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In the press release below and in an official letter below that from Legal Counsel for the Washington State Democratic Party to Secretary of State Sam Reed, Democrats now at both the King County and State level urge that Reed tell the Republican Party and Rob McKenna to cease using paid canvassers to collect filled out ballots from voters. Such a process breaks the historic chain of custody that has existed in the election  process for years, where once the ballot is filled out, it is protected from possible outside tampering and possession. The current Republican canvassing and partisan ballot collecting breaks the official chain of custody from voter to mail box, or drop box or election official, inserting in a step where a paid partisan canvasser has possession of a signed and filled out official ballot. See our previous post on this entitled “Republican Ballot Collection in King County Threatens Integrity of Election“.
Washington State Democrats Press Release:
For immediate Release
November 3, 2012
Contact: Benton Strong
206-552-0156
Washington State Democrats Chair Pelz Calls on Secretary of State Sam Reed to Denounce GOP Ballot Collection Tactics

Seattle – Today, the Washington State Democrats called on Secretary of State Sam Reed to denounce the recently announced practice by the King County Republican Party of sending Republican operatives to collect ballots. The Washington State Republican Party and the campaign of Rob McKenna have recently been recruiting unknown paid canvassers to go door-to-door collecting ballots, leaving their delivery in the hands of partisan political operatives.
Reed, who recently gave $50,000 to the WSRP, should encourage the Republican party to direct voters to return their ballots through official means, either by mail, at a drop box, or at a mobile drop box. As Secretary of State, Reed is responsible for ensuring the independence and integrity of our elections, and this tactic by Republicans threatens that.
“This looks like a campaign that doesn’t know how to run a get out the vote program and is panicking,” said Washington State Democrats Chair Dwight Pelz. “Voters in King County have many ways in which to return their ballots, including by mail, in a drop box, or in a mobile drop box. Republicans should be encouraging people to return their ballot through official means, as we and the County have done, but instead they are creating a situation fraught with the opportunity of voter fraud.”
“We’ve learned a lot about Rob McKenna’s ethics this week — from taxpayer-funded trips to Disneyland, to going door-to-door taking people’s ballots away from them. This isn’t how we conduct fair elections; Rob McKenna’s campaign should cease this practice immediately.”
The full text of the letter is below:

 

November 2, 2012

By Email and U.S. Mail

Hon. Sam Reed
Secretary of State

416 Sid Snyder Ave. S.W.
Legislative Building
Olympia, WA

Dear Secretary Reed:

I represent the Washington State Democratic Party.  It has come to our attention that the King County Republican Party is informing voters that they can and should drop off voted ballots not at county election offices or U.S. mailboxes, but instead a temporary pick up locations staffed by Republican party operatives.  Worse, these actions are being taken in direct contravention of guidance from the King County Elections Department.  http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections.aspx.

This initiative is as ill-considered as it is unprecedented.  There is a reason why nonpartisan election officials conduct our elections and the prospect of having partisan operatives collect voted ballots and return them to the elections office is chilling indeed.  It is especially concerning in light of press reports from around the country about deliberate efforts by Republican Party officials to disenfranchise Democratic voters by collecting and then destroying their voter registration applications.  See, e.g., http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57535950/man-charged-after-tossing-voter-registration-forms-in-virginia/.

Worse, state law makes it a felony for a person to either directly or indirectly offer “anything of value” to a voter in exchange for a vote.  RCW 29A.84.620.  The collection and delivery of ballots at the expense of the Republican Party seems a plain and clear violation of that statute.

As Washington’s chief elections officer, I ask that you defend our tradition of nonpartisan election administration and call upon the King County Republican Party to immediately cease and desist from this, frankly, badly misguided effort and consider appropriate legal action if that becomes necessary.

Very truly yours,

Kevin J. Hamilton

KJH:wbs

cc:  Katie Blinn, Co-Director of Elections

For immediate release:

From King County Democrats

Steve Zemke- Chair

stevezemke@msn.com

Republican Ballot Collection in King County Threatens Integrity of Election Process

The King County Democrats condemn the canvassing efforts of Rob McKenna and the King County Republicans to collect ballots at people’s doors and put them into King County Elections Drop boxes.  This breaks the historical chain of custody that has existed in our election process and opens it to abuse and fraud.

We would never have allowed one party or unauthorized election officials to collect ballots from polling places in the past and transfer them to King County Elections. Yet what McKenna and Republicans are doing is taking ballots from voters and breaking the chain of custody that existed in the past and that putting a ballot in the mail or a drop box insures.

