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Congress, 5th Congressional District

U.S. Representative

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Democrat Dave Wilson is running to push back against the effects of a Republican-run government. Wilson, who previously ran for Congress in 2014 and 2016, is a retired health care administrator. He wants to address income inequality with a $15 minimum wage that’s indexed to inflation, bolster health care, and provide a housing first approach to the homelessness crisis that affects thousands across the state. 

Wilson is challenging Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who continues to be one of the most damaging lawmakers in Washington by voting with President Trump 95 percent of the time. McMorris Rodgers has voted yes on Trump's border wall, supported his trillion-dollar corporate tax cut, and was the only representative from Washington to vote for Trump's bill to cut $800 billion from Medicaid. She voted against raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and has refused on multiple occasions to hold town halls to answer to her constituents for her votes. McMorris Rodgers also refused to hold Trump accountable during impeachment on the charges of obstruction of justice or abuse of power.

Also in this race are Independent Brendan O'Regan and Republican Stephen Major. O'Regan believes about 85% of United States citizens are good but 85% of representatives in Congress are corrupt, and is not a serious candidate. Major leads expeditions to search for Bigfoot and is challenging McMorris Rodgers on the grounds that she was too slow to support Trump in 2016.

Democrat Chris Armitage will also be on the ballot, but has officially suspended his campaign as of late July. 

Wilson is the best choice in the race for the 5th Congressional District Representative.



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Governor Jay Inslee has been a strong, principled leader on the important challenges facing Washington. Before he was elected as governor in 2012, Inslee represented both sides of the Cascades in Congress, opposed the Iraq war, and worked to increase accountability and oversight for Wall Street banks.

Inslee has established himself as a national leader on fighting climate change. He has invested more than $170 million into clean energy and energy efficiency projects, implemented the Clean Air Rule, and pushed for legislation that reduces pollution in Washington. In his 2020 bid for the presidency, Inslee brought a climate-centered focus to the race. Outside of his work on climate, Inslee has signed into law Washington's public option for health care, paid family leave, and the Equal Pay Opportunity Act.

Recently, Inslee has been a national leader in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. His proactive, decisive, science-driven efforts have saved countless Washingtonians from getting sick. Unfortunately, we've seen the flip side recently where states with governors who were slow or failed to act have seen dramatic increases in cases.

Inslee is facing 35 opponents this year, the most prominent of which are Republicans Sen. Phil Fortunato, Tim Eyman, and Bothell Mayor Joshua Freed. Fortunato is a social conservative who has abandoned working families while in the office. In past legislative sessions, he voted against protections for LGBTQ school children and against expanding access to reproductive health care for women. Freed believes we should be less cautious about COVID-19 protections and rapidly re-open the state, a faulty strategy in the face of death and difficult recoveries even for previously healthy coronavirus patients.

Eyman is one of the worst candidates for governor the state has ever seen. Eyman's legal problems range from fraudulently diverting funds from his ill-conceived initiatives into his personal bank accounts to wide-ranging campaign finance violations to stealing a chair from Office Depot. He is the face behind many of Washington's most damaging initiatives, including the most recent disaster that has cut tens of billions of dollars from state transportation projects. Eyman has lately been doubling down on his cringeworthy antics by comparing Gov. Inslee's COVID policies to George Floyd's murder.

As the coronavirus crisis continues and the gap in the state budget persists, we need real, experienced leadership at the helm of the state. Inslee is the clear choice for governor.

Lt. Governor

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State Senate Floor Leader Marko Liias was first elected to the Mukilteo City Council in 2005 before being appointed to the state House in 2007 and finally the state Senate in 2014.

In the Legislature, Liias has been a strong progressive advocate for all families. As the Democratic Senate Floor Leader, Liias has led the fight on LGBTQ equality and created a student loan bill of rights. His past legislation includes a ban on the inhumane practice of conversion therapy. This year, Liias sponsored legislation requiring informed consent to perform a pelvic exam and creating a new state financial aid program for undocumented students.

