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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

YES
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

NO
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

YES
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

YES
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

MAINTAINED
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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Federal

U.S. Senator

Maria Cantwell

Democrat
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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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7th Congressional District

U.S. Representative, 7th Congressional District

Pramila Jayapal

Democrat
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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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46th Legislative District

State Senator

David Frockt

Democrat
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Democratic Senator David Frockt has established himself as a strong progressive leader in the Legislature. Sen. Frockt is a champion for equality who has fought for bills that help tenants, as well as bills that support higher education, women's health, and better transportation. This year, Sen. Frockt sponsored a bill to raise the age to purchase semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21, as well as a bill supporting single-payer health care.

Sen. Frockt faces a challenge from Republican Beth Daranciang, an anti-choice candidate who has been featured in the news protesting Planned Parenthood. Daranciang also defends unlicensed, limited service pregnancy centers that don't have a nurse or doctor present for pregnancy and STI testing procedures. Frockt is the clear choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #1

Gerry Pollet

Democrat
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Rep. Gerry Pollet is the Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest, a group devoted to cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. In the Legislature, he has been a reliable vote for protecting the environment and has become an education champion through his bills to reduce class sizes and offer free community college. This year, Rep. Pollet sponsored a bill protecting students from for-profit colleges' predatory high-interest loans, as well as another bill aimed at protecting students' financial aid from prepaid debit card fees.

Rep. Pollet is being challenged by Republican Jeff Patton, who is running to support the 2nd Amendment and reduce taxes for big businesses. Rep. Pollet is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Javier Valdez

Democrat
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Representative Javier Valdez was appointed to the 46th Legislative District House Position 2 in 2017 to replace Jessyn Farrell during her bid to become Seattle's next mayor. He serves on the executive board of the Washington Democratic Party and is a former chair of the King County Young Democrats. Rep. Valdez was the prime sponsor on a couple of bills aimed at protecting vulnerable populations, including a bill that defines "willful" abuse of seniors in nurses homes. A son of immigrant farm workers, Rep. Valdez's platform is focused on protecting immigrant communities, fully-funded education, and health care.

Rep. Valdez is running against Republican Jerry Zeiger-Buccola, the managing broker of a real estate business. Zeiger-Buccola wants to limit the role of government, reduce taxes, and believes that "our freedom is threatened by over-taxation and over-regulation." Rep. Valdez is the best choice in this race.

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King County

King County Prosecuting Attorney

Dan Satterberg

Non-Partisan
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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.

Shoreline District Court, Judge, Position #1

Joe Campagna

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Attorney Joe Campagna is running for election to the King County District Court, Shoreline Position 1. Campagna's legal background includes a career in private practice and service as a pro tem (substitute) judge in the district and in the municipal courts of King and Snohomish Counties. Campagna recognizes that district court is the first point of contact for most people, and wants to ensure that the courts are operating efficiently and are accessible. He also volunteers as an attorney at El Centro de La Raza’s free legal clinic. Rated as "Exceptionally Well Qualified" by five of Washington state's independent bar associations, Campagna has earned broad support from progressive elected officials and the judicial community.

Campagna is running against Superior Court Commissioner Les Ponomarchuk, who unsuccessfully ran for a judicial seat in 2008. While Ponomarchuk has served as a lead family court commissioner since 1998, his candidacy lacks substantial support from the legal community. Campagna is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Shoreline District Court, Judge, Position #2

Marcine Anderson

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In 2010, Judge Marcine Anderson became the first Asian American woman elected to the King County District Court. Prior to entering the judiciary, Judge Anderson worked as a King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and was also the first Asian American to serve on the Board of the Washington State Bar Association in 2004. During her tenure, she has served as the Presiding Judge for the West Division of the King County District Court in 2014 and 2016. Judge Anderson supports efforts to make the court more accessible and believes the law must be fair and impartial. She is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

West District Court, Judge, Position #1

Lisa Paglisotti

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Judge Lisa Paglisotti was elected to this position in 2016. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Paglisotti worked 22 years as a King County public defender. She is passionate about serving the community, justice, and connecting offenders with resources and programs that will help them exit the criminal justice system. Judge Lisa Paglisotti is running unopposed for reelection and has earned another term.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Bar Association Ratings: King County Bar Association: "Exceptionally Well Qualified"

West District Court, Judge, Position #2

Mark Chow

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First elected in 1990, Judge Mark Chow was the first Asian American elected to a King County District Court seat as well as one of the first Asian Americans to graduate from the University of Washington Law School. Previously, Judge Chow was a King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and private attorney. Now serving in his sixth term, Judge Chow has been recognized for playing a pivotal role in founding the King County's Mental Health Court and reducing recidivism. He is also a member of the District and Municipal Court Judges’ Association, where he successfully advocated for gender and diversity issues to be incorporated into the Judicial College's curriculum.

Judge Chow is considered an effective leader in the Chinese American community. He has been endorsed by eight members of the state Supreme Court, countless statewide and local judges, community leaders, and individuals. Judge Mark Chow is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

King County Young Democrats

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West District Court, Judge, Position #3

Art Chapman

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After serving two years on the Seattle Municipal Court Bench, Judge Art Chapman was elected to the King County District Court in 2002. Over the course his tenure, Judge Chapman has presided over the Mental Health Court and served on the court's executive committee. Judge Chapman is supportive of therapeutic courts and prioritizes public safety, equity, and justice. Judge Chapman is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

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37th District Democrats

West District Court, Judge, Position #4

Gregg Hirakawa

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Judge Gregg Hirakawa was first elected to the King County District Court West Division, Position 4 in 2016. Prior to entering public service, Judge Hirakawa was a judge pro tem for the King County District Court for two years and worked as a public defense attorney primarily representing clients with mental and physical disabilities. He is dedicated to serving the community and the fair administration of justice. Judge Hirakawa is running unopposed and has earned your support.

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West District Court, Judge, Position #5

Anne C. Harper

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Judge Anne Harper is running unopposed for reelection to King County's West Electoral District Court, Position 5. Judge Harper is committed to improving programs and services offered by the district court and played a critical role in developing the Regional Mental Health Court. Prior to serving on the bench, she served as a public defender in Snohomish and King counties. Judge Anne Harper is unopposed and has earned your vote.

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32nd Democrats

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

YES
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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