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  • Tyson Gamblin is running for another term on Enumclaw School Board, Director District 3 where he has served for the past seven years. Outside of public office, Gamblin runs a local car dealership. He is running on a 0sues facing the district. His ultimate goal is to ensure that all students have access to a safe and rewarding education that prepares them for a wide range of futures.

    Vivian Tillman-Cadematori, a retired business owner, is challenging Gamblin in this race. Tillman-Cadematori is an extremely conservative candidate who is running to bring conservative values into our schools. Her top talking point is allowing personal political and religious beliefs to dictate what our students learn.

    While there are no progressives in this race, we believe Tyson Gamblin is a better candidate for Enumclaw School Board, Director District 3.
    Last updated: 2023-11-06

    Tyson Gamblin

    Tyson Gamblin is running for another term on Enumclaw School Board, Director District 3 where he has served for the past seven years. Outside of public office, Gamblin runs a local car dealership. He is running on a 0sues facing the district.

    Tyson Gamblin is running for another term on Enumclaw School Board, Director District 3 where he has served for the past seven years. Outside of public office, Gamblin runs a local car dealership. He is running on a 0sues facing the district. His ultimate goal is to ensure that all students have access to a safe and rewarding education that prepares them for a wide range of futures.

    Vivian Tillman-Cadematori, a retired business owner, is challenging Gamblin in this race. Tillman-Cadematori is an extremely conservative candidate who is running to bring conservative values into our schools. Her top talking point is allowing personal political and religious beliefs to dictate what our students learn.

    While there are no progressives in this race, we believe Tyson Gamblin is a better candidate for Enumclaw School Board, Director District 3.

    Tyson Gamblin

    Tyson Gamblin is running for another term on Enumclaw School Board, Director District 3 where he has served for the past seven years. Outside of public office, Gamblin runs a local car dealership. He is running on a 0sues facing the district.

  • 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

County Council District Races

Depending on the county district you live in, you may have the following races on your ballot.

  • Attorney and nonprofit founder Girmay Zahilay is running unopposed for re-election for King County Council, District 2. 

    In his first four-year term, Zahilay has been a standout progressive on the council, focusing on equitable development, preventing gun violence, and fighting for justice at the county level. He has pushed for more funding and opportunities for Skyway, an unincorporated part of the county with the highest proportion of Black people of any community in the state that also faces immense disinvestment, childhood poverty, and a low median income. Zahilay has worked to increase funding for Metro transit, open a tiny home village, fund $5 million in affordable housing, and $10 million in seed funding for a community center. Finally, he played a lead role in amending the county charter to appoint the sheriff, as well as giving more investigational power to the county on cases of police brutality. 

    Zahilay has earned your vote for King County Council.  

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Attorney and nonprofit founder Girmay Zahilay is running unopposed for re-election for King County Council, District 2. 

    In his first four-year term, Zahilay has been a standout progressive on the council, focusing on equitable development, preventing gun violence, and fighting for justice at the county level. He has pushed for more funding and opportunities for Skyway, an unincorporated part of the county with the highest proportion of Black people of any community in the state that also faces immense disinvestment, childhood poverty, and a low median income. Zahilay has worked to increase funding for Metro transit, open a tiny home village, fund $5 million in affordable housing, and $10 million in seed funding for a community center. Finally, he played a lead role in amending the county charter to appoint the sheriff, as well as giving more investigational power to the county on cases of police brutality. 

    Zahilay has earned your vote for King County Council.  

  • Jorge Barón is running to elevate the experiences of marginalized communities and bring a holistic vision of equity, justice, and prosperity for all to King County. 

    Compared to fellow candidate Sarah Reyneveld's broader experience in many areas, Barón's experience runs particularly deep in one area. As the executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), Barón has dedicated the last 15 years to helping to establish the civil rights division in the Attorney General's office and fighting the Trump administration's deportation policies and family separation. He has been frequently recognized for this work, including receiving the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service from the King County Council in 2018 and being named one of the Most Influential Seattleites in Seattle Magazine in 2017.

    A racial justice and equity focus is strongly interwoven in Barón's proposals. In our interview, he noted that a large portion of the county's budget - about 70 percent - is invested in “justice and safety," which is actually the criminal legal system. This is investing resources in a system that doesn’t generate the outcomes we want, namely, mass incarceration. Barón suggested increasing the percentage of the general fund that goes toward improving behavioral health programs and increasing diversionary and community-based restorative justice initiatives. As a member of the Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing, he agrees with Reyneveld on increasing police oversight and accountability.

    Barón also plans to use his executive nonprofit experience to better coordinate nonprofits around the region on housing and other issues. He believes that a more equitable county addresses the disparities in our communities, such as providing resources to communities most challenged by the effects of climate change, whether it's wildfires, pollution, or other impacts, and making sure that everyone can access public transit. 

    The accomplishment of which he is most proud is rallying 63 organizations across the state to provide funds for asylum seekers, including legal assistance and expansion of services. Barón has swept the majority of the progressive endorsements in this race and is a great choice If you are looking for an experienced nonprofit leader with deep ties to the immigrant community and a record of effective advocacy. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Jorge Barón is running to elevate the experiences of marginalized communities and bring a holistic vision of equity, justice, and prosperity for all to King County. 

    Compared to fellow candidate Sarah Reyneveld's broader experience in many areas, Barón's experience runs particularly deep in one area. As the executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), Barón has dedicated the last 15 years to helping to establish the civil rights division in the Attorney General's office and fighting the Trump administration's deportation policies and family separation. He has been frequently recognized for this work, including receiving the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service from the King County Council in 2018 and being named one of the Most Influential Seattleites in Seattle Magazine in 2017.

    A racial justice and equity focus is strongly interwoven in Barón's proposals. In our interview, he noted that a large portion of the county's budget - about 70 percent - is invested in “justice and safety," which is actually the criminal legal system. This is investing resources in a system that doesn’t generate the outcomes we want, namely, mass incarceration. Barón suggested increasing the percentage of the general fund that goes toward improving behavioral health programs and increasing diversionary and community-based restorative justice initiatives. As a member of the Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing, he agrees with Reyneveld on increasing police oversight and accountability.

    Barón also plans to use his executive nonprofit experience to better coordinate nonprofits around the region on housing and other issues. He believes that a more equitable county addresses the disparities in our communities, such as providing resources to communities most challenged by the effects of climate change, whether it's wildfires, pollution, or other impacts, and making sure that everyone can access public transit. 

    The accomplishment of which he is most proud is rallying 63 organizations across the state to provide funds for asylum seekers, including legal assistance and expansion of services. Barón has swept the majority of the progressive endorsements in this race and is a great choice If you are looking for an experienced nonprofit leader with deep ties to the immigrant community and a record of effective advocacy. 

  • Assistant Attorney General Sarah Reyneveld is running to bring her experience in government and policy advocacy to the King County Council. In her current role, she oversees a team that leads on protecting environmental and public health. 

    Reyneveld has worked to help families and children through many volunteer roles, including as a board member of Washington’s Paramount Duty, an organization that advocates for more education funding, and as chair of the Women’s Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the county for child care access and affordability. Reyneveld has also been a King County Democrats and 36th District Democrats executive board member, and vice chair of the Washington Conservation Action board of directors.

    In our interview with Reyneveld, she pointed to her longtime advocacy as a sign of her readiness to hit the ground running on her three top priorities: equitable economic recovery, the environment, and housing. With an anticipated budget shortfall looming for the county, she emphasized the need for more progressive revenue to help build 17,000 additional units of housing every year to keep up with population growth. She also mentioned the possibility of a dedicated countywide housing levy, which would create a funding source to build more diverse housing options, from multifamily homes to affordable housing.

    Reyneveld spoke about the need for prevention and helping meet people's needs to improve community safety. She believes that incarceration is not the answer for people struggling with addiction and other health issues. Scaling up gun violence prevention programs and addiction treatment hubs are two policies she would advocate for on the council, and she would also consider policies like a guaranteed basic income to help residents thrive. 

    Reyneveld's longtime experience in Democratic politics, community organizations, and legal advocacy distinguish her in this race.  

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Sarah Reyneveld

    Assistant Attorney General Sarah Reyneveld is running to bring her experience in government and policy advocacy to the King County Council. In her current role, she oversees a team that leads on protecting environmental and public health. 

    Assistant Attorney General Sarah Reyneveld is running to bring her experience in government and policy advocacy to the King County Council. In her current role, she oversees a team that leads on protecting environmental and public health. 

    Reyneveld has worked to help families and children through many volunteer roles, including as a board member of Washington’s Paramount Duty, an organization that advocates for more education funding, and as chair of the Women’s Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the county for child care access and affordability. Reyneveld has also been a King County Democrats and 36th District Democrats executive board member, and vice chair of the Washington Conservation Action board of directors.

    In our interview with Reyneveld, she pointed to her longtime advocacy as a sign of her readiness to hit the ground running on her three top priorities: equitable economic recovery, the environment, and housing. With an anticipated budget shortfall looming for the county, she emphasized the need for more progressive revenue to help build 17,000 additional units of housing every year to keep up with population growth. She also mentioned the possibility of a dedicated countywide housing levy, which would create a funding source to build more diverse housing options, from multifamily homes to affordable housing.

    Reyneveld spoke about the need for prevention and helping meet people's needs to improve community safety. She believes that incarceration is not the answer for people struggling with addiction and other health issues. Scaling up gun violence prevention programs and addiction treatment hubs are two policies she would advocate for on the council, and she would also consider policies like a guaranteed basic income to help residents thrive. 

    Reyneveld's longtime experience in Democratic politics, community organizations, and legal advocacy distinguish her in this race.  

    Sarah Reyneveld

    Assistant Attorney General Sarah Reyneveld is running to bring her experience in government and policy advocacy to the King County Council. In her current role, she oversees a team that leads on protecting environmental and public health. 

  • Claudia Balducci is running unopposed for re-election to the King County Council from District 6. 

    First elected in 2015, Balducci previously served as the mayor of Bellevue during her 12 years on the Bellevue City Council. She is also the founder and chair of the Regional Affordable Housing Committee and a board member of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority. 

    Balducci is running on a platform of affordable housing, updating transportation options, and ensuring climate justice. A few of the policies that she and the council worked on this term include putting a fully serviced shelter on the Eastside for people experiencing homelessness, improving and electrifying buses, and passing gun violence prevention policies. Balducci spearheaded a successful effort to create a Sound Transit "starter line" to connect Bellevue and Redmond while work continues on the East Link Extension to Seattle.

    Balducci is one of the brightest and most effective progressive leaders in our region. She has earned your vote for re-election to the King County Council.  

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Claudia Balducci is running unopposed for re-election to the King County Council from District 6. 

    First elected in 2015, Balducci previously served as the mayor of Bellevue during her 12 years on the Bellevue City Council. She is also the founder and chair of the Regional Affordable Housing Committee and a board member of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority. 

    Balducci is running on a platform of affordable housing, updating transportation options, and ensuring climate justice. A few of the policies that she and the council worked on this term include putting a fully serviced shelter on the Eastside for people experiencing homelessness, improving and electrifying buses, and passing gun violence prevention policies. Balducci spearheaded a successful effort to create a Sound Transit "starter line" to connect Bellevue and Redmond while work continues on the East Link Extension to Seattle.

    Balducci is one of the brightest and most effective progressive leaders in our region. She has earned your vote for re-election to the King County Council.  

  • Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda is running for King County Council, District 8. Mosqueda was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2017 and has proved a consistent and progressive policymaker. She previously worked at the Washington State Department of Health, Children’s Alliance, Community Health Plan of Washington, and the Washington State Labor Council, with a focus on workers' rights and childrens' healthcare. Among other community roles, she also served on the board of Fuse Washington, which publishes this guide. Mosqueda is a proud third-generation Mexican-American who would become the first Latina ever to serve on the King County Council if elected.

    Mosqueda has distinguished herself as a progressive leader on the Seattle City Council. She championed the Jumpstart Seattle legislation, which funds affordable housing, childcare, and climate resilience through a tax on high earners and wealthy corporations. Mosqueda also helped secure paid sick leave and fair wage protections for working people that are often exploited by their employers - like gig drivers, domestic workers, and hotel workers. Her current goal is passing the 2023 Housing Levy, which will be on the ballot for Seattle voters this November and would provide funding for crucial affordable housing, childcare services, and communal and cultural spaces that are disappearing from the city.

    If elected to the county council, Mosqueda hopes to use her experience to address new and pressing issues in the county. Some of her priorities include finding locations for the six new county behavioral health centers, building workforce housing outside of Seattle, increasing apprenticeship programs, and more. 

    Mosqueda is the clear choice for King County Council from District 8. 
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Teresa Mosqueda

    Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda is running for King County Council, District 8. Mosqueda was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2017 and has proved a consistent and progressive policymaker.

    Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda is running for King County Council, District 8. Mosqueda was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2017 and has proved a consistent and progressive policymaker. She previously worked at the Washington State Department of Health, Children’s Alliance, Community Health Plan of Washington, and the Washington State Labor Council, with a focus on workers' rights and childrens' healthcare. Among other community roles, she also served on the board of Fuse Washington, which publishes this guide. Mosqueda is a proud third-generation Mexican-American who would become the first Latina ever to serve on the King County Council if elected.

    Mosqueda has distinguished herself as a progressive leader on the Seattle City Council. She championed the Jumpstart Seattle legislation, which funds affordable housing, childcare, and climate resilience through a tax on high earners and wealthy corporations. Mosqueda also helped secure paid sick leave and fair wage protections for working people that are often exploited by their employers - like gig drivers, domestic workers, and hotel workers. Her current goal is passing the 2023 Housing Levy, which will be on the ballot for Seattle voters this November and would provide funding for crucial affordable housing, childcare services, and communal and cultural spaces that are disappearing from the city.

