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Thurston County

General ELECTION: November 6th, 2018

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative #1631

Vote YES for Jobs and Clean Energy

Initiative 1631 is our best opportunity to accelerate clean energy solutions and build healthier communities for everyone in Washington.

This initiative will charge our state’s largest corporate polluters a fee that will be used to create local jobs by investing in clean energy, healthy forests, and clean water. I-1631 is essential to pass a clean and healthy Washington on to future generations. It will create 40,000 jobs by investing in water and forestry projects, energy efficiency, and clean transportation. These investments are a practical first step to ensure clean air and clean water for everyone in Washington. These will look different in every community, from energy efficiency upgrades for our homes and businesses to keeping our forests healthy so they clean our air and investing in cleaner transportation options for more communities.

The oil industry is spending tens of millions of dollars to confuse voters about I-1631 so they can continue polluting for free and raking in record profits. We can't wait any longer to act. Vote YES on I-1631.

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Initiative #1634

Vote NO on I-1634

Initiative 1634 would prevent cities and counties in Washington from passing new taxes on sugary beverages. Such taxes are aimed at discouraging people from buying sweetened drinks that have been linked to type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and tooth decay.

I-1634 is backed primarily by millions of dollars from a handful of big soda companies. It also has support from some labor unions that represent workers whose jobs could be impacted by soda taxes. The campaign’s highly deceptive ads focus on grocery taxes despite the fact that groceries have been exempt from sales taxes since 1977.

Progressive advocates oppose efforts like this to use state laws to prevent localities from taking action that’s right for their communities. In recent years, Republican legislators have sought to use similar legislation to reverse Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and progressive paid sick leave laws in Tacoma and Spokane.

We’re sympathetic to the concerns of union workers in the beverage industry and we agree that our tax system is upside-down and disproportionately hurts low-income families. However, we don’t think that preempting local legislation that taxes sugary drinks is the way to fix it.

Don’t be fooled by Big Soda’s misleading ads. Vote NO on I-1634.

Progressive Opponents

WA Federation of State Employees, The Stranger, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Children’s Alliance, El Centro de La Raza

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Initiative #1639

Vote YES to Reduce Gun Violence

Initiative 1639 is the most comprehensive gun violence prevention measure put forward in Washington state history. It's a commonsense initiative that will reduce gun violence and keep our schools and communities safe. I-1639 would raise the age to purchase semi-automatic assault rifles from 18 to 21 and require enhanced background checks and safety training for purchasing these particularly lethal weapons. It will also incentivize secure storage of all firearms by holding gun owners accountable if a child or other legally prohibited person uses their weapon to harm themselves or someone else.

Someone is killed with a gun in Washington state every 14 hours and more than 200,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine. Unfortunately, the gun lobby has prevented our elected officials from acting to prevent it, so we'll do it ourselves. Vote YES on I-1639 to keep our schools and communities safe.

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Initiative #940

Vote YES for Police Accountability

Last year, more people in Washington were killed in encounters with law enforcement than in 45 other states, and almost one-third of them were experiencing a mental health crisis. Initiative 940 would improve de-escalation, first aid, and mental health crisis training for law enforcement and help save lives.

Currently, officers are only required to receive eight hours of "crisis intervention training." Initiative 940 would ensure that every officer receives extensive training and continuing education in de-escalating potential confrontations. The primary goal is preventing tragedies in the first place, but when a tragedy does occur Initiative 940 would also create a fair and independent investigation process and bring our use of force standard in line with 27 other states.

Vote YES on Initiative 940 to improve training for law enforcement and help save lives.

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Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #19

Maintain Funding for Oil Spill Prevention

A bipartisan group of legislators passed Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6269 to fund oil spill prevention and cleanup. The legislation directs the Department of Ecology to improve prevention for oil spills in Puget Sound, as well as around oil refineries, railroads, and pipelines. This bill was funded by a $0.05 tax per 42-gallon barrel of oil used by boats and marine terminals.

Because of a Tim Eyman initiative the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote MAINTAINED on Advisory Vote 19.

