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  • King County Assessor John Wilson is running unopposed for re-election. He worked as the chief deputy assessor for four years before being elected by the public to lead the office in 2015. Wilson has also worked in the county’s Department of Information Technology and in public affairs consulting. 

    In office, Wilson has focused on housing affordability, making sure our tax code is balanced, and improving the efficiency of assessor services. One of his top priorities has been to ensure that property taxes don’t push our senior neighbors out of their homes. Wilson also revamped the office’s web services and instituted the Taxpayer Transparency Tool so county residents can easily calculate how policy changes impact their upcoming taxes. In this race, Wilson’s platform emphasizes similar values of accessibility, innovation, and efficiency in the office while working on community issues like housing and immigration.

    With his years of experience and strong community focus, John Wilson deserves your vote to serve another term as King County Auditor. 

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-18

    John Wilson

    King County Assessor John Wilson is running unopposed for re-election. He worked as the chief deputy assessor for four years before being elected by the public to lead the office in 2015.

    King County Assessor John Wilson is running unopposed for re-election. He worked as the chief deputy assessor for four years before being elected by the public to lead the office in 2015. Wilson has also worked in the county’s Department of Information Technology and in public affairs consulting. 

    In office, Wilson has focused on housing affordability, making sure our tax code is balanced, and improving the efficiency of assessor services. One of his top priorities has been to ensure that property taxes don’t push our senior neighbors out of their homes. Wilson also revamped the office’s web services and instituted the Taxpayer Transparency Tool so county residents can easily calculate how policy changes impact their upcoming taxes. In this race, Wilson’s platform emphasizes similar values of accessibility, innovation, and efficiency in the office while working on community issues like housing and immigration.

    With his years of experience and strong community focus, John Wilson deserves your vote to serve another term as King County Auditor. 

    John Wilson

    King County Assessor John Wilson is running unopposed for re-election. He worked as the chief deputy assessor for four years before being elected by the public to lead the office in 2015.

  • Apoyadas Por: King County Democrats
  • Incumbent Julie Wise is running for her third term serving as King County Director of Elections. Wise has worked in elections since 2000 and as the county’s director since 2015. During her two terms, she has brought innovative community services to the offices that have advanced civic education and voter participation.

    Wise has led progress in the county elections office, instituting the Voter Education Fund (a public-philanthropic partnership), providing prepaid postage on ballots, introducing new language options, and adding 65 new ballot drop-off locations. Her past term included successfully navigating the storm of election misinformation and conspiracy theories about the democratic process. Wise has won numerous awards for her leadership in the office.

    Wise’s campaign reflects her continued commitment to reducing barriers to voting, protecting elections from infringement, building community trust in the accuracy of election results, and making sure every vote is counted. Her biggest priorities for a third term are continuing progressive efforts to increase accessibility while investing in security to protect voters and elections offices from intimidation.

    Republican Doug Basler is challenging Wise in this race. Basler runs a digital video and marketing services company, and he has previously run for office. His campaign platform dangerously promotes far-right fictions of election fraud that fueled the 2020 criminal conspiracy to overthrow the will of the people. Basler has also previously questioned the integrity of county elections, and even participated in lawsuits aimed at overturning the function of our democratic institutions. 

    King County voters deserve an elections director who is focused on delivering quality and accurate services rather than someone who wants to overturn our votes and stoke chaos in order to elevate their position and that of their party. Julie Wise deserves re-election for another term as King County Director of Elections to continue bringing strong leadership to the office. 

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-19

    Julie Wise

    Incumbent Julie Wise is running for her third term serving as King County Director of Elections. Wise has worked in elections since 2000 and as the county’s director since 2015.

    Incumbent Julie Wise is running for her third term serving as King County Director of Elections. Wise has worked in elections since 2000 and as the county’s director since 2015. During her two terms, she has brought innovative community services to the offices that have advanced civic education and voter participation.

    Wise has led progress in the county elections office, instituting the Voter Education Fund (a public-philanthropic partnership), providing prepaid postage on ballots, introducing new language options, and adding 65 new ballot drop-off locations. Her past term included successfully navigating the storm of election misinformation and conspiracy theories about the democratic process. Wise has won numerous awards for her leadership in the office.

    Wise’s campaign reflects her continued commitment to reducing barriers to voting, protecting elections from infringement, building community trust in the accuracy of election results, and making sure every vote is counted. Her biggest priorities for a third term are continuing progressive efforts to increase accessibility while investing in security to protect voters and elections offices from intimidation.

