Linda s Election Guide Primary Election August Here are my

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					Linda’s Election Guide
Primary Election August 19, 2009

Here are my recommendations on some key races. There are links to more information
below many of the recommendations and at the end of this guide. I got some of this
information from a new organization in Washington called Fuse. Their website is
www.fusewashington.org. Fuse does extensive research to evaluate candidates on
progressive issues like equality and fairness, environment, transit, personal freedoms
and rights, etc.

Linda’s Recommendations (more info follows)
Initiative 26 (Charter Amendment) and Council-Proposed Alternative
Question 1: NO
Question 2: Council-Proposed Alternative
United States Representatives, District 7: Jim McDermott
United States Representatives, District 8: Darcy Burner
Governor: Christine Gregoire
Lieutenant Governor: Anyone but Brad Owen (no good choices)
Secretary of State: Sam Reed
State Treasurer: McIntire or Sohn
State Auditor: Brian Sonntag
Attorney General: John Ladenburg
Commissioner of Public Lands: Peter Goldmark
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Randy Dorn
Insurance Commissioner: Mike Kreidler
Supreme Court Position 3: Mary Fairhurst
Supreme Court Position 4: Charles W Johnson
Court of Appeals, Division 2, District 2: Robin Hunt
King County Superior Court Position 1: Bradshaw or Amini
King County Superior Court Position 10: Regina S. Cahan
King County Superior Court Position 22: Holly Hill
King County Superior Court Position 26: Laura Gene Middaugh
King County Superior Court Position 37: Jean Rietschel
King County Superior Court Position 53: Mariane Spearman


Initiative 26 Charter Amendment
Recommendation: Vote NO on question 1, AND vote for the Council-Proposed
Alternative
What Initiative 26 would do: For some offices (King County Council, King County
Executive), the ballot would no longer say if the person running for election is a
Democrat or a Republican.
Who supports it: Republicans and other conservative groups. They say it would be
more “fair” to have all elections be “non-partisan.” (Meaning not say Democrat or
Republican.) The reason they want this Charter Amendment is that it is very hard for a
Republican to get elected in King County. They think it will be even harder this year



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because President Bush is unpopular. They think they might be able to get some
Republicans elected if they don’t have to admit “Republican” on the ballot. More than
90% of the money for initiative 26 was given by 3 hard-core conservative donors.

If the initiative passes, the Council-Proposed alternative is better because it gives
candidates the option of saying “prefer Democratic Party” or “prefer Republican Party”
on the ballot. This will help voters know who they want to vote for.

For more information about Initiative 26:
http://fusewashington.org/alerts/265/primary2008king (at the bottom of the page)
http://slog.thestranger.com/2008/03/nonpartisan_my_ass (information about who is
funding this initiative)

Federal
United States Representatives, District 8, Recommendation: Darcy Burner
Taken from The Stranger endorsement: This is Darcy Burner's second try at unseating
Republican Congressman Dave Reichert, a supposedly independent-minded
conservative who's spent most of his time in the U.S. House toeing the Bush line on
everything from the war in Iraq to tax cuts for the rich.
In 2006, when Burner first challenged Reichert, the question was whether residents of
the politically mixed 8th District would drop the incumbent and bet on a newcomer.
Burner performed well given the name-recognition hurdle she had to overcome, coming
within three points of beating Reichert.
This year, the question is whether Burner can prove she isn't a lightweight. She can.
While Reichert was busy rubber-stamping the Bush war plan, Burner was developing
her thoughtful "Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq," which more than 60
Democratic congressional candidates have taken up as a rallying cry. Burner has the
right positions on everything from reproductive rights to the environment, but for her
leadership on the Iraq problem alone she deserves to win this seat.

State of Washington
Governor Recommendation: Chris Gregoire
Governor Chris Gregoire has been a strong leader on many important issues, including
education, health care, civil rights, and global warming. (Back in May, she earned a
Fuse Sizzle award for her global warming leadership.) No leader is perfect, but she's
definitely earned a second term.