Tampering with mail is a Federal offense and tampering with votes is a felony. Yet who is watching over the ballots when GOP paid canvassers pick up ballots and ensuring that ballots are not lost or changed or tampered with.  GOP paid canvassers are not election officials and should not be handling ballots.

We urge Washington State Secretary of State Sam Reed to call a halt to this unforeseen and callous attempt to destroy the ballot chain of custody process. We likewise urge Sherril Huff of King County Elections to also tell Republicans to cease this process as it threatens the integrity of the election results. Would state and local election officials think it was OK for anyone to remove ballots from a drop box and transport them to King County?  Republicans and McKenna need to cease this process now!

 

 

McKenna Camp Paying People to Collect Ballots; KC Elections Advises Voters to Send Ballots In Themselves  http://www.seattlemet.com/news-and-profiles/publicola/articles/mckenna-camp-paying-people-to-collect-ballots-kc-elections-advises-voters-to-send-ballots-in-themselves

Elections officials caution voters about canvassers offering to help with ballots http://www.king5.com/news/local/Elections-officials-caution-voters-on-canvassers-offering-to-help-with-ballots-177047041.html

King County Warns that GOP Is Trying to Collect Ballots http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2012/11/02/king-county-warns-that-gop-is-trying-to-collect-ballots

WA: GOP Volunteers Going Door To Door In DEMOCRATIC King County TO COLLECT BALLOTS!!!   http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021701454

 

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King County Election Night Parties: November 8, 2011

If you want to share the results and the evening with your political friends here is a list of some of the King County  Election Night Parties for  candidates and issues endorsed by Democrats.

NO on 1125
Where: Fadó Irish Pub and Restaurant (801 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98104)
When: Starts at 7 PM

NO on 1183
Where: Fx McRory’s (419 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104)
When: Starts at 7 PM

YES on 1163
Where: King Street Bar and Oven (170 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104)
When: Starts at 7 PM

Richard Mitchell for King County Council
Where: Crossroads Bar & Grill (15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98008)
When: Starts at 7:30 PM

Claudia Balducci, John Stokes, John Chelminak (Candidates for Bellevue City Council)Where: Tap House Grill (550 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004)
When: Starts at 7 PM

Streets for All Seattle (Yes on Proposition 1)
Where: Great Nabob (819 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109)
When: Starts at 7 PM

Jean Godden, Seattle City Council
Where: Farestart (700 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101)
When: 7:30 PM

Bobby Forch, Seattle City CouncilWhere: The Diller Room (1224 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101)
When: 7:30 PM

Families and Education Levy – Seattle
Where: Elysian Fields (542 1st Ave S, Seattle WA 98104)
When: 7:30 to 9:30

Jessica Greenway for Kirkland City Council
Where: Greenway home – 110 15th Ave
When: 7:30 PM

Kate Martin for Seattle School Board
Where: Rosita’s (7210 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle)
When: 7 PM

Joe McDermott for King County Council
Where: West 5 (4539 California Ave SW, Seattle)
When: 8 PM

Dean Willard for Port CommissionerWhere: Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant (801 1st Ave S, Seattle)
When 7:30 PM

MDC Election Night Party with Pete Holmes
Where: Arctic Club (700 3rd)
When 5-8:30 PM

Bruce Harrell for Seattle City CouncilWhere: Four Seasons Restaurant (714 S King St, Seattle)
When: 7 – 10 PM

32nd District Democrats Election Night Party
Selena’s Mexican Kitchen (14622 15th Ave NE)
When: 7 – 9:30 PM