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Thurston County Ballot Measures

Thurston County County Proposition #1

Say Yes to Improve Intercity Transit

For the past several years, Thurston County has made great strides in improving affordable local transit options through the Intercity Transit system. The Intercity Transit Authority has put forth Proposition No. 1, a sales and use tax increase of 0.4 percent to fund public transportation maintenance and improvement projects. The passage of Proposition No. 1 would finance the expansion of bus services into new localities, extended hours, the creation of a Night Owl service, the addition of transit services for seniors and people living with disabilities, and infrastructure improvements. Fully funding the Intercity Transit agency is necessary to ensuring that Thurston County communities remain connected to the regional transportation system.

If approved, a consumer in Thurston County would pay an additional 4 cents on a $10 purchase. If Proposition No. 1 is rejected, advocates estimate that 15 percent of existing transit services will be cut and it would eventually lead to several bus lines being canceled. Vote YES to improve Intercity Transit and keep Thurston County connected.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

The Urbanist, AFSCME 443, Thurston Environmental Voters, South Sound Group Sierra Club, Thurston County Democrats

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U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell

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Senator Maria Cantwell was first elected in 2000 and continues to represent our state's progressive values in our nation's capital. Sen. Cantwell has been a leader on a wide range of issues including reproductive rights, supporting the Children's Health Insurance Program, defending net neutrality, passing oil spill legislation to protect our water, working on clean energy policies, and many more.

Sen. Cantwell is opposed by Republican Susan Hutchison. Hutchison is a former news anchor and past chair of the state Republican Party. She ran for King County Executive in 2009 and lost by twenty points. Hutchison is well-known for being a party-line Republican and for her fierce defense of President Donald Trump, including calling fellow Republican Ted Cruz a "traitor" for not supporting the president's campaign.

Sen. Cantwell has been a tenacious advocate for the people of Washington state and is the best choice in this race.

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Depending on where you live, you will have one of the below candidates on your ballot.

U.S. Representative, 3rd Congressional District

Carolyn Long

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Democratic Carolyn Long is an associate professor at the School of Politics at WSU Vancouver. Her platform includes protecting the health care of those with preexisting conditions, stabilizing the Affordable Care Act, and providing effective health care for those with addiction and mental illnesses. She is also prioritizing treating gun violence like a public health crisis, caring for veterans, reforming the tax code to make it fairer for middle-class families, and protecting Medicare and Social Security.

Long is running against incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, an extremely conservative Republican who has consistently sided with far-right members of her party on important issues. In particular, Rep. Herrera Beutler voted in favor of congressional Republicans’ $1.5 trillion tax giveaway to corporations and the wealthy few.

Long is the best choice for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District.

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U.S. Representative, 10th Congressional District

Denny Heck

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Representative Denny Heck is a moderate Democrat who has had a long and effective career in both the private and public sectors. In Olympia, he served as a five-term state representative, House majority leader, and chief of staff to former Gov. Booth Gardner, and is the co-founder of TVW. In Congress, he has fought to make college more affordable, reduce health care costs, create middle class jobs, and ensure veterans get the benefits they have earned. He supports immigration policies that create a path to citizenship and has been working this year to help prevent health care premium increases due to Trump's policies.

Heck is running against Republican Joseph Brumbles, a self-described constitutional conservative. His campaign platform is undetailed and states that he is standing for "liberty." He suggests solving the issue of affordable energy with the free market and not taxing fossil fuels, and he wants to reduce the size of government by eliminating federal agencies.

Heck is the best choice in this race.

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Legislative Races

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

2nd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Anneliese Feld

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Democrat Anneliese Feld is running to unseat Republican Rep. Andrew Barkis in the 2nd Legislative District House Position 1. Feld wants to work across the aisle to fix our state's upside-down tax code and address the growing homelessness crisis in the Puget Sound region. Additionally, Feld believes that local elected officials must be responsive to their constituents regardless of ideological differences and aims to increase residents' access to elected officials.

