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Primary ELECTION: August 1st, 2017

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Spokane County Superior Court

Spokane County Superior Court Judge, Position #6

All three candidates in this race come with strong qualifications. Read the full recommendations below for more information.

Tony Hazel

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Tony Hazel has gathered an impressive list of bipartisan supporters. He is an experienced prosecutor appointed to the position this year and has been proactive in making reforms to the criminal justice system in his time as judge. However, some progressives are concerned with Hazel's past campaigning for conservative candidates and his "law and order" statements as a prosecutor.

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J. Scott Miller

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J. Scott Miller is a lawyer with 32 years of experience. Miller has practiced a wide range of civil law and is an adjunct professor of law at Gonzaga and Whitworth University. He's also active in the community, supporting Spokane Public Radio and low-income housing organizations.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Bar Association Ratings: Washington State Veterans Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified; Latina/o Bar Association of Washington: Well Qualified
Other: Spokane Democrats

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Jocelyn Cook

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Jocelyn Cook has 10 years of experience as a public defender working on criminal and dependency cases. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and her experience as a public defender would be a welcomed addition to the bench.

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6th Legislative District Democrats, Spokane Regional Labor Council

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Spokane Valley City Council

Spokane Valley City Council, Position #1

There are two good candidates in this race: Chris Jackson and Al Merkel.

Al Merkel

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Merkel is a former USAID worker who currently works in logistics in the Department for Veteran's Affairs. His top priorities are economic, including bringing more tech jobs to the city, requiring developers to pay for the infrastructure their projects rely on, and saving money by changing up the city contracting process.

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Chris Jackson

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Jackson is defending his doctorate at the University of Otago. He seeks to increase transparency on the council, attract tech jobs to the city, and conduct more community outreach.

Both Jackson and Merkel are more on the moderate side, but both are better than the more conservative incumbent, Mayor Rod Higgins.

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Spokane Valley City Council, Position #5

Angie Beem

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Angie Beem is running for Position 5 on a platform of affordable housing and social equality. She is a consultant, an organizer of the Women's March, and a former microbiology lab technician. Beem supports full education funding, rezoning vacant lots to create more affordable housing options, and incentivizing clean energy industries to open in Spokane Valley to create sustainable jobs.

Beem is running against Pamela Haley, Rocky Samson, and Ingemar Woods. Beem is the best choice in this race.

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