Below are the endorsements for the King County Democrats for the Nov. 8, 2011 General Election:
King County candidates:
King County Director of Elections – Sherril Huff
King County Assessor -Lloyd Hara
King County Council Position 2 – Larry Gossett
King County Council Position 4 – Larry Phillips -
King County Council Position 6 – Richard Mitchell
King County Council Position 8 -Joe McDermott
King County Superior Court Position 24 – Judge Patrick Oishi
Seattle Port Commission:
Seattle Port Commission Position 2 – Gael Tarleton
Seattle Port Commission Position 5 -Dean Willard
Local Races:
Bellevue City Council Position 1 – John Stokes
Bellevue City Council Position 5 – Claudia Balducci
Covington City Council Position 1 -Marlla Mhoon
Federal Way City Council Position 3 – Roger Flygare
Federral Way City Council Position 7 – Keith Tyler
Issaquah City Council Position 4 – Joshua Schaer
Kent City Council Position 1 – Bailey Stober
Kent School District Position 3 -Leslie Hamada
Kirkland City Council Position 4 – Jessica Greenway
Kirkland City Council Position 6 -Dave Asher
Lake Forest Park Mayor -Mary Jane Goss
Mercer Island City Council Position7 -Debbie Bertlin
Newcastle City Council Position 4 – Francisco Irigon
Northshore School Board Position 3 -BZ Davis
Public Hospital District No. 1 -Mary Alice Heuschel
Redmond City Council Position 7 – Sue Stewart
Renton City Council Position 5 – Robin H Jones
SeaTac City Council Position 5 -Dave Bush
Shoreline City Council Position 2 -Chris Eggen
Shoreline City Council; Position 4 – Janet Way
Shoreline City Council Position 6 – Jesse Salomon
Tukwila Mayor – Pam Linder
Tukwila City Council Position 4 - Abshir Mahamed
Tukwila City Council Position 6 – Kate Kruller
Seattle City Council:
Seattle City Council Position 1 - Bobby Forch
Seattle City Council Position 1 – Jean Godden
Seattle City Council Position 3 – Bruce Harrell
Seattle City Council Position 5 -Tom Rasmussen
Seattle City Council Position 7 - Tim Burgess
Seattle City Council Position 9 – Sally Clark
Seattle School Board:
 Seattle School Board District 1 Sharon Peaslee
Seattle School Director District 2 – Kate Martin
Seattle School Director District 3 – Michelle Buetow
Seattle School Director District 6 – Marty McLaren
Ballot Measures: statewide:
Tim Eyman’s Initiative -1125.- oppose
SEIU 1163 - no position
Costco’s Initiative – 1183- oppose
SJR 8205 - support
SJR 8206 - oppose
Ballot Measures – Seattle:
You can help support the candidates by going to their webpage and giving them your personal endorsement, like them on thier facebook pages, volunteer to help them and give them a contribution.

The King County Democrats have completed their major endorsements for the August 16, 2011 Primary.  Below are the combined results from 3 separate King County Democrats Executive Board meetings where they considered endorsements:

King County Democrats August 16, 2011 Primary Endorsements

County Level:

King County Director of Elections – Sherril Huff – website
King County Assessor - Lloyd Harawebsite
King County Council Position 2 - Larry Gossett – website
King County Council Position 4 – Larry Phillipswebsite
King County Council Position 6 – Richard Mitchell - websitefacebook
King County Council Position 8 – Joe McDermott - websitefacebook
King County Superior Court Position 24 – Judge Patrick Oishi - website

Seattle Port Commission:

Seattle Port Commission Position 2 – Gael Tarleton – websitefacebook
Seattle Port Commission Position 5 -Dean Willard – websitefacebook

Local Races

Bellevue City Council Position 5 – Claudia Balducci  - website - facebook
Covington City Council – Marlla Mhoon
Federal Way City Council Position 3 – Roger Flygare – website - facebook
Federal Way City Council Position 7 - Keith Tyler - website facebook
Issaquah City Council Position 4 – Joshua Schaer - website facebook
Kent City Council Position 1 – Bailey Stober  – website - facebook
Kirkland City Council Position 4 – Jessica Greenway - facebook
Kirkland City Council Position 6 – David Asher
Lake Forest Park Mayor – Mary Jane Goss
Newcastle City Council  Position 4 – Francisco Irigon
Renton City Council Position 5 – Robin H Jones
SeaTac City Council Position 5 – Dave Bush
Shoreline City Council Position 2 – Chris Eggen
Shoreline City Council  Position 4 - Janet Way - website
Shoreline City Council Position 6 – Jesse Salomon – website
Tukwila Mayor – Pam Linderwebsitefacebook
Tukwila City Council Position 6 – Kate Krullerwebsite

Seattle City Council

Seattle City Council Position 1 – Maurice Clausen - websitefacebook
Seattle City Council Position 1 – Bobby Forch - websitefacebook
Seattle City Council Position 1 – Jean Godden - website - facebook
Seattle City Council Position 3 – Bruce Harrell - websitefacebook
Seattle City Council Position 5 – Tom Rasmussen - websitefacebook
Seattle City Council Position 7 – Tim Burgess - website - facebook
Seattle City Council Position 9 – Sally Clark - websitefacebook