Gregoire's opponent, Dino Rossi is a former State Senator with an extremely
conservative voting record. He is anti-choice, and has a long track record of supporting
conservative business interests while voting against transit, environmental protection,
health care, education, and consumer protection.

http://fusewashington.org/alerts/257/primary-endorsements-2008#gov

Secretary of State: Sam Reed
Incumbent, Republican. Sam Reed has been a highly ethical and fair Secretary of State



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for the past 8 years. Remember the Governor’s election in 2004? Sam Reed could
easily have given the election to Dino Rossi. Dino Rossi is a Republican, too. But the
vote counting showed that Gregoire won, and Sam Reed supported those results.
Plus, his “Democratic” opponent, Osgood, is completely unqualified.

Attorney General Recommendation: John Ladenburg
Attorney General Rob McKenna is smart, very ambitious, and very conservative. He
has opposed limits on irresponsible development and fought rail transit, while failing to
stand up for ordinary citizens and challenge corporations on consumer protection issues
like mortgage abuses.

McKenna's opponent, former Prosecutor and Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg,
is widely respected as a straight shooter. He has fought for the public interest - on
issues like clean drinking water and building transit --throughout his career and
understands the important role of Attorney General in an era of corporate abuses and
an unreliable federal government.

http://fusewashington.org/alerts/257/primary-endorsements-2008#ag

Commissioner of Public Lands Recommendation: Peter Goldmark
Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland has lost sight of his responsibility to protect the
public interest and manage resources sustainably. He has reduced oversight,
increased clear-cuts, and is too cozy with industries he regulates- with literally
disastrous results.

His opponent, Peter Goldmark, an eastern Washington rancher and biologist, is an ideal
candidate for Lands Commissioner. He is a former director of agriculture with a
background in sustainability and bio-diversity. As a former school board member, he
vows to work to manage resources to benefit schools, especially rural schools, for the
long-term.

http://fusewashington.org/alerts/257/primary-endorsements-2008#lands

Superintendent of Public Instruction Recommendation: Randy Dorn
Website for more information: http://www.randydorn2008.com/default.aspx
Here is a copy of a letter written by a friend of mine, Martha McLaren, explaining why to
support Randy Dorn.
    I'm writing to urge the PI to endorse Randy Dorn for State Superintendent of Public
Instruction. If elected, Dorn is poised to begin the crucial work of repairing Washington's
K12 education system.
    As a classroom teacher and substitute in the Seattle Public Schools since 1999, I
have witnessed first-hand the tragic results of piecemeal education geared to vague
standards and inappropriate testing. Year after year, I see bright students at all levels
struggling with basic skills. The 12 year incumbent claims that 92% of students are now
succeeding in passing the WASL. Clearly, this figure does not account for the huge
number of dropouts, and those who have delayed taking the test.



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   A former high school principal and state legislator, Randy Dorn understands the big
picture of education in our state. He has a common-sense, yet dynamic vision for
carrying out the turnaround in K12 education. He supports replacing the WASL with a
more efficient and less costly test, and returning to meaningful and workable state
education standards. He intends to address the need for full funding, simultaneously
pulling back from exorbitant, inappropriate spending to support failed educational
ideology.

State Courts
For more ratings information about judges in WA, see these websites:
http://www.votingforjudges.org/
http://fusewashington.org/alerts/265/primary2008king

Supreme Court Justice Position #3 Recommendation: Justice Mary Fairhurst
Justice Mary Fairhurst is running for reelection for a second term for the Washington
State Supreme Court. Fairhurst has distinguished herself as a champion for equal rights
and for protecting civil liberties. She's been a leader on issues promoting equal access
to justice and working on eliminating inequities in our court system. We strongly believe
she deserves our support for a second term.