    If elected to the county council, Mosqueda hopes to use her experience to address new and pressing issues in the county. Some of her priorities include finding locations for the six new county behavioral health centers, building workforce housing outside of Seattle, increasing apprenticeship programs, and more. 

    Mosqueda is the clear choice for King County Council from District 8. 
     

    Teresa Mosqueda

    Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda is running for King County Council, District 8. Mosqueda was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2017 and has proved a consistent and progressive policymaker.

Other Candidates

Sofia Aragon

Sofia Aragon is also running for King County Council, District 8. Aragon became the first Filipino immigrant to be named mayor of Burien and has served on the Burien City Council since 2020. She is a registered nurse and the executive director of the Washington Center for Nursing.

Sofia Aragon

Sofia Aragon is also running for King County Council, District 8. Aragon became the first Filipino immigrant to be named mayor of Burien and has served on the Burien City Council since 2020. She is a registered nurse and the executive director of the Washington Center for Nursing.

  • 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.

City Races

Depending on where you live, you may have the following city races on your ballot.

  • Cheryl Rakes is running to retain Position 1 on the Auburn City Council. She was appointed to the seat in January of this year after Councilmember Chris Stearns was elected to the state House in 2022. 

    As the executive director of the Downtown Auburn Cooperative, unsurprisingly, she stated that revitalizing downtown was her top priority when she was appointed. As a candidate, she seeks to advance local entrepreneurship and support workforce development programs.

    Rakes states that she will work to improve public safety through community policing, like neighborhood watch programs, and would also invest in crime prevention. She also says she will address homelessness, though there's no mention of investing in more affordable housing, a key component of making sure that people don't fall into or remain houseless. 

    Rakes faces a challenge from consultant Lisa Stirgus, who has worked in the financial industry for over 20 years and is now running for city council on a motto of clean and safe streets. She's running on a moderate angle that aims to support police officers, connect people to city resources, and support businesses. Stirgus does not have organizational endorsements as of mid-October. 

    Rakes has been endorsed by several of the local district Democrats as well as five of her fellow council members. Rakes is the best choice for Auburn City Council, Position 1. 
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Cheryl Rakes

    Cheryl Rakes is running to retain Position 1 on the Auburn City Council. She was appointed to the seat in January of this year after Councilmember Chris Stearns was elected to the state House in 2022. 

    Cheryl Rakes is running to retain Position 1 on the Auburn City Council. She was appointed to the seat in January of this year after Councilmember Chris Stearns was elected to the state House in 2022. 

    As the executive director of the Downtown Auburn Cooperative, unsurprisingly, she stated that revitalizing downtown was her top priority when she was appointed. As a candidate, she seeks to advance local entrepreneurship and support workforce development programs.

    Rakes states that she will work to improve public safety through community policing, like neighborhood watch programs, and would also invest in crime prevention. She also says she will address homelessness, though there's no mention of investing in more affordable housing, a key component of making sure that people don't fall into or remain houseless. 

    Rakes faces a challenge from consultant Lisa Stirgus, who has worked in the financial industry for over 20 years and is now running for city council on a motto of clean and safe streets. She's running on a moderate angle that aims to support police officers, connect people to city resources, and support businesses. Stirgus does not have organizational endorsements as of mid-October. 

    Rakes has been endorsed by several of the local district Democrats as well as five of her fellow council members. Rakes is the best choice for Auburn City Council, Position 1. 
     

    Cheryl Rakes

    Cheryl Rakes is running to retain Position 1 on the Auburn City Council. She was appointed to the seat in January of this year after Councilmember Chris Stearns was elected to the state House in 2022. 

  • Endorsed By: King County Democrats
  • Deputy Mayor James Jeyaraj is running for another term in Position 3 on the Auburn City Council. Jeyaraj made history as Auburn’s first Indian-American immigrant to serve on the city council when he joined in 2020. In his professional life, Jeyaraj has worked in the aerospace industry, and he serves in the community as a member of the city's Parks and Recreation Board as well as for the nonprofit Lighthouse for the Blind.

    On the council, one of Jeyaraj's progressive accomplishments was bringing forward a resolution to affirm abortion access in Auburn after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Jeyaraj’s campaign priorities this year include creating more living-wage jobs, more affordable housing options, and progress on community safety. He has earned overwhelming support in this race from key progressive leaders, unions, and political organizations.

    Former KIRO news reporter Tracy Taylor Turner is challenging Jeyaraj in this race. Taylor Turner currently serves as the vice president of the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation and works in communications for Kent’s municipal government. Her platform is not very detailed as of mid- October, focusing primarily on more policing in our neighborhoods and more governmental support for businesses and development. Her individual endorsements listed on her Facebook come largely from conservative elected officials, including House Republican Leader Rep. Drew Stokesbary.

    Jeyaraj is the best choice for Auburn City Council, Position 3.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-20

    James Jeyaraj

    Deputy Mayor James Jeyaraj is running for another term in Position 3 on the Auburn City Council. Jeyaraj made history as Auburn’s first Indian-American immigrant to serve on the city council when he joined in 2020.

    Deputy Mayor James Jeyaraj is running for another term in Position 3 on the Auburn City Council. Jeyaraj made history as Auburn’s first Indian-American immigrant to serve on the city council when he joined in 2020. In his professional life, Jeyaraj has worked in the aerospace industry, and he serves in the community as a member of the city's Parks and Recreation Board as well as for the nonprofit Lighthouse for the Blind.

    On the council, one of Jeyaraj's progressive accomplishments was bringing forward a resolution to affirm abortion access in Auburn after Roe v. Wade was overturned. Jeyaraj’s campaign priorities this year include creating more living-wage jobs, more affordable housing options, and progress on community safety. He has earned overwhelming support in this race from key progressive leaders, unions, and political organizations.

    Former KIRO news reporter Tracy Taylor Turner is challenging Jeyaraj in this race. Taylor Turner currently serves as the vice president of the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation and works in communications for Kent’s municipal government. Her platform is not very detailed as of mid- October, focusing primarily on more policing in our neighborhoods and more governmental support for businesses and development. Her individual endorsements listed on her Facebook come largely from conservative elected officials, including House Republican Leader Rep. Drew Stokesbary.

    Jeyaraj is the best choice for Auburn City Council, Position 3.
     

    James Jeyaraj

    Deputy Mayor James Jeyaraj is running for another term in Position 3 on the Auburn City Council. Jeyaraj made history as Auburn’s first Indian-American immigrant to serve on the city council when he joined in 2020.

  • Incumbent Robyn Mulenga is running for re-election to Auburn City Council, Position 5. Before joining the council in 2020, Mulenga served as the District 2 director for the Auburn School Board where she advocated for both racial equity policies and funding for two new elementary schools and six replacement schools. Outside of public service, she works as a program analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Mulenga previously ran for this seat with a platform focused on bringing Auburn’s diverse stakeholders together to make the city a better place to live, work, start businesses and families, and call home. In office, she voted against an ordinance that would have criminalized homelessness and brought more people into our overpopulated incarceration system, and instead, she focused on generating more public revenue to connect those struggling the most with the resources they need. Mulenga also reduced barriers to creating more affordable housing to help people keep a roof over their heads. Though she has not released a campaign platform in this election, it is clear that Mulenga has progressive priorities and a successful track record of executing community policy plans.

    Clinton Taylor is the other candidate in this race. He is the CEO and founder of a financial mentorship program, a board member of the Auburn Public School Foundation, and an army veteran. If elected, he wants to address the housing crisis, increase law enforcement budgets, cut funding from public services, and create more jobs. Unfortunately, Taylor recently posted a video on Facebook saying "the Bible said that homosexuality is an abomination", and when asked about it later, he responded with "What did I say that was wrong?" Taylor's harshly anti-LGBTQ views have no place in public service and only further divide our community against one another. 

    Mulenga is the clear choice in this race to bring tested progressive leadership to the Auburn City Council in Position 5.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-12

    Robyn Mulenga

    Incumbent Robyn Mulenga is running for re-election to Auburn City Council, Position 5.

    Incumbent Robyn Mulenga is running for re-election to Auburn City Council, Position 5. Before joining the council in 2020, Mulenga served as the District 2 director for the Auburn School Board where she advocated for both racial equity policies and funding for two new elementary schools and six replacement schools. Outside of public service, she works as a program analyst for the Federal Aviation Administration.

    Mulenga previously ran for this seat with a platform focused on bringing Auburn’s diverse stakeholders together to make the city a better place to live, work, start businesses and families, and call home. In office, she voted against an ordinance that would have criminalized homelessness and brought more people into our overpopulated incarceration system, and instead, she focused on generating more public revenue to connect those struggling the most with the resources they need. Mulenga also reduced barriers to creating more affordable housing to help people keep a roof over their heads. Though she has not released a campaign platform in this election, it is clear that Mulenga has progressive priorities and a successful track record of executing community policy plans.

    Clinton Taylor is the other candidate in this race. He is the CEO and founder of a financial mentorship program, a board member of the Auburn Public School Foundation, and an army veteran. If elected, he wants to address the housing crisis, increase law enforcement budgets, cut funding from public services, and create more jobs. Unfortunately, Taylor recently posted a video on Facebook saying "the Bible said that homosexuality is an abomination", and when asked about it later, he responded with "What did I say that was wrong?" Taylor's harshly anti-LGBTQ views have no place in public service and only further divide our community against one another. 

    Mulenga is the clear choice in this race to bring tested progressive leadership to the Auburn City Council in Position 5.
     

    Robyn Mulenga

    Incumbent Robyn Mulenga is running for re-election to Auburn City Council, Position 5.

  • Hanan Amer is running for Auburn City Council, Position 7. The seat is currently held by Bob Baggett who is not seeking a third term on the council. Amer has a background in chemistry and works at a local aerospace company. She dedicates much of her free time to public service and has served on the city’s diversity council and on the planning commission. Amer also volunteers with the Girl Scouts.

    Amer is running an optimistic, inclusive campaign to make Auburn a safe place to live and work for all. If elected, she wants to focus on social equity, environmental stewardship, community safety, and quality municipal leadership. In this race, Amer has earned endorsements from local unions, Democratic groups, and community leaders across multiple levels of government.

    The other candidate in this race is Brian Lott, an administrative executive for a local food technology company. Though he says he disagrees with partisan politics, Lott is running on a conservative platform. He offers an uncompassionate and ineffective approach to the housing crisis and wants to use public funds to further militarize our police instead of investing in alternatives.

    Auburn residents deserve a council member focused on community solutions instead of divisive policies. Hanan Amer is the clear choice in this race for Auburn City Council, Position 7.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Hanan Amer

    Hanan Amer is running for Auburn City Council, Position 7. The seat is currently held by Bob Baggett who is not seeking a third term on the council. Amer has a background in chemistry and works at a local aerospace company.

    Hanan Amer is running for Auburn City Council, Position 7. The seat is currently held by Bob Baggett who is not seeking a third term on the council. Amer has a background in chemistry and works at a local aerospace company. She dedicates much of her free time to public service and has served on the city’s diversity council and on the planning commission. Amer also volunteers with the Girl Scouts.

    Amer is running an optimistic, inclusive campaign to make Auburn a safe place to live and work for all. If elected, she wants to focus on social equity, environmental stewardship, community safety, and quality municipal leadership. In this race, Amer has earned endorsements from local unions, Democratic groups, and community leaders across multiple levels of government.

    The other candidate in this race is Brian Lott, an administrative executive for a local food technology company. Though he says he disagrees with partisan politics, Lott is running on a conservative platform. He offers an uncompassionate and ineffective approach to the housing crisis and wants to use public funds to further militarize our police instead of investing in alternatives.

    Auburn residents deserve a council member focused on community solutions instead of divisive policies. Hanan Amer is the clear choice in this race for Auburn City Council, Position 7.
     

    Hanan Amer

    Hanan Amer is running for Auburn City Council, Position 7. The seat is currently held by Bob Baggett who is not seeking a third term on the council. Amer has a background in chemistry and works at a local aerospace company.

  • Incumbent and progressive advocate John Stokes is running for another term in Position 1 on the Bellevue City Council. He has a long track record in public service. Before joining the council in 2012, Stokes served on both the Parks & Community Services Board and Eastgate/I-90 Citizen Advisory Committee, and he co-founded a nonprofit focused on providing resources, support, and opportunities for children to set them up for happy and healthy lives.

    In office, Stokes has been a staunch voice for affordability in Bellevue. He led the Downtown Livability Initiative to allow the development of Bellevue’s vibrant downtown. Additionally, Stokes' dedication to parks and green spaces promotes a healthier, greener Bellevue, benefiting both residents and the planet. 

    Throughout his tenure, Stokes has supported community safety efforts to ensure Bellevue remains a great place to live and raise a family. In this race, he has earned impressive endorsements, including from the King County Democrats and the Bellevue Firefighters. 

    Business owner Paul Clark is the other candidate in this race. Clark has served on both the Civil Service Commission and Parks and Community Services Board. He is running on a typical conservative agenda this year that includes opposing policies that would reduce the cost of housing in Bellevue. He also would have made it harder to build more permanent supportive housing in Bellevue, which is necessary to alleviate long-term homelessness. Like fellow conservative candidate Betsi Hummer, Clark took a maximum donation from billionaire developer Kemper Freeman along with other prominent Republicans. 

    We recommend John Stokes for Bellevue City Council because of his progressive track record and experience in community leadership. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    John Stokes

    Incumbent and progressive advocate John Stokes is running for another term in Position 1 on the Bellevue City Council. He has a long track record in public service.

