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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!

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King County Ballot Measures

King County Proposition #1

Vote YES on Prop 1: Access for All

YES
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

Democrat
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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

Non-Partisan
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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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City of Seattle Mayor

Seattle Mayor

The open race for Mayor of Seattle has attracted a large and well-qualified field of progressive candidates. We believe there are a number of good choices in this race. Rather than recommend a single candidate, we’re presenting information from our research on the leading candidates to help you make your own decision. It’s worth noting that Seattle’s only woman mayor was Bertha Landes in 1928, and there is a good chance that will change in 2017.

Jessyn Farrell

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State Representative Jessyn Farrell has been an effective legislator in Olympia, particularly on environmental issues and workers’ rights. She resigned her seat in the state House to focus on her campaign for mayor. She is the former Executive Director of the Transportation Choices Coalition and she has worked hard to expand buses, light rail, and other transportation options for our rapidly growing region. She was also the prime sponsor of the bill to raise Washington state's minimum wage for working families and helped push through workplace protections for pregnant mothers. Farrell has sought to build upon her strong track record in the Legislature to establish herself as a progressive choice for both environmental and labor advocates.

From the campaign trail: Farrell references several pieces of legislation as evidence of her ability to get things done
Her single most important priority: Housing affordability
What she believes sets her apart: Her track record of results as an activist and legislator.
What we believe sets her apart: Her experience with transportation, and a track record of legislative leadership on both environmental and economic justice issues.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO, UFCW 21
Other: Teamsters 117, Aerospace Machinists District 751 (Boeing)

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Jenny Durkan

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Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan is running for mayor on a platform of police accountability, housing affordability, and justice for all. She was the first openly gay U.S. Attorney in our country’s history. At the U.S. Department of Justice, she pushed to improve accountability for the Seattle Police Department, created a civil rights unit, and was an advocate for criminal justice reform. While Durkan’s support from business groups has raised questions among some progressives, she does not shy away from progressive positions and emphasizes that she is willing to stand up to anyone to make the right decisions when necessary. With a long track record of working on complex issues and fighting for civil rights, Durkan is positioning herself as a consensus-building candidate who can work with advocates on all sides.

From the campaign trail: Durkan has a very confident, strong presence, focuses on issues, and emphasizes that she is willing to make difficult decisions. She has raised the most funds of any candidate by a significant margin.
Her single most important priority: Equity and justice across all issues
What she believes sets her apart: Her executive experience, ability to make decisions and move forward
What we believe sets her apart: Her executive experience

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU 775
Other: Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27

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Nikkita Oliver

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Nikkita Oliver was the first candidate to declare her run for mayor back in March. Oliver rose to prominence through her leadership with the Block the Bunker campaign against the expensive North Seattle Police Precinct and more recently with the No New Youth Jail efforts. She is an educator, spoken-word artist, attorney, and community organizer. She is running as part of the local, grassroots People’s Party to improve housing affordability, reduce inequalities in educational opportunities, and improve police accountability. Oliver has built an impressive grassroots campaign and is running as a populist who will engage community members in government and be a voice at City Hall for those who are often shut out of the process.

From the campaign trail: Oliver lays out a compelling vision for the city based on a commitment to equity and better community engagement and she backs up her vision with specific policies. Oliver has an impressive number of small donors.
Her single most important priority: Housing affordability
What she believes sets her apart: A commitment to engaging the people most impacted by economic and social problems in developing solutions and to building community leadership.
What we believe sets her apart: A strong grassroots approach to campaigning and governance, and her enthusiastic support from young people.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Seattle Weekly, Seattle Education Association, Transit Riders Union

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Cary Moon

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Cary Moon is an urban planner, engineer, and civic activist who is best known for her leadership in the People’s Waterfront Coalition that opposed the deep-bore tunnel. She laid out a vibrant alternative vision for Seattle’s waterfront and was named 2009 “Citizen of the Year” by the Municipal League. Moon is running to improve housing affordability by cracking down on real estate speculators, expanding renters’ rights, and expanding alternative housing options for working people, like duplexes and co-ops. In this crowded field, Moon is campaigning as an innovative, big-picture thinker who can organize coalitions and solve the root problems Seattle faces rather than just addressing the symptoms.

