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Republican incumbent and council president Bill Boyce is running unopposed for another term on the Kent City Council in Position 5. Boyce became the first Black city council member when he was first elected in 2011. He is a veteran and worked in HR for Boeing for more than three decades. He also served on the Kent School District Board of Directors for 16 years. Last year, Boyce ran unsuccessfully for a state Senate seat in the 47th Legislative District.

Boyce has no campaign website for this race as of October. However, his website from last year’s legislative race is full of conservative stances such as cutting funding from crucial public services. A pillar of his 2022 campaign was attacking the WA Cares program, which helps all Washingtonians access the long-term care they need.

Boyce is not a progressive choice. Write in a candidate of your choice for Kent City Council, Position 5.
 

Bill Boyce

Republican incumbent and council president Bill Boyce is running unopposed for another term on the Kent City Council in Position 5. Boyce became the first Black city council member when he was first elected in 2011. He is a veteran and worked in HR for Boeing for more than three decades.

  • King County Assessor John Wilson is running unopposed for re-election. He worked as the chief deputy assessor for four years before being elected by the public to lead the office in 2015. Wilson has also worked in the county’s Department of Information Technology and in public affairs consulting. 

    In office, Wilson has focused on housing affordability, making sure our tax code is balanced, and improving the efficiency of assessor services. One of his top priorities has been to ensure that property taxes don’t push our senior neighbors out of their homes. Wilson also revamped the office’s web services and instituted the Taxpayer Transparency Tool so county residents can easily calculate how policy changes impact their upcoming taxes. In this race, Wilson’s platform emphasizes similar values of accessibility, innovation, and efficiency in the office while working on community issues like housing and immigration.

    With his years of experience and strong community focus, John Wilson deserves your vote to serve another term as King County Auditor. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    John Wilson

    King County Assessor John Wilson is running unopposed for re-election. He worked as the chief deputy assessor for four years before being elected by the public to lead the office in 2015.

    King County Assessor John Wilson is running unopposed for re-election. He worked as the chief deputy assessor for four years before being elected by the public to lead the office in 2015. Wilson has also worked in the county’s Department of Information Technology and in public affairs consulting. 

    In office, Wilson has focused on housing affordability, making sure our tax code is balanced, and improving the efficiency of assessor services. One of his top priorities has been to ensure that property taxes don’t push our senior neighbors out of their homes. Wilson also revamped the office’s web services and instituted the Taxpayer Transparency Tool so county residents can easily calculate how policy changes impact their upcoming taxes. In this race, Wilson’s platform emphasizes similar values of accessibility, innovation, and efficiency in the office while working on community issues like housing and immigration.

    With his years of experience and strong community focus, John Wilson deserves your vote to serve another term as King County Auditor. 

    John Wilson

    King County Assessor John Wilson is running unopposed for re-election. He worked as the chief deputy assessor for four years before being elected by the public to lead the office in 2015.

  • Endorsed By: King County Democrats
  • Incumbent Julie Wise is running for her third term serving as King County Director of Elections. Wise has worked in elections since 2000 and as the county’s director since 2015. During her two terms, she has brought innovative community services to the offices that have advanced civic education and voter participation.

    Wise has led progress in the county elections office, instituting the Voter Education Fund (a public-philanthropic partnership), providing prepaid postage on ballots, introducing new language options, and adding 65 new ballot drop-off locations. Her past term included successfully navigating the storm of election misinformation and conspiracy theories about the democratic process. Wise has won numerous awards for her leadership in the office.

    Wise’s campaign reflects her continued commitment to reducing barriers to voting, protecting elections from infringement, building community trust in the accuracy of election results, and making sure every vote is counted. Her biggest priorities for a third term are continuing progressive efforts to increase accessibility while investing in security to protect voters and elections offices from intimidation.

    Republican Doug Basler is challenging Wise in this race. Basler runs a digital video and marketing services company, and he has previously run for office. His campaign platform dangerously promotes far-right fictions of election fraud that fueled the 2020 criminal conspiracy to overthrow the will of the people. Basler has also previously questioned the integrity of county elections, and even participated in lawsuits aimed at overturning the function of our democratic institutions. 

    King County voters deserve an elections director who is focused on delivering quality and accurate services rather than someone who wants to overturn our votes and stoke chaos in order to elevate their position and that of their party. Julie Wise deserves re-election for another term as King County Director of Elections to continue bringing strong leadership to the office. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Julie Wise

    Incumbent Julie Wise is running for her third term serving as King County Director of Elections. Wise has worked in elections since 2000 and as the county’s director since 2015.

    Incumbent Julie Wise is running for her third term serving as King County Director of Elections. Wise has worked in elections since 2000 and as the county’s director since 2015. During her two terms, she has brought innovative community services to the offices that have advanced civic education and voter participation.

    Wise has led progress in the county elections office, instituting the Voter Education Fund (a public-philanthropic partnership), providing prepaid postage on ballots, introducing new language options, and adding 65 new ballot drop-off locations. Her past term included successfully navigating the storm of election misinformation and conspiracy theories about the democratic process. Wise has won numerous awards for her leadership in the office.