    Incumbent and progressive advocate John Stokes is running for another term in Position 1 on the Bellevue City Council. He has a long track record in public service. Before joining the council in 2012, Stokes served on both the Parks & Community Services Board and Eastgate/I-90 Citizen Advisory Committee, and he co-founded a nonprofit focused on providing resources, support, and opportunities for children to set them up for happy and healthy lives.

    In office, Stokes has been a staunch voice for affordability in Bellevue. He led the Downtown Livability Initiative to allow the development of Bellevue’s vibrant downtown. Additionally, Stokes' dedication to parks and green spaces promotes a healthier, greener Bellevue, benefiting both residents and the planet. 

    Throughout his tenure, Stokes has supported community safety efforts to ensure Bellevue remains a great place to live and raise a family. In this race, he has earned impressive endorsements, including from the King County Democrats and the Bellevue Firefighters. 

    Business owner Paul Clark is the other candidate in this race. Clark has served on both the Civil Service Commission and Parks and Community Services Board. He is running on a typical conservative agenda this year that includes opposing policies that would reduce the cost of housing in Bellevue. He also would have made it harder to build more permanent supportive housing in Bellevue, which is necessary to alleviate long-term homelessness. Like fellow conservative candidate Betsi Hummer, Clark took a maximum donation from billionaire developer Kemper Freeman along with other prominent Republicans. 

    We recommend John Stokes for Bellevue City Council because of his progressive track record and experience in community leadership. 

    John Stokes

    Incumbent and progressive advocate John Stokes is running for another term in Position 1 on the Bellevue City Council. He has a long track record in public service.

  • Mo Malakoutian is running for Bellevue City Council, Position 3, to replace Jeremy Barksdale, who chose not to run for re-election. Malakoutian received his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Washington. He now works at Amazon coaching and training employees, particularly those in warehouse and delivery roles, for higher-level positions. He also works part-time as an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW. 

    Malakoutian has been active in the local community for many years. He is currently the chair of the Bellevue Planning Commission, where he has both worked on the city's plans for sustainable growth and helped develop guidelines for housing and facilities to support people experiencing homelessness. 

    Malakoutian's top campaign priority is affordable housing. He wants to use his experience in civil engineering and on the planning commission to build more homes, reduce the cost of housing, and prevent seniors from being priced out of their homes. He would also work with partners in nearby jurisdictions to ensure we continue to address homelessness through a regional response. Malakoutian is also committed to acting on climate change and supports improving transportation and transit options throughout Bellevue. 

    His opponent is Alex Tsimerman, who is best known for verbally abusing city council members at public hearings. He is an outspoken Trump supporter who regularly compares Democrats to Nazis and uses racial slurs during public meetings. Tsimerman has no place in elected office.

    Malakoutian is a strong first-time candidate for office with extensive professional and community experience that will serve him well on the council. We recommend Mo Malakoutian for Bellevue City Council, Position 3.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Mo Malakoutian

    Mo Malakoutian is running for Bellevue City Council, Position 3, to replace Jeremy Barksdale, who chose not to run for re-election. Malakoutian received his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Washington.

    Mo Malakoutian is running for Bellevue City Council, Position 3, to replace Jeremy Barksdale, who chose not to run for re-election. Malakoutian received his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Washington. He now works at Amazon coaching and training employees, particularly those in warehouse and delivery roles, for higher-level positions. He also works part-time as an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UW. 

    Malakoutian has been active in the local community for many years. He is currently the chair of the Bellevue Planning Commission, where he has both worked on the city's plans for sustainable growth and helped develop guidelines for housing and facilities to support people experiencing homelessness. 

    Malakoutian's top campaign priority is affordable housing. He wants to use his experience in civil engineering and on the planning commission to build more homes, reduce the cost of housing, and prevent seniors from being priced out of their homes. He would also work with partners in nearby jurisdictions to ensure we continue to address homelessness through a regional response. Malakoutian is also committed to acting on climate change and supports improving transportation and transit options throughout Bellevue. 

    His opponent is Alex Tsimerman, who is best known for verbally abusing city council members at public hearings. He is an outspoken Trump supporter who regularly compares Democrats to Nazis and uses racial slurs during public meetings. Tsimerman has no place in elected office.

    Malakoutian is a strong first-time candidate for office with extensive professional and community experience that will serve him well on the council. We recommend Mo Malakoutian for Bellevue City Council, Position 3.
     

    Mo Malakoutian

    Mo Malakoutian is running for Bellevue City Council, Position 3, to replace Jeremy Barksdale, who chose not to run for re-election. Malakoutian received his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Washington.

  • Incumbent council member Janice Zahn is running for a second term on the Bellevue City Council in Position 5. She is the chief engineer for the Port of Seattle and serves on the city of Bellevue's Transportation Commission. Zahn emigrated from Hong Kong as a child and has dedicated her adult life to stewarding public infrastructure and services. 

    Zahn serves with a strong vision for a safe, accessible, and more affordable Bellevue. Zahn states that community safety has always been a top priority for her. She worked to secure funding to ensure Bellevue has the public safety and mental health resources necessary to address the complex challenges facing our growing city. 

    If re-elected, she wants to continue making strides in improving our transportation system, increasing affordable housing options, and planning to serve generations of residents to come. Zahn has consistently supported investments in public green spaces like the Downtown Park and has worked to protect our tree canopy, preserving Bellevue’s environment for a high quality of life. Zahn would also focus on the communication between the council and the community to build stronger relationships and increase understanding of municipal government. Zahn's strong community focus and efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe have earned her the sole endorsement of the Bellevue Firefighters. 

    Also in this race is Betsi Hummer, who previously worked in sales and marketing for a lumber company. She also served for three terms on the East Bellevue Community Council. Unfortunately, Hummer opposes policy changes that would make housing more affordable in Bellevue. Without these long overdue reforms, spiraling housing costs will continue to displace our seniors and prevent young people from buying their first homes. Hummer accepted the maximum campaign donation from billionaire developer Kemper Freeman, who has been a longtime opponent of light rail in Bellevue, and she has been endorsed by other prominent Republicans. 

    Janice Zahn has been a thoughtful and strategic leader for Bellevue who is always willing to listen to the needs of the community. Zahn is the clear choice for Bellevue City Council, Position 5.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Janice Zahn

    Incumbent council member Janice Zahn is running for a second term on the Bellevue City Council in Position 5. She is the chief engineer for the Port of Seattle and serves on the city of Bellevue's Transportation Commission.

    Incumbent council member Janice Zahn is running for a second term on the Bellevue City Council in Position 5. She is the chief engineer for the Port of Seattle and serves on the city of Bellevue's Transportation Commission. Zahn emigrated from Hong Kong as a child and has dedicated her adult life to stewarding public infrastructure and services. 

    Zahn serves with a strong vision for a safe, accessible, and more affordable Bellevue. Zahn states that community safety has always been a top priority for her. She worked to secure funding to ensure Bellevue has the public safety and mental health resources necessary to address the complex challenges facing our growing city. 

    If re-elected, she wants to continue making strides in improving our transportation system, increasing affordable housing options, and planning to serve generations of residents to come. Zahn has consistently supported investments in public green spaces like the Downtown Park and has worked to protect our tree canopy, preserving Bellevue’s environment for a high quality of life. Zahn would also focus on the communication between the council and the community to build stronger relationships and increase understanding of municipal government. Zahn's strong community focus and efforts to keep our neighborhoods safe have earned her the sole endorsement of the Bellevue Firefighters. 

    Also in this race is Betsi Hummer, who previously worked in sales and marketing for a lumber company. She also served for three terms on the East Bellevue Community Council. Unfortunately, Hummer opposes policy changes that would make housing more affordable in Bellevue. Without these long overdue reforms, spiraling housing costs will continue to displace our seniors and prevent young people from buying their first homes. Hummer accepted the maximum campaign donation from billionaire developer Kemper Freeman, who has been a longtime opponent of light rail in Bellevue, and she has been endorsed by other prominent Republicans. 

    Janice Zahn has been a thoughtful and strategic leader for Bellevue who is always willing to listen to the needs of the community. Zahn is the clear choice for Bellevue City Council, Position 5.
     

    Janice Zahn

    Incumbent council member Janice Zahn is running for a second term on the Bellevue City Council in Position 5. She is the chief engineer for the Port of Seattle and serves on the city of Bellevue's Transportation Commission.

  • Dave Hamilton is running for Bellevue City Council, Position 7, to replace conservative Jennifer Robertson, who is not seeking re-election. 

    Until late 2022, Hamilton was the CEO of Delivery Express, which specialized in health care and retail shipping and logistics. Hamilton is a longtime Eastside resident who is active in the community. He is currently serving his second term on the Bellevue Parks & Community Services Board and previously served on the board of The Sophia Way, which provides support for women experiencing homelessness. 

    Hamilton is running for Bellevue City Council to improve housing affordability, keep our communities safe, and protect our parks and green spaces. He fully supports building more homes and increasing density in neighborhoods like Wilburton and Bel-Red. He wants his six kids to have the same opportunity he did to afford a home in Bellevue. Hamilton would work closely with King County and neighboring cities to ensure Bellevue is contributing toward a regional solution to homelessness. 

    Hamilton has received some criticism from the left for his occasional support for conservative candidates like Reagan Dunn and Jared Nieuwenhuis. However, he has largely supported Democrats and progressives in the past and said he "will represent a change" on the city council from the conservative incumbent.

    His opponent is Bill Hirt, a perennial, single-issue candidate who is fixated on blocking light rail, which is scheduled to begin service in Bellevue next spring. Hirt is not a credible candidate for office. 

    Hamilton has earned a bipartisan slate of endorsements from organizations and elected officials, including all six Democrats that represent Bellevue in the state Legislature. Dave Hamilton is the clear choice in the race for Bellevue City Council, Position 7.  

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Dave Hamilton

    Dave Hamilton is running for Bellevue City Council, Position 7, to replace conservative Jennifer Robertson, who is not seeking re-election. 

    Dave Hamilton is running for Bellevue City Council, Position 7, to replace conservative Jennifer Robertson, who is not seeking re-election. 

    Until late 2022, Hamilton was the CEO of Delivery Express, which specialized in health care and retail shipping and logistics. Hamilton is a longtime Eastside resident who is active in the community. He is currently serving his second term on the Bellevue Parks & Community Services Board and previously served on the board of The Sophia Way, which provides support for women experiencing homelessness. 

    Hamilton is running for Bellevue City Council to improve housing affordability, keep our communities safe, and protect our parks and green spaces. He fully supports building more homes and increasing density in neighborhoods like Wilburton and Bel-Red. He wants his six kids to have the same opportunity he did to afford a home in Bellevue. Hamilton would work closely with King County and neighboring cities to ensure Bellevue is contributing toward a regional solution to homelessness. 

    Hamilton has received some criticism from the left for his occasional support for conservative candidates like Reagan Dunn and Jared Nieuwenhuis. However, he has largely supported Democrats and progressives in the past and said he "will represent a change" on the city council from the conservative incumbent.

    His opponent is Bill Hirt, a perennial, single-issue candidate who is fixated on blocking light rail, which is scheduled to begin service in Bellevue next spring. Hirt is not a credible candidate for office. 

    Hamilton has earned a bipartisan slate of endorsements from organizations and elected officials, including all six Democrats that represent Bellevue in the state Legislature. Dave Hamilton is the clear choice in the race for Bellevue City Council, Position 7.  

    Dave Hamilton

    Dave Hamilton is running for Bellevue City Council, Position 7, to replace conservative Jennifer Robertson, who is not seeking re-election. 

  • Endorsed By: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, SEIU 775, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, Teamsters Joint Council 28, Bellevue Firefighters IAFF Local 1604, Boeing Machinists IAM 751, Human Voters of Washington
  • Mayor and incumbent council member Mason Thompson is running for another term for Bothell City Council, Position 2. Prior to joining the council in 2020, Thompson worked in account management for a number of companies and he has served on the city’s parks and recreation board.

    In office, Thompson has worked to implement a progressive vision of efficiency in both public services and city planning. He believes this approach can create a more livable, accessible, and climate-friendly Bothell. Some of his accomplishments on the council include leading RADAR (a bridge between law enforcement and mental health services), pedestrianizing Main Street, tripling human services funding, and securing Bothell’s first federal grant for the Bothell-Everett Highway. Now, Thompson is running to make strides in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, to build diverse housing options to meet a variety of needs, and to invest in public spaces like Main Street and parks. 

    Fellow city council member James McNeal, who currently serves in Position 4, is challenging Thompson in this race. McNeal spent nearly three decades in the construction industry and served as the former president of an organization dedicated to preserving the Wayne Golf Course. He joined the council in 2016 and is running in this race without a detailed platform, updated social media, or a campaign website as of mid-October.

    Thompson has been an exceptional leader for Bothell and has helped make the city a hub of innovation for the entire region. Mason Thompson has earned your vote for Bothell City Council, Position 2. 
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-20

    Mason Thompson

    Mayor and incumbent council member Mason Thompson is running for another term for Bothell City Council, Position 2. Prior to joining the council in 2020, Thompson worked in account management for a number of companies and he has served on the city’s parks and recreation board.

    Mayor and incumbent council member Mason Thompson is running for another term for Bothell City Council, Position 2. Prior to joining the council in 2020, Thompson worked in account management for a number of companies and he has served on the city’s parks and recreation board.

    In office, Thompson has worked to implement a progressive vision of efficiency in both public services and city planning. He believes this approach can create a more livable, accessible, and climate-friendly Bothell. Some of his accomplishments on the council include leading RADAR (a bridge between law enforcement and mental health services), pedestrianizing Main Street, tripling human services funding, and securing Bothell’s first federal grant for the Bothell-Everett Highway. Now, Thompson is running to make strides in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, to build diverse housing options to meet a variety of needs, and to invest in public spaces like Main Street and parks. 