In his interview with Fuse, Liias said he would use the bully pulpit of the office to connect with voters across the state about progressive issues, including fixing our upside-down tax code. In addition, he laid out a strong set of proposals for how to increase police accountability. If elected, Liias would be the first openly gay statewide official in Washington history.

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Rep. Denny Heck is retiring from Congress and running for Lt. Governor. Heck has had a long, effective career in both the private and public sectors, most notably as a five-term state representative, House majority leader, chief of staff to former Gov. Booth Gardner, and TVW co-founder.

In Congress, Heck has fought to make college more affordable, worked to lower health care costs, ensure veterans get the benefits they deserve, and create middle-class jobs. He supports immigration policies that create a path to citizenship and worked to help prevent health care premium increases due to Trump's policies. Heck was elected to represent the 10th Congressional District after it was created in 2012 and decided to retire after the impeachment hearings in December 2019.

His top priorities as Lt. Governor would be reforming our regressive tax system, investing in infrastructure to rebuild the economy as well as the roads and bridges, and helping people "skill up". In his Fuse interview, he expressed support for police reform and wants to expand on the Electeds For Justice pledge to eliminate qualified immunity for police officers. In addition, Heck said he wants to use the office and his extensive experience to lobby swing senators on progressive issues.

Other Candidates

This open seat has attracted a large number of candidates, including Democrats James Rafferty and Michelle Jasmer, Libertarians Jared Frerichs and Matt Seymour, and Republicans Ann Davison Sattler, Joseph Brumbles, and Marty McClendon.

Neither Rafferty nor Jasmer has a strong campaign presence. Frerich's top three campaign priorities are reducing economic barriers, reforming red-flag laws, and decriminalizing sex work. Seymour's main focus is preventing any tax increases, but he is also not open to options for progressive revenue. Davison Sattler is an attorney who ran for Seattle City Council as a Democrat against Debora Juarez in 2019 with the support of conservative groups like Safe Seattle. She officially declared herself a Republican early this year. Her platform includes turning unused commercial and civic structures into field hospitals, temporary housing, or disaster relief centers. Davison Sattler is endorsed by Republican elected officials and is not progressive. McClendon ran for Lt. Governor in 2016 and claimed then-Senator Cyrus Habib (who is not running for re-election to this position because he decided to enter the Society of Jesus) was not Christian, but "anti-God."

Secretary of State

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Former port commissioner and progressive state Rep. Gael Tarleton is now running for Secretary of State, who serves as the state's chief elections officer, among other roles. First elected to the Legislature in 2012, Tarleton has been a strong advocate for environmental causes such as Governor Jay Inslee's initiative to reduce carbon pollution. She sponsored bills during her first term in the House to strengthen the maritime industry, improve access to health care, and ensure gender pay equity.

Tarleton is running for Secretary of State to expand access to voting in Washington while safeguarding our elections against attacks "foreign and domestic." She wants to improve digital security and increase funding for county auditors to safeguard local elections from hacking attempts in the wake of the 2016 election. She would also expand audits of the state and local systems to identify any weaknesses that could be exploited.

Tarleton is challenging incumbent Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who has faced a bumpy road during her time in office. Last year, Wyman's office released a new $9.5 million voter registration database that was riddled with errors and led to a backlog of tens of thousands of registrations. King County elections director Julie Wise described the release as "irresponsible" and "not even functioning." In addition, Wyman was slow to support the Washington Voting Rights Act, same-day voter registration, and postage-paid ballots, and she has failed to condemn the president's relentless attacks on voting by mail.

Also in this race are Independent Ed Minger and Progressive Party candidate Gentry Lange. Minger wants to prohibit candidates from running paid ads, which is blatantly unconstitutional, and Lange wants to end voting by mail in Washington, a particularly confounding position during a pandemic.

We need a progressive leader in the Secretary of State's office who is fully committed to protecting our elections and removing every barrier to participation in our democracy. Tarleton is the clear progressive choice in this race.

State Treasurer

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Mike Pellicciotti has served in the Washington state House representing the 30th Legislative District since 2016 and is now running for Treasurer. Pellicciotti has never accepted corporate campaign donations and has led efforts to make the Legislature's records open for public view. He also wrote the Corporate Crime Act, which increases financial penalties for corporate crimes by 100 times, and has successfully supported laws reducing property taxes.

