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

U.S. Representative, 7th Congressional District

Pramila Jayapal

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Representative Pramila Jayapal has a long history of civic leadership on immigration reform, economic fairness, and civil liberties. She founded OneAmerica (formerly Hate Free Zone) in 2001 and built it into a national model and the largest immigrant rights organization in the state. Rep. Jayapal also played a key role on the Mayoral Advisory Committee that created Seattle’s $15 minimum wage.

In her first term in Congress, Rep. Jayapal has fought the Trump administration at every turn and provided a voice for progressives across the country. She has supported the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Dream Act that would provide a path to citizenship for young DACA recipients. She has also fought back against the Trump administration's inhumane policy of separating families seeking asylum and she introduced legislation that paves a pathway towards a universal health care system.

Her opponent, Seattle resident Craig Keller, is best known as the founder of an anti-immigrant organization that tried to repeal the City of Burien's sanctuary city ordinance. His organization has been recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

Rep. Jayapal is by far the best choice in this race

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U.S. Representative, 9th Congressional District

Adam Smith

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Representative Adam Smith has been a reliable vote in Congress on progressive issues from taxation to immigration reform. He represents Washington's first majority-minority district, a community with 30 percent foreign-born residents and large Asian, Hispanic, and African-American communities. Rep. Smith is an advocate for greater equality, supports a path to citizenship for immigrants, reforming the tax code, and Medicare for All. Rep. Smith has used his position on the Armed Services Committee to introduce and support legislation that tempers Trump's belligerent foreign policy moves, including a bill that states the U.S. will not strike a country with nuclear weapons first.

Rep. Smith is running against Democrat Sarah Smith, who is challenging Rep. Smith from the left. She's running on a comprehensive progressive platform including Medicare for All, alleviating student loan debt, supporting a nationwide tenants’ bill of rights, and building 10 million social homes. Sarah Smith is highly critical of Rep. Smith’s votes in favor of the Iraq War and the Patriot Act. However, during her interview with Fuse staff, she failed to produce a robust and detailed plan for how she would implement the sweeping reforms she supports, politically and economically.

Rep. Adam Smith is the best choice in this race because of his experience, in-depth knowledge of public policy, and strong support from a wide range of progressive advocacy organizations.

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33rd Legislative District

State Senator

Karen Keiser

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Democratic Senator Karen Keiser is a longtime progressive champion for working families and gender equality. Sen. Keiser has served in the state Senate since 2001 and has fought for consumer protections, affordable health care, and workers’ rights. During this past legislative session, Sen. Keiser worked with fellow Democratic senators to pass the Reproductive Parity Act and the Gender Pay Equity bills.

Sen. Keiser is opposed by Republican Kun Wang, who is running on a simple platform of getting "tough on the homelessness crisis" and promoting a business-friendly agenda. Senator Keiser is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Tina L. Orwall

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Democratic Representative Tina Orwall is a reliable vote on most progressive issues. In Olympia, she sponsored legislation to prevent truancy issues for students and a bill to help fight human trafficking. Unfortunately, Rep. Orwall has a mixed record on gun safety legislation. She played a lead role in defeating an earlier gun safety bill that would have allowed families and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if an individual is threatening harm to themselves or others.

Rep. Orwall is the lead on a suicide prevention taskforce, and has sponsored a bill that would provide suicide prevention training and messaging in firearm literature. She is also spearheading a campaign for funding to process the state's 6,000 to 10,000 rape kit backlog. She is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

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State Representative, Position #2

Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

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Democratic Representative Mia Su-Ling Gregerson has long been a transportation advocate for South King County, where she has fought for light rail infrastructure, safe and complete streets, and transit-oriented development. She wrote two important pieces of legislation to hold corporations accountable. One would have closed a tax loophole for oil companies and invested the money saved into K-12 education, and another held companies accountable for maintaining local jobs if they received a state tax break. This year, Rep. Gregerson was the prime sponsor of the House version of the Washington Voting Rights Act to improve local representation.

Rep. Gregerson is running against Anthony Lamb, who wants to reduce business taxes, supports charter schools, and is campaigning to make Good Friday a state holiday. Rep. Gregerson is the best choice in this race.

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King County

King County Prosecuting Attorney

Dan Satterberg

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King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg is running for re-election on a platform of reforming and modernizing King County’s criminal justice system. His office’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program has become a national model for shifting low-level drug offenders and sex workers out of the criminal justice system and into community support services. Satterberg has been an outspoken advocate for outlawing the death penalty in Washington and he recently announced that his office will halt prosecutions for possession of small amounts of drugs.

Satterberg acknowledges the painful history of institutional racism in the King County prosecutor’s office and in the broader criminal justice system. He is actively working to change department policies and to train his staff to reduce the disproportionate impact of the criminal justice system on people of color. He offers thoughtful and detailed analyses of the challenges facing King County and he is willing to experiment with innovative new ways to support the community.

Satterberg is being challenged by progressive public defender Daron Morris. Morris has criticized Satterberg for not moving quickly and boldly enough to reform King County’s criminal justice system. In particular, Morris opposes the new youth jail that is currently under construction. Unfortunately, medical problems forced Morris to suspend his campaign in September.

