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Dan Strauss is listed in the Progressive Voters Guide below. 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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Dan Strauss


Dan Strauss is a policy advisor to current Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. Strauss grew up in Ballard and worked at the Alliance for Gun Responsibility to pass I-1491, an important gun safety initiative. As a renter, Strauss is committed to building a city that accommodates growth while maintaining affordability. He believes his time working at City Hall allowed him to build strong relationships with city, county, and state leaders that will enable him to push for regional solutions to homelessness. If elected, Strauss has also committed to opening a district office to listen to the suggestions and concerns of his constituents.


Other: <a href="https://www.capecampaigns.com/about" target="_blank">Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy (CAPE) Rating</a>: 4 stars <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25"> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25"> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25"> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25">



City of Seattle

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King County Ballot Measures

King County Proposition #1

VOTE YES

Vote YES For Parks For All

The King County Council is seeking approval of Proposition No. 1, which would provide funding for local parks, open spaces, trails, recreation, public pools, zoo operations, and an aquarium capital project. Renewing and replacing the County Parks levy is crucial for protecting thousands of acres of forest, investing in parks of all sizes, and expanding access to recreation and learning for underserved communities.

All children in King County deserve fun and safe places to play, and preserving our open spaces now will help combat climate change as well as protect air and water quality for generations to come. Proposition No. 1: Parks for All will cost the average homeowner less than $8 per month and will ensure King County's parks and other open spaces will continue to thrive. Vote yes on Proposition No. 1. 


Other: Washington Trails Association, The Nature Conservancy, the Trust for Public Lands, Seattle Parks Foundation, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, and many local Democratic district organizations.


King County Council

King County Council, District #2

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Non-Partisan


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.


Other: <a href="https://www.capecampaigns.com/about" target="_blank">Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy (CAPE) Rating</a>: 4 stars <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25"> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25"> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25"> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25">



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Non-Partisan


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

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


Other: King County Democrats, Transportation for Washington, <a href="https://www.capecampaigns.com/about" target="_blank">Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy (CAPE) Rating</a>: 4 stars <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25"> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25"> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25"> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25">



King County Council, District #8

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Non-Partisan


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 and perennial candidate Goodspaceguy. Goodspaceguy has run for various offices more than a dozen times and is not a serious candidate. Neher has no campaign information available as of early July and is not running a viable campaign. McDermott is the clear choice in this race.


Other: <a href="https://www.capecampaigns.com/about" target="_blank">Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy (CAPE) Rating</a>: 3.75 stars <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25"> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25"> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-1.png" width="25"> <img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.fusewashington.org/images/star-75.png" width="25">



Port of Seattle

Port of Seattle, Port Commissioner, Position #2



Preeti Shridhar is a devoted environmental advocate who would bring decades of public affairs experience to the Port of Seattle, Commissioner Position 2. Shridhar has worked in a variety of relevant government positions throughout King County and is passionate about ensuring that the interests of all King County communities are represented. She helped launch the City of Seattle’s Climate Protection Initiative and worked to improve relations between immigrant communities and the City of Renton, where she now works. Shridhar is focused on building regional partnerships and creating good jobs at the port while protecting the environment.



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Sam Cho, the co-founder of an international export company, is now 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.



Port of Seattle, Port Commissioner, Position #5



Incumbent Fred Felleman is an environmental consultant and marine biologist. He is running to retain his seat on the Seattle Port Commission to continue fighting climate change and increasing the port's green energy jobs. He has been a leader on the commission in protecting orcas, publicly opposing the dangerous Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and promoting transparency at the port while advocating for well-paying jobs. The port faced criticism following the Trump 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 Garth Jacobson and Jordan Lemmon. Attorney Jacobson's 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. Lemmon is a theatre supervisor who was inspired to run to encourage voting and is using his campaign to engage the voter base prior to the 2020 election. He has no detailed campaign information available.

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



Seattle Ballot Measures

Seattle City Proposition #1

VOTE YES

Vote YES for Seattle Libraries

While Seattle continues to change and grow, public libraries remain centers where all people can learn and benefit from educational resources and classes. The City of Seattle's Proposition 1 is a renewal and expansion of the 2012 Seattle Public Library Levy. It would maintain existing services and increase the library hours of operation, materials, technology, and youth programming. In addition, it would fund crucial building maintenance, including earthquake retrofits, and add support for the changing needs and interests of communities served by libraries.

This levy would cost the average household approximately $7 a month, making the 2019 Library Levy renewal an excellent value for the community. Vote Yes on the City of Seattle's Proposition 1.


Other: 36th, 37th, and 46th Legislative District Democrats, Friends of the Seattle Public Library, the Seattle Public Library Foundation, ReWA