Seattle School Board

Seattle School Director District 2 – Kate Martin - websitefacebook
Seattle School Director District 2 – Jack Whelan – website  - facebook
Seattle School Director District 3 – Michelle Buetow websitefacebook
Seattle School Director – District 6 – Marty McLaren - website

The King County Democrats also voted unanimously to oppose people signing and voting for Initiative 1125 and all other initiatives filed by Tim Eyman this year.  The
I-1125 ballot title reads: Initiative Measure 1125 concerns state expenditures on transportation.  This measure would prohibit the use of motor vehicle fund revenue and vehicle total revenue for non-transportation purposes, and require that road and bridge tolls be set by the legislature and be project specific.

The King County Democrats also voted to oppose both signing petitions for or voting for  I-119 and I-1122. The subject of these two initiatives is Immigration policy, and we oppose the policy direction that these initiatives would take the state of Washington.

The King County Democrats also voted to support the upcoming Seattle Family and Education Levy which will be on the November 8, 2011 ballot and the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy which will be on the  August 16, 2011 primary ballot.

King County Democrats endorsed a Yes vote on the referendum on the tunnel to replace the Alaska Way Viaduct.

 

Last night the King County Democrats had a packed and enthusiastic meeting in Renton to vote on endorsements for candidates running for election this year.  Off year elections mostly feature city and county candidates but also include some school boards. The King County Democrats last night made the following endorsements:

Endorsements by King County Democrats 5/24/2011

King County Director of Elections – Sherril Huff
King County Council Position 6 – Richard Mitchell
Bothell City Council Position 2 – Jennifer Armenta
Covington City Council 1 – Marlla Mhoon
Federal Way City Council 3 – Roger Flygare
Issaquah City Council 4 – Joshua Schaer
Kent City Council 1 – Bailey Stober
Kirkland City Council 4 – Jessica Greenway
Kirkland City Council Position 6 – David Asher
Lake Forest Park Mayor – Mary Jane Goss
Shoreline City Council 6 – Jesse Salomon
Tukwila Mayor – Pam Linder
Seattle City Council Position 1 – Maurice Clausen
Seattle City Council Position 1 – Bobby Forch
Seattle City Council Position 3 – Bruce Harrell
Seattle City Council Position 1 – Jean Godden
Seattle City Council Position 5 – Tom Rasmussen
Seattle City Council Position 7 – Tim Burgess
Seattle City Council Position 9 – Sally Clark
Seattle School Director District 3 – Michelle Buetow
Shoreline City Council – Chris Eggen

The King County Democrats also voted unanimously to oppose people signing and voting for Initiative 1125 and all other initiatives filed by Tim Eyman this year.  The
I-1125 ballot title reads: Initiative Measure 1125 concerns state expenditures on transportation.  This measure would prohibit the use of motor vehicle fund revenue and vehicle total revenue for non-transportation purposes, and require that road and bridge tolls be set by the legislature and be project specific.

The King County Democrats also voted to oppose both signing petitions for or voting for  I-119 and I-1122. The subject of these two initiatives is Immigration policy, and we oppose the policy direction that these initiatives would take the state of Washington.

The King County Democrats also voted to support the upcoming Seattle Family and Education Levy which will be on the November 8, 2011 ballot and the King County Veterans and Human Services Levy which will be on the  August 16, 2011 primary ballot.

Previous Endorsements by King County Democrats  3/22/11

King County Assessor - Lloyd Hara
King County Council Position 2 - Larry Gossett
King County Council Position 4 – Larry Phillips
King County Council Position 8 – Joe McDermott
Seattle Port Commission – Gael Tarleton

 

This last weekend the King County Democrats met and elected new officers for 2011 and 2012. Here is a list of who was elected.

Chair: Steve Zemke

1st Vice Chair: Megan Gustafson

2nd Vice Chair: Andrew Villeneuve

3rd Vice Chair: Chad Lupkes

4th Vice Chair: Omaha Sternberg

Secretary: Chris Maryatt

Treasurer: Jeff Upthegrove


State Committeeman: Javier Valdez


State Committewoman: Ann Martin

And here is a little more about each of the officers in statements they wrote for the election:

Chair: Steve Zemke

King County represents a third of the voters in this state. I am running to be the next Chair of the King County Democrats because I believe we must work hard to organize and turn out Democratic voters in King County, not just to win local races but to keep our state blue and re-elect Barack Obama and other Democrats in 2012.