    Wise’s campaign reflects her continued commitment to reducing barriers to voting, protecting elections from infringement, building community trust in the accuracy of election results, and making sure every vote is counted. Her biggest priorities for a third term are continuing progressive efforts to increase accessibility while investing in security to protect voters and elections offices from intimidation.

    Republican Doug Basler is challenging Wise in this race. Basler runs a digital video and marketing services company, and he has previously run for office. His campaign platform dangerously promotes far-right fictions of election fraud that fueled the 2020 criminal conspiracy to overthrow the will of the people. Basler has also previously questioned the integrity of county elections, and even participated in lawsuits aimed at overturning the function of our democratic institutions. 

    King County voters deserve an elections director who is focused on delivering quality and accurate services rather than someone who wants to overturn our votes and stoke chaos in order to elevate their position and that of their party. Julie Wise deserves re-election for another term as King County Director of Elections to continue bringing strong leadership to the office. 

    Julie Wise

    Incumbent Julie Wise is running for her third term serving as King County Director of Elections. Wise has worked in elections since 2000 and as the county’s director since 2015.

  • Endorsed By: APACE, The Stranger
  • Sam Cho is running unopposed for re-election for Seattle Port Commissioner, Position 2. Before his election in 2019, he served on Gov. Jay Inslee’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and previously worked on trade issues for a member of Congress. Aside from his work on the commission, Cho also serves on the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Council on International Trade.

    Cho has been a standout on the commission in his first term. When Cho became commission president in 2022, he was the first Asian American to serve in the role in port history. As the son of South Korean immigrants and a fluent Korean speaker, Cho has led several international trade efforts with Korea, including creating a green trade corridor with the Port of Busan and working with Hyundai and KIA to make the Port of Seattle the exclusive importer of their cars.

    Cho deserves your vote for Position 2 on the Seattle Port Commission. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Sam Cho

    Submitted by airtable on Mon, 09/25/2023 - 15:34

    Sam Cho is running unopposed for re-election for Seattle Port Commissioner, Position 2. Before his election in 2019, 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 is running unopposed for re-election for Seattle Port Commissioner, Position 2. Before his election in 2019, he served on Gov. Jay Inslee’s Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and previously worked on trade issues for a member of Congress. Aside from his work on the commission, Cho also serves on the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Council on International Trade.

    Cho has been a standout on the commission in his first term. When Cho became commission president in 2022, he was the first Asian American to serve in the role in port history. As the son of South Korean immigrants and a fluent Korean speaker, Cho has led several international trade efforts with Korea, including creating a green trade corridor with the Port of Busan and working with Hyundai and KIA to make the Port of Seattle the exclusive importer of their cars.

    Cho deserves your vote for Position 2 on the Seattle Port Commission. 

    Sam Cho

    Submitted by airtable on Mon, 09/25/2023 - 15:34

    Sam Cho is running unopposed for re-election for Seattle Port Commissioner, Position 2. Before his election in 2019, 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 for re-election to the Seattle Port Commission, Position 5, as the senior member of the commission, having served since 2016. With his science background, Felleman has pledged to continue supporting environmentally friendly reforms at the port.

    As commissioner, Felleman has focused on fighting climate change and increasing the port's green energy jobs. He has been a leader on the commission when it comes to protecting orcas, publicly opposing the dangerous Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and advocating for well-paying jobs. Elected commission president in 2021, he has recently supported more efficient and greener policies at the port to reduce pollution, including adding solar panels to the Fishermen's Terminal's net shed and powering new docks so ships don't have to idle and burn additional fuel. Felleman often supports social causes as well, including condemning Trump's Muslim ban and government agencies’ response at the airport, as well as welcoming Ukrainian refugees, with Washington hosting 16,000 refugees, the third most among U.S. states.

    Challenging Felleman is Jesse Tam, the managing director for Mega Pacific Investments, a strategic development consulting firm. He is a former parks commissioner for the city of Newcastle, as well as past president and current board director for the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce, among other roles. 

    Tam states that he's running to use his business experience to source well-paying union jobs, negotiate business deals, and lead on climate change. While we agree with Tam's listed priorities, Felleman has been an excellent environmental advocate and scientific mind on the board, and we don't see a strong case for how Tam would bring progressive change to the port. 

    Felleman has earned your vote for re-election to the Port of Seattle, Position #5. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Fred Felleman

    Submitted by airtable on Mon, 09/25/2023 - 15:34

    Incumbent Fred Felleman is an environmental consultant and marine biologist. He is running for re-election to the Seattle Port Commission, Position 5, as the senior member of the commission, having served since 2016.

    Incumbent Fred Felleman is an environmental consultant and marine biologist. He is running for re-election to the Seattle Port Commission, Position 5, as the senior member of the commission, having served since 2016. With his science background, Felleman has pledged to continue supporting environmentally friendly reforms at the port.

