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  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

    R-88/I-1000

    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.

  • Endorsed By Fuse, OneAmerica Votes, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Teamsters Joint Council 28, UFCW 3000, Washington State Labor Council, League of Women Voters of Washington, VoteVets.org, Washington Education Association, ACLU of Washington
  • 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!

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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!

    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!

    Initiative 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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 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

    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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • VOTE APPROVED

    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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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 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 Prop 1 - Medic One

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • Endorsed By: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Teamsters 117, Washington Education Association

County Council District Races

Depending on the county district you live in, you may have the following races on your ballot.

  • Longtime King County Council member and civil rights legend Larry Gossett is running for re-election in District 2. Gossett is a progressive stalwart on the council. Recently, Gossett was the prime sponsor of legislation establishing King County as a sanctuary for immigrants and refugees. He also led the effort to block King County jails from honoring ICE detainer requests.

    Gossett began his career by founding the Black Student Union at the University of Washington and joined leaders from other communities of color in a high-profile series of protests for justice and equality in the 1960s and 1970s. He is now running for a seventh term focused on expanding affordable housing, reducing racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, and improving transit access.

    Gossett is a great choice if you're looking for a progressive council member with a demonstrated track record of fighting for civil rights.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Longtime King County Council member and civil rights legend Larry Gossett is running for re-election in District 2. Gossett is a progressive stalwart on the council. Recently, Gossett was the prime sponsor of legislation establishing King County as a sanctuary for immigrants and refugees. He also led the effort to block King County jails from honoring ICE detainer requests.

    Gossett began his career by founding the Black Student Union at the University of Washington and joined leaders from other communities of color in a high-profile series of protests for justice and equality in the 1960s and 1970s. He is now running for a seventh term focused on expanding affordable housing, reducing racial disproportionality in the criminal justice system, and improving transit access.

    Gossett is a great choice if you're looking for a progressive council member with a demonstrated track record of fighting for civil rights.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

  • Endorsed By: The Stranger, Washington Conservation Action, Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy (CAPE) Rating: 4 stars, King County Democrats, Transportation for Washington
  • Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles is running for re-election to continue her work on homelessness and expanding access to childcare. Previously, Kohl-Welles served in the state Legislature from 1992 until she ran for council in 2015. Throughout her career, Kohl-Welles has been a progressive leader in the fight against human trafficking and has long championed gun safety measures. In addition, she was an early proponent of reforming our state's drug laws to expand access to medical marijuana and reduce incarceration for low-level drug possession. Recently, Kohl-Welles sponsored long-overdue legislation to align and streamline homeless services between the City of Seattle and King County.

    Kohl-Welles is a great choice if you're looking for an experienced council member with a demonstrated track record of fighting for progressive causes. 

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    Jeanne Kohl-Welles

    Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles is running for re-election to continue her work on homelessness and expanding access to childcare. Previously, Kohl-Welles served in the state Legislature from 1992 until she ran for council in 2015.

    Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles is running for re-election to continue her work on homelessness and expanding access to childcare. Previously, Kohl-Welles served in the state Legislature from 1992 until she ran for council in 2015. Throughout her career, Kohl-Welles has been a progressive leader in the fight against human trafficking and has long championed gun safety measures. In addition, she was an early proponent of reforming our state's drug laws to expand access to medical marijuana and reduce incarceration for low-level drug possession. Recently, Kohl-Welles sponsored long-overdue legislation to align and streamline homeless services between the City of Seattle and King County.

    Kohl-Welles is a great choice if you're looking for an experienced council member with a demonstrated track record of fighting for progressive causes. 

    Jeanne Kohl-Welles

    Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles is running for re-election to continue her work on homelessness and expanding access to childcare. Previously, Kohl-Welles served in the state Legislature from 1992 until she ran for council in 2015.

  • Abigail Doerr is a transportation and environmental advocate who is running to bring new energy to the King County Council. Doerr is a former staff member of the Transportation Choices Coalition who led the successful campaign to expand Sound Transit in 2016 as well as the campaign for a carbon tax in 2018. 

    Doerr thinks King County Council members should be more engaged in the community and should provide stronger leadership on progressive issues, especially transportation and homelessness. As such, she has proposed an ambitious 20-year plan to dramatically increase the availability of both low-and-middle-income housing. She also wants to expand the Best Starts For Kids initiative to support young people and end the school-to-prison pipeline. 

