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Primary ELECTION: August 1st, 2017

The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family!

This guide only contains races that will be on your August 1st Primary Ballot. We will update the guide for the general election.

King County Ballot Measures

King County Proposition #1

Vote YES on Prop 1: Access for All

Public funding for arts and science programs has been cut in half over the last decade. These cuts predominantly hurt schools in low-income communities, despite the fact that exposure to arts, science, and heritage experiences can dramatically improve a child's educational success. King County Prop. 1 will improve education outcomes for every student in King County by expanding access to arts, science, and heritage education. Prop. 1 will fund in-class programs and free field trips for every student in every district to our region's world-class museums, science institutions, and cultural centers, as well as provide free and reduced-price memberships to regional institutions for people on a fixed budget, including seniors, low-income, and middle-class families. Finally, Prop 1. will provide stable funding for more than 300 small community-based arts, science, and heritage institutions throughout the entire county, with money set aside to further boost grants for small organizations that primarily serve communities of color.

Access for All is funded by a 1/10 of one cent increase in the county sales tax, or one penny for every $10 you spend. Vote YES on Proposition 1 to ensure every student in King County has access to arts, science, and heritage education.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: The Washington Bus
Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Media: The Stranger

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37th Legislative District

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

State Senator

Rebecca Saldaña

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Rebecca Saldaña is running unopposed for re-election to the Senate seat in Legislative District 37. She previously worked as the Executive Director for Puget Sound Sage, a nonprofit tackling issues such as environmental justice, affordable housing, and workers' rights. In her first term in the Senate, Saldaña has pushed for an end to Washington's regressive tax system and for full education funding. Her first bill signed by Governor Inslee expanded HOV lane access for blood donation vehicles and she has co-signed bills to protect Internet privacy and prohibit criminal record check-boxes on job applications.

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King County

King County Executive

Dow Constantine

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Incumbent Dow Constantine has been a strong and effective leader for King County. In his first two terms, Constantine has defended King County Metro transit service, improved key infrastructure, and promoted the health of our natural environment. Constantine is leading efforts to protect King County from the Trump administration by proposing to triple the Veterans and Human Services Levy and offering regional support for the Paris climate agreement.

He is running against three perennial candidates: Goodspaceguy, retired engineer and light rail opponent Bill Hirt, and physicist Stan Lippmann. Constantine has clearly earned another term as county executive.

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Port of Seattle

Port Commissioner, Position #1

We believe there are several good candidates in this race. John Creighton has earned the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations in the primary.

John Creighton

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John Creighton is running for his fourth term on the Port of Seattle Commission. He has sought to increase public accountability and protect family-wage jobs at the port. Creighton also helped create the Northwest Seaport Alliance so that Seattle and Tacoma are working collaboratively instead of in competition against one another.

We were extremely disappointed that Creighton voted in 2015 to allow Shell Oil to base its arctic drilling operations in Seattle. Nevertheless, Creighton has earned the broadest support from progressive advocates in this race.

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Ryan Calkins

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Progressive Ryan Calkins is challenging the incumbent, John Creighton, to bring new leadership to the Port of Seattle. Calkins is a small business owner who supports a $15 minimum wage and wants to improve environmental protections at the Port. He has proposed electrifying port vehicles to reduce pollution and the carbon footprint of the port. Calkins has earned the support of many local Democratic organizations while Creighton has the lead among labor unions and progressive advocacy organizations.

Also running in this race is former state Senator Claudia Kauffman. Currently the Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she was an effective progressive legislator in Olympia and was the first Native American woman elected to the state Senate in Washington history.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger
Other: SEIU Local 6

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Port Commissioner, Position #3

We believe there are several good candidates in this race. Stephanie Bowman has earned the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations in the primary

Stephanie Bowman

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Stephanie Bowman has an extensive background in economic development, transportation, and community planning. Prior to joining the Port of Seattle, Bowman was the Manager of Federal Governmental Affairs for the Port of Tacoma and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Bowman has focused on jobs and trade as Port Commissioner, including connecting students in Seattle Public Schools with internships at the Port.

We were extremely disappointed that Bowman voted in 2015 to allow Shell Oil to base its arctic drilling operations in Seattle. In addition, she voted to use taxpayer money to file a legal challenge against SeaTac's $15 per hour minimum wage. However, like her colleague John Creighton, Bowman has earned the broadest support from progressive advocates.

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Ahmed Abdi

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Ahmed Abdi is a Somali immigrant who fled a civil war to start a family here in Seattle. He worked as an organizer on the campaign to raise the SeaTac minimum wage to $15 per hour and other workers' rights issues. Today, he provides trainings to low-wage workers about their labor rights through the Fair Work Center.

Also running in this race is Lisa Espinosa, a sustainability consultant with the King County Housing Authority who is not running a viable campaign.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU 775
Media: The Stranger
Other: Teamsters Local 117, King County Democrats, SEIU Local 6

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Port Commissioner, Position #4

We believe there are several good candidates in this race. John Persak has earned the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations in the primary.

John Persak

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John Persak has been a longshore worker for the last 13 years and has worked on port issues for the last six years through the Longshoremen Worker’s Union. In addition to supporting a working waterfront, Persak supports policies to reduce the port’s environmental impact and wants to protect low-income neighborhoods and communities of color around the Port. Persak has earned strong support from labor unions and a sole endorsement from the King County Democrats.

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Peter Steinbrueck

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Progressive former City Council president Peter Steinbrueck is also a strong candidate for Port of Seattle Position 4. He is drawing upon his lengthy experience in public policy and civic activism to build a campaign platform focused on making the Port of Seattle a leader in reducing carbon emissions and protecting shorelines. Steinbrueck has earned the support of several local Democratic organizations.

There are six other candidates running for the open Position 4 at the Port of Seattle: Preeti Shridhar, Richard Pope, Brooks Salazar, Ray S. Armitstead, Fernando Martinez, and Ken Rogers. Shridhar has distinguished herself as a public affairs administrator for the City of Renton and earned the endorsement of The Stranger newspaper.

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Renton City Council

Renton City Council, Position #2

Armondo Pavone

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Lifelong Renton resident Armondo Pavone was elected to the Renton City Council in 2014. Pavone was the past president of the Downtown Renton Association and is a board member of the regional Economic Development Council. Pavone's priorities on the council are supporting local businesses and maintaining city services. His opponent, Max Heller, does not appear to be running a competitive campaign.

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Renton City Council, Position #6

There are two good candidates in this race: Ruth Pérez and Jami Smith. While Smith has earned a large number of personal endorsements, Pérez has earned more endorsements from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

Ruth Pérez

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Appointed to the city council in 2014, incumbent Ruth Pérez is the first Hispanic councilmember in Renton. As chair of the Transportation Committee, Perez is focused on inclusive transit options, safe communities, and attracting more jobs to Renton.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, SEIU 775
Social Justice: Latino PAC
Other: Teamsters Local 117, Renton Firefighters IAFF 864

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Jami Smith

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Jami Smith is the daughter of a Jamaican immigrant who brings her 18 years of marketing and operations experience to her campaign for Renton City Council. Smith's top priorities are economic: filling vacant downtown storefronts with live/work spaces, increasing the skilled labor workforce, and creating affordable housing mandates for new development. She also serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for the city and is a member of the City of Renton Planning Commission.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Other: 41st District Dems, 37th District Dems, 5th District Dems

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