    As commissioner, Felleman has focused on fighting climate change and increasing the port's green energy jobs. He has been a leader on the commission when it comes to protecting orcas, publicly opposing the dangerous Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and advocating for well-paying jobs. Elected commission president in 2021, he has recently supported more efficient and greener policies at the port to reduce pollution, including adding solar panels to the Fishermen's Terminal's net shed and powering new docks so ships don't have to idle and burn additional fuel. Felleman often supports social causes as well, including condemning Trump's Muslim ban and government agencies’ response at the airport, as well as welcoming Ukrainian refugees, with Washington hosting 16,000 refugees, the third most among U.S. states.

    Challenging Felleman is Jesse Tam, the managing director for Mega Pacific Investments, a strategic development consulting firm. He is a former parks commissioner for the city of Newcastle, as well as past president and current board director for the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce, among other roles. 

    Tam states that he's running to use his business experience to source well-paying union jobs, negotiate business deals, and lead on climate change. While we agree with Tam's listed priorities, Felleman has been an excellent environmental advocate and scientific mind on the board, and we don't see a strong case for how Tam would bring progressive change to the port. 

    Felleman has earned your vote for re-election to the Port of Seattle, Position #5. 

    Fred Felleman

    Submitted by airtable on Mon, 09/25/2023 - 15:34

    Incumbent Fred Felleman is an environmental consultant and marine biologist. He is running for re-election to the Seattle Port Commission, Position 5, as the senior member of the commission, having served since 2016.

  • Incumbent Marli Larimer is running for re-election to Kent City Council, Position 1. Larimer was first appointed to the city council in 2018 and was later retained by voters. Outside of the council, she works for a customer experience consulting company. Larimer is also highly involved in the community, volunteering for a number of local organizations that range from the Evergreen City Ballet to her kids’ sports teams to the King County Affordable Housing Committee and more.

    Larimer has distinguished herself as a progressive leader on the Kent City Council. If re-elected, she wants to continue engaging perspectives at all regional and state levels to bring innovative, effective solutions to the housing crisis in Kent. Larimer is also dedicated to uplifting workers through workforce development and expanding access to early-career opportunities in Kent Valley. She is proud that Kent is the nation’s 7th most diverse city and she wants to continue building policy that supports equity, public health, and cultural understanding. Larimer is also running to promote public safety and supports climate mitigation efforts, local ecosystem protections, and de-escalation training for local police.

    In this race, Larimer is challenged by far-right candidate Jessie Ramsey, whose campaign slogan is “ABC” which he states stands for “Another Black Conservative.” Ramsey is a veteran and currently works as a security guard. His extreme conservative bent is evident in his campaign platform where he advocates for a return to the failed War-On-Drugs Era policing ideas and offers vindictive critiques of progressive leaders. Ramsey characterized the Black Lives Matter movement, which many Washingtonians of all backgrounds participated in, as a group of “urban terrorists.”

    Kent residents deserve a representative on the council who will focus on bringing the community together with the resources we all need to thrive, rather than an elected leader who uses fear-mongering to divide us. With strong endorsements and a progressive track record, Marli Larimer is the clear choice for Kent City Council, Position 1. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Marli Larimer

    Incumbent Marli Larimer is running for re-election to Kent City Council, Position 1. Larimer was first appointed to the city council in 2018 and was later retained by voters. Outside of the council, she works for a customer experience consulting company.

    Incumbent Marli Larimer is running for re-election to Kent City Council, Position 1. Larimer was first appointed to the city council in 2018 and was later retained by voters. Outside of the council, she works for a customer experience consulting company. Larimer is also highly involved in the community, volunteering for a number of local organizations that range from the Evergreen City Ballet to her kids’ sports teams to the King County Affordable Housing Committee and more.

    Larimer has distinguished herself as a progressive leader on the Kent City Council. If re-elected, she wants to continue engaging perspectives at all regional and state levels to bring innovative, effective solutions to the housing crisis in Kent. Larimer is also dedicated to uplifting workers through workforce development and expanding access to early-career opportunities in Kent Valley. She is proud that Kent is the nation’s 7th most diverse city and she wants to continue building policy that supports equity, public health, and cultural understanding. Larimer is also running to promote public safety and supports climate mitigation efforts, local ecosystem protections, and de-escalation training for local police.

    In this race, Larimer is challenged by far-right candidate Jessie Ramsey, whose campaign slogan is “ABC” which he states stands for “Another Black Conservative.” Ramsey is a veteran and currently works as a security guard. His extreme conservative bent is evident in his campaign platform where he advocates for a return to the failed War-On-Drugs Era policing ideas and offers vindictive critiques of progressive leaders. Ramsey characterized the Black Lives Matter movement, which many Washingtonians of all backgrounds participated in, as a group of “urban terrorists.”

    Kent residents deserve a representative on the council who will focus on bringing the community together with the resources we all need to thrive, rather than an elected leader who uses fear-mongering to divide us. With strong endorsements and a progressive track record, Marli Larimer is the clear choice for Kent City Council, Position 1. 