    Fellow city council member James McNeal, who currently serves in Position 4, is challenging Thompson in this race. McNeal spent nearly three decades in the construction industry and served as the former president of an organization dedicated to preserving the Wayne Golf Course. He joined the council in 2016 and is running in this race without a detailed platform, updated social media, or a campaign website as of mid-October.

    Thompson has been an exceptional leader for Bothell and has helped make the city a hub of innovation for the entire region. Mason Thompson has earned your vote for Bothell City Council, Position 2. 
     

    Mason Thompson

    Mayor and incumbent council member Mason Thompson is running for another term for Bothell City Council, Position 2. Prior to joining the council in 2020, Thompson worked in account management for a number of companies and he has served on the city’s parks and recreation board.

  • Carston Curd is a natural resources planner and licensed geologist running to bring a progressive and sustainable vision to the Bothell City Council in Position 4. He currently serves as vice chair of the Bothell Planning Commission, Sound Transit Community Oversight Panel, and third vice chair for the First Legislative District Democrats. Curd is also a volunteer for a number of grassroots and community initiatives within the Northshore area.

    Curd is an advocate for green spaces and educates the community on complex topics that impact the solutions to the lack of affordable homes. As a progressive environmental advocate, his platform priorities include increasing the number of affordable homes, making transit accessible, and building resilience to urban flooding. As a current public servant in Snohomish County, Curd brings valuable experience and has garnered the support of many local leaders including Bothell Mayor Mason Thompson.

    Curd's opponent is retired engineer Mark Swanson. Swanson has stated in local interviews that he's "not actively campaigning," though he made it through the primary election. Unfortunately, he has no website available with policy proposals, though he denies there is an affordable housing crisis in Bothell, despite much evidence to the contrary. Much of his platform seems to be anti-growth, and in a League of Women Voters forum he stated that he will curb growth in the city by preventing the building of affordable and family apartments in the area.

    Carston Curd will work to fight climate change, improve housing affordability, and expand transit access in Bothell. He is the best choice for Bothell City Council, Position 4.  

    Last updated: 2023-10-20

    Carston Curd

    Carston Curd is a natural resources planner and licensed geologist running to bring a progressive and sustainable vision to the Bothell City Council in Position 4.

    Carston Curd is a natural resources planner and licensed geologist running to bring a progressive and sustainable vision to the Bothell City Council in Position 4. He currently serves as vice chair of the Bothell Planning Commission, Sound Transit Community Oversight Panel, and third vice chair for the First Legislative District Democrats. Curd is also a volunteer for a number of grassroots and community initiatives within the Northshore area.

    Curd is an advocate for green spaces and educates the community on complex topics that impact the solutions to the lack of affordable homes. As a progressive environmental advocate, his platform priorities include increasing the number of affordable homes, making transit accessible, and building resilience to urban flooding. As a current public servant in Snohomish County, Curd brings valuable experience and has garnered the support of many local leaders including Bothell Mayor Mason Thompson.

    Curd's opponent is retired engineer Mark Swanson. Swanson has stated in local interviews that he's "not actively campaigning," though he made it through the primary election. Unfortunately, he has no website available with policy proposals, though he denies there is an affordable housing crisis in Bothell, despite much evidence to the contrary. Much of his platform seems to be anti-growth, and in a League of Women Voters forum he stated that he will curb growth in the city by preventing the building of affordable and family apartments in the area.

    Carston Curd will work to fight climate change, improve housing affordability, and expand transit access in Bothell. He is the best choice for Bothell City Council, Position 4.  

    Carston Curd

    Carston Curd is a natural resources planner and licensed geologist running to bring a progressive and sustainable vision to the Bothell City Council in Position 4.

  • Endorsed By: Sierra Club, Washington Bikes, Washington Conservation Action, King County Democrats
  • Incumbent Amanda Dodd is running for re-election to Position 6 on the Bothell City Council. Dodd first joined the council in October 2022 when she was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Davina Duerr’s resignation. Before that, Dodd served on the city’s planning commission, to which she was appointed in 2020. Outside of government service, she works for Salesforce in account management and volunteers her time as a board member for the Snohomish County Transportation Coalition.

    Dodd is running to make Bothell a welcoming, affordable, and vibrant place to live. If retained, her priorities include growing a strong small business community, creating more attainable housing options, and investing in environmental protections to safeguard Bothell’s ecosystem for generations to come. Her progressive vision for the city has already earned her an impressive array of endorsements in this race.

    Former city council member and veteran Thomas Agnew is challenging Dodd. Last year, Agnew was considered alongside Dodd for the council appointment. His platform is not very detailed as of mid- October, focusing primarily on more policing in our neighborhoods and preserving car parking over making streets safer. In past elections, Agnew has run on a more conservative platform, advocating for cutting some critical community funding while directing more money to police and making some infrastructure investments.

    Amanda Dodd is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote for Bothell City Council, Position 6. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-20

    Amanda Dodd

    Incumbent Amanda Dodd is running for re-election to Position 6 on the Bothell City Council. Dodd first joined the council in October 2022 when she was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Davina Duerr’s resignation.

    Incumbent Amanda Dodd is running for re-election to Position 6 on the Bothell City Council. Dodd first joined the council in October 2022 when she was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Davina Duerr’s resignation. Before that, Dodd served on the city’s planning commission, to which she was appointed in 2020. Outside of government service, she works for Salesforce in account management and volunteers her time as a board member for the Snohomish County Transportation Coalition.

    Dodd is running to make Bothell a welcoming, affordable, and vibrant place to live. If retained, her priorities include growing a strong small business community, creating more attainable housing options, and investing in environmental protections to safeguard Bothell’s ecosystem for generations to come. Her progressive vision for the city has already earned her an impressive array of endorsements in this race.

    Former city council member and veteran Thomas Agnew is challenging Dodd. Last year, Agnew was considered alongside Dodd for the council appointment. His platform is not very detailed as of mid- October, focusing primarily on more policing in our neighborhoods and preserving car parking over making streets safer. In past elections, Agnew has run on a more conservative platform, advocating for cutting some critical community funding while directing more money to police and making some infrastructure investments.

    Amanda Dodd is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote for Bothell City Council, Position 6. 

    Amanda Dodd

    Incumbent Amanda Dodd is running for re-election to Position 6 on the Bothell City Council. Dodd first joined the council in October 2022 when she was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Davina Duerr’s resignation.

  • Endorsed By: Sierra Club, Washington Bikes, Washington Conservation Action, King County Democrats
  • Cydney Moore is seeking re-election to Burien City Council, Position 2. Prior to winning her seat in 2020, Moore served as a lead organizer for ACLU Burien People Power and was a board member of the Burien Arts Association.

    During her time as a council member, Moore passed a groundbreaking slate of renters' rights protections, upheld pandemic eviction moratoriums and hazard pay, and increased funding for mental health supports, food banks, and rent/utility assistance. She has additionally supported a new public safety model that integrates behavioral health experts alongside police.

    Moore has proven to be a vocal proponent of public health and housing for all, even when controversial. Though eventually outvoted, she was one of the three council members who voted to renew and expand Burien's main affordable housing program.

    She has recently been in the spotlight for helping to notify encampment residents of their right to shelter in a nearby city-owned lot ahead of a highly-publicized sweep. Burien made headlines this year for forcing people in the encampment to relocate three times, without being able to provide the bare minimum resources that would give them access to shelter beds. Although she did her outreach as a private citizen along with former Burien Planning Commission chair Charles Schaefer, Moore spoke about how the displacement highlights the need for more resources for people experiencing homelessness. Though outvoted, Moore was part of the minority of council members who wanted to accept King County's $1 million offer to support these residents, and voted against further criminalizing people who have been forced to turn to the streets for shelter.

    Moore's advocacy for her unhoused constituents stands in sharp contrast to many of the other council members, who responded to Moore and Schaefer's outreach to the encampment by removing Schaefer from his position. This event generated significant backlash, including the resignation of 11 other members of city boards and commissions.

    Linda Akey is challenging Moore for Position 2. She is the owner of a small business that assists nonprofits and is the current chair of the Burien Business and Economic Development Partnership. She moved to Burien from Colorado in 2019.

    Although her platform states her support for housing and services for Burien residents experiencing homelessness, her approach to issues of safety overall centers the needs businesses over people. Akey was also more supportive of a controversial sweep that displaced residents camping in front of Burien City Hall and was recorded on video questioning the group that was doing outreach to campers in front of her condominium (a group that included the incumbent Cydney Moore). Her statements on the encampment demonize people experiencing homelessness instead of offering real solutions to help residents find a warm, safe place to live. 

    Cydney Moore has been a standout progressive voice on Burien's City Council, and deserves your vote for Position 2.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Cydney Moore

    Cydney Moore is seeking re-election to Burien City Council, Position 2. Prior to winning her seat in 2020, Moore served as a lead organizer for ACLU Burien People Power and was a board member of the Burien Arts Association.

    Cydney Moore is seeking re-election to Burien City Council, Position 2. Prior to winning her seat in 2020, Moore served as a lead organizer for ACLU Burien People Power and was a board member of the Burien Arts Association.

    During her time as a council member, Moore passed a groundbreaking slate of renters' rights protections, upheld pandemic eviction moratoriums and hazard pay, and increased funding for mental health supports, food banks, and rent/utility assistance. She has additionally supported a new public safety model that integrates behavioral health experts alongside police.

    Moore has proven to be a vocal proponent of public health and housing for all, even when controversial. Though eventually outvoted, she was one of the three council members who voted to renew and expand Burien's main affordable housing program.

    She has recently been in the spotlight for helping to notify encampment residents of their right to shelter in a nearby city-owned lot ahead of a highly-publicized sweep. Burien made headlines this year for forcing people in the encampment to relocate three times, without being able to provide the bare minimum resources that would give them access to shelter beds. Although she did her outreach as a private citizen along with former Burien Planning Commission chair Charles Schaefer, Moore spoke about how the displacement highlights the need for more resources for people experiencing homelessness. Though outvoted, Moore was part of the minority of council members who wanted to accept King County's $1 million offer to support these residents, and voted against further criminalizing people who have been forced to turn to the streets for shelter.

    Moore's advocacy for her unhoused constituents stands in sharp contrast to many of the other council members, who responded to Moore and Schaefer's outreach to the encampment by removing Schaefer from his position. This event generated significant backlash, including the resignation of 11 other members of city boards and commissions.

    Linda Akey is challenging Moore for Position 2. She is the owner of a small business that assists nonprofits and is the current chair of the Burien Business and Economic Development Partnership. She moved to Burien from Colorado in 2019.

    Although her platform states her support for housing and services for Burien residents experiencing homelessness, her approach to issues of safety overall centers the needs businesses over people. Akey was also more supportive of a controversial sweep that displaced residents camping in front of Burien City Hall and was recorded on video questioning the group that was doing outreach to campers in front of her condominium (a group that included the incumbent Cydney Moore). Her statements on the encampment demonize people experiencing homelessness instead of offering real solutions to help residents find a warm, safe place to live. 

    Cydney Moore has been a standout progressive voice on Burien's City Council, and deserves your vote for Position 2.
     

    Cydney Moore

    Cydney Moore is seeking re-election to Burien City Council, Position 2. Prior to winning her seat in 2020, Moore served as a lead organizer for ACLU Burien People Power and was a board member of the Burien Arts Association.

  • Patricia Hudson is a human resources professional with SEIU 775, a home care workers' union. She states that her experience as a working single mother has shaped her view of what it takes to make Burien a more affordable and livable place for all. Her human resources work has given her experience in a variety of fields, including education, transportation, healthcare, and human services. She has also served on multiple community boards.

    Hudson is running to represent working people, advocate for living wages, secure more affordable housing, and fund green public infrastructure. In particular, she wants to add more green spaces and bike lanes so that Burien can become an even better place to walk or bike. After the recent controversies between the city council and various volunteer boards, Hudson will work to bring people back together and rebuild trust across the community.

    As a council member, Hudson would re-examine what "safety" means to the diverse population of Burien. She would focus on addressing peoples' unmet needs and continuing the community policing alternatives that keep people out of the criminal legal system. Her platform acknowledges that Burien's well-being starts with providing an affordable home for all, increasing mental and behavioral health support, and making sure everyone can get a fair return on their work.

    Hudson is the best choice for new progressive leadership in Burien.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Patricia Hudson

    Patricia Hudson is a human resources professional with SEIU 775, a home care workers' union. She states that her experience as a working single mother has shaped her view of what it takes to make Burien a more affordable and livable place for all.

    Patricia Hudson is a human resources professional with SEIU 775, a home care workers' union. She states that her experience as a working single mother has shaped her view of what it takes to make Burien a more affordable and livable place for all. Her human resources work has given her experience in a variety of fields, including education, transportation, healthcare, and human services. She has also served on multiple community boards.

    Hudson is running to represent working people, advocate for living wages, secure more affordable housing, and fund green public infrastructure. In particular, she wants to add more green spaces and bike lanes so that Burien can become an even better place to walk or bike. After the recent controversies between the city council and various volunteer boards, Hudson will work to bring people back together and rebuild trust across the community.

    As a council member, Hudson would re-examine what "safety" means to the diverse population of Burien. She would focus on addressing peoples' unmet needs and continuing the community policing alternatives that keep people out of the criminal legal system. Her platform acknowledges that Burien's well-being starts with providing an affordable home for all, increasing mental and behavioral health support, and making sure everyone can get a fair return on their work.

    Hudson is the best choice for new progressive leadership in Burien.
     

    Patricia Hudson

    Patricia Hudson is a human resources professional with SEIU 775, a home care workers' union. She states that her experience as a working single mother has shaped her view of what it takes to make Burien a more affordable and livable place for all.

