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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.
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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.
Megan Dunn, the program director for the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, led the successful effort to create districts for the Everett City Council. Recently, she served on the Everett Community Streets Initiative Task Force, which helps address homelessness in downtown Everett. While serving as a Democratic precinct committee officer, she helped develop a platform for environmental protection, voting rights, a resilient economy, and health care access for all. Dunn also worked with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to help secure a citywide contract which includes the first-ever guaranteed sick days.
Dunn is running for Snohomish County Council in District 2 to continue her work on community-building and environmental sustainability. She has received a number of endorsements from community leaders and members of the Everett City Council.
Dunn is facing a large number of candidates to fill term-limited Snohomish County Councilmember Brian Sullivan’s seat.
Former council aide Tyler Verda works for Snohomish County providing housing and homelessness services. He also served as a legislative assistant to Rep. Mike Sells in Olympia. He is running to bring that experience to the council to better serve residents experiencing homelessness and to find solutions that work for the affordable housing crisis. Tyler has earned support from some local labor unions for his progressive platform that supports working people.
Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson led the fight to bring homegrown paramedic services into the Mukilteo fire station and is known for working against commercial air service. Gregerson supported the city's Paine Field defense fund and is running to increase public safety, build more affordable housing, and find solutions to the opioid crisis.
Louis Harris is the vice president of the Snohomish County NAACP and a state financial services worker at the Department of Social and Health Services. He is running to ensure that first responders have the resources they need to keep communities safe, prioritize transparency as a leader, and build stronger technology and civic engagement systems for the county.
Sharita Burton is a marketing consultant who participated in Everett Mayor Ray Stephenson’s Envision Everett Committee. Alex Lark is an Everett Planning Commission member and U.S. Army Reserve officer who currently works at Housing Hope, a local nonprofit that works to reduce homelessness in the Snohomish County and Camano Island areas. Cecilia Wilson is a conservative Democrat who served as the executive assistant for County Executive David Somers. She would focus on the opioid crisis, affordable housing, and improvements to public roads. If elected, she would make the council more conservative. The lone Republican in this race is Anna Rohrbough, who clashed with her fellow members of the Mukilteo City Council.
Dunn is the best choice for Snohomish County Council in District 2.
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.
Paul Thompson was appointed to Snohomish County Superior Court Position 14 by Governor Inslee in 2018 and is running to retain his position. He has worked as a Public Defender in Eastern Washington and a trial attorney with the Snohomish County Public Defender's Office. Thompson has been a leader in the legal community by serving as President of the Washington Defender Association and a board member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Thompson is determined to use his judicial position to make a difference in the lives of those who have struggled with lack of access to justice, and is calling for the thoughtful collaboration of Snohomish County stakeholders on improving the high cost of litigation, funding the mental health system, reforming the bail system, and tackling outdated mandatory sentencing restrictions. Thompson is endorsed by numerous progressive elected officials and organizations.
Thompson is being challenged by Cassandra Lopez-Shaw, a lawyer who has operated her firm since 2011. Lopez-Shaw has previously worked in the Whatcom Public Defender's Office and the Snohomish County Public Defender's Association.
While Lopez-Shaw does have impressive past experience, we believe Judge Thompson is the best choice for Snohomish County Superior Court Position 14.
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below races on your ballot.
Davina Duerr is an architect running for re-election to Bothell City Council Position 6, where she is currently deputy mayor. Duerr formerly served as Chair of the Landmark Preservation Board in Bothell and as a board member of the Northshore Schools Foundation. During her first term, she focused on transportation issues facing the city, including advocating for bus rapid transit options that work for Bothell residents, and voted to approve the acquisition of 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 Tiger Budbill and Sean Palermo. Budbill is a professional singer. As of July 1st, he has no campaign information available. Palermo is a business development representative. Palermo states that he's running to address affordable housing, cost of education, infrastructure, and protecting the environment. He also does not have detailed plans available as of early July.
Duerr is the best choice in this race.
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.
Richard Emery is running for re-election to Mukilteo City Council, Position 4. He was first appointed to this seat in 2008. In his time on the council, Emery has prioritized preserving property in Japanese Gulch for recreation, increasing police and fire staffing, and improving school crosswalks. He also authored a gun safety resolution.