    Marli Larimer

    Incumbent Marli Larimer is running for re-election to Kent City Council, Position 1. Larimer was first appointed to the city council in 2018 and was later retained by voters. Outside of the council, she works for a customer experience consulting company.

  • John Boyd is running for Kent City Council, Position 3. Boyd is a retired quality assurance inspector for Boeing and a Navy veteran. 

    Boyd's campaign priorities include developing a comprehensive plan to address homelessness that involves wrap-around services, sustainable development, rebuilding trust in law enforcement, and responsible budget spending. He highlights his certification in chemical dependency and experience as a volunteer at Therapeutic Health Services as important for addressing some of the root causes of homelessness, like substance abuse. Boyd supports increasing access to mental health services and job training programs. 

    His opponent is litigation paralegal Kelly Wiggans-Crawford. Despite stating that she will prioritize addressing the homelessness crisis and creating a safe community, Wiggans-Crawford has been an active advocate for Kent's punitive encampment bans. Wiggans-Crawford's campaign website lacks substantial plans to effectively tackle homelessness and other challenges confronting Kent, and in an interview with the Kent Reporter stated that she does not feel she needs to have the answers for community issues, but is excited to connect with those who do. This does not give us confidence that she will be ready to hit the ground running if elected. 

    Boyd has picked up a large number of organizational endorsements, including from local Democratic organizations and unions. He is the best choice for Kent City Council, Position 3.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    John Boyd

    John Boyd is running for Kent City Council, Position 3. Boyd is a retired quality assurance inspector for Boeing and a Navy veteran. 

    John Boyd is running for Kent City Council, Position 3. Boyd is a retired quality assurance inspector for Boeing and a Navy veteran. 

    Boyd's campaign priorities include developing a comprehensive plan to address homelessness that involves wrap-around services, sustainable development, rebuilding trust in law enforcement, and responsible budget spending. He highlights his certification in chemical dependency and experience as a volunteer at Therapeutic Health Services as important for addressing some of the root causes of homelessness, like substance abuse. Boyd supports increasing access to mental health services and job training programs. 

    His opponent is litigation paralegal Kelly Wiggans-Crawford. Despite stating that she will prioritize addressing the homelessness crisis and creating a safe community, Wiggans-Crawford has been an active advocate for Kent's punitive encampment bans. Wiggans-Crawford's campaign website lacks substantial plans to effectively tackle homelessness and other challenges confronting Kent, and in an interview with the Kent Reporter stated that she does not feel she needs to have the answers for community issues, but is excited to connect with those who do. This does not give us confidence that she will be ready to hit the ground running if elected. 

    Boyd has picked up a large number of organizational endorsements, including from local Democratic organizations and unions. He is the best choice for Kent City Council, Position 3.
     

    John Boyd

    John Boyd is running for Kent City Council, Position 3. Boyd is a retired quality assurance inspector for Boeing and a Navy veteran. 

No Good Choices

Republican incumbent and council president Bill Boyce is running unopposed for another term on the Kent City Council in Position 5. Boyce became the first Black city council member when he was first elected in 2011. He is a veteran and worked in HR for Boeing for more than three decades. He also served on the Kent School District Board of Directors for 16 years. Last year, Boyce ran unsuccessfully for a state Senate seat in the 47th Legislative District.

Boyce has no campaign website for this race as of October. However, his website from last year’s legislative race is full of conservative stances such as cutting funding from crucial public services. A pillar of his 2022 campaign was attacking the WA Cares program, which helps all Washingtonians access the long-term care they need.

Boyce is not a progressive choice. Write in a candidate of your choice for Kent City Council, Position 5.
 

Bill Boyce

Republican incumbent and council president Bill Boyce is running unopposed for another term on the Kent City Council in Position 5. Boyce became the first Black city council member when he was first elected in 2011. He is a veteran and worked in HR for Boeing for more than three decades.

School Districts

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

  • Dr. Jennifer Jones is running for another term serving Director District 2 on the Federal Way School Board. She is a professor at Highline College, where she has worked for 25 years. She has a long track record serving the community including as a social worker for public housing, as a member of an elementary school PTA, and as a guest lecturer for senior centers.

    In Jones’ first term, she worked hard to make the school district a welcoming place where all students gain the skills they need in our modern world. Now, she is running with a focus on bringing the community together and delivering a high-quality education to Federal Way students. Jones has earned a strong slate of progressive endorsements from elected leaders, community organizations, and local unions.

    Jones faces a challenge from Daniel Kukhar, who works as a manager at his own general contracting company. Kukhar is running on a typically Republican agenda that does not reflect the needs of local students and families. Compared with Jones, Kukhar's lack of experience in education shows in his failure to understand the nuances of the school district and the curriculum. 

    Dr. Jennifer Jones has been a strong leader on the Federal Way School Board and deserves your vote for another term serving as Director, District 2. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Jennifer Jones

    Dr. Jennifer Jones is running for another term serving Director District 2 on the Federal Way School Board. She is a professor at Highline College, where she has worked for 25 years.