Pellicciotti is challenging incumbent Republican Duane Davidson. In 2016, incumbent Jim McIntire retired, leaving the seat open. Because of the crowded primary, two Republicans made it through to the general election, giving them control of the Treasurer's office for the first time since 1957. Davidson previously served as the Benton County Treasurer from 2003 to 2016. In his term, he has been a traditional Republican and has referred to the state Legislature "raiding" the Rainy Day Fund. He has also only attended 3 of 18 critical pension meetings since fall 2017.

Pellicciotti has been a solid legislator and is the best choice in the race for Washington State Treasurer.

State Auditor

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Washington Auditor Pat McCarthy has been a consistent advocate for government transparency and accountability during her first term in office. Previously, she served as Pierce County Executive and Pierce County Auditor, where she was honored as the 2006 Washington State Auditor of the Year.

Recently, McCarthy announced that her office has opened two independent audits of the Employment Security Department. The first will investigate the delay in unemployment benefits for hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The second audit will look into how criminals stole hundreds of millions of dollars through a sophisticated fraud scheme.

McCarthy is facing a challenge from Democrat Joshua Casey and Republican Chris Leyba. Casey is a CPA who wants to bring his financial expertise to the auditor's office. Leyba is a former police detective who currently runs an animal rescue on his farm. If elected, he would prioritize buying from Washington businesses and saving taxpayer dollars.

McCarthy's experience and commitment to oversight will be valuable as the state works to emerge from the pandemic and the recession. McCarthy is the best choice in this race.

Attorney General

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Attorney General Bob Ferguson's accomplishments during his two terms in office are impressive. From delivering millions of dollars back to consumers who were wronged by fraudulent corporations and his ongoing battle with the federal government to clean up the Hanford nuclear waste site to successfully fighting two Tim Eyman initiatives, Ferguson has been a strong and effective advocate for people in Washington. He has sued the Trump administration 50 times as of October 2019 and won every completed case (22 by his own count). Some of Ferguson's biggest accomplishments from the past few years include protecting consumer medical data, protecting statewide water quality from Trump's erosive environmental policies, and fighting back against the Trump administration's child detention laws.

Ferguson is running against Republicans Brett Rogers, Mike Vaska, and Matt Larkin. Rogers states that with over 20 years of law enforcement experience, including time with the Seattle Police Department, he would be well-suited to research and set criminal justice policy. A member of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Vaska's priorities include reducing regulations for business and streamlining the permitting process. Larkin states that he's running to prioritize "the homeless situation" that "no one is doing anything about," and promises to empower law enforcement while making Washington more business-friendly.

Ferguson is the clear progressive choice for Attorney General of Washington.

Commissioner of Public Lands

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Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz has been a proactive force for protecting our communities from climate change. As the head of the Washington Department of Natural Resources, she has focused on wildfire management and climate action.

This year, Franz released a climate resilience plan for rural Washington that includes expanding wind and solar farms and massive reforestation. Given the statewide threat and impact of wildfires with recent record-setting fire seasons, she has also worked on a 20-year forest health plan and a 10-year fire protection plan.

Franz is running against six other candidates: Republicans Cameron Whitney, Steve Sharon, Maryam Abasbarzy, and Sue Kuehl Pederson, Democrat Frank Wallbrown, and Libertarian Kelsey Reyes. Wallbrown and Abasbarzy have no campaign details available. Pederson is the former chair of the Grays Harbor Republican Party and says she's running to bring new leadership to the office and to balance the state's economy and ecology. Reyes works in the restaurant industry and has no concrete campaign details or website available. Finally, Sharon is running to investigate the effects of 5G towers and Whitney is running to follow Trump's suggestion of raking forests to stop forest fires.

Franz has the experience we need to guide and protect our state from increasingly dangerous fire seasons to the rising threat of climate inaction. Vote Franz for Commissioner of Public Lands.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Chris Reykdal is running for re-election to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to continue his leadership of our state's public schools through this challenging time. Previously, Reykdal spent 14 years serving on local school boards and in leadership positions at community and technical colleges, as well as serving 6 years in the Legislature. In the state House, Reykdal had a strong progressive voting record and was a consistent champion for public schools.

