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Welcome to the Fuse Progressive Voters Guide to the 2019 primary election! The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information you need to make decisions about the races on your ballot based on your values.
Remember to return your ballot by Tuesday, August 6, and share this guide with your friends!
Incumbent Dave Somers is running unopposed for re-election for Snohomish County Executive. Somers has supported measures to create parks and open spaces, ushered in commercial air service to Paine Field, invested in alternative fuels, and worked on salmon recovery. He also supported working with nonprofits to “un-develop” land in the county and restore it to its natural state with native plants. This year, Somers announced that he would be developing a Snohomish County Housing Task Force to help meet the affordable housing needs of the community through new policies or incentives, including middle-income, subsidized, and alternative housing.
Somers deserves your vote.
Incumbent Stephanie Wright is running for re-election to the Snohomish County Council in District 3. She has worked with community organizations like the Sierra Club and Planned Parenthood throughout the years. If elected, she will continue to work on jobs, water use, balancing transit with bike lanes and roads, protecting parks, and increasing affordable housing.
Wright is running against Meier G. Lowenthal and Willie Russell. Democrat Lowenthal is not running a visible campaign. In a candidate forum in July, he stated that climate change and voter participation are critical issues to him but does not have platform details available as of early July. Russell, a former Democratic precinct officer who is choosing to run as a nonpartisan candidate, has submitted no information about his campaign to the county voters' guide or anywhere else, and is not running a viable campaign.
Wright is the best choice in this race.
Edirin Okoloko was appointed to the Snohomish County Superior Court, Position 7 by Governor Inslee and is running to retain his position. Okoloko dedicated his career to cases involving homicide, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse as a deputy prosecuting attorney in the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. Before his work as a prosecutor, Okoloko was a judicial law clerk for former Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Michael Downes. He has numerous endorsements from Snohomish County, including the Snohomish County Democrats, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, and Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Cornell. Okoloko is running to retain Position 7 to maintain a sense of dignity, civility, and courtesy in the courts.
Okoloko is running against Everett Lawyer Anna Alexander. Alexander is most known for defending persons accused of serious crimes. She is the President of Snohomish County Washington Women Lawyers but is not running a robust campaign.
Okoloko deserves your vote for Snohomish County Superior Court Position 7.
Two-term Edmonds City Councilmember Mike Nelson is running for mayor of Edmonds. He's a strong proponent of making the city more affordable for all families, improving pedestrian safety, and protecting Edmonds’ natural environment. He also serves as Chair of the Public Safety Committee and on the city's Youth Commission, which he created to help young people get involved in the community. Nelson's vision for Edmonds includes childcare tax credits, property tax relief for senior and disabled citizens, small business incentives, and federal and state grants to improve infrastructure.
Nelson is running against Neil Tibbott, Brad Shipley, and Kristiana Johnson. Tibbott is a fellow city council member, management consultant, and the chair of the planning board. However, Tibbott hasn't released an ambitious campaign platform to push the city forward. Shipley is a planner for the City of Edmonds who identifies as a moderate and has worked in long-range planning projects, including the Highway 99 Subarea Plan. Johnson is another council member who sits on the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and serves with Snohomish County Tomorrow.
Nelson is the best choice in this race because of his progressive values, track record of public service, and strong support from progressive advocates and community leaders.
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