    Dr. Jennifer Jones is running for another term serving Director District 2 on the Federal Way School Board. She is a professor at Highline College, where she has worked for 25 years. She has a long track record serving the community including as a social worker for public housing, as a member of an elementary school PTA, and as a guest lecturer for senior centers.

    In Jones’ first term, she worked hard to make the school district a welcoming place where all students gain the skills they need in our modern world. Now, she is running with a focus on bringing the community together and delivering a high-quality education to Federal Way students. Jones has earned a strong slate of progressive endorsements from elected leaders, community organizations, and local unions.

    Jones faces a challenge from Daniel Kukhar, who works as a manager at his own general contracting company. Kukhar is running on a typically Republican agenda that does not reflect the needs of local students and families. Compared with Jones, Kukhar's lack of experience in education shows in his failure to understand the nuances of the school district and the curriculum. 

    Dr. Jennifer Jones has been a strong leader on the Federal Way School Board and deserves your vote for another term serving as Director, District 2. 

    Jennifer Jones

    Dr. Jennifer Jones is running for another term serving Director District 2 on the Federal Way School Board. She is a professor at Highline College, where she has worked for 25 years.

  • Endorsed By: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Washington Education Association, King County Democrats
  • Educator and district parent Luckisha Phillips is running for re-election for Federal Way School Board, Director District 3 where she has been serving since 2018. Phillips is a faculty member at Highline College and has previously worked for nonprofits providing direct services to children, families, and community members. Phillips is also a very involved community leader on equity and inclusion in our schools, and has served on the OSPI Dyslexia Advisory Council, worked with the Hamlin Robinson School for Children with Language Learning Impacts, and joined the King County Youth Community Accountability Committee.

    Phillips has worked tirelessly to ensure that all Federal Way students can access the education and support they need to thrive. Combining the perspectives of a parent and an educator herself, Phillips has a strong understanding of the various community needs at stake in school board decisions. If re-elected, she wants to continue making investments in mental health resources and special education programs. Her progressive and community-oriented platform has been endorsed by a number of elected leaders, unions, and community organizations.

    The challenger in this race is Christopher Dowllar, who has submitted no information to the voters' pamphlet. He is associated with the far-right Moms for Liberty group and is endorsed by one of the most conservative organizations in school board politics. With no public platform but strong ties to far-right movements that want to impose their political agenda on our kids, it is clear that Dowllar would be a step backward for Federal Way students.

    Luckisha Phillips is clearly the best choice in this race and deserves your vote for another term in Federal Way School Board, Director District 3.
    Last updated: 2023-10-09

    Luckisha Phillips

    Educator and district parent Luckisha Phillips is running for re-election for Federal Way School Board, Director District 3 where she has been serving since 2018.

    Educator and district parent Luckisha Phillips is running for re-election for Federal Way School Board, Director District 3 where she has been serving since 2018. Phillips is a faculty member at Highline College and has previously worked for nonprofits providing direct services to children, families, and community members. Phillips is also a very involved community leader on equity and inclusion in our schools, and has served on the OSPI Dyslexia Advisory Council, worked with the Hamlin Robinson School for Children with Language Learning Impacts, and joined the King County Youth Community Accountability Committee.

    Phillips has worked tirelessly to ensure that all Federal Way students can access the education and support they need to thrive. Combining the perspectives of a parent and an educator herself, Phillips has a strong understanding of the various community needs at stake in school board decisions. If re-elected, she wants to continue making investments in mental health resources and special education programs. Her progressive and community-oriented platform has been endorsed by a number of elected leaders, unions, and community organizations.

    The challenger in this race is Christopher Dowllar, who has submitted no information to the voters' pamphlet. He is associated with the far-right Moms for Liberty group and is endorsed by one of the most conservative organizations in school board politics. With no public platform but strong ties to far-right movements that want to impose their political agenda on our kids, it is clear that Dowllar would be a step backward for Federal Way students.

    Luckisha Phillips is clearly the best choice in this race and deserves your vote for another term in Federal Way School Board, Director District 3.

    Luckisha Phillips

    Educator and district parent Luckisha Phillips is running for re-election for Federal Way School Board, Director District 3 where she has been serving since 2018.

  • Endorsed By: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Washington Education Association, King County Democrats
  • Public school teacher and librarian Gavin Downing is running for Federal Way School Board, Director, District 5, the seat currently held by Hiroshi Eto, who is not seeking re-election. Downing has worked in public education for 17 years and is a union member. He has advocated against conservative censorship movements and received a 2022 award for fighting book bans. Downing also serves as vice-chair of the Washington Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Section.

    Downing has an optimistic vision for the school district where every student can access the resources and education they need to thrive. One of his top campaign priorities in this race is to ensure that our school district is a safe, equitable place both to learn and to work. Downing believes that student success comes from having the best possible staff and faculty, which he wants to attract through competitive wages. If elected, he would also invest in libraries, including staffing and curriculum development, so that students are both prepared for the digital age and gain literacy in identifying misinformation. 