In his first term as Superintendent, Reykdal has pushed the Legislature to fully fund K-12 education, increase teacher pay, and close the opportunity gap for students of color. More recently, Reykdal has worked closely with Gov. Inslee to help Washington's schools navigate the pandemic. He made the tough decision early to close schools for the year to keep kids and families safe and slow the spread of COVID-19. If re-elected, Reykdal will continue to advocate for these priorities and work with schools across the state as they make the transition back to in-person education.

Reykdal is facing a handful of opponents in this non-partisan race: conservative Ron Higgins, former Republican legislative candidate Maia Espinoza, Dennis Wick, Stan Lippman, and David Spring. Espinoza has garnered attention by publishing a false and inflammatory voters pamphlet statement attacking Reykdal. Lippman is a disbarred lawyer and anti-vaccination advocate, Spring doesn't think we should have closed schools during the pandemic, and Higgins wants to inject religious teachings into public education. Wick is a former member of the Snohomish School District Board of Directors who wants to modernize our school system.

Reykdal is the clear choice for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Insurance Commissioner

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Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has spent his entire career serving the people of Washington. Prior to running for statewide office, Kreidler was a doctor of optometry, state legislator, and member of Congress.

As Insurance Commissioner, Kreidler has been a consistent advocate for consumers and patients in overseeing insurance companies in Washington. Kreidler set up one of the first and most effective Obamacare exchanges in the country, helping expand access to health care for hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians. More recently, Kreidler moved quickly to issue an emergency order requiring insurance companies to waive copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for COVID-19 testing and office visits. In addition, he forced insurance companies to allow consumers to access other health providers if they did not have an in-network option for testing.

Kreidler is running against Republican Chirayu Avinash Patel and Libertarian Anthony Welti. Patel wants to model the office of the insurance commissioner based on a hybrid of the Ronald Reagan and Thomas Jefferson administrations, though he gives few details on what this would mean. Welti is running on a vaguely anti-corruption platform and wants to allow insurance companies to offer cheaper plans with fewer protections for consumers.

Kreidler has earned your vote for re-election to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Legislative Races

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below legislative races on your ballot.

3rd Legislative District

State Senator

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Evergreen Future

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig is a strong leader and progressive champion who has broad support from the Spokane community.

Billig has worked hard for his district. He helped pass a transportation bill that created 43,000 jobs and worked to reduce pollution in the Spokane River. He's also been a strong leader advocating for high-quality early learning programs and better campaign finance reform to increase transparency in government, including two bills he passed to make elections more fair in our state. If re-elected, Billig will continue to work on progressive revenue that flips Washington's upside-down tax code, support a balanced economic recovery for everyone, make additional investments in education, and continue to foster a healthy economy.

His opponent in this race is Marine veteran Dave Lucas. Lucas irresponsibly wants to cut taxes when the state faces a historic multi-billion dollar budget deficit that is already threatening funding for education, health care, and affordable housing.

Fuse members who interviewed Billig appreciated his proactiveness on policy and responsiveness to constituents, two positives that are reflected in Billig's wide support from progressive partners. Billig has earned your vote for re-election to the state Senate.

State Representative, Position #1

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Rep. Marcus Riccelli is running for re-election to his seat in the 3rd Legislative District. Prior to joining the Legislature, Riccelli served as U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell's Eastern Washington Director and as former state Senator Lisa Brown's senior policy aide.

During his time in the Legislature, Riccelli has worked on community hunger and food insecurity issues through the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), a federal program that reimburses schools for student meals. This March, he spearheaded the efforts of the Spokane Food Fighters in donating hundreds of meals to those in need. Riccelli also sponsored the Hunger-Free Schools Act, which provides a bridge of federal funding for free breakfast to schools where nearly half of students' families are using public assistance. If re-elected, Riccelli will continue to prioritize working on community hunger, education, environmental protection, and workplace training.