    Doerr is a great choice if you’re looking for new leadership on the King County Council.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Abigail Doerr is a transportation and environmental advocate who is running to bring new energy to the King County Council. Doerr is a former staff member of the Transportation Choices Coalition who led the successful campaign to expand Sound Transit in 2016 as well as the campaign for a carbon tax in 2018. 

    Doerr thinks King County Council members should be more engaged in the community and should provide stronger leadership on progressive issues, especially transportation and homelessness. As such, she has proposed an ambitious 20-year plan to dramatically increase the availability of both low-and-middle-income housing. She also wants to expand the Best Starts For Kids initiative to support young people and end the school-to-prison pipeline. 

    Doerr is a great choice if you’re looking for new leadership on the King County Council.

  • Claudia Balducci is running for re-election to King County Council, District 6. Balducci previously served as the mayor of Bellevue and on the Bellevue City Council. She is running a strong campaign on a platform of affordable housing, transportation options that fit the way we live, keeping the environment healthy, and education for all King County students. Balducci was unanimously elected to be the council’s Vice Chair of Policy Development and Review in 2019.

    Balducci's opponent, Bill Hirt, is a perennial candidate who opposes light rail and doesn't have much more of a campaign platform beyond that.

    Balducci has been a strong and effective leader on the King County Council and deserves your vote.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Claudia Balducci is running for re-election to King County Council, District 6. Balducci previously served as the mayor of Bellevue and on the Bellevue City Council. She is running a strong campaign on a platform of affordable housing, transportation options that fit the way we live, keeping the environment healthy, and education for all King County students. Balducci was unanimously elected to be the council’s Vice Chair of Policy Development and Review in 2019.

    Balducci's opponent, Bill Hirt, is a perennial candidate who opposes light rail and doesn't have much more of a campaign platform beyond that.

    Balducci has been a strong and effective leader on the King County Council and deserves your vote.

  • Incumbent Joe McDermott first joined the council in 2010 and in 2016 was chosen to be council chair. He has advocated for civil rights, safe communities, and transportation. In the last few years on the council, he has introduced the King County Gun Safety Action Plan to address the public health crisis of gun violence, supported county efforts to increase shelter capacity and build more affordable housing, and is working to address racial disproportionality in King County’s juvenile justice system.

    McDermott is running against Michael Robert Neher, who is not running a viable campaign. McDermott is the clear choice in this race.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Joe McDermott

    Incumbent Joe McDermott first joined the council in 2010 and in 2016 was chosen to be council chair. He has advocated for civil rights, safe communities, and transportation.

    Incumbent Joe McDermott first joined the council in 2010 and in 2016 was chosen to be council chair. He has advocated for civil rights, safe communities, and transportation. In the last few years on the council, he has introduced the King County Gun Safety Action Plan to address the public health crisis of gun violence, supported county efforts to increase shelter capacity and build more affordable housing, and is working to address racial disproportionality in King County’s juvenile justice system.

    McDermott is running against Michael Robert Neher, who is not running a viable campaign. McDermott is the clear choice in this race.

    Joe McDermott

    Incumbent Joe McDermott first joined the council in 2010 and in 2016 was chosen to be council chair. He has advocated for civil rights, safe communities, and transportation.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Sam Cho

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    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.

    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

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    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Fred Felleman

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    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.

    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

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    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Lori K. Smith

    Judge Lori K. Smith is running to retain Position 2 on the Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1.

    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.

City Races

Depending on where you live, you may have the following city races on your ballot.

  • Chris Stearns is running for Auburn City Council, Position 1. He has a comprehensive record of leadership, including serving as a previous chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission, Democratic counsel for the Committee of Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first director of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy. He currently serves as the Board President for the Seattle Indian Health Board, which is a community clinic that serves 6,000 patients and operates the Thunderbird Treatment Center. He has been endorsed by a large number of labor unions. Stearns is running unopposed in this race and deserves your vote.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Chris Stearns

    Chris Stearns is running for Auburn City Council, Position 1. He has a comprehensive record of leadership, including serving as a previous chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission, Democratic counsel for the Committee of Natural Resources in the U.S.

    Chris Stearns is running for Auburn City Council, Position 1. He has a comprehensive record of leadership, including serving as a previous chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission, Democratic counsel for the Committee of Natural Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first director of Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy. He currently serves as the Board President for the Seattle Indian Health Board, which is a community clinic that serves 6,000 patients and operates the Thunderbird Treatment Center. He has been endorsed by a large number of labor unions. Stearns is running unopposed in this race and deserves your vote.