Satterberg is the best choice for King County Prosecuting Attorney.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

The Stranger
Other: Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Washington State Council of County and City Employees AFSCME Local 2, Teamsters Local 174

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Court of Appeals, Division One, District One

Court of Appeals, Division One, District One: Judge, Position #4

Beth M. Andrus

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Appointed earlier this year by Gov. Jay Inslee to this seat vacated by Judge Ronald Cox, Judge Beth M. Andrus is seeking to retain the Court of Appeals, District 1, Division 1 seat. Prior to entering the judiciary as a King County Superior Court Judge in 2010, Judge Andrus had a 21-year career as a private attorney practicing commercial litigation, intellectual property, construction, and employment law as well as appellate advocacy. In 2016, the King County Chapter of the Washington Women Lawyers Bar Association awarded her their Judge of the Year Award. Judge Andrus is known as an impartial problem solver who has a “tireless work ethic." It is also worth noting that she was nominated for a U.S. District Court appointment by former President Barack Obama, but the U.S. Senate refused to act on the nomination. Judge M. Andrus is unopposed and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

King County Democrats

Court of Appeals, Division One, District One: Judge, Position #7

Marlin Appelwick

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Chief Judge Marlin Appelwick has served on Washington’s Court of Appeals since 1998. Prior to entering the judiciary, Judge Appelwick was a private attorney and served for 16 years in the Legislature, including 12 years as a state representative for the 46th Legislative District. During his final three years in the Legislature, Judge Appelwick also served as the House Democratic Leader.

Since his appointment to the appellate court, Judge Appelwick has been committed to making just decisions, balancing judicial administration, and serving the public. He is committed to ensuring that information about the law is accessible for everyone and cares deeply about educating Washingtonians about their civil rights. He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his judicial expertise and conduct. Judge Marlin Appelwick is running unopposed for re-election and has earned another term.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

King County Young Democrats

District Court

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

Southeast District Court, Judge, Position #1

Jason Poydras

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Appointed to King County's Southeast Electoral District Court in April 2017, Judge Jason Poydras is running unopposed for re-election to the bench. During his 15-year career of practicing law, Judge Poydras has served as a public defender for the city of Seattle, prosecuting attorney for Pierce County, and an administrative law judge for the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings. Judge Poydras is dedicated to public service, due process, and access to justice. Currently, he sits on the King County District Technology Committee - an entity that works to make the court system more accessible. Judge Jason Poydras has earned your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Bar Association Ratings:
Latina/o Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Q-Law Bar Association of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
King County Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

Other: King County Young Democrats

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Southeast District Court, Judge, Position #2

Matthew York

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Appointed to the court in April of 2017, Judge Matthew York previously served as a county Prosecuting Attorney and a pro tem (substitute) judge for King County's municipal courts. With more than two decades of combined judicial and legal experience behind him, Judge Matthew York received an "Exceptionally Well Qualified Rating" from several major independent bar associations including the King County Bar Association and Q-Law, the LGBTQ bar association. Judge Matthew York is focused on improving access to justice and cares deeply about ensuring that everyday people are equipped with resources they need to navigate the judicial system. Judge Matthew York is running unopposed and has earned another term.

Southeast District Court, Judge, Position #3

Nathaniel B. Green

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First elected in 2010, Judge Nathaniel B. Green is a U.S. Navy veteran and a former Adjunct Professor at DeVry University who serves on the King County District Court. Judge Green "believes that justice and fairness are not just words to be spoken, but goals to be achieved." He is running unopposed and has earned another term.

Southeast District Court, Judge, Position #4

Corinna Harn

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Judge Corinna Harn was elected in 1998 to serve on the King County District Court. After 20 years of public service, Judge Harn has become a leader on the district court, having served as a Presiding Judge and Assistant Presiding Judge for the West Division over the course of her career. Currently, Judge Harn also serves as a King County Superior Court pro tem (substitute) judge where she hears cases related to the Dependency Pre-Trial calendars at Juvenile Court and the Regional Justice Center. She cares deeply about serving the community, effective judicial administration, and giving each case the attention it rightfully deserves. Judge Corinna Harn is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

Southeast District Court, Judge, Position #5

Virginia M. Amato

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Private attorney Virginia Amato is running for this open seat on King County's District Court. With more than 25 years of combined judicial and legal experience in the Pacific Northwest, Amato has earned the rating of "Exceptionally Well Qualified" from four independent bar associations. Her legal experience includes serving as a prosecuting attorney for several jurisdictions in Washington State. Additionally, Amato has served a pro tem (substitute) judge on King County's District Court since 2014. Virginia Amato is unopposed in this race and deserves your support.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Bar Association Ratings:
King County Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Cardoza Society of Washington: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Q-LAW: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Washington Women Lawyer: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

Other: 31st District Democrats

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Southeast District Court, Judge, Position #6

