LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 11
South Seattle, Renton, Tukwila, International District

SENATOR:
Vote for Margarita Prentice

Despite a shaky record on civil rights issues, two-term incumbent Prentice is the best of the two Dems running for this seat. She's a liberal who champions labor issues, and she fights for migrant workers in Eastern Washington.

REP. POSITION 1:
Vote for Eileen Cody

Cody is the Democratic incumbent who helped organize nurses at Group Health. The National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Gun Owners of America both hate her. Washington Women United and labor groups love her. Her Republican opponent Brian Van Beek was late getting back to us, but his website notes that he wants to solve traffic problems by scrapping carpool lanes.

REP. POSITION 2:
Vote for Velma Veloria

Filipino Veloria has a one-track mind--economic justice for minorities. Some of her white male Democratic colleagues fault her for getting sidetracked by identity politics, but we're glad Veloria's paying attention.

 

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 32
Shoreline, North Ballard

STATE REP. POSITION 1:
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STATE REP. POSITION 2:
Vote for Ruth Kagi

Kagi is one of the more effective and savvy Dems in Olympia. And she's running against a lifelong NRA Libertarian.

 

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 34
West Seattle, Burien

SENATOR:
Vote for Dow Constantine

Two-term Rep. Seattleite Constantine is great on gay, lesbian, and women's rights and deserves this promotion to senator. He's a JAMPAC ally, fights to free potheads from jail, and is a giant tree-hugger. Jake Jacobovitch, a Democratic challenger, has no endorsements or legislative experience. Jack Sommerville, another Dem running, is MIA. The rest of the field features two mediocre Republicans.

REP. POSITION 1:
Vote for Erik Poulsen

Smart guy Democratic incumbent Poulsen is obsessed with protecting Washington consumers from the sham of utilities deregulation. It's good to have him on the watch. His only opponent is Libertarian Gary Knutson, who supports all attempts to weaken public schools. Also, as someone who is active in the Boy Scouts, Knutson refuses to challenge their discriminatory policies against gays.

REP. POSITION 2:
Vote for Joe McDermott

McDermott is the former chair of the 34th District Democrats, and a budget analyst for Seattle schools. His experience makes him the best candidate to take over the seat (which Dow Constantine is abandoning to run for senator). McDermott will be a consistent vote for teachers, while his challenger, Boeing employee Les Ungerleider, is another slash-and-burn conservative.

 

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 36
Denny Regrade, Magnolia, Queen Anne, Ballard, Greenwood, Fremont

STATE REP. POSITION 1:
Vote for Helen Sommers

This two-term Democrat incumbent ain't the greatest (her consumer and civil rights voting record is average), but thanks to her competition--starring New Age hemp activist Magic Black-Ferguson--the grading curve makes Sommers the best choice.

STATE REP. POSITION 2:
Vote for Mary Lou Dickerson

Dickerson is one of those annoying Tipper Gore Democrats, but she's a solid vote on civil liberties, the environment, labor, and choice.

 

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 37
Madrona, Skyway, Rainier Valley, Beacon Hill

REP. POSITION 1:
Vote for Sharon Tomiko Santos

Santos' mysterious opponent is a Republican named Calvin Brown, who won't call us back (although The Seattle Times reported that he wants to screw workers by nixing a state standard wage for public projects). Vote Santos, whose solid first term highlights a dedication to social services, gay rights, and economic and racial justice in education.

REP. POSITION 2:
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LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 43
Wallingford, U-District, Capitol Hill, Madison Park, Downtown

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LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 46
Northeast Seattle

REP. POSITION 1:
Vote for Jim McIntire

Incumbent McIntire has gotten super ratings from all the typical liberals (i.e., environmentalists, labor, and pro-choice groups). Opponent number one, New Age warrior Pennie Stasik O'Grady, opposes pollution with her daring clean air, water, and "wholesome food" platform. McIntire's other challenger, John Sample, is another Libertarian who wants to get high and go dismantle government from the inside.

REP. POSITION 2:
Vote for Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney

Kenney received the thumbs-up from WashPIRG (Washington Public Interest Research Group) for being one of the 10 best legislators in Olympia on consumer advocacy and environmental issues. She also earned a perfect score from the Washington State Labor Council. Republican opponent Tim Grove wants to cut taxes, public services, and state wages.