From the campaign trail: Moon is very smart and offers thoughtful policy responses to the complex challenges facing our city.
Her single most important priority: Housing affordability
What she believes sets her apart: Her deeper systemic analysis of problems, ability to identify solutions, and the 20 years she has spent engaged in Seattle’s issues.
What we believe sets her apart: Her systems-level approach to solving problems.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger

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Mike McGinn

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Mike McGinn was the Mayor of Seattle from 2009 to 2013 and prioritized climate change and improving transportation choices, particularly through his work to accelerate light rail in Seattle. In the past four years, McGinn has continued his environmental advocacy and has been vocal supporter of an NBA arena to bring back the Sonics. McGinn is now running for mayor again under the banner slogan of “Keep Seattle” by addressing housing affordability and making Seattle a leader in the fight against climate change. He’s seeking to position himself as an environmental advocate with the experience at City Hall to get things done.

From the campaign trail: McGinn has a good grasp of policies and an in-depth knowledge about the inner workings of city hall. He is thoughtful and reflective about lessons learned from his time as mayor, as well as what he would do differently in a second term.
His single most important priority: Both housing affordability and climate change
What he believes sets him apart: He has already learned how to be mayor.
What we believe sets him apart: He has already learned how to be mayor.

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Bob Hasegawa

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Longtime state legislator and labor leader Bob Hasegawa has distinguished himself through his social justice advocacy. Since first being elected to the House in 2005, his focus has been on supporting working families, small businesses, and disenfranchised communities. Before becoming a legislator, he helped lead the fight for democratic reforms in the Teamsters union. He’s running for mayor on a platform of addressing income inequality and reducing corporate power by creating a municipal bank and developing municipal broadband. Hasegawa has sought to use his organizing background to build a populist campaign around corporate accountability. The extended legislative session has prevented him from raising money and it’s hard to see how he generates enough resources to run a competitive campaign.

From the campaign trail: While very progressive, Hasegawa’s message is confusing at times, and he relies heavily on a municipal bank as the solution to most of the city’s problems.
His single most important priority: Changing Seattle’s governance structure to one that is grassroots and community-based
What he believes sets him apart: His experience as an organizer and leader reforming the Teamsters union
What we believe sets him apart: The combination of running for mayor largely without raising funds and a platform focused on creating a municipal bank

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Seattle City Council

Seattle City Council, Position #8 (At-Large)

There are many strong progressive candidates running in this race. In this impressive field, the Progressive Voters Guide recommends Teresa Mosqueda as the best choice because of her long track record of outstanding leadership. She also has the broadest support from our Progressive Voters Guide partners.

Teresa Mosqueda

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Teresa Mosqueda is the Political and Strategic Campaign Director at the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and a former Fuse board member. She was a leader in the statewide campaign to raise the minimum wage in 2016 and also worked to expand health care access and promote environmental justice. She is running for city council to improve housing affordability and support workers. Her experience advocating for working families at the state and local level has given her an impressive depth of knowledge about both policy details and the legislative process. Mosqueda is the best choice for Seattle City Council, Position 8.

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Other Candidates

Seattle City Council, Position #8 (At-Large)
This race has attracted many smart and qualified progressive candidates. Jon Grant is the former Director of the Seattle Tenants’ Union. He is prioritizing housing affordability and emphasizing a grassroots approach to campaigning and policy development. Grant is running as a Democratic Socialist with a very bold platform and has earned the sole endorsement of The Stranger newspaper. Sheley Secrest is a local NAACP leader who is focusing on economic justice and criminal justice reform and wants to elevate the concerns of communities of color in government decision-making. Charlene Strong is a longtime civil rights activist and small business owner who rose to prominence through her effective advocacy for LGBTQ equality. Sara Nelson is the owner of Fremont Brewing. She takes a more centrist position on some issues and is concerned about the needs of small businesses. Nelson is committed to sustainability and has earned a dual endorsement from our partners at Washington Conservation Voters.