His challenger, Republican Laura Carder, previously ran against Rep. Timm Ormsby in 2016. The Spokesman-Review notes that in the past Carder expressed support for teaching creationism in schools and said she believed that the discrimination case brought against the Richland florist who refused to sell a gay couple flowers was "unfair." Her 2020 website is currently down and she does not have a detailed campaign platform.

Riccelli is the clear choice in this race.

State Representative, Position #2

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Rep. Timm Ormsby is a progressive champion and an active member of the Spokane community. He is the current president of the Spokane Regional Labor Council and a board member of the United Way of Spokane County. In past sessions, Ormsby helped write and pass bills to help protect the environment and preserve critical health care services. This year, Ormsby supported some of the state's most vulnerable residents by being the prime sponsor on a bill for permanent affordable housing. He also recently sponsored additional bills on equitable educational outcomes for homeless youth and for community solar projects.

Ormsby is running against former Spokane City Council member Bob Apple, who was a Democrat on the council but switched to being a Republican. In a community interview, Apple stated he's running to push back against the idea of a state income tax and additional bureaucracy.

Ormsby is the clear progressive choice in this race.

4th Legislative District

State Senator

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John Roskelley is a former two-term Spokane County Commissioner who is now running for state Senate. He is positioning himself as a moderate Democrat who will focus on senior and disability issues in the Legislature, including health care and requirements for senior living establishments. He is, however, unwilling to support initiatives like Treatment First Initiative I-1715, which would redirect those arrested for drugs into appropriate health and support services, or policies like the Working Families Tax Credit, citing the condition of the state budget.

Roskelley's opponents are incumbent Republican Mike Padden and Independent Ann Marie Danimus. Padden has stood firmly against progressive values in his time in the Legislature. He is one of few Republicans who voted against the hair discrimination bill that passed this session, and he also opposed protections for undocumented workers that would restrict federal officers from arresting them around courthouses.

Danimus, on the other hand, calls herself a "liberal libertarian." Her top issues include ensuring tax equality, providing resources for victims of abuse and domestic violence, and balancing liberty and security. 

Roskelley is the best choice for state House from the 4th Legislative District. 

State Representative, Position #1

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Evergreen Future

Nurse practitioner Lori Feagan is running to bring progressive values to Olympia from the 4th Legislative District. One of her top priorities is improving health care, including lowering the cost of prescription drugs and holding price-gougers accountable when it comes to vital medications like insulin. In light of I-976 passing and future cuts to infrastructure projects across the state, Feagan promises to prioritize improvements like the Henry Road overpass and road separation projects.

Feagan is running against Republicans David Whitehead and Bob McCaslin. Whitehead, who joined this year's race with an hour left to go on the filing deadline, is a teacher and former volleyball coach at Mt. Spokane High School. He does not have a website or platform details available but says he will work with local businesses to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Incumbent Bob McCaslin has voted against a slew of progressive reforms and is one of most far-right members of the Legislature. Along with Rep. Matt Shea, McCaslin has supported splitting Washington into two states, creating a new conservative state called "Liberty."

The local Fuse interview committee was extremely impressed with Feagan's determination to improve health care access, ensure living wages, and be a progressive force in Olympia. The range of endorsements for Feagan from our partners and from elected officials reflects her potential to bring people together for change. Feagan is the best choice in this race.

State Representative, Position #2

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Electeds For Justice

Accountant Lance Gurel is running for the 4th Legislative District, House Position 2 to bring progressive leadership back to the district for the first time in decades. In his interview with the local Fuse endorsement committee, Gurel said that he would support undocumented workers, many of whom have been deemed essential workers during this pandemic, with an emergency aid fund. He supports tax reform like the Working Families Tax Credit that would put money back in the pockets of Washingtonians with low and moderate incomes. Gurel also expressed support for affordable child care, mental health programs that diverts people from the prison pipeline, and investments in clean fuels.

Gurel's opponents are Republicans Rob Chase, Leonard Christian, and Nathan Sybrandy. Chase, who calls himself a Trump Republican, is running on the so-called "MAGA Doctrine" of "following the Constitution and shrinking government." Notably, he is supported by Rep. Matt Shea, who was ousted from the Republican caucus after an investigation deemed him a "domestic terrorist."

