last mile" in the Town Center to get residents to and from the upcoming light rail station.

    Rosenbaum is running against the more conservative Daniel Thompson, an attorney who is running to protect parks, encourage more transparency from the council, and preserve residential neighborhood character. He objects to the expanded ridership of transit on the island, calling the off-island passengers "security risks."

    While Rosenbaum isn't very progressive, he is the best choice in the race for Mercer Island City Council, Position 1 because of his support from some of our progressive partners and community leaders. 

    Dave Rosenbaum

    Dave Rosenbaum is a public relations manager at a pet-focused technology company running for Mercer Island City Council, Position 1.

Mercer Island City Council, Position #3

  • Moderate Wendy Weiker, a community outreach manager at Puget Sound Energy, is running for re-election to Mercer Island City Council, Position 3. She has served in a multitude of community leadership roles, including as a board member of EarthShare, an active member of three PTAs on the island, and as a liaison to the Sound Cities Association. If re-elected, she will maintain her focus on public safety, protecting the community from gun violence, investing in infrastructure, and supporting the Mercer Island Center for the Arts and rapidly changing Town Center.

    Weiker is running against Amazon manager Jon Hanlon, whose primary priorities are transportation, public safety, and budget issues. He states that he will not allow Sound Transit operations beyond what is explicitly established by the settlement and connects additional transit with increases in crime.

    While Weiker is not the most progressive candidate on Mercer Island, she is the clear choice over the more conservative Hanlon.

    Wendy Weiker

    Moderate Wendy Weiker, a community outreach manager at Puget Sound Energy, is running for re-election to Mercer Island City Council, Position 3.

Mercer Island City Council, Position #4

  • Patrick Allcorn is a food tour company manager who also serves as an elected representative to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee on the Affirmative Action Committee. Allcorn is focused on funding mental health counselors in Mercer Island schools, funding police and fire services, and promoting small business development on the island.

    Allcorn is challenging incumbent Lisa Anderl, who is running to find savings in the city budget and support law enforcement. She does not support the current bus intercept proposal, and prefers a limited configuration, which would lead to more traffic and fewer transportation options for Mercer Island residents.

    Allcorn is the best choice in this race.

    Patrick Allcorn

    Patrick Allcorn is a food tour company manager who also serves as an elected representative to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee on the Affirmative Action Committee.

  • Environment: Washington Bikes
    Other: 41st Legislative District Democrats, King County Democrats, Alliance for Gun Responsibility

Mercer Island City Council, Position #5

Mercer Island City Council, Position #7

  • Mercer Island Mayor Debbie Bertlin was first elected in 2011 and has served as deputy mayor from 2016 to 2018. She was selected by her fellow council members to be mayor in 2018. Bertlin has been an exceptional leader on the council, helping usher in the South End Fire Station, advocating for the shuttle that moves central Islanders to the Park and Ride, and supporting the island's first accessible and inclusive playground. She is also supportive of the transit station to increase access and mobility for all island residents.

    Bertlin is being challenged by Jake Jacobson, the vice president of a construction company. He is focused on making sure that Aubrey Davis Park does not become a transportation corridor, preventing spot zoning in single-family neighborhoods, and fiscal sustainability.

    Mayor Bertlin in the best and most progressive choice in this race.

    Debbie Bertlin

    Mercer Island Mayor Debbie Bertlin was first elected in 2011 and has served as deputy mayor from 2016 to 2018. She was selected by her fellow council members to be mayor in 2018.

Redmond Mayor

Redmond Mayor

  • Angela Birney is president of the Redmond City Council and a former chair of the Redmond Parks and Trails Commission. She is a progressive former school teacher and longtime local volunteer who is active in the community. Birney is running to increase affordable housing and transportation options, ensure that everyone feels welcome in Redmond, and address challenges such as opioid addiction and homelessness.

    Birney is running against City Councilmember Steve Fields. Fields is an outspoken progressive on the council and a local business owner who formerly worked in the budget offices of the city of Seattle and King County. He is running to prepare the city for its future changes, including light rail, the growing diversity of the region, and upcoming climate impacts. He also strongly supports reforming our upside-down tax code.

    While Fields is progressive, we believe Birney is the best choice in this race due to her deep knowledge of city issues and strong support from advocates and elected officials across the region.

    Angela Birney

    Angela Birney is president of the Redmond City Council and a former chair of the Redmond Parks and Trails Commission. She is a progressive former school teacher and longtime local volunteer who is active in the community.

Redmond City Council

Redmond City Council, Position #1

  • Varisha Khan is a community organizer and former communications coordinator for the Washington Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. She has published journalistic work about and advocated for immigrant issues and American Muslims in the Seattle area. Khan is running on a platform of equity and inclusion, striving to power the city with zero carbon emissions, expanding and evaluating the bus system, and connecting the city's diverse communities.

    Khan is running against conservative transportation economist and incumbent Hank Myers. Myers has served on the city council since 2008, and has served in several leadership positions in the region, including on the advisory board for Metro Transit and the Bellevue School District and as the the former board chair for the Together Center, a nonprofit multi-tenant center. Unfortunately, Myers was a vocal opponent of expanding light rail service to Redmond, which voters approved in 2016.

    Khan has been backed by a number of progressive groups and is the clear choice in this race.

    Varisha Khan

    Varisha Khan is a community organizer and former communications coordinator for the Washington Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. She has published journalistic work about and advocated for immigrant issues and American Muslims in the Seattle area.