I have been active in Democratic politics for over 30 years, helping to elect Democratic candidates and pass progressive initiatives supported by the Democratic Party. For the last 2 years I have the Co-Chair of the King County Democrats Legislative Action Committee and served on the KCDCC Board.

My involvement in Democratic politics, grassroots organizing, fundraising, legislative action, initiative campaigns, candidate campaigns, media outreach, managing campaigns, serving on and chairing Boards of organizations and much more has given me the skills and insight needed to help us more aggressively forward over the next 2 years to counter the Republican onslaught that has emerged over the last two years. Working together we can get much done and help Democrats prevail and triumph in 2011 and 2012.

First Vice Chair – Megan Gustafson

My name is Megan Gustafson and I’ve been very active with the young democrats and politics. I’m running for 1st Vice Chair for KCDCC. I work as an IT & Sales Admin for a small business in Kirkland, WA and I earned my BA from University of Iowa and MPA from University of Nebraska. I actively volunteered for Governor Gregoire’s campaigns doing research and helping process contributions. As the KCYD Chair, I attended KCDCC meetings regularly. I was proud to be a part of the KCDCC at that time which taught me about the party and supporting our candidates. In 2009, I was the Young Democrats of Washington State President after multiple years as the YDWA Vice President of Finance where I wrote the budget, kept track of the finances, and wrote some fundraising letters. I was named Washington State Democratic Party Female Rising Star of the Year at the 16th Annual Warren G. Magnuson (Maggies) Awards Ceremony and I completed the Institute for Democratic Future program. I am the Women’s Political Caucus State Secretary and want to help more women get elected. Currently, I am PCO in the 45th Legislative District and serve as their alternate for KCDCC. I am excited to serve as the 1st Vice-Chair and I hope you will support me on Saturday. Thanks! Megan Gustafson.,

Second Vice Chair: Andrew Villeneuve

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute and a columnist for Sound Publishing’s Reporter Newspapers. He has helped organize opposition to every Tim Eyman initiative since 2002, principally through NPI’s Permanent Defense project, and has served on the King County Democrats’ Endorsements Committee in addition to chairing the 45th District Democrats’ Endorsements Committee. He is running for 2nd Vice Chair to put his expertise – especially in strategy, communications, and technology – to work for the King County Democrats during what promises to be a challenging 2011-2012 election cycle.
Andrew Villeneuve
NPI :: revolutionizing grassroots politics @ nwprogressive.org

Third Vice Chair: Chad Lupkes

Chad Lupkes became active in the Democratic Party in 2003 after beating Cancer. He was active in Democracy for Washington, the Progressive Democratic Caucuses of Washington, and the Washington State Progressive Caucus. Chad is the chair of the 46th District Democrats and 1st Vice Chair of the King County Democrats from 2009-2010. He is running for 3rd Vice Chair in order to take on the challenge of building the membership and PCO recruitment efforts of the county organization as we head into the 2012 Election Season. The mission is to organize the membership information of the King County Democrats to make engaging, educating and empowering Democrats and Progressives in King County as easy as possible.
Chad Lupkes – http://chadlupkes.blogspot.com
Chair, 46th District Democrats – http://46dems.com/
1st Vice Chair, King County Democrats – http://kcdems.org/
Webmaster, Washington State Democratic Chairs Organization – http://wa-demchairs.org/

Fourth Vice Chair – Omaha Sternberg

My name is Omaha Sternberg, and I am asking for your vote for 4th Vice Chair. I am a lifelong Democrat. I started as a teenager helping my best friend’s parents in their election campaigns, and was heavily involved with the Equal Rights Amendment work in Florida. With the advent of Bush politics, I felt the need to become more active than ever, joining the 33rd legislative district and eventually becoming the chair.

With the current economic crisis still overshadowing our efforts locally as well as nationally, and with the Republican party having so effectively manipulated the public political voice, now is the time to take aggressive measures to make sure that our rights and values are upheld. There is no room for complaining about what hasn’t happened. There is only room for looking at what needs to happen, planning how it will happen, and taking the steps to ensuring that it will.

Recruitment, especially of younger democrats, and proper communication of our message is crucial to that plan. Building the party with enthusiastic members with fresh ideas using cutting edge tools will bring our message to new and larger audiences. Communicating our messages in new ways…clear and concise…will help our message be heard and transmitted farther.