Feld faces an uphill battle against Rep. Barkis, who is a party-line Republican. Throughout his tenure, Rep. Barkis has opposed most progressive reforms, including voting against equal pay protections for women this past legislative session. Feld is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

No Good Choices JT Wilcox

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There are no good choices in this race. Since 2010, incumbent Republican Representative JT Wilcox has been a hindrance to progress in the Legislature and prides himself on being a conservative figurehead. During this past legislative session, Wilcox voted against progressive reforms like net neutrality protections for internet users and equal pay for women.

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20th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

John Thompson

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Democrat John Thompson is running for Legislative District 20 House Position 1. Thompson is a Vietnam veteran and an active community leader. Thompson has sat on the board of directors for the United Way and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the board of Cascade Regional Blood Services. Thompson is running to ensure that K-12 schools, colleges, vocational education programs are fully funded and is committed to protecting well-paying jobs, veterans, and people experiencing homelessness. As a gun owner, he also supports practical gun safety measures.

Though Thompson suffered a tragedy this past summer, he has been running a competitive race against incumbent Republican Rep. Richard Debolt. Debolt has a terrible track record on environmental and social justices issues. He generally sides with the far-right members of his caucus.

Thompson's campaign has generated a groundswell of community support. He is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Washington State Labor Council
Other: Cowlitz County Democratic Women, Clark County Democrats, Lewis County Democrats, Thurston County Young Democrats

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State Representative, Position #2

Brennan Bailey

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Former small business owner Brennan Bailey is running for 20th Legislative District House Position 2. For the past seven years, Bailey has served as the Chehalis School Board President and knows firsthand the challenge facing K-12 schools in rural communities. He believes in the importance of bipartisan compromise and is focused on lowering the unemployment rate in Southwestern Washington, improving education, and supporting small business owners.

Brennan's opponent is incumbent Republican Rep. Ed Orcutt. Rep. Orcutt has been an obstacle to progress on improving K-12 education and environmental protections. This year, Orcutt also voted against the requirement for insurers to cover reproductive health care and opposed a bill that prohibits conversion therapy on LGBTQ minors.

Brennan Bailey is the clear choice in this race.

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22nd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Laurie Dolan

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Representative Laurie Dolan is an emerging progressive leader in the Washington state House. Prior to serving the people of the 22nd Legislative District, Rep. Dolan was an educator and a former director for Spokane Public Schools for more than 30 years. First elected in 2016, Rep. Dolan has served as the Vice Chair of the Education and State Government Committees where she fought for workers' rights and to fully fund education.

Representative Dolan is opposed by Independent C. Davis, who is running on an anti-tax libertarian platform. Rep. Dolan is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Beth Doglio

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First elected in 2016, Representative Beth Doglio is seeking re-election to the 22nd Legislative District House Position 2. Prior to joining the Legislature, Rep. Doglio worked as the Campaign Director at Climate Solutions and was the founding executive director of Washington Conservation Voters. In 2018, Rep. Doglio fought hard to improve the lives of sexual assault victims and increase environmental protections throughout the region.

Rep. Doglio is opposed by Libertarian candidate Allen Acosta, a radical right-wing activist and hardline gun advocate. Rep. Doglio is the clear progressive choice in this race.

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35th Legislative District

State Senator

Irene Bowling

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Democrat Irene Bowling is running for the 35th Legislative District Senate seat. A lifelong Washington resident, small business owner, and educator, Bowling hopes to unite communities by pursuing solutions that will bring more jobs and educational opportunities to the 35th Legislative District. Bowling aims to address the rising costs of medical expenses as well as growing concerns over the need for state protection for local waterways. Bowling will also work to ensure that both rural and urban communities have access to quality K-12 education and health care.

Bowling is challenging "Democratic" Senator Tim Sheldon, who actually caucuses with the Senate Republicans and has a reliably conservative voting record. From opposing pay increases for teachers to voting against protections for abortion and LGBTQ rights, Sen. Sheldon has done a poor job representing the working families living in the district.

Bowling is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

James Thomas

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James Thomas is running for the 35th Legislative District House Position 1. Thomas is Chair of the Economic Development Council of Mason County, as well as a member of the Mason County Planning Commission.

