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12th Legislative District

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.

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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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8th Congressional District

U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District

Dr. Kim Schrier

Democrat
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Dr. Kim Schrier is a pediatrician who was inspired to run for Washington’s 8th Congressional District because of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. She is committed to building an economy that works for everyone and protecting Social Security and Medicare for all. She also wants to bring her voice to the debates about women’s health care and abortion rights in Congress, where there are currently no women doctors. Dr. Schrier supports letting Americans of any age buy into Medicare on a sliding scale to reduce overhead costs and increase competition for private insurers.

Dr. Schrier is running against Republican Dino Rossi, who previously ran unsuccessful campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate. Rossi has consistently sided with congressional Republicans, including supporting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy few. He is also strongly anti-choice and does not support commonsense gun safety legislation. While in the state Legislature, he wrote a budget that would have taken away health care from 45,000 low-income kids. Rossi would be another reliable vote for the Republican leaders and powerful special interests in Washington, D.C.

We need new leadership in Congress that puts working families before corporations and the wealthy elites who rig the rules. Dr. Kim Schrier is the best choice for Washington's 8th Congressional District.

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12th Legislative District

State Representative, Position #1

Dr. Ann Diamond

Independent
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Independent Dr. Ann Diamond is a community doctor and local clinic owner who is running for the 12th Legislative District House Position 1. While Diamond has good progressive values, she doesn't identify as a Democrat or Republican and is only concerned with representing the residents of the 12th District. Dr. Diamond currently serves on the Winthrop Planning Commission and the Board of the Washington Academy of Family Physicians. She supports sensible gun safety measures like universal background checks and wants to use her experience as a doctor to improve access to quality health care for rural communities.

Dr. Diamond is running against Republican Chelan County Commissioner Keith Goehner. Goehner wants to reduce business regulations, utilize natural resources to "enhance business development," and reduce regulations on agriculture.

Dr. Diamond is the best choice in this race.

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State Representative, Position #2

Valerie Sarratt

Democrat
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Middle school English teacher Valerie Sarratt is running for the 12th Legislative District House Position 2 to bring affordable health care to Central Washington. She is focused on providing fair solutions to our immigration challenges and revitalizing the local economies of rural communities. As a career educator, Sarrett believes in the value of effective public service and aims to serve the working families of the 12th District.

Sarratt's opponent is incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Steele. Rep. Steele has spent his political career opposing environmental protections and laws intended to help working people. This year, he voted against requiring state insurers to cover reproductive health care and banning bump stocks. Sarratt is the clear choice in this race.

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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 Three, District Three

Court of Appeals, Division Three, District Three: Judge, Position #3

Robert Lawrence-Berrey

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Judge Robert Lawrence-Berrey is the chief judge for Division 3 of Washington’s Court of Appeals. Appointed in May 2014, Judge Lawrence-Berrey was elected the following November. Prior to serving on the appellate court, Judge Lawrence-Berrey worked for 20 years as a trial and appellate attorney and served three years as a Yakima County Superior Court Judge. Judge Lawrence-Berrey is also highly active in the community. He has served on the Yakima Symphony Orchestra Board, the Yakima Juvenile Court Community Accountability Board, and the Central Washington Multiple Sclerosis Society Board. Judge Robert Lawrence-Berrey is running unopposed for re-election and deserves your vote.

Chelan County Superior Court

Chelan County Superior Court Judge, Position #3

Kristin Ferrera

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Interim Judge Kristin Ferrera is running to retain her seat as the Chelan County Superior Court Judge in Position 3. She was appointed in December 2017 and has brought more than 10 years of legal experience to the bench. As an attorney, she specialized in employment, family, tribal, immigration, and civil rights law. Currently, Judge Ferrera is the presiding judge for Chelan County's new drug court and serves on the board of the Campaign for Equal Justice, an organization dedicated to providing legal aid to families living in poverty.

Judge Ferrera is opposed by Wenatchee lawyer Charles R. Steinberg, who has been practicing law for more than 22 years. Steinberg specializes in estate and property rights law and was nationally recognized for his work defending property rights from "government encroachment". While Steinberg does have legal experience, Ferrera's judicial philosophy and legal experience are more closely aligned with the legal needs of the community.

Judge Ferrera is the best choice in this race.

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Chelan County District Court

Chelan County District Court, Judge, Position #2

Kyle Mott

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Public defender Kyle Mott is running for the Chelan County District Court Judge Position 2. As the current chair of the Washington State Bar Association Trial Advocacy Program, Mott aims to ensure that the district court system is fair, balanced, and impartial from politics. His legal experience includes serving as a Senior Law Clerk of the Chelan Superior Court and as a private attorney. He is passionate about preserving justice and is also a board member of the Chelan-Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services.

Mott faces a competitive challenge from Chelan County Deputy Prosecutor Allen F. Blackmon, who has served Chelan County for more than 20 years as a local prosecutor. While Blackmon possesses extensive legal knowledge of the public safety challenges facing Chelan County, his endorsement from the Chelan County GOP suggests that he would be a more conservative judge.

Mott is the better choice in this race.

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