    Joan Marie Murphy, a former special education teacher in the school district, is running against Downing. Murphy is running on a broad platform that includes specific curriculum ideas such as an emphasis on STEM, strategies to engage students, and changes to school board procedures like making meetings more accessible to the public. Unfortunately, she appears to oppose the inclusion of some LGBTQ+ stories in public libraries. We know our children are the safest and have the best opportunity to grow when their stories are represented in history curriculums and on library shelves.

    Gavin Downing is the clear choice for Federal Way School Board, Director, District 5. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Gavin Downing

    Public school teacher and librarian Gavin Downing is running for Federal Way School Board, Director, District 5, the seat currently held by Hiroshi Eto, who is not seeking re-election. Downing has worked in public education for 17 years and is a union member.

    Public school teacher and librarian Gavin Downing is running for Federal Way School Board, Director, District 5, the seat currently held by Hiroshi Eto, who is not seeking re-election. Downing has worked in public education for 17 years and is a union member. He has advocated against conservative censorship movements and received a 2022 award for fighting book bans. Downing also serves as vice-chair of the Washington Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Section.

    Downing has an optimistic vision for the school district where every student can access the resources and education they need to thrive. One of his top campaign priorities in this race is to ensure that our school district is a safe, equitable place both to learn and to work. Downing believes that student success comes from having the best possible staff and faculty, which he wants to attract through competitive wages. If elected, he would also invest in libraries, including staffing and curriculum development, so that students are both prepared for the digital age and gain literacy in identifying misinformation. 

    Joan Marie Murphy, a former special education teacher in the school district, is running against Downing. Murphy is running on a broad platform that includes specific curriculum ideas such as an emphasis on STEM, strategies to engage students, and changes to school board procedures like making meetings more accessible to the public. Unfortunately, she appears to oppose the inclusion of some LGBTQ+ stories in public libraries. We know our children are the safest and have the best opportunity to grow when their stories are represented in history curriculums and on library shelves.

    Gavin Downing is the clear choice for Federal Way School Board, Director, District 5. 

    Gavin Downing

    Public school teacher and librarian Gavin Downing is running for Federal Way School Board, Director, District 5, the seat currently held by Hiroshi Eto, who is not seeking re-election. Downing has worked in public education for 17 years and is a union member.

  • Endorsed By: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Washington Education Association, King County Democrats
  • VOTE YES

    Vote Yes to continue critical funding for our schools

  • Kent’s school district is a cornerstone of the community, and everyone thrives when our students are safe, happy, and successful at school. We know that in order to provide learning environments that bring the best out of everyone, we need to invest in teachers, classroom resources, and supportive services for all student needs.

    Earlier this year, the Kent School Board directors adopted a resolution to support educational programs and operations expenses. Kent School District Proposition 1 proposes to replace the expiring Educational Programs & Operations levy. This measure simply replaces the expiring levy with a new one in line with students' basic needs. If passed, the levy would allow the city to continue supplementing state budgets with a small property tax in order to provide funding for arts, athletics, nurses, para-educators, mental health specialists, school safety, infrastructure maintenance, and more. 

    Funds from levies represent about 15 percent of the district's budget, an amount critical to keeping our students supported with a modern education in a safe environment. Keep Kent schools strong. Vote Yes on Kent School District Proposition 1.

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Kent’s school district is a cornerstone of the community, and everyone thrives when our students are safe, happy, and successful at school. We know that in order to provide learning environments that bring the best out of everyone, we need to invest in teachers, classroom resources, and supportive services for all student needs.

    Earlier this year, the Kent School Board directors adopted a resolution to support educational programs and operations expenses. Kent School District Proposition 1 proposes to replace the expiring Educational Programs & Operations levy. This measure simply replaces the expiring levy with a new one in line with students' basic needs. If passed, the levy would allow the city to continue supplementing state budgets with a small property tax in order to provide funding for arts, athletics, nurses, para-educators, mental health specialists, school safety, infrastructure maintenance, and more. 

    Funds from levies represent about 15 percent of the district's budget, an amount critical to keeping our students supported with a modern education in a safe environment. Keep Kent schools strong. Vote Yes on Kent School District Proposition 1.

    Kent’s school district is a cornerstone of the community, and everyone thrives when our students are safe, happy, and successful at school. We know that in order to provide learning environments that bring the best out of everyone, we need to invest in teachers, classroom resources, and supportive services for all student needs.

    Earlier this year, the Kent School Board directors adopted a resolution to support educational programs and operations expenses. Kent School District Proposition 1 proposes to replace the expiring Educational Programs & Operations levy. This measure simply replaces the expiring levy with a new one in line with students' basic needs. If passed, the levy would allow the city to continue supplementing state budgets with a small property tax in order to provide funding for arts, athletics, nurses, para-educators, mental health specialists, school safety, infrastructure maintenance, and more. 