    Chris Stearns

    Chris Stearns is running for Auburn City Council, Position 1. He has a comprehensive record of leadership, including serving as a previous chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission, Democratic counsel for the Committee of Natural Resources in the U.S.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Robyn Mulenga

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

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • Endorsed By: Sierra Club, Washington Bikes, Bellevue Firefighters
  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • Incumbent Janice Zahn is running for re-election to Bellevue City Council, Position 5. Zahn brings years of experience in transportation, infrastructure, emergency management, and public policy to the city council. She has proposed innovative policies like low-interest loans to cope with Bellevue's expanding transportation needs and she wants to increase affordable housing. Before being elected, Zahn was an active community volunteer, including serving four years on the Bellevue Transportation Commission.

    Zahn is facing T-Mobile engineer JD Yu in her re-election campaign. Yu is running on a platform of fiscal responsibility and neighborhood safety. Zahn's numerous endorsements, deep roots in the community, and volunteer and elected experience make her the strongest choice in this race.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Janice Zahn

    Incumbent Janice Zahn is running for re-election to Bellevue City Council, Position 5. Zahn brings years of experience in transportation, infrastructure, emergency management, and public policy to the city council.

    Incumbent Janice Zahn is running for re-election to Bellevue City Council, Position 5. Zahn brings years of experience in transportation, infrastructure, emergency management, and public policy to the city council. She has proposed innovative policies like low-interest loans to cope with Bellevue's expanding transportation needs and she wants to increase affordable housing. Before being elected, Zahn was an active community volunteer, including serving four years on the Bellevue Transportation Commission.

    Zahn is facing T-Mobile engineer JD Yu in her re-election campaign. Yu is running on a platform of fiscal responsibility and neighborhood safety. Zahn's numerous endorsements, deep roots in the community, and volunteer and elected experience make her the strongest choice in this race.

    Janice Zahn

    Incumbent Janice Zahn is running for re-election to Bellevue City Council, Position 5. Zahn brings years of experience in transportation, infrastructure, emergency management, and public policy to the city council.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • Endorsed By: SEIU Local 925
  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • Endorsed By: Sierra Club, King County Democrats, Snohomish County Democrats
  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • Endorsed By: Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Action, Snohomish County Democrats
  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Kevin Schilling

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

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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
  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Lydia Assefa-Dawson

    Councilmember Lydia Assefa-Dawson is running for re-election to 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.

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.

Susan Honda

There are no good choices for Federal Way City Council, Position 3.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • Endorsed By: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, SEIU Locals 6, 775, 925, and 1199, Teamsters 117, UFCW 3000, 30th District Democrats, King County Young Democrats, King County Democrats, Teamsters Local 763

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.

Linda Kochmar

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.

  • 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. 

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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 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. 

    Citizen 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

    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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

    Federal Way Prop 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Zach Hall

    Zach Hall is a legislative aide in the Washington state House of Representatives who is running for 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
  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • Melanie O'Cain is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 1. She is running on a platform of environmental stewardship and sustainable development, and is committed to serving her community. She has earned endorsements from many progressive groups and elected officials.

    O'Cain is running against former AT&T Executive Suzanne Greathouse. Greathouse wants Kenmore to welcome new businesses while retaining a "hometown feel" and lists police support as one of her top priorities.

    O'Cain is the clear choice in this race for Kenmore City Council, Position 1.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Melanie O'Cain

    Melanie O'Cain is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 1. She is running on a platform of environmental stewardship and sustainable development, and is committed to serving her community. She has earned endorsements from many progressive groups and elected officials.

    Melanie O'Cain is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 1. She is running on a platform of environmental stewardship and sustainable development, and is committed to serving her community. She has earned endorsements from many progressive groups and elected officials.

    O'Cain is running against former AT&T Executive Suzanne Greathouse. Greathouse wants Kenmore to welcome new businesses while retaining a "hometown feel" and lists police support as one of her top priorities.

    O'Cain is the clear choice in this race for Kenmore City Council, Position 1.

    Melanie O'Cain

    Melanie O'Cain is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 1. She is running on a platform of environmental stewardship and sustainable development, and is committed to serving her community. She has earned endorsements from many progressive groups and elected officials.

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.

Milton Curtis

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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • Corina Pfeil is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 7. Pfeil is a community leader, legislative advocate, and PTA participant whose two children attend public school in Kenmore. She is running a strong campaign on building an economy that works for all, addressing affordable housing with equitable solutions, and protecting and preserving parks and the Kenmore tree canopy.