  • Endorsed By: The Washington Bus, SEIU Locals 775, 925, and 1199, King County Democrats

Other Candidates

Kevin Schilling

Hudson's opponent is Kevin Schilling, who is running for re-election to Burien City Council, Position 4. He has served as a council member since 2020, and as deputy mayor since 2022.

Kevin Schilling

Hudson's opponent is Kevin Schilling, who is running for re-election to Burien City Council, Position 4. He has served as a council member since 2020, and as deputy mayor since 2022.

  • Former deputy mayor Krystal Marx is running for Burien City Council, Position 6, which is currently held by Sofia Aragon. She previously served on the council from 2017 through 2021. She is the former executive director of Seattle Pride and previously worked for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington. Currently, she is the vice president of business operations for the Seattle Seawolves rugby team. 

    During her previous term, Marx was a consistent progressive voice on the council. She takes a housing-first approach to homelessness, which prioritizes getting people in crisis into stable housing, and has worked to pass a range of tenant protections to keep people in their homes. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marx voted in favor of $5 per hour hazard pay for frontline workers like grocery store employees. She also voted in favor of expanding affordable housing in downtown Burien that includes units designated for Burien residents and veterans.

    Marx is running against small business owner Alex Andrade. Andrade runs the printing business Citlali Creativo and serves on the board of Discover Burien. she is running on a more conservative platform focused on policing and homelessness. Andrade recently told the B-Town Blog that she would support criminalizing people experiencing homelessness and repeatedly said she wanted to give police more power to enforce this law. Not surprisingly, she's been endorsed by some of the incumbents on the Burien City Council who have taken a hardline approach to criminalizing people who have been forced to turn to the streets for shelter. 

    Marx has earned sweeping endorsements from our partner organizations, which is a reflection of her progressive values and positive vision for Burien. Marx is the clear choice for Burien City Council, Position 6. 
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Krystal Marx

    Former deputy mayor Krystal Marx is running for Burien City Council, Position 6, which is currently held by Sofia Aragon. She previously served on the council from 2017 through 2021.

    Former deputy mayor Krystal Marx is running for Burien City Council, Position 6, which is currently held by Sofia Aragon. She previously served on the council from 2017 through 2021. She is the former executive director of Seattle Pride and previously worked for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington. Currently, she is the vice president of business operations for the Seattle Seawolves rugby team. 

    During her previous term, Marx was a consistent progressive voice on the council. She takes a housing-first approach to homelessness, which prioritizes getting people in crisis into stable housing, and has worked to pass a range of tenant protections to keep people in their homes. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marx voted in favor of $5 per hour hazard pay for frontline workers like grocery store employees. She also voted in favor of expanding affordable housing in downtown Burien that includes units designated for Burien residents and veterans.

    Marx is running against small business owner Alex Andrade. Andrade runs the printing business Citlali Creativo and serves on the board of Discover Burien. she is running on a more conservative platform focused on policing and homelessness. Andrade recently told the B-Town Blog that she would support criminalizing people experiencing homelessness and repeatedly said she wanted to give police more power to enforce this law. Not surprisingly, she's been endorsed by some of the incumbents on the Burien City Council who have taken a hardline approach to criminalizing people who have been forced to turn to the streets for shelter. 

    Marx has earned sweeping endorsements from our partner organizations, which is a reflection of her progressive values and positive vision for Burien. Marx is the clear choice for Burien City Council, Position 6. 
     

    Krystal Marx

    Former deputy mayor Krystal Marx is running for Burien City Council, Position 6, which is currently held by Sofia Aragon. She previously served on the council from 2017 through 2021.

No Recommendation

JC Harris is running for re-election to Des Moines City Council, Position 2, where he has served since 2020. Harris is a semi-retired musician and software engineer who describes himself as a non-partisan independent.

Harris's platform has some positive aspects - it heavily focuses on reducing Seattle-Tacoma Airport's noise and air pollution in Des Moines. He proposes solutions like forcing the airport to pay impact fees and increasing building code enforcement to make sure homes insulate against noise. He also supports creating more public parks, senior programs, and services with funding that depends less on regressive taxes and fees. 

However, Harris' voting pattern on the council has been unimpressive - he votes "no" on most proposals. Harris was the sole vote against adopting the city's housing action plan, saying it had "no substance" despite its comprehensive suggestions for improving access to affordable housing in Des Moines. He has also voted against proposals to improve public amenities. 

Most worrying is his reputation for inappropriate behavior. Harris was formally censured his fellow councilmembers for cornering and berating a city staff member. Several of his colleagues said that this was part of a pattern of behavior that included shouting expletives at them in public, using sexual innuendo in the workplace, and posting insults and misinformation on his blog. Harris has been removed from all but one of his committee appointments.

Harris is running against Rob Back, a landlord, property manager, and former city council member. During his previous term on the city council (2016 to 2020), Back was most focused on funding development downtown and at the marina, improving transportation, and increasing police funding. Back is a board member and strong supporter of the SCORE jail, a private jail that faced several lawsuits after a sharp increase in people dying in custody because of lack of medical care.

Harris and Back differ slightly when it comes to prisons and policing. Although Harris bemoans that the number of police has been reduced in recent years, he thinks that the city should not try to arrest its way out of problems with mental health and addiction crises. He proposed creating a treatment center as a solution but did not have a concrete proposal for how to fund it.

While Harris is less conservative than Back in some ways, we cannot recommend him given his inappropriate behavior on the council. 
 

JC Harris

JC Harris is running for re-election to Des Moines City Council, Position 2, where he has served since 2020. Harris is a semi-retired musician and software engineer who describes himself as a non-partisan independent.

No Recommendation

Jeremy Nutting is running to retain his seat on Des Moines City Council, Position 4. Nutting is a superintendent for a construction contracting company and has served on the council since 2013.

Nutting's top priorities include making Des Moines friendly to local businesses, supporting the city's development, and increasing police funding. Nutting has supported the Des Moines Creek Business Park and the controversial Marina redevelopment, and would work on further supporting growth downtown, at the waterfront, and in the ferry system. He has also been heavily involved in police-citizen relationship-building events, and is proud of adding more police officers and substation locations to the police department.

Nutting was on the council in 2015 when they voted to restrict churches who were sheltering people experiencing homelessness in Des Moines. His focus on policies that favor businesses and wealthy yacht owners indicate that he may not be the most progressive choice.

Christine Puzas is challenging incumbent Jeremy Nutting for his seat on the Des Moines City Council. She does not have any public information as of early October.

Jeremy Nutting

Jeremy Nutting is running to retain his seat on Des Moines City Council, Position 4. Nutting is a superintendent for a construction contracting company and has served on the council since 2013.

  • Yoshiko Grace Matsui is running unopposed for Des Moines City Council, Position 6. Matsui is a longtime public servant - she has served as board president of King County Water District, ensuring that Des Moines’ water services are up-to-date. She is the director of the Des Moines Farmers Market and a volunteer at the Des Moines Area Food Bank. Matsui currently works with the city of Seattle, doing human resources recruiting and running public safety exams for firefighters.

    Matsui's priorities for the council are aimed at elevating transparency and decision-making power for all communities in Des Moines. She has the endorsements of two local Democratic groups this year.

    Matsui deserves your vote for Des Moines City Council, Position 6.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-13

    Yoshiko Grace Matsui

    Yoshiko Grace Matsui is running unopposed for Des Moines City Council, Position 6. Matsui is a longtime public servant - she has served as board president of King County Water District, ensuring that Des Moines’ water services are up-to-date.

    Yoshiko Grace Matsui is running unopposed for Des Moines City Council, Position 6. Matsui is a longtime public servant - she has served as board president of King County Water District, ensuring that Des Moines’ water services are up-to-date. She is the director of the Des Moines Farmers Market and a volunteer at the Des Moines Area Food Bank. Matsui currently works with the city of Seattle, doing human resources recruiting and running public safety exams for firefighters.

    Matsui's priorities for the council are aimed at elevating transparency and decision-making power for all communities in Des Moines. She has the endorsements of two local Democratic groups this year.

    Matsui deserves your vote for Des Moines City Council, Position 6.
     

    Yoshiko Grace Matsui

    Yoshiko Grace Matsui is running unopposed for Des Moines City Council, Position 6. Matsui is a longtime public servant - she has served as board president of King County Water District, ensuring that Des Moines’ water services are up-to-date.

  • Incumbent Lydia Assefa-Dawson is running for re-election to Federal Way City Council, Position 1. Assefa-Dawson is a family self-sufficiency coordinator at King County Housing Authority and has also served as a financial educator at the YMCA for survivors of domestic violence. She was the first person of African descent to serve on the Federal Way City Council and has been a strong community leader in roles such as the co-chair of the Regional Law, Safety and Justice Committee and the vice president of the Ethiopian Community Center.

    Assefa-Dawson does not have a working campaign website available as of mid-October, but she has spent her time on the council affirming the rights of LGBTQ+ residents for Pride Month, expanding housing options by making accessory dwelling units easier to build, and more. 

    Conservative perennial candidate Mark Greene is running against Assefa-Dawson after multiple previous campaigns for lieutenant governor, state representative, county director of elections, and mayor. On X, formerly known as Twitter, he describes himself as a fan of far-right Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He has complained about Federal Way City Council's proclamations in support of the Black and LGBTQ communities, asking "is there some crisis or something I didn't hear about?" While Greene's website is not working as of mid-October, his public statements and past campaigns make it clear he is not a progressive choice. 

    Assefa-Dawson is the best choice for Federal Way City Council, Position 1. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-20

    Lydia Assefa-Dawson

    Incumbent Lydia Assefa-Dawson is running for re-election to Federal Way City Council, Position 1. Assefa-Dawson is a family self-sufficiency coordinator at King County Housing Authority and has also served as a financial educator at the YMCA for survivors of domestic violence.

    Incumbent Lydia Assefa-Dawson is running for re-election to Federal Way City Council, Position 1. Assefa-Dawson is a family self-sufficiency coordinator at King County Housing Authority and has also served as a financial educator at the YMCA for survivors of domestic violence. She was the first person of African descent to serve on the Federal Way City Council and has been a strong community leader in roles such as the co-chair of the Regional Law, Safety and Justice Committee and the vice president of the Ethiopian Community Center.

    Assefa-Dawson does not have a working campaign website available as of mid-October, but she has spent her time on the council affirming the rights of LGBTQ+ residents for Pride Month, expanding housing options by making accessory dwelling units easier to build, and more. 

    Conservative perennial candidate Mark Greene is running against Assefa-Dawson after multiple previous campaigns for lieutenant governor, state representative, county director of elections, and mayor. On X, formerly known as Twitter, he describes himself as a fan of far-right Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He has complained about Federal Way City Council's proclamations in support of the Black and LGBTQ communities, asking "is there some crisis or something I didn't hear about?" While Greene's website is not working as of mid-October, his public statements and past campaigns make it clear he is not a progressive choice. 

    Assefa-Dawson is the best choice for Federal Way City Council, Position 1. 

    Lydia Assefa-Dawson

    Incumbent Lydia Assefa-Dawson is running for re-election to Federal Way City Council, Position 1. Assefa-Dawson is a family self-sufficiency coordinator at King County Housing Authority and has also served as a financial educator at the YMCA for survivors of domestic violence.

  • Roger Flygare is running for Federal Way City Council, Position 6. He has run eight times for various offices since 2010 including fire commissioner, state senator, and state representative. Though he does not have detailed policy information available, he aims to work regionally on homelessness, advocate for more affordable housing, and more. 

    He is running against incumbent deputy mayor Susan Honda. First elected in 2011, Honda has spent her time on the council focusing on criminalizing homelessness by banning pushing shopping carts on sidewalks, an idea Honda brought to the council that passed 5-2 and will cost taxpayers $250,00 annually. It does nothing to solve the underlying causes of homelessness and punishes the poor by subjecting them to a $50 fine. She tends to vote more on the moderate-conservative side of the council. 

    We lean toward Flygare because of his endorsements from unions and local Democrats. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-20

    Roger Flygare

    Roger Flygare is running for Federal Way City Council, Position 6. He has run eight times for various offices since 2010 including fire commissioner, state senator, and state representative.

    Roger Flygare is running for Federal Way City Council, Position 6. He has run eight times for various offices since 2010 including fire commissioner, state senator, and state representative. Though he does not have detailed policy information available, he aims to work regionally on homelessness, advocate for more affordable housing, and more. 

    He is running against incumbent deputy mayor Susan Honda. First elected in 2011, Honda has spent her time on the council focusing on criminalizing homelessness by banning pushing shopping carts on sidewalks, an idea Honda brought to the council that passed 5-2 and will cost taxpayers $250,00 annually. It does nothing to solve the underlying causes of homelessness and punishes the poor by subjecting them to a $50 fine. She tends to vote more on the moderate-conservative side of the council. 

    We lean toward Flygare because of his endorsements from unions and local Democrats. 

    Roger Flygare

    Roger Flygare is running for Federal Way City Council, Position 6. He has run eight times for various offices since 2010 including fire commissioner, state senator, and state representative.

  • Endorsed By: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, King County Democrats, Alliance for Gun Responsiblity
  • King County program manager Katherine Festa is running for Position 5 on the Federal Way City Council. A dedicated community advocate, Festa is the founding member and chair of the Native American Leadership Council and chair of Federal Way's Human Services Commission FUSION transitional housing. She's also the president of Soroptimist International of Federal Way. If elected, she'd be the first Native American to serve on the council in the city's history.

    Festa wants to leverage her many years of advocacy and deep knowledge of what community members need to thrive on the council. In her work as a housing coordinator, she has helped people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live successfully in their communities. She wants to see more regional solutions to the issue of homelessness, protect parks and green spaces, and find funding for more local projects through the state. Festa has received an impressive slate of endorsements, including from labor unions, elected officials, the Native American Caucus of the Washington State Democrats, and more. 