Thomas is challenging Republican Rep. Dan Griffey. In the Legislature, Rep. Griffey has taken a hard-line conservative approach to most legislation. He voted against prohibiting conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth, opposed expanding women's health care access, and voted against a common-sense gun safety law that banned bump stocks.

Thomas is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

David Daggett

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David Daggett is a retired Boeing engineering leader who is now running for the 35th Legislative District House Position 2. He is running as a fiscally conservative Democrat who is focused on creating more environmentally friendly jobs and reducing income inequality.

Daggett is challenging Republican Rep. Drew MacEwen, who is on the wrong side of a host of progressive issues. In the past, he has opposed increasing the minimum wage and requiring employers to provide sick leave to workers. He has also opposed this year's ban on bump stocks, democracy-expanding automatic voter registration, and prohibiting conversion therapy on LGBTQ minors.

Daggett is a better choice over Rep. MacEwen in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

SEIU Local 925
Other: Thurston County Democrats

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Thurston County

Thurston County Auditor

Mary Hall

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Democrat Mary Hall is running for re-election for Thurston County Auditor. In 2013, Hall became the first Democrat to be elected to the auditor position in 71 years. Since taking office, Hall has worked across the aisle and has successfully advocated for same-day voter registration, automatic voter registration, pre-registration for 16 and 17 year-olds, and the Washington Voting Rights Act. Hall is passionate about her commitment to public service and making voting more accessible for all eligible residents.

Hall is opposed by independent candidate Stuart Holmes. Holmes, who is running on a platform of accountability and transparency, has only been endorsed by Republicans, and lacks broad support from the community. Hall is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Sierra Club
Other: Washington Federation of State Employees 443, Thurston, Lewis, Mason Central Labor Council

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Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney

There are two good candidates running to be the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney: Jon Tunheim and Victor Minjares. Read the full guide below for more information about their candidacies.

Jon Tunheim

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Incumbent Democrat Jon Tunheim is running for re-election as the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney. First elected in 2010, Tunheim is focused on building strong partnerships with law enforcement, finding ways to lower recidivism, and reforming the county's bail system. Tunheim brings 30 years of criminal law experience to the position. During his tenure, the Prosecuting Attorney’s office opened an independent pre-trial services department and a mental health triage center to help those suffering from mental illness. Outside of the office, Tunheim serves as the current President of United Way of Thurston County and the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

Tunheim has received criticism from the media and community advocates for not proactively pursuing criminal justice reforms and for a pattern of mismanagement that has led to delays and redundancies in the justice process. Also, it is worth noting that Jon Tunheim approved the county commissioners' bid to cooperate with ICE.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Thurston County Democratic Women’s Club, The Tumwater Firefighters IAFF Local 2409, AFSCME Local 618 (Thurston County Employees)

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Victor Minjares

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Attorney Victor Minjares is challenging incumbent Prosecuting Attorney Tunheim on a platform of restorative justice that advocates for better financial stewardship, the streamlining of the justice process, and improvement of diversion programs. During his 30 years as a criminal and civil lawyer, Minjares worked as a prosecuting attorney for the Washington State Attorney General's office and as a private attorney in Thurston County. If elected, Minjares aims to reform rules of conduct, filing and trial guidelines, and sentencing policies within the office, as well as prioritize reducing overcrowding in jails.

Though Minjares' community-focused campaign and innovative ideas for reforming the Prosecuting Attorney's Office have earned him the support of many local progressive organizations and activists, other local advocates and The Olympian have raised concerns about his blunt communication style and his ability to build consensus among key stakeholders.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Thurston County Democrats, Washington State Progressive Caucus, Washington State Latino Caucus, Our Revolution, Thurston County Women Democrats

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Thurston County Commission

Thurston County Commission, District #3

Tye Menser

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Democrat Tye Menser is running for Thurston County Commissioner in District 3. Previously, Menser served on the Water Conservancy Board and spent a decade serving the community in the Thurston County Public Defense office. Menser is running on a comprehensive platform that includes planning for the projected 100,000 new residents moving to Thurston County by 2040, preserving the local farming economy, and working to restore the county's fiscal health. He is also focused on ensuring that Thurston County leads in coordinated efforts to address regional housing affordability, homelessness, and drug addiction.