    Pfeil is running against Van Sperry, a retired nurse whose platform focuses on public safety and "tax transparency" around Kenmore's property taxes. Pfeil is a strong progressive and deserves your vote.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Corina Pfeil

    Corina Pfeil is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 7. Pfeil is a community leader, legislative advocate, and PTA participant whose two children attend public school in Kenmore.

    Corina Pfeil is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 7. Pfeil is a community leader, legislative advocate, and PTA participant whose two children attend public school in Kenmore. She is running a strong campaign on building an economy that works for all, addressing affordable housing with equitable solutions, and protecting and preserving parks and the Kenmore tree canopy.

    Pfeil is running against Van Sperry, a retired nurse whose platform focuses on public safety and "tax transparency" around Kenmore's property taxes. Pfeil is a strong progressive and deserves your vote.

    Corina Pfeil

    Corina Pfeil is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 7. Pfeil is a community leader, legislative advocate, and PTA participant whose two children attend public school in Kenmore.

  • Endorsed By: Equal Rights Washington, Pro-Choice Washington, Sierra Club, King County Democrats
  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • 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. 

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • Kelli Curtis is running for Kirkland City Council, Position 2 after she was appointed to fill Amy Walen's seat in 2019. Curtis has served on the City of Kirkland Park Board since 2015 and joined the Houghton Community Council in 2016 before her appointment to Kirkland City Council, where she serves on the Planning and Economic Development Committee and Legislative Work Group. Curtis is focusing her campaign on sustainable smart planning, inclusivity, and expansion of parks and natural spaces. She is running unopposed and is a strong choice for Kirkland City Council, Position 2.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Kelli Curtis

    Kelli Curtis is running for Kirkland City Council, Position 2 after she was appointed to fill Amy Walen's seat in 2019.

    Kelli Curtis is running for Kirkland City Council, Position 2 after she was appointed to fill Amy Walen's seat in 2019. Curtis has served on the City of Kirkland Park Board since 2015 and joined the Houghton Community Council in 2016 before her appointment to Kirkland City Council, where she serves on the Planning and Economic Development Committee and Legislative Work Group. Curtis is focusing her campaign on sustainable smart planning, inclusivity, and expansion of parks and natural spaces. She is running unopposed and is a strong choice for Kirkland City Council, Position 2.

    Kelli Curtis

    Kelli Curtis is running for Kirkland City Council, Position 2 after she was appointed to fill Amy Walen's seat in 2019.

  • Endorsed By: Sierra Club

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.

Toby Nixon

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

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • 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. 

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Dave Rosenbaum

    Dave Rosenbaum is a public relations manager at a pet-focused technology company running for 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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    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.

    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.

  • Endorsed By: Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, Washington Bikes, 41st Legislative District Democrats, King County Democrats, Alliance for Gun Responsibility
  • Craig Reynolds is a business executive and a member of last year’s Community Advisory Group. He worked to pass Proposition 1 last year to fund public safety services, mental health counseling, and parks and public spaces. He is running to focus on the city’s financial challenges as well as transportation, growth, and land use and is endorsed by a number of local progressives.

    Reynolds is facing Heather Jordan Cartwright, the VP of Operations for the Islander Middle School PTSA. Cartwright believes the current council is not listening to islanders' concerns when it comes to the proposed bus intercept on the north end, light rail's impact on parking and traffic, and budgetary accountability.

    Reynolds is the best choice for Position 5 to keep Mercer Island moving forward.

    Last updated: 2023-04-05

    Craig Reynolds

    Craig Reynolds is a business executive and a member of last year’s Community Advisory Group. He worked to pass Proposition 1 last year to fund public safety services, mental health counseling, and parks and public spaces.

    Craig Reynolds is a business executive and a member of last year’s Community Advisory Group. He worked to pass Proposition 1 last year to fund public safety services, mental health counseling, and parks and public spaces. He is running to focus on the city’s financial challenges as well as transportation, growth, and land use and is endorsed by a number of local progressives.

    Reynolds is facing Heather Jordan Cartwright, the VP of Operations for the Islander Middle School PTSA. Cartwright believes the current council is not listening to islanders' concerns when it comes to the proposed bus intercept on the north end, light rail's impact on parking and traffic, and budgetary accountability.

    Reynolds is the best choice for Position 5 to keep Mercer Island moving forward.

    Craig Reynolds

    Craig Reynolds is a business executive and a member of last year’s Community Advisory Group. He worked to pass Proposition 1 last year to fund public safety services, mental health counseling, and parks and public spaces.