    Republican Doug Basler is challenging Wise in this race. Basler runs a digital video and marketing services company, and he has previously run for office. His campaign platform dangerously promotes far-right fictions of election fraud that fueled the 2020 criminal conspiracy to overthrow the will of the people. Basler has also previously questioned the integrity of county elections, and even participated in lawsuits aimed at overturning the function of our democratic institutions. 

    King County voters deserve an elections director who is focused on delivering quality and accurate services rather than someone who wants to overturn our votes and stoke chaos in order to elevate their position and that of their party. Julie Wise deserves re-election for another term as King County Director of Elections to continue bringing strong leadership to the office. 

    Julie Wise

    Incumbent Julie Wise is running for her third term serving as King County Director of Elections. Wise has worked in elections since 2000 and as the county’s director since 2015.

  • Apoyadas Por: APACE, The Stranger

County Council District Races

Depending on the county district you live in, you may have the following races on your ballot.

  • Attorney and nonprofit founder Girmay Zahilay is running unopposed for re-election for King County Council, District 2. 

    In his first four-year term, Zahilay has been a standout progressive on the council, focusing on equitable development, preventing gun violence, and fighting for justice at the county level. He has pushed for more funding and opportunities for Skyway, an unincorporated part of the county with the highest proportion of Black people of any community in the state that also faces immense disinvestment, childhood poverty, and a low median income. Zahilay has worked to increase funding for Metro transit, open a tiny home village, fund $5 million in affordable housing, and $10 million in seed funding for a community center. Finally, he played a lead role in amending the county charter to appoint the sheriff, as well as giving more investigational power to the county on cases of police brutality. 

    Zahilay has earned your vote for King County Council.  

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-19

    Attorney and nonprofit founder Girmay Zahilay is running unopposed for re-election for King County Council, District 2. 

    In his first four-year term, Zahilay has been a standout progressive on the council, focusing on equitable development, preventing gun violence, and fighting for justice at the county level. He has pushed for more funding and opportunities for Skyway, an unincorporated part of the county with the highest proportion of Black people of any community in the state that also faces immense disinvestment, childhood poverty, and a low median income. Zahilay has worked to increase funding for Metro transit, open a tiny home village, fund $5 million in affordable housing, and $10 million in seed funding for a community center. Finally, he played a lead role in amending the county charter to appoint the sheriff, as well as giving more investigational power to the county on cases of police brutality. 

    Zahilay has earned your vote for King County Council.  

  • Jorge Barón is running to elevate the experiences of marginalized communities and bring a holistic vision of equity, justice, and prosperity for all to King County. 

    Compared to fellow candidate Sarah Reyneveld's broader experience in many areas, Barón's experience runs particularly deep in one area. As the executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), Barón has dedicated the last 15 years to helping to establish the civil rights division in the Attorney General's office and fighting the Trump administration's deportation policies and family separation. He has been frequently recognized for this work, including receiving the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service from the King County Council in 2018 and being named one of the Most Influential Seattleites in Seattle Magazine in 2017.

    A racial justice and equity focus is strongly interwoven in Barón's proposals. In our interview, he noted that a large portion of the county's budget - about 70 percent - is invested in “justice and safety," which is actually the criminal legal system. This is investing resources in a system that doesn’t generate the outcomes we want, namely, mass incarceration. Barón suggested increasing the percentage of the general fund that goes toward improving behavioral health programs and increasing diversionary and community-based restorative justice initiatives. As a member of the Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing, he agrees with Reyneveld on increasing police oversight and accountability.

    Barón also plans to use his executive nonprofit experience to better coordinate nonprofits around the region on housing and other issues. He believes that a more equitable county addresses the disparities in our communities, such as providing resources to communities most challenged by the effects of climate change, whether it's wildfires, pollution, or other impacts, and making sure that everyone can access public transit. 

    The accomplishment of which he is most proud is rallying 63 organizations across the state to provide funds for asylum seekers, including legal assistance and expansion of services. Barón has swept the majority of the progressive endorsements in this race and is a great choice If you are looking for an experienced nonprofit leader with deep ties to the immigrant community and a record of effective advocacy. 

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-19

    Jorge Barón is running to elevate the experiences of marginalized communities and bring a holistic vision of equity, justice, and prosperity for all to King County. 

    Compared to fellow candidate Sarah Reyneveld's broader experience in many areas, Barón's experience runs particularly deep in one area. As the executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), Barón has dedicated the last 15 years to helping to establish the civil rights division in the Attorney General's office and fighting the Trump administration's deportation policies and family separation. He has been frequently recognized for this work, including receiving the MLK Medal of Distinguished Service from the King County Council in 2018 and being named one of the Most Influential Seattleites in Seattle Magazine in 2017.