  • Environment: Sierra Club
    Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
    Other: King County Democrats

Redmond City Council, Position #3

  • Jessica Forsythe is the owner and creator director of a design studio. She has served in several leadership roles in the community, including as a treasurer on the board of the League of Women Voters Seattle-King County and as an elected precinct committee officer and executive board member for the 48th Legislative District. Forsythe wants to enact a single-use plastics ban, expand walking and biking paths, address aging infrastructure, and ensure that small businesses have a voice during the city's growth.

    Forsythe is running against incumbent Hank Margeson, who is serving his third term on the council. Margeson represents the city at the Sound Cities Association Public Issues Committee, has served as Vice President of the Puget Sound Regional Council's Growth Management Policy Board, and on the City on Redmond’s Disability Board. If re-elected, he will continue to prioritize building new development near transit centers, preserving affordable business space, and committing to fiscal responsibility.

    Forsythe is the most progressive candidate in this race.

    Jessica Forsythe

    Jessica Forsythe is the owner and creator director of a design studio.

  • Other: 45th and 48th District Democrats, King County Democrats

Redmond City Council, Position #5

Redmond City Council, Position #7

  • Carlos Jimenez, the Executive Director and founder of Centro Cultural Mexicano, is running for Redmond City Council, Position 7. Jimenez is a former executive board member of the Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council, where he was a strong advocate for working families. Jimenez's campaign is focused on social, racial, and economic justice, and he seeks to build a more inclusive Redmond through affordable housing policies, better transportation, and environmental protections.

    Jimenez is running against incumbent city council member David Carson, who serves as Redmond's Council Vice President. Carson is a business-oriented candidate running to promote and reduce regulation on businesses and wants to see through the completion of projects downtown. Carson has an antagonistic approach to homelessness in Redmond, stating that he wants to prosecute people found with shopping carts off-premises. He has been cited in the Washington Post and elsewhere stating that those suffering from addiction must hit "rock bottom" before seeking treatment.

    Jimenez is the best choice in this race.

    Carlos Jimenez

    Carlos Jimenez, the Executive Director and founder of Centro Cultural Mexicano, is running for Redmond City Council, Position 7. Jimenez is a former executive board member of the Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council, where he was a strong advocate for working families.

  • Endorsed By: King County Democrats, 45th and 48th Legislative District Democrats

Renton Mayor

Renton Mayor

  • Former state representative and Renton School Board member Marcie Maxwell's effective leadership and strong policy background have served Renton well. She has advocated for K-12 funding, invested in infrastructure, and protected the environment while creating green jobs. Now, the former Senior Education Policy Advisor for Gov. Jay Inslee is running to work with state and local officials to effectively lead the growing city so that both residents and businesses can thrive where they live.

    Maxwell is running against small business owner and current Renton City Councilmember Armondo Pavone. He is prioritizing supporting police, fire, park, and other city services to promote public safety as well as improving the local economy and building public and private partnerships. Pavone has also been active with the Renton Chamber of Commerce and the Renton Hill Neighborhood Association.

    Maxwell has numerous endorsements from progressive partner organizations and elected officials and is the best choice in this race.

    Marcie Maxwell

    Former state representative and Renton School Board member Marcie Maxwell's effective leadership and strong policy background have served Renton well. She has advocated for K-12 funding, invested in infrastructure, and protected the environment while creating green jobs.

  • Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
    Other: King County Democrats, five local Democratic organizations, Renton Firefighters Local 864, United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 32, Laborers Local 242

Renton City Council

Renton City Council, Position #3

Renton City Council, Position #4

  • Ryan McIrvin is running for re-election to Renton City Council, Position 4. McIrvin, who works for the University of Washington in government relations, has been a leader in bringing affordable housing options to East King County, serving on the King County Regional Affordable Housing Task Force and voting in favor of Renton’s five-year affordable housing action plan. Prior to being elected, he served as the Vice-Chair of the City of Renton Human Services Advisory Committee. McIrvin is running against Maria Spasikova, a businesswoman who does not have a strong campaign presence or website as of mid-October. McIrvin is the best choice in this race.

    Ryan McIrvin

    Ryan McIrvin is running for re-election to Renton City Council, Position 4.

Renton City Council, Position #5

  • Council President Ed Prince is running unopposed for re-election to Renton City Council, Position 5. Prince was unanimously elected Chair of the Public Issues Committee of the Sound Cities Association Board in February, an important role that helps build consensus on policies among all 38 of King County's cities. He also serves as board chair of the Renton Planning Commission and is the Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on African American Affairs. Prince is known for bringing people together to get things done and is a great choice for Renton City Council, Position 5.

    Ed Prince

    Council President Ed Prince is running unopposed for re-election to Renton City Council, Position 5.

Renton City Council, Position #7

  • Kim-Khanh Van is a community activist running for Renton City Council, Position 7. She is a member of the Renton Mayor's Inclusion Task Force, Renton Rotary, and Northwest Immigrants Rights Project. She came to Washington state as a child after spending seven months in a refugee camp in the Philippines after her family fled Vietnam. Van's campaign is focused on small businesses, appreciating the cultural diversity of Renton, public safety (she refers to Renton as "in the burglary belt") and fiscal responsibility. While her platform is not the most progressive, she is supportive of unions and her perspective would aid Renton as it grows and continues to become more diverse.

    Her opponent in this race is Thomas Trautmann, who is running a campaign around public safety, fiscal responsibility, and economic growth.

    Van is the better choice for Renton City Council, Position 7.