    Funds from levies represent about 15 percent of the district's budget, an amount critical to keeping our students supported with a modern education in a safe environment. Keep Kent schools strong. Vote Yes on Kent School District Proposition 1.

    Kent School District Proposition 1

    Kent’s school district is a cornerstone of the community, and everyone thrives when our students are safe, happy, and successful at school.

  • VOTE YES

    Vote Yes to continue funding educational infrastructure and learning technology

  • A key element of a good education is modern technology and safety infrastructure. Kent School District Proposition 2 would renew the expiring Capital Projects and Technology Levy to continue critical funding for the school district.

    Now more than ever, it is imperative to invest in our school districts to ensure that students receive the opportunities, resources, and information they need to enter today’s world. The current Capital Projects and Technology Levy was approved in 2018. If passed by voters, the proposition would provide a four-year extension to the levy, covering important funding for instruction, safety and security, support services, and technology needs. Specifically, the levy would be used to continue 1:1 learning technology where every student has access to a laptop or tablet, create accessible playground equipment, upgrade safety infrastructure to healthy and cooling air systems and fire alarms, install new flooring (at nearly 20 percent of schools), expand cybersecurity systems, and more.

    Vote Yes on Kent School District Proposition 2 to equip students for the future with modern resources and safe learning environments.

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    A key element of a good education is modern technology and safety infrastructure. Kent School District Proposition 2 would renew the expiring Capital Projects and Technology Levy to continue critical funding for the school district.

    Now more than ever, it is imperative to invest in our school districts to ensure that students receive the opportunities, resources, and information they need to enter today’s world. The current Capital Projects and Technology Levy was approved in 2018. If passed by voters, the proposition would provide a four-year extension to the levy, covering important funding for instruction, safety and security, support services, and technology needs. Specifically, the levy would be used to continue 1:1 learning technology where every student has access to a laptop or tablet, create accessible playground equipment, upgrade safety infrastructure to healthy and cooling air systems and fire alarms, install new flooring (at nearly 20 percent of schools), expand cybersecurity systems, and more.

    Vote Yes on Kent School District Proposition 2 to equip students for the future with modern resources and safe learning environments.

    A key element of a good education is modern technology and safety infrastructure. Kent School District Proposition 2 would renew the expiring Capital Projects and Technology Levy to continue critical funding for the school district.

    Now more than ever, it is imperative to invest in our school districts to ensure that students receive the opportunities, resources, and information they need to enter today’s world. The current Capital Projects and Technology Levy was approved in 2018. If passed by voters, the proposition would provide a four-year extension to the levy, covering important funding for instruction, safety and security, support services, and technology needs. Specifically, the levy would be used to continue 1:1 learning technology where every student has access to a laptop or tablet, create accessible playground equipment, upgrade safety infrastructure to healthy and cooling air systems and fire alarms, install new flooring (at nearly 20 percent of schools), expand cybersecurity systems, and more.

    Vote Yes on Kent School District Proposition 2 to equip students for the future with modern resources and safe learning environments.

    Kent School District Proposition 2

    A key element of a good education is modern technology and safety infrastructure. Kent School District Proposition 2 would renew the expiring Capital Projects and Technology Levy to continue critical funding for the school district.

Public Hospital District

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

  • Express Recommendation
  • Anthony Berkley is running for King County Public Hospital District 1, Commissioner District 1. Berkley is a nurse, small business owner, nursing home operator, and proud union member. He has also been active in the community as a youth football coach.

    Berkley is running on a progressive platform to care for the entire community. If elected, he wants to ensure healthcare for women, support at-risk populations, strengthen working conditions for frontline health care workers, and increase information about available services. He believes that as a health care worker, he would bring a practical and important perspective to the board of commissioners. His campaign is endorsed by some of the region’s most progressive leaders, unions, and organizations.

    Incumbent commissioner and former surgical care nurse Erin Smith Aboudara is running for another term on the hospital board. While Adoubara has been a voice for South King County’s diverse health needs, she does not share the progressive vision or the widespread support that Berkley has earned in this race.

    We recommend Anthony Berkley for King County Public Hospital District, Commissioner District 1.
    Last updated: 2023-10-31

    Anthony R. Berkley

    Submitted by airtable on Tue, 10/31/2023 - 11:10

    Anthony Berkley is running for King County Public Hospital District 1, Commissioner District 1. Berkley is a nurse, small business owner, nursing home operator, and proud union member. He has also been active in the community as a youth football coach.

    Berkley is running on a progressive platform to care for the entire community. If elected, he wants to ensure healthcare for women, support at-risk populations, strengthen working conditions for frontline health care workers, and increase information about available services. He believes that as a health care worker, he would bring a practical and important perspective to the board of commissioners. His campaign is endorsed by some of the region’s most progressive leaders, unions, and organizations.

    Incumbent commissioner and former surgical care nurse Erin Smith Aboudara is running for another term on the hospital board. While Adoubara has been a voice for South King County’s diverse health needs, she does not share the progressive vision or the widespread support that Berkley has earned in this race.

    We recommend Anthony Berkley for King County Public Hospital District, Commissioner District 1.