    A racial justice and equity focus is strongly interwoven in Barón's proposals. In our interview, he noted that a large portion of the county's budget - about 70 percent - is invested in “justice and safety," which is actually the criminal legal system. This is investing resources in a system that doesn’t generate the outcomes we want, namely, mass incarceration. Barón suggested increasing the percentage of the general fund that goes toward improving behavioral health programs and increasing diversionary and community-based restorative justice initiatives. As a member of the Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing, he agrees with Reyneveld on increasing police oversight and accountability.

    Barón also plans to use his executive nonprofit experience to better coordinate nonprofits around the region on housing and other issues. He believes that a more equitable county addresses the disparities in our communities, such as providing resources to communities most challenged by the effects of climate change, whether it's wildfires, pollution, or other impacts, and making sure that everyone can access public transit. 

    The accomplishment of which he is most proud is rallying 63 organizations across the state to provide funds for asylum seekers, including legal assistance and expansion of services. Barón has swept the majority of the progressive endorsements in this race and is a great choice If you are looking for an experienced nonprofit leader with deep ties to the immigrant community and a record of effective advocacy. 

  • Assistant Attorney General Sarah Reyneveld is running to bring her experience in government and policy advocacy to the King County Council. In her current role, she oversees a team that leads on protecting environmental and public health. 

    Reyneveld has worked to help families and children through many volunteer roles, including as a board member of Washington’s Paramount Duty, an organization that advocates for more education funding, and as chair of the Women’s Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the county for child care access and affordability. Reyneveld has also been a King County Democrats and 36th District Democrats executive board member, and vice chair of the Washington Conservation Action board of directors.

    In our interview with Reyneveld, she pointed to her longtime advocacy as a sign of her readiness to hit the ground running on her three top priorities: equitable economic recovery, the environment, and housing. With an anticipated budget shortfall looming for the county, she emphasized the need for more progressive revenue to help build 17,000 additional units of housing every year to keep up with population growth. She also mentioned the possibility of a dedicated countywide housing levy, which would create a funding source to build more diverse housing options, from multifamily homes to affordable housing.

    Reyneveld spoke about the need for prevention and helping meet people's needs to improve community safety. She believes that incarceration is not the answer for people struggling with addiction and other health issues. Scaling up gun violence prevention programs and addiction treatment hubs are two policies she would advocate for on the council, and she would also consider policies like a guaranteed basic income to help residents thrive. 

    Reyneveld's longtime experience in Democratic politics, community organizations, and legal advocacy distinguish her in this race.  

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-18

    Sarah Reyneveld

    Assistant Attorney General Sarah Reyneveld is running to bring her experience in government and policy advocacy to the King County Council. In her current role, she oversees a team that leads on protecting environmental and public health. 

    Assistant Attorney General Sarah Reyneveld is running to bring her experience in government and policy advocacy to the King County Council. In her current role, she oversees a team that leads on protecting environmental and public health. 

    Reyneveld has worked to help families and children through many volunteer roles, including as a board member of Washington’s Paramount Duty, an organization that advocates for more education funding, and as chair of the Women’s Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the county for child care access and affordability. Reyneveld has also been a King County Democrats and 36th District Democrats executive board member, and vice chair of the Washington Conservation Action board of directors.

    In our interview with Reyneveld, she pointed to her longtime advocacy as a sign of her readiness to hit the ground running on her three top priorities: equitable economic recovery, the environment, and housing. With an anticipated budget shortfall looming for the county, she emphasized the need for more progressive revenue to help build 17,000 additional units of housing every year to keep up with population growth. She also mentioned the possibility of a dedicated countywide housing levy, which would create a funding source to build more diverse housing options, from multifamily homes to affordable housing.

    Reyneveld spoke about the need for prevention and helping meet people's needs to improve community safety. She believes that incarceration is not the answer for people struggling with addiction and other health issues. Scaling up gun violence prevention programs and addiction treatment hubs are two policies she would advocate for on the council, and she would also consider policies like a guaranteed basic income to help residents thrive. 

    Reyneveld's longtime experience in Democratic politics, community organizations, and legal advocacy distinguish her in this race.  

    Sarah Reyneveld

    Assistant Attorney General Sarah Reyneveld is running to bring her experience in government and policy advocacy to the King County Council. In her current role, she oversees a team that leads on protecting environmental and public health. 

  • Claudia Balducci is running unopposed for re-election to the King County Council from District 6. 