Christian, a former representative who held office in 2014, calls himself "a solid conservative" and a Trump supporter. He's running against the governor's use of his emergency powers during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as comprehensive sex education and budgetary increases.

Surgical nurse Nathan Sybrandy says he is running to bring a young, conservative voice to the race. He states that though he didn't plan to run this year, he wanted to bring attention to the economic impacts of isolation during the pandemic, calling economic health "part of public health."

The 4th LD deserves better than another Shea. Vote Lance Gurel for state House.

6th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

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Electeds For Justice

Zack Zappone is running against incumbent Republican Mike Volz for the 6th Legislative District, House Position 1. As a former teacher and creator of after school programs, his top priorities include ensuring that everyone has the training they need to enter the workforce, a housing-first approach to homelessness, worker protections, and creating a more equitable tax system for lower-income residents. He highlights his experience in logistics through his volunteer work with the Spokane Food Fighters, who are delivering meals during the coronavirus crisis.

Zappone is running against Republican incumbent Mike Volz. This year, Volz voted against a bill that aimed to create an office of gun violence prevention and opposed adding immigration status to the state's anti-discrimination laws. If re-elected, Volz promises to "get our state government back to living within its means."

In his interview, Zappone impressed the Fuse local council with his strong progressive values and equitable platform. Zappone is the best choice in this race.

State Representative, Position #2

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Fire commissioner and housing attorney Tom McGarry is challenging incumbent Jenny Graham for House Position 2 in the 6th Legislative District. In addition to his role as fire commissioner, McGarry serves as board chair for the Spokane County Fire Commissioner’s Association. McGarry is determined to avoid any coronavirus-caused state budget cuts for those who are least economically equipped to handle them. If elected, he states he will bring a workers-first agenda to Olympia with a lens for racial justice. Some of his policy priorities include increasing affordable housing, a careful, data-driven economic reopening, and increasing benefits for workers.

McGarry is running against incumbent Republican Jenny Graham and Democrat Christian McLachlan. In addition to her standard conservative votes as a representative, Graham's coronavirus response has been terrible. Facebook flagged one of her posts as untrue after she questioned vaccine science. In addition, she protested the early release of non-violent prisoners who were within 18 months of their scheduled release even with the knowledge that the coronavirus was primed to sweep through jails, threatening thousands of guards, prisoners, and staff. While McLachlan does not have detailed campaign information available, he claims to support Medicare for All and a pre-emptive pandemic response to prevent future lockdowns. Our local council was disappointed with McLachlan's problematic and conservative views on several issues.

A vote for Graham is a vote for a continued conservative agenda in the district. Vote McGarry for proven, progressive leadership.

7th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

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Georgia Davenport is the founder and current field director of Whole Washington, a coalition of activists and health care professionals pushing for single-payer, universal healthcare in Washington. She notes that in rural areas of the 7th Legislative District, hospitals have been leaving and private insurers continue to increase prices. Her top priority as a legislator would be to pass the Whole Washington Healthcare Trust legislation, ensuring that residents have stable, accessible health care available to them.

Davenport is challenging incumbent Jacquelin Maycumber. Maycumber spent the most recent legislative session fighting against a low-carbon fuel standard that would have required that refineries supply cleaner fuel over time, creating healthier air for all of us. Maycumber also pushed for $30 car tabs, despite the fact that the policy would slash $2.5 million a year in Spokane area infrastructure repair and pothole maintenance. She's also a historically bad vote on reproductive rights, with an F from NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.

Davenport is the best choice in this race

State Representative, Position #2

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Restaurant owner JJ Wandler is running as an Independent against Republican Rep. Joel Kretz. His priorities include establishing a state bank as well as helping the community push through the current economic and health struggles caused by the coronavirus, though he doesn't have any policy proposals available for the latter issues.

Kretz has an atrocious record on civil rights. He voted no on this year's bills to establish a statewide equity office and was one of the few representatives to vote no on a ban against hair discrimination in the Legislature. Kretz has also been problematic on environmental conservation and land issues. While not progressive, Wandler is the better choice in this race.