    Festa is challenging incumbent Jack Walsh, a former newspaper reporter who currently owns a local ice cream business. Walsh's last campaign in 2021 emphasized a refusal to consider investing in community safety alternatives as well as spreading damaging misinformation about people experiencing homelessness. His current politics are no more progressive than before, with Facebook posts asking constituents to push back against a legislative bill on gender-affirming and reproductive health care for youths. He also voted to pass an ordinance to ticket people $50 for pushing shopping carts, a measure unlikely to actually challenge the root causes of homelessness in the community.

    Festa is the clear choice in the race for Federal Way City Council, Position 5.

    Last updated: 2023-10-20

    Katherine Festa

    King County program manager Katherine Festa is running for Position 5 on the Federal Way City Council.

    King County program manager Katherine Festa is running for Position 5 on the Federal Way City Council. A dedicated community advocate, Festa is the founding member and chair of the Native American Leadership Council and chair of Federal Way's Human Services Commission FUSION transitional housing. She's also the president of Soroptimist International of Federal Way. If elected, she'd be the first Native American to serve on the council in the city's history.

    Festa wants to leverage her many years of advocacy and deep knowledge of what community members need to thrive on the council. In her work as a housing coordinator, she has helped people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live successfully in their communities. She wants to see more regional solutions to the issue of homelessness, protect parks and green spaces, and find funding for more local projects through the state. Festa has received an impressive slate of endorsements, including from labor unions, elected officials, the Native American Caucus of the Washington State Democrats, and more. 

    Festa is challenging incumbent Jack Walsh, a former newspaper reporter who currently owns a local ice cream business. Walsh's last campaign in 2021 emphasized a refusal to consider investing in community safety alternatives as well as spreading damaging misinformation about people experiencing homelessness. His current politics are no more progressive than before, with Facebook posts asking constituents to push back against a legislative bill on gender-affirming and reproductive health care for youths. He also voted to pass an ordinance to ticket people $50 for pushing shopping carts, a measure unlikely to actually challenge the root causes of homelessness in the community.

    Festa is the clear choice in the race for Federal Way City Council, Position 5.

    Katherine Festa

    King County program manager Katherine Festa is running for Position 5 on the Federal Way City Council.

  • Endorsed By: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, King County Democrats
  • Denise Yun is a nurse running for Federal Way City Council, Position 7. Her three-part platform includes public safety, homelessness, and economic development. With her experience as a mental health nurse and an addiction nurse, Yun says the city can do more to promote medical treatment and getting people back into homes and reunited with their families. As someone who is formerly homeless, Yun also wants to see a multifaceted approach to the problem that takes into account whether people are suffering from untreated mental health issues, affordability, or more, and make sure they can get the help they need. 

    Yun's endorsements by many Democratic elected officials and progressive organizations, including local Democratic organizations, point toward the hope that she can turn around the conservative votes taken by the incumbent. 

    Her opponent is current council member Linda Kochmar, who has served for nearly 20 years on the Federal Way City Council. She is the current council president and has also been mayor, deputy mayor, and a former Republican state representative. Kochmar ran and lost a campaign for state senate in 2022 on an agenda of overturning police accountability laws that passed in recent years. If Kochmar is re-elected, there's no reason to believe that she would not continue to be a conservative force on the city council. She opposed hazard pay for essential grocery store workers in 2021 and would likely continue to oppose efforts to meet the needs of the most economically vulnerable in the community. 

    Yun is the best choice for Federal Way City Council, Position 7. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-20

    Denise Yun

    Denise Yun is a nurse running for Federal Way City Council, Position 7. Her three-part platform includes public safety, homelessness, and economic development.

    Denise Yun is a nurse running for Federal Way City Council, Position 7. Her three-part platform includes public safety, homelessness, and economic development. With her experience as a mental health nurse and an addiction nurse, Yun says the city can do more to promote medical treatment and getting people back into homes and reunited with their families. As someone who is formerly homeless, Yun also wants to see a multifaceted approach to the problem that takes into account whether people are suffering from untreated mental health issues, affordability, or more, and make sure they can get the help they need. 

    Yun's endorsements by many Democratic elected officials and progressive organizations, including local Democratic organizations, point toward the hope that she can turn around the conservative votes taken by the incumbent. 

    Her opponent is current council member Linda Kochmar, who has served for nearly 20 years on the Federal Way City Council. She is the current council president and has also been mayor, deputy mayor, and a former Republican state representative. Kochmar ran and lost a campaign for state senate in 2022 on an agenda of overturning police accountability laws that passed in recent years. If Kochmar is re-elected, there's no reason to believe that she would not continue to be a conservative force on the city council. She opposed hazard pay for essential grocery store workers in 2021 and would likely continue to oppose efforts to meet the needs of the most economically vulnerable in the community. 

    Yun is the best choice for Federal Way City Council, Position 7. 

    Denise Yun

    Denise Yun is a nurse running for Federal Way City Council, Position 7. Her three-part platform includes public safety, homelessness, and economic development.

  • Incumbent Zach Hall is running for another term in Position 2 on the Issaquah City Council. Hall made history as one of the youngest people to ever serve on Issaquah's city council when he was elected at the age of 25. Despite his relative youth, Hall has an extensive resume as a campaign manager and legislative assistant for our state representatives. 

    His state level work has not distracted him from his dedication to his hometown, however. Hall has knocked on more than 10,000 doors in Issaquah while canvassing, keeping a notebook of community members' stories to guide his work. He represents Issaquah on the Cascade Water Alliance, a group of municipalities focused on preserving clean water supply on the eastside.

    Hall has supported building 150 units of affordable rental homes near transit, introducing a community court program to connect people to resources instead of punishing them, and developing plans to protect the climate and improve transit options. Hall is running for re-election to continue his work to make Issaquah a place where everyone can get where they need to go, live in a home they can afford, and have clean water to drink.

    Landon Halverson, a conservative Catholic school teacher, is challenging Hall for Position 2. Halverson is the vice-chair of the King County Republican Party. Predictably, his posts on social media echo Republican fear-mongering about crime. In contrast to the incumbent Hall, who helped provide relief to small businesses and set up vaccine clinics during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Halverson loudly opposed the science-based public health guidelines 

    Zach Hall is the clear choice for Issaquah City Council, Position 2.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Zach Hall

    Incumbent Zach Hall is running for another term in Position 2 on the Issaquah City Council. Hall made history as one of the youngest people to ever serve on Issaquah's city council when he was elected at the age of 25.

    Incumbent Zach Hall is running for another term in Position 2 on the Issaquah City Council. Hall made history as one of the youngest people to ever serve on Issaquah's city council when he was elected at the age of 25. Despite his relative youth, Hall has an extensive resume as a campaign manager and legislative assistant for our state representatives. 

    His state level work has not distracted him from his dedication to his hometown, however. Hall has knocked on more than 10,000 doors in Issaquah while canvassing, keeping a notebook of community members' stories to guide his work. He represents Issaquah on the Cascade Water Alliance, a group of municipalities focused on preserving clean water supply on the eastside.

    Hall has supported building 150 units of affordable rental homes near transit, introducing a community court program to connect people to resources instead of punishing them, and developing plans to protect the climate and improve transit options. Hall is running for re-election to continue his work to make Issaquah a place where everyone can get where they need to go, live in a home they can afford, and have clean water to drink.

    Landon Halverson, a conservative Catholic school teacher, is challenging Hall for Position 2. Halverson is the vice-chair of the King County Republican Party. Predictably, his posts on social media echo Republican fear-mongering about crime. In contrast to the incumbent Hall, who helped provide relief to small businesses and set up vaccine clinics during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Halverson loudly opposed the science-based public health guidelines 

    Zach Hall is the clear choice for Issaquah City Council, Position 2.
     

    Zach Hall

    Incumbent Zach Hall is running for another term in Position 2 on the Issaquah City Council. Hall made history as one of the youngest people to ever serve on Issaquah's city council when he was elected at the age of 25.

  • Endorsed By: SEIU Local 925, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, King County Democrats
  • Lindsey Walsh, a small business owner and the current Issaquah City Council president, is running to retain her seat. She is running on a progressive platform that prioritizes transportation, safety, and affordable living for all Issaquah families.

    Walsh has an impressive track record in all of these areas. She has implemented traffic calming measures to create safer streets for people walking and rolling, contributed to Issaquah's master plan for increasing mobility, and funded planning for public transit, including the long-awaited light rail expansion. Her approach to public safety doesn't only focus on funding police, but also addresses the root causes of crime. She supported creating community courts and expanding the human services department from one to six staff members, including two behavioral health coordinators. She also wants to make home costs more affordable for Issaquah residents by expanding affordable housing, creating more housing for middle-income folks, and continuing to fund rental assistance.

    Walsh is a mother of two children who attend Issaquah public schools. She recently voted in favor of rezoning city-owned land in Providence Heights to allow the construction of several new public schools. During the hotly debated decision-making process, Walsh was able to balance residents' calls for transparency with the real need for Issaquah kids to have uncrowded classrooms to learn in.

    Mike Palm is challenging incumbent Lindsey Walsh, but has not published any campaign information nor raised any funds as of mid-October. His personal Facebook page is full of conservative articles that deny climate change and blame progressive policies like the clean fuel standard and police accountability measures for working peoples' struggles caused by corporate greed and union-busting.

    Lindsey Walsh deserves your vote for re-election to Issaquah City Council, Position 4.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Lindsey Walsh

    Lindsey Walsh, a small business owner and the current Issaquah City Council president, is running to retain her seat. She is running on a progressive platform that prioritizes transportation, safety, and affordable living for all Issaquah families.

    Lindsey Walsh, a small business owner and the current Issaquah City Council president, is running to retain her seat. She is running on a progressive platform that prioritizes transportation, safety, and affordable living for all Issaquah families.

    Walsh has an impressive track record in all of these areas. She has implemented traffic calming measures to create safer streets for people walking and rolling, contributed to Issaquah's master plan for increasing mobility, and funded planning for public transit, including the long-awaited light rail expansion. Her approach to public safety doesn't only focus on funding police, but also addresses the root causes of crime. She supported creating community courts and expanding the human services department from one to six staff members, including two behavioral health coordinators. She also wants to make home costs more affordable for Issaquah residents by expanding affordable housing, creating more housing for middle-income folks, and continuing to fund rental assistance.

    Walsh is a mother of two children who attend Issaquah public schools. She recently voted in favor of rezoning city-owned land in Providence Heights to allow the construction of several new public schools. During the hotly debated decision-making process, Walsh was able to balance residents' calls for transparency with the real need for Issaquah kids to have uncrowded classrooms to learn in.

    Mike Palm is challenging incumbent Lindsey Walsh, but has not published any campaign information nor raised any funds as of mid-October. His personal Facebook page is full of conservative articles that deny climate change and blame progressive policies like the clean fuel standard and police accountability measures for working peoples' struggles caused by corporate greed and union-busting.

    Lindsey Walsh deserves your vote for re-election to Issaquah City Council, Position 4.
     

    Lindsey Walsh

    Lindsey Walsh, a small business owner and the current Issaquah City Council president, is running to retain her seat. She is running on a progressive platform that prioritizes transportation, safety, and affordable living for all Issaquah families.

  • Endorsed By: King County Democrats
  • Victoria Hunt is running for re-election to Issaquah City Council, Position 6. She is a data scientist at Breakthrough Energy, where she leads research efforts on renewable energy and does climate analyses to help cities meet their climate plans. She was elected to the council in 2019 and holds a Ph.D. in ecology.

    In office, Hunt has been a champion for environmental protection. During her two years as council president, she helped pass the city's climate action plan. She also advocated for the acquisition and preservation of the 46-acre Bergsma property, which was one of the few remaining unprotected areas in the Issaquah Alps. Hunt has been involved in advocating for ambitious climate action at the state level as well, supporting a bill to make the largest energy supplier in Washington transition to clean energy.

    Hunt also has a good track record when it comes to affordable housing. She was the only council member to support all the recommendations from the Regional Coalition on Housing (ARCH) that would combat landlords' continued raising of rents in Issaquah. If re-elected, Hunt states that she would like to study and expand housing options so that people with lower or moderate incomes can find and keep their homes.

    Her opponent is Sam Sheehan, a conservative welder and business owner. Sheehan does not have a campaign website nor has he raised any funds as of mid-October, but his voter's guide statement bemoans "individual liberties" being sidelined for the "greater good." His proposals would result in cuts to funding for roads, parks, and other services that benefit working people. 

    Hunt clearly stands out in this race with her knowledge of environmental stewardship and sustainable development in Issaquah. Vote for Victoria Hunt for Issaquah City Council, Position 6.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Victoria Hunt

    Victoria Hunt is running for re-election to Issaquah City Council, Position 6. She is a data scientist at Breakthrough Energy, where she leads research efforts on renewable energy and does climate analyses to help cities meet their climate plans.

    Victoria Hunt is running for re-election to Issaquah City Council, Position 6. She is a data scientist at Breakthrough Energy, where she leads research efforts on renewable energy and does climate analyses to help cities meet their climate plans. She was elected to the council in 2019 and holds a Ph.D. in ecology.

    In office, Hunt has been a champion for environmental protection. During her two years as council president, she helped pass the city's climate action plan. She also advocated for the acquisition and preservation of the 46-acre Bergsma property, which was one of the few remaining unprotected areas in the Issaquah Alps. Hunt has been involved in advocating for ambitious climate action at the state level as well, supporting a bill to make the largest energy supplier in Washington transition to clean energy.

    Hunt also has a good track record when it comes to affordable housing. She was the only council member to support all the recommendations from the Regional Coalition on Housing (ARCH) that would combat landlords' continued raising of rents in Issaquah. If re-elected, Hunt states that she would like to study and expand housing options so that people with lower or moderate incomes can find and keep their homes.