Seattle City Council, Position #9 (At-Large)

M. Lorena González

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Lorena González has been a truly impressive leader in her two years on the Seattle City Council. González is a civil rights attorney who runs a bilingual legal clinic for low-income residents and is the President Emeritus of OneAmerica, a Seattle-based immigrant advocacy organization. She supports comprehensive police reform, paid parental and family leave for all workers. She also supports much of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) for more equitable housing policy and as a part of the solution to homelessness in the city. If re-elected, González wants to create a legal defense fund for immigrants and to continue working on fixing our city's upside-down tax code.

González is being challenged by six candidates: Ty Pethe, Pauly Giuglianotti, Ian Affleck-Asch, David Preston, Eric W. Smiley, and Pat Murakami. However, none of them are mounting a viable challenge. González is the clear choice in this race.

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Seattle Public Schools

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

Seattle Public Schools DIrector, District #4

Eden Mack

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Eden Mack is the co-founder of Washington’s Paramount Duty, a relatively new group that has rapidly become a major force in Olympia advocating to fully fund public schools. Prior to that, Mack was the Legislative Chair of the Seattle Council of Parent, Teacher, and Student Associations. Mack is now running for Seattle School Board in District 4 on a platform of giving every school, teacher, and student the support and resources they need to succeed. She has three kids in Seattle Public Schools and is focused on ensuring schools keep up with the city’s rapid growth. Mack is running the strongest campaign and has earned the broadest support from progressive advocates in this race.

Megan Locatelli Hyska is another good candidate in this race. Hyska has earned the endorsement of the Seattle Education Association and has shown a strong commitment to addressing racial disparities in Seattle schools. Other candidates include Herbert J. Camet, Jr., Lisa Melenyzer, Darrell Toland, Jennifer Crow, and Sean Champagne.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger

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Seattle Public Schools Director, District #5

There are two good candidates in this race. Zach DeWolf has earned the most support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

Zachary Pullin DeWolf

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Zach DeWolf is the president of the Capitol Hill Community Council and has been a prominent community activist, particularly for affordable housing and LGBTQ causes. DeWolf is running for Seattle School Board in District 5 to close the opportunity gap and reduce inequities in the school system for students of color, LGBTQ students, and others facing institutional barriers. Endorsed by the Seattle Education Association, DeWolf wants to use his background as a community organizer to engage and include families who are frequently left out of the school board decision-making process.

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Omar Vasquez

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Omar Vasquez is a young lawyer at Davis Wright Tremaine who wants to increase oversight and accountability on the Seattle School Board. He also brings a strong focus on equity and recently served on the Mayor’s Education Advisory Council to identify policy solutions to close the opportunity and achievement gap.

Andre Helmstetter is another good candidate in this race who received the endorsement of The Seattle Weekly and some local Democratic organizations. Also running for Seattle School Board Director in District 5 are Candace Vaivadas and Alec Cooper.

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Seattle Public Schools Director, District #7

There are two good candidates in this race. Betty Patu has earned more support from our Progressive Voters Guide partner organizations.

Betty Patu

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Betty Patu is a longtime education advocate with deep ties to her community. She is the only incumbent running for re-election on a school board that has struggled with frequent turnover. Endorsed by the Seattle Education Association, Patu brings a strong equity focus to her work and if re-elected will continue to work to address barriers to education for students of color. Patu has earned the most support from progressive advocates in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Media: The Stranger

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Chelsea Byers

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Chelsea Byers is a former 7th grade math teacher who was inspired to run for office after the 2016 election. She holds a Master’s Degree in Qualitative Analysis Political Science and wants to put her skills to work improving the district’s finances and budgeting. She is also committed to improving graduation rates and closing the achievement gap for students of color.

Also in this race is Tony Hemphill, who is not running a viable campaign.

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