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23rd Legislative District

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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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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6th Congressional District

U.S. Representative, 6th Congressional District

Derek Kilmer

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Representative Derek Kilmer is a moderate Democrat who is a reliable supporter of job creation and infrastructure improvement. He has been a leader on small business development and protecting the Puget Sound during his three terms in Congress. A former state Senator, he previously worked as a business consultant and economic development official. Kilmer is a sponsor of a clean Dream Act in support of immigrants who arrived in the country as children with their undocumented parents. He supports commonsense gun safety legislation and cosponsored the Voter Empowerment Act, an online voter registration act that helps keep voting rights equitable. Rep. Kilmer has also worked on several environmental bills, including the Wild Olympics Wilderness and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Kilmer is running against Republican Douglas Dightman. Dightman is a family physician running on a platform of supporting national defense and the free market. He also supports legislation to weaken protections for workers in labor unions.

Kilmer is widely supported by our progressive partners and is the best choice in this race.

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23rd Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Sherry V. Appleton

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Democratic Representative Sherry Appleton is seeking re-election to 23rd Legislative District House Position 1. A former two-term Poulsbo city councilmember, Rep. Appleton brings a wealth of experience to the Legislature and has been a reliable progressive voice for military families and seniors. She has advocated for sustainable transit development and was the prime advocate for creating a "Silver Alert" to help elderly citizens who are missing. In 2018, Rep. Appleton was named the 2018 Humane Legislator of the Year by the Humane Society of Washington for her work to make Washington a better state to live for humans and animals alike.

Rep. Appleton is opposed by Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson. Recently, Erickson sought to raise her own pay as mayor and was denied by the city council. If elected, Erickson has stated that she will not resign as mayor and instead serve in both elected offices simultaneously. Based on her commitment to the residents of Kitsap County and track record in the Legislature, Rep. Appleton is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Drew Hansen

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Democratic Representative Drew Hansen is running unopposed for re-election. Rep. Hansen serves as the chair of the House Higher Education Committee and has focused on job creation and improving educational opportunities in the Puget Sound region. During his tenure in the Legislature, Rep. Hansen has worked to expand engineering training at local colleges and protect maritime industry jobs. He also sponsored legislation to prepare high school students for technology jobs. Rep. Hansen deserves your vote for another term.

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Kitsap County

Kitsap County Auditor

Paul Andrews

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Democrat Paul Andrews is running to be the next Kitsap County Auditor. With 23 years of relevant public service and IT experience, Andrews wants to use his background in technology to modernize and defend the integrity of Kitsap County elections. Andrews values public accountability, leadership, and efficiency, and seeks to eliminate "human error" in the office's processes and procedures. If elected, Andrews will prioritize creating an online county archive of recorded documents, maintaining accurate voter rolls, and fostering a culture of transparency.

Andrews is running a competitive race against Bremerton city councilmember and Democrat Richard Huddy, who is focused on improving the office's constituent services and outreach to voters. As the current Chair of the City Council's Financial Committee, Huddy emphasizes the importance of effective staff management while the Auditor office moves to implement same-day voter registration and a new financial system.

Paul Andrews is the best choice in this race because of his strong support from community leaders.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

AFSCME 1308, International Association of Machinists Local 282, Kitsap County Central Labor Council, Kitsap County Democrats

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Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney

Chad Enright

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Deputy County Prosecutor Chad Enright is running unopposed for Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney. Prior to serving as the current Chief Deputy Prosecutor for the Felony & Juvenile Division in Kitsap County, Enright worked for four years in private practice. In 2015, he was promoted to his current position in the county prosecutor's office, where he gained experience prosecuting both major crimes and misdemeanors while supervising 15 attorneys and their caseloads. Enright is prioritizing the effective management of resources and financial stewardship as well as ensuring that the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney's office represents the people well. Chad Enright deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Kitsap County Democrats

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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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