I hope that you will join me in this endeavor and elect me as your vice-chair. Together, we will be heard!

Secretary – Chris Maryatt

Chris has been working on campaigns since he was sixteen. He was then active in the Young Democrats at Vassar College, and before going to law school, spent three years as a Canvasser, Field Manager, and Citizen Outreach Assistant Director for various progressive issue campaigns. He served as Vice President and President of the Young Democrats at Seattle University Law School, and has been active with the 43rd Legislative District Democrats, serving two terms as Treasurer and one concurrent term as First Vice Chair. He is currently the Secretary for the King County Democrats, and looks forward to working to make sure President Obama, Senator Cantwell, and many other Democrats up and down our ballot are elected in 2012.

Treasurer – Jeff Upthegrove:

Jeff has been involved with Democratic politics as an organizer, campaign worker, fundraiser and volunteer for 20 years. He currently serves on the Executive Board and as Membership Chair of the 34th District Democrats, where he has led an effort in recent years to upgrade systems for management and reporting of financial and membership information. Jeff has extensive experience in finance and bookkeeping in the business world, having worked as Business Manager, Chief Operating Officer and CEO of a series of small and medium sized businesses. Jeff currently works as a political consultant doing professional campaign Treasury and other services for progressive candidates, office-holders and organizations.

State Committeeman: Javier Valdez

As a member of the KCDCC Executive Board for over seventeen years, I’ve had the honor serving you as your State Committeeman for the past ten years. I ask for your support for another term. As a member of the State Party Executive Board., I’m proud to have helped lead the effort for King County/Seattle being chosen to host the 2012 State Party Convention. My commitment to the Party and its causes runs deep, including Chair of the 43rd LD (1997-2002), 46th LD (2007-2009), and I was recently elected as President of AFSCME Council 2, Local 21-C. Thank you. Javier Valdez

State Committewoman: Ann Martin

Ann and her husband moved to West Seattle in 1976 where they raised a son and daughter, Seattle-Public -School educated Democrats, who are working on bachelor and doctorate degrees, respectively. Ann has been active in Democratic politics as a PCO and in many leadership positions at the district and county levels. She has also served on rules, credentials, and platform committees at all levels of the Party. She has served as a campaign manager, campaign treasurer and other volunteer positions for Democratic candidates and issues. She is active in her community, serving on the board of the Southwest Youth and Family Services and involved in many groups like the West Seattle Democratic Women. For the past two years, she has been proud to serve the KCDCC as state committee woman, participating in statewide meetings and in the Agriculture and Rural Caucus and the Elections Committee. She chaired the KCDCC Multicultural Networking Team and was a member of the Bylaws, Platform, and Resolutions Committee. She hopes to continue to represent you on the state committee for the next two years.

The King County Democrats at their monthly meeting in September finalized their endorsements for the Nov. 2, 2010 General Election ballot.  King County will be an all mail in election so ballots need to be postmarked by Nov 2, 2010 at the latest.

You can see the King County ballot pamphlet here and can taylor it to your specific Legislative District.

KING COUNTY DEMOCRATS NOV. 2, 2010 GENERAL ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS:

Position Candidate

United States Senator – Patty Murray

United States Representatives:

District 1 - Jay Inslee

District 2 – Rick Larsen

District 7 – Jim McDermott

District 8 – Suzan DelBene

District 9 – Adam Smith

Washington State:

Legislative District 1, Position 1 – Derek Stanford

Legislative District 1, Position 2 – Luis Moscoso

Legislative District 5, Position 1 – Gregory Scott Hoover

Legislative District 11, Position 1 – Zack Hudgins

Legislative District 11, Position 2 – Bob Hasegawa

Legislative District 30, Senator – Tracey Eide

Legislative District 30, Position 1 – Mark Miloscia

Legislative District 30, Position 2 – Carol Gregory

Legislative District 32, Senator – Maralyn Chase

Legislative District 32, Position 1 - Cindy Ryu

Legislative District 32, Position 2 – Ruth Kagi

Legislative District 33, Senator – Karen Keiser

Legislative District 33, Position 1 – Tina Orwall

Legislative District 33, Position 2 – Dave Upthegrove

Legislative District 34, Senator – Sharon Nelson

Legislative District 34, Position 1 – Eileen Cody

Legislative District 34, Position 2 - Joe Fitzgibbon

Legislative District 36, Senator - Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Legislative District 36, Position 1 - Reuven Carlyle

