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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.

Olympia City Council

Olympia City Council, Position #5

There are two good candidates in this race: Lisa Parshley and Deborah Lee.

Lisa Parshley

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Veterinary oncologist Lisa Parshley is new to local politics, but her campaign is focused on several progressive pillars: encouraging a progressive small business community, mitigating climate change locally, and promoting healthy and inclusive communities. If you're looking for someone to bring new ideas and perspectives, Parshley is a good choice.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: Teamsters Joint Council 28

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Deborah Lee

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Deborah Lee is currently the Director of Head Start for the Nisqually Indian Tribe. She is also a former member of the state Human Rights Commissioner, chair of the Seattle Civil Rights Commission, and chair/co-founder of the Washington Indian Civil Rights Commission, and National Representative of the World Forum Foundation for her work with youth. She supports a local $15 minimum wage, civilian oversight of law enforcement, and infrastructure improvements to downtown.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: Teamsters Joint Council 28

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Olympia City Council, Position #6

There are two good candidates in this race: Jeannine Row and Renata Rollings.

Jeannine Roe

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First elected in 2009, real estate agent Jeannine Roe is running for re-election in Position 6. Roe created Olympia's Downtown Ambassador and Clean Team programs, which is tasked with providing cleaning, mediation, and hospitality ambassadors to the area. As a councilmember, she has been very active on downtown issues. She voted yes on building public bathrooms downtown to alleviate tension between downtown businesses and the homeless community. Roe is more of a centrist than Rollins but is also more politically experienced.

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Renata Rollins

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Community activist Renata Rollins brings an impressive progressive resume of local service to the race. Rollins is the co-founder of Just Housing, a homeless civil rights action group. She also served as an Olympia Downtown Ambassador and as the past president of Partners in Prevention Education. If elected, Rollins will focus on increasing mass transit access, improving community-police relations and police accountability, and protecting Olympia's water. Either Rollins or Roe would represent the people of Olympia well.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Other: Thurston Environmental Voters, Washington Federation of State Employees, Local #443, Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council

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Olympia City Council, Position #7

Jim Cooper

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Elected to the Olympia City Council in 2011 and reelected in 2013, Jim Cooper is the CEO of United Way of the Pacific Northwest. He holds several local leadership roles, including Chair of the City Council Finance Committee, Chair of the Olympic Regional Clean Air Agency Board, and President of the Olympia Metropolitan Parks District.

Cooper helped create an air quality monitoring program at the Olympia Regional Clean Air Agency. He also had a hand in the creation of the Thurston Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force. If re-elected, Cooper will continue to focus on seeking racial, gender, and economic justice for residents of Olympia, including bringing in more living wage jobs, establishing the Olympia Human Rights Commission, preserving the environment, and fighting climate change locally. He is running against activist Heather Wood and anti-tax candidate Daniel Marsh. Cooper is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Olympia School District

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

Olympia School District Director, District #5

Scott Clifthorne

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Scott Clifthorne is a consultant and the current president of a local parent-teacher organization at his son's elementary school. He volunteers as a coach for youth soccer and high school debate and has served on the Olympia Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Clifthorne's campaign is focused on community engagement and equity strategies, including reaching out to all areas of the community for input on education issues, supporting evidence-based equity strategies, hiring more teachers of color to help students of color succeed, and supporting public alternative programs as a roadblock to the privatization of education.

He is running against incumbent Mark Campeau and Rebecca Cornelius. Campbeau is the current board President and has focused his previous campaigns on reducing class size and supporting students who need help to achieve grade-level goals. He was also endorsed by our partners at Teamsters Joint Council 28. We believe Clifthorne is the most progressive candidate in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Thurston-Mason-Lewis Central Labor Council, Young Democrats of Thurston County

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