Menser faces a competitive race against incumbent Commissioner Bud Blake, who has been a moderately conservative voice on the commission and has not pursued progressive reforms in his tenure. Though Blake has worked to address some of the county's mental health and drug addiction issues with the Behavioral Health Organization, Blake and his fellow conservative-leaning independent commissioners on the board have struggled to keep the county's reserves within reason and abstained from voting on regional climate goals.

Menser is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Sierra Club, Equal Rights Washington
Other: Our Revolution (National), Thurston County Democratic Women, Thurston Environmental Voters, Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council, Sierra Club South Sound, Olympia Indivisible

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Judicial Races

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State Supreme Court

State Supreme Court Justice, Position #2

Susan Owens

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First elected in 2000, Supreme Court Justice Susan Justice Owens brings more 40 years of legal experience to Washington's Supreme Court. Prior to serving on the court, Justice Owens served nineteen years as a District Court Judge in Western Clallam County. Justice Owens has been a leader in the judicial community on addressing the impacts of domestic violence on children. Nationally, Justice Owens is a judicial trainer on this topic and participated in the writing of the Northwest Tribal Judges Domestic Violence Manual. Justice Owens is running unopposed for re-election and has earned your support.

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State Supreme Court Justice, Position #8

Steve Gonzalez

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Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez has earned national recognition for his judicial expertise and work to increase access to the judicial system. Before serving on the Supreme Court, Justice Gonzalez served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and on the King County Superior Court for more than 10 years hearing criminal, juvenile, and family law cases. Justice Gonzalez is devoted to working for the people of Washington and serves as a board member for the Washington Leadership Institute, an organization that supports emerging community leaders from diverse backgrounds. As one of the few multi-lingual justices, he chairs the Interpreter Commission. Justice Gonzalez is rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by 10 independent bar associations in Washington state.

Gonzalez is being challenged by Bellevue-based attorney Nathan Choi, who ran unsuccessfully for a judicial seat on the Court of Appeals in 2016. Since then, Choi has faced numerous ethical controversies. In 2017, the King County Bar Association formally reprimanded Choi for violating KCBA's fair campaign practices guidelines by releasing misleading campaign materials and failing to follow state candidate rules. In February of this year, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson formally filed a lawsuit against Nathan Choi in a Thurston County Court. The case is still open.

Justice Steve Gonzalez is the best choice for Supreme Court Justice Position 8.

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State Supreme Court Justice, Position #9

Sheryl Gordon McCloud

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Washington Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud has been a fierce defender of constitutional rights and has written the decision in several consequential court cases. Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, she worked as an accomplished appellate court attorney for nearly three decades and was a founding member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association. Her strong judicial track record has earned a rating of "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by 10 independent state bar associations, including Washington Women Lawyers and the newly-minted Veterans Bar Association.

Justice McCloud in running unopposed for Position 9 and deserves your vote.

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Court of Appeals, Division Two, District Two

Court of Appeals, Division Two, District Two: Judge, Position #2

Rebecca Glasgow

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Deputy Solicitor General Rebecca Glasgow is running unopposed for this open seat on the Court of Appeals. For ten years, Glasgow has served the people of Washington in the Attorney General’s Office and as the lead counsel to Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Glasgow supports equity in the legal system and believes that judges must be “impartial, fair, and unbiased” because they are the “guardians of the rule of law and the rights of every person.”

Currently, Glasgow is a board member for the Campaign for Equal Justice and the Strophy Foundation. She is also a former president of Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services and Washington Women Lawyers, an independent bar association. Glasgow’s record of public service, knowledge of the law, and courtroom conduct has earned a judicial rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from six independent bar associations. Prominent Republicans and Democrats have also endorsed her candidacy. Attorney Rebecca Glasgow has earned your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Bar Association Ratings:
Q-Law Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Loren Miller Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Joint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

Other: Grays Harbor County Democrats, Kitsap County Democrats, Thurston County Labor Council, Mason County Democrats, Jefferson County Democrats

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