Legislative District 36, Position 2 – Mary Lou Dickerson

Legislative District 37, Senator – Adam Kline

Legislative District 37, Position 1 – Sharon Tomiko Santos

Legislative District 37, Position 2 – Eric Pettigrew

Legislative District 39, Position 1 - Eleanor Walters

Legislative District 41, Senator – Randy Gordon

Legislative District 41, Position 1 - Marcie Maxwell

Legislative District 41, Position 2 – Judy Clibborn

Legislative District 43, Senator – Ed Murray

Legislative District 43, Position 1 – Jamie Pedersen

Legislative District 43, Position 2 – Frank Chopp

Legislative District 45, Senator – Eric Oemig

Legislative District 45, Position 1 – Roger Goodman

Legislative District 45. Position 2 – Larry Springer

Legislative District 46, Senator – Scott White

Legislative District 46, Position 1 – David Frockt

Legislative District 46, Position 2 – Phyllis G. Kenney

Legislative District 47, Senator - Claudia Kauffman

Legislative District 47, Position 1 – Geoff Simpson

Legislative District 47, Position 2 – Pat Sullivan

Legislative District 48, Senator – Rodney Tom

Legislative District 48, Position 1 - Ross Hunter

Legislative District 48, Position 2 - Deb Eddy

King County County Council District 8 – Joe McDermott

JUDICIAL -

Washington State Supreme Court:

Justice Position 5 - Barbara Madsen

Justice Position 6 – Charlie Wiggins

Court of Appeals, Div 1, District 1 – Michael Spearman

King County District Court

Northeast District, Position 6 – Michael Finkle

Northeast District, Position 7

- Donna Tucker Dual Endorsement

- Larry Mitchell Dual Endorsement

Shoreline District, Position 2 – Marcine Anderson

Southeast District, Position 2

- Darrell Phillipson Dual Endorsement

- David Meyer Dual Endorsement

Southeast District, Position 6

- Matt Williams Dual Endorsement

- David Tracy Dual Endorsement

Southwest District, Position 2 – Susan Mahoney

West District, Position 5 – Anne Harper

City of Seattle – Municipal Court

Position 1 – Ed McKenna

Position 3 – Steve Rosen

Position 5 – Willie Gregory

Position 6 – Karen Donohue

Initiative 1053 – NO

Initiative 1082 – NO

Initiative 1098 – YES

Initiative 1100 – NO

Initiative 1105 – NO

Initiative 1107 – NO

Referendum 52 -YES

HJR 4220 – YES

SJR 8225 _ NO

King County

Charter Amendment 1 -YES

Charter Amendment 2 -YES

Charter Amendment 3 – NO

Proposition 1 – YES

Seattle School District

Proposition 1 – YES

for more information on the initiatives and propositions go to the endorsements page.

You can get more information on the King County Democrats by going to their website. 

The following is a list of candidates endorsed by the King County Democratic Central Committee (KCDCC) for the  August 17, 2010 Primary Election

Position - Candidate

United States Senator – Patty Murray

United States Representatives:

District 1 – Jay Inslee

District 2 - Rick Larsen

District 7 – Jim McDermott

District 8 – Suzan DelBene

District 9 – Adam Smith

Washington State:

Legislative District 1, Position 1 – Derek Stanford

Legislative District 1, Position 2 - Luis Moscoso

Legislative District 5, Position 1 – Gregory Scott Hoover

Legislative District 5, Position 2 – Dean Willard

Legislative District 11, Position 1 – Zack Hudgins

Legislative District 11, Position 2 – Bob Hasegawa

Legislative District 30, Senator - Tracey Eide

Legislative District 30, Position 1 – Mark Miloscia

Legislative District 30, Position 2 – Carol Gregory

Legislative District 31, Senator – Raymond Bunk Dual Endorsement

- Ron Weigelt Dual Endorsement

Legislative District 31, Position 1 – Peggy Levesque

Legislative District 32, Senator – Maralyn Chase

Legislative District 32, Position 1 – Cindy Ryu

Legislative District 32, Position 2 – Ruth Kagi

Legislative District 33, Senator – Karen Keiser

Legislative District 33, Position 1 – Tina Orwall

Legislative District 33, Position 2 - Dave Upthegrove

Legislative District 34, Senator – Sharon Nelson

Legislative District 34, Position 1 – Eileen Cody

Legislative District 34, Position 2 – Marcee Stone

Legislative District 36, Senator – Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Legislative District 36, Position 1 – Reuven Carlyle