    Her opponent is Sam Sheehan, a conservative welder and business owner. Sheehan does not have a campaign website nor has he raised any funds as of mid-October, but his voter's guide statement bemoans "individual liberties" being sidelined for the "greater good." His proposals would result in cuts to funding for roads, parks, and other services that benefit working people. 

    Hunt clearly stands out in this race with her knowledge of environmental stewardship and sustainable development in Issaquah. Vote for Victoria Hunt for Issaquah City Council, Position 6.
     

    Victoria Hunt

    Victoria Hunt is running for re-election to Issaquah City Council, Position 6. She is a data scientist at Breakthrough Energy, where she leads research efforts on renewable energy and does climate analyses to help cities meet their climate plans.

  • Melanie O'Cain is running for re-election for Kenmore City Council, Position 1. O'Cain was first elected to the council in 2020 and was appointed deputy mayor in January 2022. She serves on the King County SeaShore Transportation Forum and the Water Resource Inventory Area #8 Salmon Recovery Council. Outside of public service, O’Cain works in accounting and records management for the Port of Seattle, where she has been for more than 20 years.

    In office, O’Cain has been a strong leader on environmental protections and clean air, affordable housing, and emergency crisis response. She's proud of her work helping implement Kenmore's Climate Action Plan and for testing the asphalt plant over air quality concerns. Now, she is running to continue bringing a progressive, community-oriented response to the city’s challenges with transportation, housing, and the environment. In particular, she wants to work with voters to purchase the Lakepointe Property and turn it into an environmental innovation hub for the region with green space and mixed-use sustainable development. 

    The other candidate in this race is Kara Macias, a project manager for a construction company. Macias is running on a more right-wing platform in this race with a focus on business and little mention of the most pressing issues that Kenmore residents face. She wants to protect local ecosystems but only in the service of commerce, development, and tourism.

    Melanie O’Cain deserves another term on Kenmore City Council, Position 1 because of her unwavering track record and staunch, progressive endorsements. She is the clear choice in this race. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Melanie O'Cain

    Melanie O'Cain is running for re-election for Kenmore City Council, Position 1. O'Cain was first elected to the council in 2020 and was appointed deputy mayor in January 2022.

    Melanie O'Cain is running for re-election for Kenmore City Council, Position 1. O'Cain was first elected to the council in 2020 and was appointed deputy mayor in January 2022. She serves on the King County SeaShore Transportation Forum and the Water Resource Inventory Area #8 Salmon Recovery Council. Outside of public service, O’Cain works in accounting and records management for the Port of Seattle, where she has been for more than 20 years.

    In office, O’Cain has been a strong leader on environmental protections and clean air, affordable housing, and emergency crisis response. She's proud of her work helping implement Kenmore's Climate Action Plan and for testing the asphalt plant over air quality concerns. Now, she is running to continue bringing a progressive, community-oriented response to the city’s challenges with transportation, housing, and the environment. In particular, she wants to work with voters to purchase the Lakepointe Property and turn it into an environmental innovation hub for the region with green space and mixed-use sustainable development. 

    The other candidate in this race is Kara Macias, a project manager for a construction company. Macias is running on a more right-wing platform in this race with a focus on business and little mention of the most pressing issues that Kenmore residents face. She wants to protect local ecosystems but only in the service of commerce, development, and tourism.

    Melanie O’Cain deserves another term on Kenmore City Council, Position 1 because of her unwavering track record and staunch, progressive endorsements. She is the clear choice in this race. 

    Melanie O'Cain

    Melanie O'Cain is running for re-election for Kenmore City Council, Position 1. O'Cain was first elected to the council in 2020 and was appointed deputy mayor in January 2022.

  • Endorsed By: Washington Bikes, King County Democrats
  • Valerie Sasson is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 3. The seat is currently held by Angela Kugler, who is not seeking re-election. Sasson is a retired midwife who previously co-owned her own birth center serving Washington families and taught at Bastyr University. Additionally, Sasson was the director of the Midwives Association of Washington State board.

    Sasson is running on a progressive platform to make Kenmore a thriving place for all. She lists affordable housing, efficient public transit, and a walkable town center as some of her top issues. If elected, Sasson wants to steward responsible growth that prioritizes equity and climate mitigation. In this race, Sasson has been endorsed by the outgoing Councilmember Kugler herself, as well as county and local Democrats, community leaders, and progressive organizations.

    Sasson is facing Josh Kurcinka, a marketing and brand management professional. He has worked for a variety of large companies such as Amazon, Kellogg's, and Noom. Kurcinka is running on a vague platform to bring positive change to Kenmore through downtown growth and affordability. He also wants to engage the voice of residents but he lacks a background in community or elected leadership.

    We recommend Valerie Sasson for Kenmore City Council, Position 3 because of her strong community support and progressive vision for the city.
    Last updated: 2023-10-09

    Valerie Sasson

    Valerie Sasson is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 3. The seat is currently held by Angela Kugler, who is not seeking re-election. Sasson is a retired midwife who previously co-owned her own birth center serving Washington families and taught at Bastyr University.

    Valerie Sasson is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 3. The seat is currently held by Angela Kugler, who is not seeking re-election. Sasson is a retired midwife who previously co-owned her own birth center serving Washington families and taught at Bastyr University. Additionally, Sasson was the director of the Midwives Association of Washington State board.

    Sasson is running on a progressive platform to make Kenmore a thriving place for all. She lists affordable housing, efficient public transit, and a walkable town center as some of her top issues. If elected, Sasson wants to steward responsible growth that prioritizes equity and climate mitigation. In this race, Sasson has been endorsed by the outgoing Councilmember Kugler herself, as well as county and local Democrats, community leaders, and progressive organizations.

    Sasson is facing Josh Kurcinka, a marketing and brand management professional. He has worked for a variety of large companies such as Amazon, Kellogg's, and Noom. Kurcinka is running on a vague platform to bring positive change to Kenmore through downtown growth and affordability. He also wants to engage the voice of residents but he lacks a background in community or elected leadership.

    We recommend Valerie Sasson for Kenmore City Council, Position 3 because of her strong community support and progressive vision for the city.

    Valerie Sasson

    Valerie Sasson is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 3. The seat is currently held by Angela Kugler, who is not seeking re-election. Sasson is a retired midwife who previously co-owned her own birth center serving Washington families and taught at Bastyr University.

  • Endorsed By: Washington Bikes, King County Democrats
  • Technology analyst Jon Culver is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 5. Culver is a small business owner, five-term Democratic precinct committee officer, former legislative PTA co-chair, and UFCW Local 400 union member. 

    He has organized several local projects, including Pride art at city hall and a local fire proposition, earning him the endorsement of the local firefighters. He now wants to bring that energy to the city council with a focus on truly affordable housing, climate action, and more. He wants the council to carefully track emissions to meet goals, ensure safety for marginalized community members, and continue to empower residents to engage with city government. 

    Culver is challenging local business owner David Baker, who is running for re-election to Position 5. He has been a council member since 2003 and has also served as mayor during that time. Baker also sits on numerous local and regional committees, including serving on the board of Sound Transit and as caucus chair for the King County Regional Transportation Committee.

    Baker has had his share of controversies this term on the council. He was one of two council members who voted against tenant protections last year in a 5-2 vote. This legislation limited late fees to 1.5 percent of one month's rent and required landlords to provide between 120 and 180 days notice of rent hikes, dependent on the cost. He also made heated comments in a discussion of the purchase of a warehouse for a public works facility that was later determined to have significant community and cultural value. Baker stated, “I think it’s absolutely disgusting that the community has stooped to levels like this" during resident testimony about the importance of the site to them. He later apologized after his fellow council members and residents said his comments were irresponsible and devaluing, and even potentially worthy of a recall vote against him.

    Culver has picked up a large number of endorsements, including from unions, environmental groups, local Democratic leaders, and more. He is the more progressive choice in this race. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Jon Culver

    Technology analyst Jon Culver is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 5. Culver is a small business owner, five-term Democratic precinct committee officer, former legislative PTA co-chair, and UFCW Local 400 union member. 

    Technology analyst Jon Culver is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 5. Culver is a small business owner, five-term Democratic precinct committee officer, former legislative PTA co-chair, and UFCW Local 400 union member. 

    He has organized several local projects, including Pride art at city hall and a local fire proposition, earning him the endorsement of the local firefighters. He now wants to bring that energy to the city council with a focus on truly affordable housing, climate action, and more. He wants the council to carefully track emissions to meet goals, ensure safety for marginalized community members, and continue to empower residents to engage with city government. 

    Culver is challenging local business owner David Baker, who is running for re-election to Position 5. He has been a council member since 2003 and has also served as mayor during that time. Baker also sits on numerous local and regional committees, including serving on the board of Sound Transit and as caucus chair for the King County Regional Transportation Committee.

    Baker has had his share of controversies this term on the council. He was one of two council members who voted against tenant protections last year in a 5-2 vote. This legislation limited late fees to 1.5 percent of one month's rent and required landlords to provide between 120 and 180 days notice of rent hikes, dependent on the cost. He also made heated comments in a discussion of the purchase of a warehouse for a public works facility that was later determined to have significant community and cultural value. Baker stated, “I think it’s absolutely disgusting that the community has stooped to levels like this" during resident testimony about the importance of the site to them. He later apologized after his fellow council members and residents said his comments were irresponsible and devaluing, and even potentially worthy of a recall vote against him.

    Culver has picked up a large number of endorsements, including from unions, environmental groups, local Democratic leaders, and more. He is the more progressive choice in this race. 

    Jon Culver

    Technology analyst Jon Culver is running for Kenmore City Council, Position 5. Culver is a small business owner, five-term Democratic precinct committee officer, former legislative PTA co-chair, and UFCW Local 400 union member. 

  • Endorsed By: Sierra Club, Shoreline Firefighters Local 1760
  • Corina Pfeil is running for re-election to Kenmore City Council, Position 7. Pfeil was first elected to the council in 2019, and sits on the National League of Cities Human Development Committee and Eastside Pride PNW. 

    During her time on the council, Pfeil has consistently championed the rights of tenants. Being the sole renter among the council members, Pfeil possesses a deep understanding of the challenges faced by this expanding demographic amidst escalating homeownership costs. In March 2022, Pfeil voted in favor of various regulations aimed at safeguarding tenants' rights. 

    If re-elected, Pfeil's commitment remains focused on reducing and eliminating disparities affecting the LGBTQ+ community, seniors, and people with disabilities, as well as promoting diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion practices. Pfeil strives to bridge opportunity gaps and ensure equal treatment for all individuals and groups within the community. However, she has only received the endorsement of one of her colleagues, which raises questions about her ability to work together to pass legislation. That being said, Pfeil has a vast amount of endorsements from other local elected leaders, including city council members, state senators and representatives, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson. 

    Pfeil is a good choice for voters looking for an unapologetic progressive voice on the council.  

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Corina Pfeil

    Corina Pfeil is running for re-election to Kenmore City Council, Position 7. Pfeil was first elected to the council in 2019, and sits on the National League of Cities Human Development Committee and Eastside Pride PNW. 

    Corina Pfeil is running for re-election to Kenmore City Council, Position 7. Pfeil was first elected to the council in 2019, and sits on the National League of Cities Human Development Committee and Eastside Pride PNW. 

    During her time on the council, Pfeil has consistently championed the rights of tenants. Being the sole renter among the council members, Pfeil possesses a deep understanding of the challenges faced by this expanding demographic amidst escalating homeownership costs. In March 2022, Pfeil voted in favor of various regulations aimed at safeguarding tenants' rights. 

    If re-elected, Pfeil's commitment remains focused on reducing and eliminating disparities affecting the LGBTQ+ community, seniors, and people with disabilities, as well as promoting diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion practices. Pfeil strives to bridge opportunity gaps and ensure equal treatment for all individuals and groups within the community. However, she has only received the endorsement of one of her colleagues, which raises questions about her ability to work together to pass legislation. That being said, Pfeil has a vast amount of endorsements from other local elected leaders, including city council members, state senators and representatives, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson. 

    Pfeil is a good choice for voters looking for an unapologetic progressive voice on the council.  

    Corina Pfeil

    Corina Pfeil is running for re-election to Kenmore City Council, Position 7. Pfeil was first elected to the council in 2019, and sits on the National League of Cities Human Development Committee and Eastside Pride PNW. 

  • Nathan Loutsis is challenging incumbent Corina Pfeil for Kenmore City Council, Position 7. He was born and raised in Kenmore and is currently studying political science at the University of Washington. Loutsis made history in 2019 when he became the first high school student to serve on Kenmore's city planning commission. 

    If elected, Loutsis would work on improving transit, protecting the environment, and creating a thriving downtown. His vision for Kenmore includes friendlier infrastructure for people walking and biking, revitalized parks and natural spaces, increased density to allow for affordable housing, and protections to keep people in their homes. Notably, Loutsis has been endorsed by three of the sitting members of the city council. However, Loutsis has listed some moderate to conservative endorsements from organizations as well. 

    Loutsis thinks it is critical that young voices be heard, and believes government should reflect the diverse communities that are affected by its decisions. If you want to see youth representation and a progressive voice on Kenmore's city council, Loutsis would be a great choice. 

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Nathan Loutsis

    Nathan Loutsis is challenging incumbent Corina Pfeil for Kenmore City Council, Position 7. He was born and raised in Kenmore and is currently studying political science at the University of Washington.

    Nathan Loutsis is challenging incumbent Corina Pfeil for Kenmore City Council, Position 7. He was born and raised in Kenmore and is currently studying political science at the University of Washington. Loutsis made history in 2019 when he became the first high school student to serve on Kenmore's city planning commission. 