    First elected in 2015, Balducci previously served as the mayor of Bellevue during her 12 years on the Bellevue City Council. She is also the founder and chair of the Regional Affordable Housing Committee and a board member of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority. 

    Balducci is running on a platform of affordable housing, updating transportation options, and ensuring climate justice. A few of the policies that she and the council worked on this term include putting a fully serviced shelter on the Eastside for people experiencing homelessness, improving and electrifying buses, and passing gun violence prevention policies. Balducci spearheaded a successful effort to create a Sound Transit "starter line" to connect Bellevue and Redmond while work continues on the East Link Extension to Seattle.

    Balducci is one of the brightest and most effective progressive leaders in our region. She has earned your vote for re-election to the King County Council.  

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-18

    Claudia Balducci is running unopposed for re-election to the King County Council from District 6. 

    First elected in 2015, Balducci previously served as the mayor of Bellevue during her 12 years on the Bellevue City Council. She is also the founder and chair of the Regional Affordable Housing Committee and a board member of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority. 

    Balducci is running on a platform of affordable housing, updating transportation options, and ensuring climate justice. A few of the policies that she and the council worked on this term include putting a fully serviced shelter on the Eastside for people experiencing homelessness, improving and electrifying buses, and passing gun violence prevention policies. Balducci spearheaded a successful effort to create a Sound Transit "starter line" to connect Bellevue and Redmond while work continues on the East Link Extension to Seattle.

    Balducci is one of the brightest and most effective progressive leaders in our region. She has earned your vote for re-election to the King County Council.  

  • Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda is running for King County Council, District 8. Mosqueda was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2017 and has proved a consistent and progressive policymaker. She previously worked at the Washington State Department of Health, Children’s Alliance, Community Health Plan of Washington, and the Washington State Labor Council, with a focus on workers' rights and childrens' healthcare. Among other community roles, she also served on the board of Fuse Washington, which publishes this guide. Mosqueda is a proud third-generation Mexican-American who would become the first Latina ever to serve on the King County Council if elected.

    Mosqueda has distinguished herself as a progressive leader on the Seattle City Council. She championed the Jumpstart Seattle legislation, which funds affordable housing, childcare, and climate resilience through a tax on high earners and wealthy corporations. Mosqueda also helped secure paid sick leave and fair wage protections for working people that are often exploited by their employers - like gig drivers, domestic workers, and hotel workers. Her current goal is passing the 2023 Housing Levy, which will be on the ballot for Seattle voters this November and would provide funding for crucial affordable housing, childcare services, and communal and cultural spaces that are disappearing from the city.

    If elected to the county council, Mosqueda hopes to use her experience to address new and pressing issues in the county. Some of her priorities include finding locations for the six new county behavioral health centers, building workforce housing outside of Seattle, increasing apprenticeship programs, and more. 

    Mosqueda is the clear choice for King County Council from District 8. 
     

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-19

    Teresa Mosqueda

    Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda is running for King County Council, District 8. Mosqueda was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2017 and has proved a consistent and progressive policymaker.

    Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda is running for King County Council, District 8. Mosqueda was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2017 and has proved a consistent and progressive policymaker. She previously worked at the Washington State Department of Health, Children’s Alliance, Community Health Plan of Washington, and the Washington State Labor Council, with a focus on workers' rights and childrens' healthcare. Among other community roles, she also served on the board of Fuse Washington, which publishes this guide. Mosqueda is a proud third-generation Mexican-American who would become the first Latina ever to serve on the King County Council if elected.

    Mosqueda has distinguished herself as a progressive leader on the Seattle City Council. She championed the Jumpstart Seattle legislation, which funds affordable housing, childcare, and climate resilience through a tax on high earners and wealthy corporations. Mosqueda also helped secure paid sick leave and fair wage protections for working people that are often exploited by their employers - like gig drivers, domestic workers, and hotel workers. Her current goal is passing the 2023 Housing Levy, which will be on the ballot for Seattle voters this November and would provide funding for crucial affordable housing, childcare services, and communal and cultural spaces that are disappearing from the city.

    If elected to the county council, Mosqueda hopes to use her experience to address new and pressing issues in the county. Some of her priorities include finding locations for the six new county behavioral health centers, building workforce housing outside of Seattle, increasing apprenticeship programs, and more. 

    Mosqueda is the clear choice for King County Council from District 8. 
     

    Teresa Mosqueda

    Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda is running for King County Council, District 8. Mosqueda was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2017 and has proved a consistent and progressive policymaker.