Fairhurst's opponent, Seattle lawyer Michael J. Bond's experience is as a military and
private lawyer. He lacks the public service and judicial experience of Fairhurst and The
Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys rated him unqualified for this position.


http://fusewashington.org/alerts/257/primary-endorsements-2008#supreme

Supreme Court Justice Position #4 Recommendation: Justice Charles W.
Johnson
Highly respected incumbent. Munileague: Outstanding. King County Bar Association:
Exceptionally Well Qualified. Also endorsed by NARAL and WA State Labor Council

Court of Appeals, Division 2, District 2 Recommendation: Robin Hunt
Judge Robin Hunt has served eleven distinguished years on our Court of Appeals.
During this time, she has proven herself as the most prolific opinion writer in the State of
Washington. Her consistently high quality of work has earned her the highest possible
rating, “Exceptionally Well Qualified” from every single Bar Association evaluation
process. This is a great testament to her solid reputation for quality work and dedication
to justice.
By contrast, her opponent Tim Ford, has never held judicial office, and has in fact done
virtually no real trial work, and very little courtroom work at all. He served as an in-house
counsel for the Building Industry Association of Washington, then moved to the Attorney
General’s Office. (The BIAW has extreme positions wanting to limit a community’s
ability to stop irresponsible development, preserve the character of their community,
and protect the environment.) The only Bar Group he applied to for rating, The
Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, rated him “Unqualified.”13



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http://fusewashington.org/alerts/257/primary-endorsements-2008

King County Superior Court, Position 1 Recommendation: Undecided; leaning Tim
Bradshaw. Will show ratings for top 2 candidates.
Tim Bradshaw: Munileague: Very Good. King County Bar Association: Exceptionally
Well Qualified. Also endorsed by The Stranger. Has 20 years experience and many
other endorsements.
Susan Amini: Munileague: Good. King County Bar Association: Well Qualified. Also
endorsed by NARAL and WA State Labor Council

King County Superior Court, Position 10 Recommendation: Regina Cahan
Munileague: Very Good. King County Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified.
Also endorsed by NARAL and WA State Labor Council

King County Superior Court, Position 22 Recommendation: Holly Hill
Munileague: Outstanding. King County Bar Association: Well Qualified. Also endorsed
by NARAL, WA State Labor Council, and The Stranger.

King County Superior Court, Position 26 Recommendation: Laura Gene
Middaugh
Munileague: Good. King County Bar Association: Qualified. Also endorsed by NARAL
and The Stranger.
Her opponent, Mathew Hale, is rated “unqualified” by both Munileague and KC Bar
Association

King County Superior Court Position 37: Jean Rietschel
Munileague: Outstanding. King County Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified.
Also endorsed by NARAL and The Stranger. Has been a Seattle Municipal Court
Commissioner (judge) for the past 12 years; seen as highly capable.

King County Superior Court Position 53 Recommendation: Mariane Spearman
Munileague: Outstanding. King County Bar Association: Exceptionally Well Qualified.
Also endorsed by NARAL, WA State Labor Council, Latino, Black, and Gay Lawyers’
groups, and The Stranger.


Here are some websites where you can find more voting information:

Fuse: Together for Progress. Progressive Voters Guide (excellent, clear explanations
of statewide ballot measures)
http://fusewashington.org/alerts/265/primary2008king

Info about judges in any county in Washington
http://www.votingforjudges.org/




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King County Elections Department
http://www.metrokc.gov/elections/

Seattle League of Women Voters
http://seattle.wa.lwv.org/

Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee (Gay and Lesbian equity issues, for all cities
in King County)
http://www.seamec.org/

The Stranger Endorsements and voter info
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=638197&nw

Municipal League Ratings of Candidates
http://www.munileague.org/

Washington Conservation Voters (Environmental Issues, endorsements all over the
state)
http://www.wcvoters.org/endorsements/

King County Bar Association Ratings of Judges for King County (Most Lawyers in King
county are members)
http://www.judgeratings.com/

NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
http://www.wanaral.org/

Eat the State! Progressive newspaper/internet site
http://eatthestate.org/

Seattle Medium Newspaper (Seattle paper – part of the Black Press USA Network)
http://seattlemedium.com/

King County Democrats
http://www.kcdems.org/




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