Rhonda Laumann

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Attorney Rhonda Laumann is running unopposed for election to King County's Southeast Electoral District Court, Position 6. Her legal and judicial experience includes working as a prosecutor, a pro tem (substitute) judge in district and municipal courts, and as an independent mediator. Laumann has worked with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for over 12 years educating and mentoring lawyers who want to be advocates. Laumann believes that judges should understand the challenges facing working people and are tasked with the responsibility of communicating the expectations of the justice system to everyone who stands before them. Rhonda Laumann deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Other: King County Democrats

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Seattle Municipal Court

Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #2

Andrea Chin

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Attorney Andrea Chin has worked as an Assistant City Attorney for 26 years training new lawyers and arguing criminal and appeals cases. Prior to becoming a public servant for the city of Seattle, Chin worked for several years as an Assistant Director of Admissions at the California Institute of Technology specializing in the development of recruitment programs for women. Chin is focused on maintaining public safety and strengthening Seattle's specialized courts that address mental health issues and serve veterans. She has received a rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from six of seven independent bar associations. Chin is unopposed and deserves your vote this November.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Other: King County Democrats, International Union of Painters & Allied Trades

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Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #3

Adam Eisenberg

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Appointed in January 2017, Judge Adam Eisenberg is running unchallenged for Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 3. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Eisenberg worked as a court magistrate, criminal prosecutor, and court commissioner. Currently, Judge Eisenberg is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington who teaches law and ethics to graduate students. He has earned a rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from the independent King County Bar Association. Judge Eisenberg deserves another term.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #4

Anita Crawford-Willis

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Judge Anita Crawford-Willis was appointed in 2017 after serving nearly three decades as a judge of administrative law, public defender, and judge pro tem. She strongly believes that judges should be willing to build bridges with the community and work in collaboration with various stakeholders to uphold public safety and increase access to the justice system. Outside of the courtroom, Judge Crawford-Willis serves on the board of Seattle University Board of Regents and was recently selected as the board chair. She received a rating of “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from six out of seven independent bar associations. Judge Anita Crawford-Willis has earned your vote for Seattle Municipal Court Position 4.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Other: King County Democrats

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Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #5

Willie Gregory

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Judge Willie Gregory was first elected to the Seattle Municipal Court in 2010 and currently oversees a general trial court and the Veterans Treatment Court. Previously, he has presided over the mental health and community courts. Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Gregory worked 14 years as a public defender with the Associated Counsel for the Accused. Judge Gregory is extremely active within the community and values judicial integrity and listening with compassion. Among his many achievements, Judge Willie Gregory is a founding member of the King County Bar Association, the Loren Miller Bar Association, and the Washington State Bar Association. He is running unopposed for reelection to Seattle Municipal Court Position 5.

Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #6

Faye Chess

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Appointed in April 2018, Judge Faye Chess is running unopposed for Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 6. Prior to her appointment, Judge Chess served as a Seattle Municipal Court Magistrate and for twenty-two years as a pro-tem (substitute) judge for the Seattle Municipal Court and King County District Court. Outside of the courtroom, Judge Chess is an active member on the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission and is a teacher at the Lake Washington Human Resources Association. She is committed to ensuring that the Seattle Municipal Court is accessible to the community and prioritizes the effective administration of court resources.

Judge Chess has been rated “Exceptionally Well Qualified” by four independent bar associations including the Loren Miller and Joint Asian Bar Associations. Judge Faye Chess deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Bar Association Ratings: Joint Asian Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Q-Law Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Loren Miller Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"
Cardozo Society of Washington State: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

Other: King County Young Democrats, King County Democrats

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Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position #7

Damon Shadid

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Judge Damon Shadid was elected to Seattle Municipal Court in 2014 and is the first democratically elected judge of Middle Eastern descent in the state. Previously, he worked as a private defense and immigration attorney. Judge Shadid is committed to working with organizations and agencies to address racial disparities within the criminal justice system as well as the growing heroin epidemic. Judge Shadid prioritizes supporting programs and services that hold violators of the law accountable and supports their permanent exit from the criminal justice system. Off the bench, he sits on the Board of Directors of the District and Municipal Judges' Association and mentors new attorneys. Judge Damon Shadid is running unopposed and has earned your support.

Seattle Ballot Measures

City of Seattle Proposition #1

Vote YES on Seattle Proposition 1

The Families, Education, Pre-school, and Promise Levy combines two expiring levies into a comprehensive package to support students from early learning to college.

Affordable, high-quality early learning and childcare are critical for working families and set our children up for a lifetime of success. Unfortunately, Seattle’s childcare is some of the most expensive in the country. A majority of the funding from Proposition 1 would go toward increasing access to the Seattle pre-K program, as well as expanding free childcare for low-income and homeless families. In addition, nearly one-third of the funding will go to wrap-around services for our K-12 students, including additional health services, summer learning, and support staff. Finally, the levy provides some funding for Mayor Jenny Durkan’s Seattle Promise Program to provide free tuition at Seattle colleges for graduates of Seattle public schools. This levy is funded by a property tax that would cost the average Seattle homeowner an additional $9 per month for a total of $20 per month.

Vote YES on Seattle Proposition 1 to give every Seattle student the opportunity to learn and succeed.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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