Otros Candidatos

Sofia Aragon

Sofia Aragon is also running for King County Council, District 8. Aragon became the first Filipino immigrant to be named mayor of Burien and has served on the Burien City Council since 2020. She is a registered nurse and the executive director of the Washington Center for Nursing.

Sofia Aragon

Sofia Aragon is also running for King County Council, District 8. Aragon became the first Filipino immigrant to be named mayor of Burien and has served on the Burien City Council since 2020. She is a registered nurse and the executive director of the Washington Center for Nursing.

No Hay Recomendación

There are two conservatives seeking to replace Jennifer Kent in Enumclaw School Board, Director District 4. This race has descended into accusations between the candidates of hacking, PDC violations, and professional misconduct.

Scott Mason is a retired Boeing employee and foster parent who is running on a vague platform to cut some funding to our students. He is a conservative though his campaign veers less conspiracy-based than his opponent.

Jimmy Stewart is a Seattle Police Department officer running a far-right campaign to install far-right ideas in our schools. He has the support of a local, conservative political group and neglected to share a voters' guide statement with the public. He has been accused of numerous police violations at the SPD of which The Courier-Herald reported “Stewart has been involved in at least 16 various Office of Police Accountability investigations into policy violations between 2014 and 2021, all of them minor.” If elected, he would bring misinformation, fear-mongering, and MAGA policy to the school board.

There are no good candidates in this race, though Mason is less problematic. Vote for Mason or write in a candidate of your choice for Enumclaw School Board, Director District 1

Scott Mason

There are two conservatives seeking to replace Jennifer Kent in Enumclaw School Board, Director District 4. This race has descended into accusations between the candidates of hacking, PDC violations, and professional misconduct.

  • Tyson Gamblin is running for another term on Enumclaw School Board, Director District 3 where he has served for the past seven years. Outside of public office, Gamblin runs a local car dealership. He is running on a 0sues facing the district. His ultimate goal is to ensure that all students have access to a safe and rewarding education that prepares them for a wide range of futures.

    Vivian Tillman-Cadematori, a retired business owner, is challenging Gamblin in this race. Tillman-Cadematori is an extremely conservative candidate who is running to bring conservative values into our schools. Her top talking point is allowing personal political and religious beliefs to dictate what our students learn.

    While there are no progressives in this race, we believe Tyson Gamblin is a better candidate for Enumclaw School Board, Director District 3.
    Ultima actualización 2023-11-06

    Tyson Gamblin

    Tyson Gamblin is running for another term on Enumclaw School Board, Director District 3 where he has served for the past seven years. Outside of public office, Gamblin runs a local car dealership. He is running on a 0sues facing the district.

    Tyson Gamblin is running for another term on Enumclaw School Board, Director District 3 where he has served for the past seven years. Outside of public office, Gamblin runs a local car dealership. He is running on a 0sues facing the district. His ultimate goal is to ensure that all students have access to a safe and rewarding education that prepares them for a wide range of futures.

    Vivian Tillman-Cadematori, a retired business owner, is challenging Gamblin in this race. Tillman-Cadematori is an extremely conservative candidate who is running to bring conservative values into our schools. Her top talking point is allowing personal political and religious beliefs to dictate what our students learn.

    While there are no progressives in this race, we believe Tyson Gamblin is a better candidate for Enumclaw School Board, Director District 3.

    Tyson Gamblin

    Tyson Gamblin is running for another term on Enumclaw School Board, Director District 3 where he has served for the past seven years. Outside of public office, Gamblin runs a local car dealership. He is running on a 0sues facing the district.

No Good Choices

There are two extremely conservative candidates vying for Enumclaw School Board, Director District 4 – the seat currently held by Lori Metschan. Both are running with support from a local, far-right group to install extremely conservative ideas into Enumclaw schools.

Ben Stouffer, an electrical construction superintendent, is campaigning on a vague platform that solely focuses on academic results and neglects to identify the issues facing students and teachers that prevent successful outcomes. If elected, he would cut funding from student programs and influence the curriculum with conservative ideas.

Tonya Pettit shares many of Stouffer’s vague platform and conservative ideas for office. Like her opponent, her campaign hyperfocuses on academic results while advocating to cut funding to the programs that help students succeed. She also wants to bring far-right misinformation into our schools.

There are no good choices in this race. Write in a candidate of your choice for Enumclaw School Board, Director District 4.

Tonya Pettit

There are two extremely conservative candidates vying for Enumclaw School Board, Director District 4 – the seat currently held by Lori Metschan. Both are running with support from a local, far-right group to install extremely conservative ideas into Enumclaw schools.