Emery's opponents in this race are Scott Whelpley and Charles Eakins. Whelpley is an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and currently holds Position 5 on Mukilteo City Council. He wants to promote responsible spending, public safety, and expand businesses in the area. Eakins is a Libertarian software engineer running on a platform of never raising taxes, finding solutions for ferry traffic that holds Mukilteo "hostage," and defending the rights of the individual.
Emery is a supporter of sustainable communities and has earned your vote.
Riaz Khan is running for Mukilteo City Council, Position 5. Khan is the President of the Islamic Center of Mukilteo, the group attacked by Peter Zieve's racist campaign for wanting to build a mosque in Mukilteo (see Mukilteo City Council, Position 6). Khan's campaign is focused on neighborhood safety, strong economic development, and transparency in Mukilteo’s finances.
Also in this race are James Yoo and Christopher Maddux. Yoo owns two construction-related businesses and aside from stating that he's running to be a strong leader, does not have a detailed vision for the city. During his 2017 run for Mukilteo City Council Position 1, Yoo said that he felt traffic congestion was the city’s biggest issue and wanted to have a group formed to focus on mitigating traffic. Maddux is a veteran and political newcomer who does not have a robust campaign presence.
Khan has proved his dedication to being a community leader in the face of bigotry and deserves your vote.
Elisabeth Crawford is an occupational health and safety specialist running for Mukilteo City Council, Position 6. She was appointed to the Parks and Arts Commission by Mayor Gregerson in April 2019. Crawford is running to plan for the future of Mukilteo and promises to bring "private sector urgency and experience to our community and prioritize the concerns of residents."
Crawford is running against Exekiel Aranez and Peter Zieve. Aranez is a political newcomer who does not have a strong campaign presence or detailed campaign information available. Peter Zieve is notorious for funding a racist mailer campaign to oppose the construction of a mosque in Mukilteo. Zieve also funded false and misleading political campaigns against progressive candidates in 2018.
Crawford is the best choice for Mukilteo City Council Position 6.
Tina Over is a real estate broker running for Mukilteo City Council, Position 7. Over challenged Mukilteo City Councilmember Bob Champion for Position 2 in 2017. Though she does not have a strong campaign presence, Over recently finished an initial term as Mukilteo Civil Service Commissioner in April. She also supported the city's move to become a "welcoming city" for people of all immigration statuses and providing more parks and green spaces for multigenerational use.
Over is running against Joe Marine and Kristina Melnichenko. Marine served on the Mukilteo City Council from 1998 to 2001 and was mayor of Mukilteo from 2005 to 2013. He self-identifies as a Republican and is running to restore trust towards the council and make progress on the waterfront. He has also pointed to frustration that the city council voted down an opportunity for a park-and-ride as part of his decision to run. Melnichenko is a data analyst who campaigned in support of progressive candidates like Liz Vogeli and Rebecca Wolfe-Rollins and the two failed carbon fees from 2016 and 2018. Her campaign is very focused on revisiting the budget and financial sustainability of the city's economy. She states that she does not "believe residents should bear the cost of increased business activity," that small and new businesses pay a disproportionate amount of business revenue, and that businesses pay for low taxes in the end by high fixed costs like permits.
Over's commitment to serving on the Mukilteo City Council and experience as a civil service commissioner make her the best choice in this race.
A former fire chief in Alaska, Judith Kuleta is running for Snohomish City Council to prioritize parks, public safety, and affordable housing. If elected, she would focus on preserving the city's small-town character, maintaining public safety, supporting the youth council, and supporting walkability for pedestrians and cyclists. City Councilmember Karen Guzak, who is leaving Position 1 this year, has endorsed Kuleta.
Also in this race are Elizabeth Larsen and Don Baldwin. Elizabeth Larsen is a member of the Public Safety Commission, which is working on a report about homelessness and opioid use. She has worked for Snohomish County for nearly 15 years and is currently a project manager for the county's public works department. Don Baldwin is running to promote CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training and support neighborhood watch groups. A former pistol safety instructor, Baldwin does not have elected or political experience but cites his time shooting with an LGBTQ group as indicative of his ability to bring groups together.
Kuleta is the strongest choice for Snohomish City Council, Position 2.
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