Legislative District 36, Position 2 – Mary Lou Dickerson

Legislative District 37, Senator – Adam Kline

Legislative District 37, Position 1 – Sharon Tomiko Santos

Legislative District 37, Position 2 – Eric Pettigrew

Legislative District 39, Position 1 – Eleanor Walters

Legislative District 41, Senator - Randy Gordon

Legislative District 41, Position 1 – Marcie Maxwell

Legislative District 41, Position 2 – Judy Clibborn

Legislative District 43, Senator – Ed Murray

Legislative District 43, Position 1 - Jamie Pedersen

Legislative District 43, Position 2 -Frank Chopp

Legislative District 45, Senator – Eric Oemig

Legislative District 45, Position 1 – Roger Goodman

Legislative District 45. Position 2 – Larry Springer

Legislative District 46, Senator – Scott White

Legislative District 46, Position 1 – David Frockt

Legislative District 46, Position 2 – Phyllis G. Kenney

Legislative District 47, Senator – Claudia Kauffman

Legislative District 47, Position 1 – Geoff Simpson

Legislative District 47, Position 2 – Pat Sullivan

Legislative District 48, Senator – Rodney Tom

Legislative District 48, Position 1 - Ross Hunter

Legislative District 48, Position 2 - Deb Eddy

King County:

County Council District 8 – Joe McDermott

City of Seattle – Municipal Court

Position 1 – Edsonya Charles Postponed 9/28

- Ed McKenna Postponed 9/28

Position 3 – Steve Rosen

Position 5 – Willie Gregory

Position 6 – Karen Donohue

JUDICIAL -

Washington State Supreme Court:

Justice Position 1 – Stan Rumbaugh

Justice Position 5 – Barbara Madsen (Chief Justice)

Justice Position 6 – Charlie Wiggins

Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1 – Michael Spearman

Superior Court, Position 36 – Jean Rietschel

King County District Court

Northeast District, Position 6 - Michael Finkle

West District, Position 5 – Anne Harper

Shoreline District, Position 2 – Marcine Anderson

R1 Southeast District, Position 2 - Darrell Phillipson Dual Endorsement

- David Meyer Dual Endorsement

Southwest District, Position 2 – Susan Mahoney

Northeast District, Position 7 - Donna Tucker Triple Endorsement

- Larry Mitchell Triple Endorsement

- Ketu Shah Triple Endorsement

Southeast District, Position 6 – Matt Williams Dual Endorsement

- David Tracy Dual Endorsement

Advocates should be loud and assertive about the need to raise revenues. Governor Gregoire has said she would raise only $700 million of the deficit, about one-third in revenues, and balance the rest with cuts to essential services.

The King County Democrats take the position that we should raise two-thirds in revenues and cut one-third in services. The amount of the revenue goal will determine what kind of revenues are considered. It will be less painful to vote for a few large taxes than many small ones.The Governor has said she wants to address tax breaks. I suggest the legislature start with the largest non-performing tax break. That would be Boeing’s 2003 $3.2 billion (over 20 years) for promising 1,200 additional jobs. Instead, last year alone they laid off over 10,000.

The Seattle Times on Sunday Jan. 4th ran an article about other states rescinding their nonperforming tax breaks and demanding refunds, or “clawbacks.” We want to see that here, too. We don’t appreciate being played for fools.

Extending the sales tax to all services, not just professional services, would do the most to fill the deficit gap. It would also be, in effect, progressive tax, since low-income people tend to hire few lawyers, accountants and financial advisers. I’ll bet most moderate-income people would prefer to pay sales tax on haircuts, rather than see 65,000 people lose Basic Health plans. According to the Rebuilding our Economic Future Coalition, a recent poll showed that–after hearing how deep the cuts in services would be–65% of Washingtonians supported increasing revenues.

Legislators should also use this crisis as an opportunity to take needed steps toward an income tax for high-earners, couples making over $500,000. This 1% tax would be constitutional if Washington law defined income as different from property. Sens. Adam Kline and Rosa Franklin’s SJB 8205  addresses this and should be given an early hearing.

Most of all, Democrats should take courage, and note that Seattle passed the Seattle Housing Levy in a time of economic downturn by its biggest margin ever, 68%. Trust the voters to know that you’re doing the right thing.
(This post first appeared as a comment on the Northwest Progressive Institute blog.)

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