    If elected, Loutsis would work on improving transit, protecting the environment, and creating a thriving downtown. His vision for Kenmore includes friendlier infrastructure for people walking and biking, revitalized parks and natural spaces, increased density to allow for affordable housing, and protections to keep people in their homes. Notably, Loutsis has been endorsed by three of the sitting members of the city council. However, Loutsis has listed some moderate to conservative endorsements from organizations as well. 

    Loutsis thinks it is critical that young voices be heard, and believes government should reflect the diverse communities that are affected by its decisions. If you want to see youth representation and a progressive voice on Kenmore's city council, Loutsis would be a great choice. 

    Nathan Loutsis

    Nathan Loutsis is challenging incumbent Corina Pfeil for Kenmore City Council, Position 7. He was born and raised in Kenmore and is currently studying political science at the University of Washington.

  • Endorsed By: Washington Bikes, King County Democrats
  • 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.

  • Incumbent Kelli Curtis is running for re-election to Kirkland City Council, Position 2, to which she was first elected in 2019. Before joining the council she worked for most of her career in the technology industry as a product manager for area companies such as Aldus and Starwave.

    Curtis' campaign platform prioritizes close collaboration with neighbors, implementing sustainable planning strategies, cultivating inclusivity and belonging, building affordable homes, and expanding parks and natural spaces. During her time on the council, Curtis has supported the conversion of hotels into housing with on-site services, achieving success in these projects by bringing people together.

    As chair of the Parks Exploratory Funding Committee, Curtis has spearheaded a ballot measure to create an indoor aquatics and recreation facility with pools, gymnasiums, fitness classes, and a community gathering space. Additional plans involve adding restrooms to selected parks, constructing new sports courts, expanding youth recreation programs, and acquiring green space for the development of Green Loop trail segments in northwest Kirkland.

    Curtis faces a challenge from Catie Malik, an associate director of Finance at the UW School of Medicine. Her platform is vague, stating that the council has a "far-left extremist mindset," which is a wild misrepresentation of the city's current leaders. She says that she wants to preserve Kirkland's character, neighborhoods, and small businesses without offering policies or ways that she would seek to do so. Malik does not appear to have any elected or community leadership experience and does not have any organizational endorsements on her site as of mid-October. 

    Kirkland has benefitted from Curtis's commitment to bringing community-minded leadership to the core of some of its most challenging issues. Kelli Curtis is the clear choice for Kirkland City Council, Position 2.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-13

    Kelli Curtis

    Incumbent Kelli Curtis is running for re-election to Kirkland City Council, Position 2, to which she was first elected in 2019. Before joining the council she worked for most of her career in the technology industry as a product manager for area companies such as Aldus and Starwave.

    Incumbent Kelli Curtis is running for re-election to Kirkland City Council, Position 2, to which she was first elected in 2019. Before joining the council she worked for most of her career in the technology industry as a product manager for area companies such as Aldus and Starwave.

    Curtis' campaign platform prioritizes close collaboration with neighbors, implementing sustainable planning strategies, cultivating inclusivity and belonging, building affordable homes, and expanding parks and natural spaces. During her time on the council, Curtis has supported the conversion of hotels into housing with on-site services, achieving success in these projects by bringing people together.

    As chair of the Parks Exploratory Funding Committee, Curtis has spearheaded a ballot measure to create an indoor aquatics and recreation facility with pools, gymnasiums, fitness classes, and a community gathering space. Additional plans involve adding restrooms to selected parks, constructing new sports courts, expanding youth recreation programs, and acquiring green space for the development of Green Loop trail segments in northwest Kirkland.

    Curtis faces a challenge from Catie Malik, an associate director of Finance at the UW School of Medicine. Her platform is vague, stating that the council has a "far-left extremist mindset," which is a wild misrepresentation of the city's current leaders. She says that she wants to preserve Kirkland's character, neighborhoods, and small businesses without offering policies or ways that she would seek to do so. Malik does not appear to have any elected or community leadership experience and does not have any organizational endorsements on her site as of mid-October. 

    Kirkland has benefitted from Curtis's commitment to bringing community-minded leadership to the core of some of its most challenging issues. Kelli Curtis is the clear choice for Kirkland City Council, Position 2.
     

    Kelli Curtis

    Incumbent Kelli Curtis is running for re-election to Kirkland City Council, Position 2, to which she was first elected in 2019. Before joining the council she worked for most of her career in the technology industry as a product manager for area companies such as Aldus and Starwave.

  • Moderate John Tymczyszyn is challenging conservative incumbent Toby Nixon for Kirkland City Council, Position 4. Tymczyszyn is a Navy veteran and an attorney at his own practice, focusing on criminal cases and civil rights. He has also served on the city’s Planning Commission since 2017, including as the chair, and was previously a prosecutor for the City of Everett. Tymczyszyn has also been a long-time advocate for veterans, offering some pro bono legal services to the community and serving on the board of the Washington State Veterans Bar Association.

    Tymczyszyn is running on a platform to ensure that Kirkland remains an affordable and livable city in this time of growth and change. He wants to take a strategic, community-oriented approach to managing growth and utilize his law background in municipal policy. His goals include improving infrastructure, supporting local, small businesses, and problem-solving on public safety. However, he has been more skeptical of making zoning changes that would improve housing affordability in Kirkland. In this race, he has earned support from a number of local Democratic groups as well as some key elected leaders. 

    Nixon is running for a fourth term on Kirkland’s city council. His campaign ideas and track record in the office reflect Republican stances that are out of touch with the needs of most Kirkland residents. In particular, Nixon is a longtime opponent of fighting climate change and protecting our green areas. Last year, he was one of only two votes against strengthening the city's tree code to protect and expand the city's tree canopy, which is especially important for a growing city. In July, Nixon was the only member of the council to oppose the levy that funds funds Kirkland's parks and green spaces to preserve them as places we can all enjoy. In mid-October, Nixon was a keynote speaker at an event held by Moms for Liberty, a far-right organization labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    With no true progressive in this race, John Tymczyszyn's background in law and advocacy, his attention to community needs, and his Democratic endorsements make him the best choice for Kirkland City Council, Position 4.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    John Tymczyszyn

    Moderate John Tymczyszyn is challenging conservative incumbent Toby Nixon for Kirkland City Council, Position 4. Tymczyszyn is a Navy veteran and an attorney at his own practice, focusing on criminal cases and civil rights.

    Moderate John Tymczyszyn is challenging conservative incumbent Toby Nixon for Kirkland City Council, Position 4. Tymczyszyn is a Navy veteran and an attorney at his own practice, focusing on criminal cases and civil rights. He has also served on the city’s Planning Commission since 2017, including as the chair, and was previously a prosecutor for the City of Everett. Tymczyszyn has also been a long-time advocate for veterans, offering some pro bono legal services to the community and serving on the board of the Washington State Veterans Bar Association.

    Tymczyszyn is running on a platform to ensure that Kirkland remains an affordable and livable city in this time of growth and change. He wants to take a strategic, community-oriented approach to managing growth and utilize his law background in municipal policy. His goals include improving infrastructure, supporting local, small businesses, and problem-solving on public safety. However, he has been more skeptical of making zoning changes that would improve housing affordability in Kirkland. In this race, he has earned support from a number of local Democratic groups as well as some key elected leaders. 

    Nixon is running for a fourth term on Kirkland’s city council. His campaign ideas and track record in the office reflect Republican stances that are out of touch with the needs of most Kirkland residents. In particular, Nixon is a longtime opponent of fighting climate change and protecting our green areas. Last year, he was one of only two votes against strengthening the city's tree code to protect and expand the city's tree canopy, which is especially important for a growing city. In July, Nixon was the only member of the council to oppose the levy that funds funds Kirkland's parks and green spaces to preserve them as places we can all enjoy. In mid-October, Nixon was a keynote speaker at an event held by Moms for Liberty, a far-right organization labeled as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    With no true progressive in this race, John Tymczyszyn's background in law and advocacy, his attention to community needs, and his Democratic endorsements make him the best choice for Kirkland City Council, Position 4.
     

    John Tymczyszyn

    Moderate John Tymczyszyn is challenging conservative incumbent Toby Nixon for Kirkland City Council, Position 4. Tymczyszyn is a Navy veteran and an attorney at his own practice, focusing on criminal cases and civil rights.

  • Endorsed By: Washington Bikes, King County Democrats
  • Incumbent council member Amy Falcone is running for another term on the Kirkland City Council in Position 6. Falcone previously served as a founding member and co-chair of the Kirkland Human Services Commission before being elected to this seat in 2019. She was called to public service when she started advocating for safer sidewalks in her neighborhood. Now, she also serves as the PTO co-president at her daughter's middle school and on the City of Kirkland/Lake Washington School District Coordinating Committee.

    Falcone focuses on both inclusivity and sustainability lenses in order to build a future for Kirkland that provides opportunities for everyone. She has been an advocate for community funding to support everyone’s needs preventatively before people face housing or food insecurity. If re-elected, she hopes to continue fostering collaboration and engaging resident voices, particularly those that have been historically silenced or ignored by city leadership. Falcone has earned a diverse set of endorsements in this race, including from the local Democrats, the state’s leading community organizations, and progressive elected officials.

    Also in this race is "Ryan James" Turok who owns and operates a small art gallery. Turok is running without party affiliation or endorsements. He serves on the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Bellevue Arts Museum. In this race, he has emphasized economic development, workforce housing, and neighborhood upgrades.

    We recommend Amy Falcone in this race because of her clear vision for improving Kirkland and the impressive support her campaign has earned.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Amy Falcone

    Incumbent council member Amy Falcone is running for another term on the Kirkland City Council in Position 6. Falcone previously served as a founding member and co-chair of the Kirkland Human Services Commission before being elected to this seat in 2019.

    Incumbent council member Amy Falcone is running for another term on the Kirkland City Council in Position 6. Falcone previously served as a founding member and co-chair of the Kirkland Human Services Commission before being elected to this seat in 2019. She was called to public service when she started advocating for safer sidewalks in her neighborhood. Now, she also serves as the PTO co-president at her daughter's middle school and on the City of Kirkland/Lake Washington School District Coordinating Committee.

    Falcone focuses on both inclusivity and sustainability lenses in order to build a future for Kirkland that provides opportunities for everyone. She has been an advocate for community funding to support everyone’s needs preventatively before people face housing or food insecurity. If re-elected, she hopes to continue fostering collaboration and engaging resident voices, particularly those that have been historically silenced or ignored by city leadership. Falcone has earned a diverse set of endorsements in this race, including from the local Democrats, the state’s leading community organizations, and progressive elected officials.

    Also in this race is "Ryan James" Turok who owns and operates a small art gallery. Turok is running without party affiliation or endorsements. He serves on the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Bellevue Arts Museum. In this race, he has emphasized economic development, workforce housing, and neighborhood upgrades.

    We recommend Amy Falcone in this race because of her clear vision for improving Kirkland and the impressive support her campaign has earned.
     

    Amy Falcone

    Incumbent council member Amy Falcone is running for another term on the Kirkland City Council in Position 6. Falcone previously served as a founding member and co-chair of the Kirkland Human Services Commission before being elected to this seat in 2019.

  • VOTE YES

    Vote Yes to invest in Kirkland's public parks and recreation spaces and programming

  • Kirkland Proposition 1 would expand funding for the city's aquatics, recreation, and park facilities and programs that are all enjoyed by all residents. 

    Kirkland’s parks and public recreational spaces are an important part of the city's quality of life. These spaces are a resource for staying healthy, supporting child and teen education, and building community. This July, the Kirkland City Council adopted an ordinance to increase funding for the facilities, operations, and programs of park and recreation spaces and sent it to the voters. 

    If approved, the levy lift would increase funding for the safety, maintenance, and development of public spaces. Specifically, it would cover investments for a new public aquatic and recreation center, more lifeguards, green loop trail networks, new pickleball and volleyball courts, teen services and programming, nine year-round public restrooms, and park security.

    Vote Yes for Kirkland Proposition 1 to care for and expand improve Kirkland’s parks and recreation spaces, closing a long-identified gap in aquatic and recreation facilities.

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Kirkland Proposition 1 would expand funding for the city's aquatics, recreation, and park facilities and programs that are all enjoyed by all residents. 

    Kirkland’s parks and public recreational spaces are an important part of the city's quality of life. These spaces are a resource for staying healthy, supporting child and teen education, and building community. This July, the Kirkland City Council adopted an ordinance to increase funding for the facilities, operations, and programs of park and recreation spaces and sent it to the voters. 

    If approved, the levy lift would increase funding for the safety, maintenance, and development of public spaces. Specifically, it would cover investments for a new public aquatic and recreation center, more lifeguards, green loop trail networks, new pickleball and volleyball courts, teen services and programming, nine year-round public restrooms, and park security.

    Vote Yes for Kirkland Proposition 1 to care for and expand improve Kirkland’s parks and recreation spaces, closing a long-identified gap in aquatic and recreation facilities.

    Kirkland Proposition 1 would expand funding for the city's aquatics, recreation, and park facilities and programs that are all enjoyed by all residents. 

    Kirkland’s parks and public recreational spaces are an important part of the city's quality of life. These spaces are a resource for staying healthy, supporting child and teen education, and building community. This July, the Kirkland City Council adopted an ordinance to increase funding for the facilities, operations, and programs of park and recreation spaces and sent it to the voters. 

    If approved, the levy lift would increase funding for the safety, maintenance, and development of public spaces. Specifically, it would cover investments for a new public aquatic and recreation center, more lifeguards, green loop trail networks, new pickleball and volleyball courts, teen services and programming, nine year-round public restrooms, and park security.

    Vote Yes for Kirkland Proposition 1 to care for and expand improve Kirkland’s parks and recreation spaces, closing a long-identified gap in aquatic and recreation facilities.