9th Legislative District

State Senator

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Pasco progressive Jennifer Goulet is a community activist with a long history of community involvement on reproductive rights and the environment. Her political background includes serving as a chair of the Franklin County Democrats and as a member of the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. Goulet has been a vocal advocate for affordable health care, increased government accountability, and reining in the influence of corporations on our elections. If elected, Goulet states that she would want to work on the Law & Justice Committee to implement changes to criminal justice at the legislative level.

Goulet is running against Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, whose voting record and actions during the coronavirus crisis have put him squarely against the interests of working families. He pushed back against Gov. Inslee's life-saving extensions of coronavirus quarantine and even refused to extend the governor's emergency order on domestic violence protective orders during the pandemic. His refusal to do the latter, which stands against even the advice of prosecutors and sheriffs, potentially put thousands of domestic violence victims at risk.

Goulet is the best choice in this race.

State Representative, Position #1

No Good Choices

There are no good choices in this race. Libertarian Brett Borden is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Mary Dye. Borden works in manufacturing and states that he joined the Libertarian Party in 2016 to support presidential candidate Gary Johnson. While it's laudable that Borden is protesting against mass incarceration and for bail reform, his platform is also anti-regulation in a way that ignores the needs of working people, students, and seniors.

Rep. Dye is a social conservative who is most well known for asking visiting teens lobbying for Planned Parenthood if they were virgins. In 2018, Rep. Dye was also one of the few House Republicans to vote against a measure that would provide breakfast to hungry school children. Throughout her time in Olympia, Rep. Mary Dye has shown that she lacks the willingness to build bridges across the aisle on important social issues.

Write in a candidate of your choice.

State Representative, Position #2

No Good Choices

There are no good choices in this race as incumbent Rep. Joe Schmick is running unopposed for this position. Schmick rarely faces challenges to his seat, which is unfortunate because he often votes against progressive bills such as an expansion of solar energy projects available to renters and a bill to increase racial equity in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Write in a candidate of your choice.

Spokane County Commission

Spokane County Commission, District #1

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Union leader and Democrat Ted Cummings has worked at Kaiser Aluminum for many years. He serves as a board member of the Spokane Regional Labor Council as well as the district vice president of the Washington State Labor Council. Cummings is running to prioritize transparency and accountability in county government. Unlike some county officials, Cummings does not support building a new jail, and would rather the county put its efforts and budget towards affordable housing, diversion programs with appropriate health services, and natural assets like parks.

Cummings is running against Josh Kerns, one of the most conservative commissioners, who says his involvement with the Republican party "runs deep." Kerns states that "taxes should be the last resort," while simultaneously promising to keep roads well-maintained. Unfortunately, his math doesn't add up. As the coronavirus continues to deal a huge blow to state and local budgets, elected officials must either cut social services, infrastructure, and other necessities or make corporations and the wealthy finally pay their share. Spokane needs a county commissioner who, especially in this massive health crisis, is looking out for people, not just the bottom line.

Cummings is by far the better choice in this race.

Spokane County Commission, District #2

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Accounting business owner David Green is a longtime Democratic party activist who currently serves as chair of the 3rd Legislative District Democrats and vice chair of the Washington State Democratic Party. Green is committed to working with local allies to understand and address systemic racism in Spokane's county criminal justice system and wants to consider alternative approaches to incarceration. He supports a closer relationship between the county and cities to minimize urban sprawl and addressing the housing crisis at the regional level.

Green is running against incumbent Mary Kuney, a moderate Republican who was appointed to the commission by Governor Jay Inslee in September of 2017. Kuney is a certified public accountant and the former Chief Deputy Auditor for Spokane County. While Kuney has worked across county departments to streamline budgets and improve efficiencies, she does not have the desire or progressive credentials needed to overturn years of conservative decision-making at the county level.

This race is particularly notable as Spokane has had an all-Republican board of county commissioners for nearly a decade. It's time for progress and a return to people-focused policy in Spokane. Vote Green for County Commissioner, District 2.