    Public Hospital District
    Anthony Berkley is running for King County Public Hospital District 1, Commissioner District 1. Berkley is a nurse, small business owner, nursing home operator, and proud union member. He has also been active in the community as a youth football coach.

    Berkley is running on a progressive platform to care for the entire community. If elected, he wants to ensure healthcare for women, support at-risk populations, strengthen working conditions for frontline health care workers, and increase information about available services. He believes that as a health care worker, he would bring a practical and important perspective to the board of commissioners. His campaign is endorsed by some of the region’s most progressive leaders, unions, and organizations.

    Incumbent commissioner and former surgical care nurse Erin Smith Aboudara is running for another term on the hospital board. While Adoubara has been a voice for South King County’s diverse health needs, she does not share the progressive vision or the widespread support that Berkley has earned in this race.

    We recommend Anthony Berkley for King County Public Hospital District, Commissioner District 1.

    Anthony R. Berkley

    Submitted by airtable on Tue, 10/31/2023 - 11:10

    Anthony Berkley is running for King County Public Hospital District 1, Commissioner District 1. Berkley is a nurse, small business owner, nursing home operator, and proud union member. He has also been active in the community as a youth football coach.

    Berkley is running on a progressive platform to care for the entire community. If elected, he wants to ensure healthcare for women, support at-risk populations, strengthen working conditions for frontline health care workers, and increase information about available services. He believes that as a health care worker, he would bring a practical and important perspective to the board of commissioners. His campaign is endorsed by some of the region’s most progressive leaders, unions, and organizations.

    Incumbent commissioner and former surgical care nurse Erin Smith Aboudara is running for another term on the hospital board. While Adoubara has been a voice for South King County’s diverse health needs, she does not share the progressive vision or the widespread support that Berkley has earned in this race.

    We recommend Anthony Berkley for King County Public Hospital District, Commissioner District 1.

    Public Hospital District
  • Express Recommendation
  • We believe Amber Wise is the best choice in this race based on her impressive endorsements from our progressive partners and trusted community leaders. Wise previously worked at Harborview Medical Center as a preschool teacher for patients' families. She is running to support frontline workers and to build stronger connections between staff, patients, and hospital leadership. She is committed to improving staffing levels to ensure patients continue to receive top-quality care. 

    Wise is challenging longtime board member Jeff Cashman, who previously ran a retirement plan administration and recordkeeping firm. 

    While we have not been able to conduct our standard independent research on this race, we encourage you to visit their website, social media, or voters’ pamphlet statement to learn more. Based on her sweeping endorsements in this race, we recommend Amber Wise for Public Hospital District 2, Position 6. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Amber Wise

    Submitted by airtable on Fri, 10/13/2023 - 09:10

    We believe Amber Wise is the best choice in this race based on her impressive endorsements from our progressive partners and trusted community leaders. Wise previously worked at Harborview Medical Center as a preschool teacher for patients' families. She is running to support frontline workers and to build stronger connections between staff, patients, and hospital leadership. She is committed to improving staffing levels to ensure patients continue to receive top-quality care. 

    Wise is challenging longtime board member Jeff Cashman, who previously ran a retirement plan administration and recordkeeping firm. 

    While we have not been able to conduct our standard independent research on this race, we encourage you to visit their website, social media, or voters’ pamphlet statement to learn more. Based on her sweeping endorsements in this race, we recommend Amber Wise for Public Hospital District 2, Position 6. 

    Public Hospital District

    We believe Amber Wise is the best choice in this race based on her impressive endorsements from our progressive partners and trusted community leaders. Wise previously worked at Harborview Medical Center as a preschool teacher for patients' families. She is running to support frontline workers and to build stronger connections between staff, patients, and hospital leadership. She is committed to improving staffing levels to ensure patients continue to receive top-quality care. 

    Wise is challenging longtime board member Jeff Cashman, who previously ran a retirement plan administration and recordkeeping firm. 

    While we have not been able to conduct our standard independent research on this race, we encourage you to visit their website, social media, or voters’ pamphlet statement to learn more. Based on her sweeping endorsements in this race, we recommend Amber Wise for Public Hospital District 2, Position 6. 

    Amber Wise

    Submitted by airtable on Fri, 10/13/2023 - 09:10

    We believe Amber Wise is the best choice in this race based on her impressive endorsements from our progressive partners and trusted community leaders. Wise previously worked at Harborview Medical Center as a preschool teacher for patients' families. She is running to support frontline workers and to build stronger connections between staff, patients, and hospital leadership. She is committed to improving staffing levels to ensure patients continue to receive top-quality care. 

    Wise is challenging longtime board member Jeff Cashman, who previously ran a retirement plan administration and recordkeeping firm. 

    While we have not been able to conduct our standard independent research on this race, we encourage you to visit their website, social media, or voters’ pamphlet statement to learn more. Based on her sweeping endorsements in this race, we recommend Amber Wise for Public Hospital District 2, Position 6. 

    Public Hospital District