This summer and fall, Seattle Times editorial board members are interviewing candidates in select races for state and federal office, and in pro and con campaigns in statewide and local initiatives. We published our recommendations for the August primary, and many of those endorsements are restated below. We are continuing interviews for the remaining races that will be settled by the November ballot.
Also, the editorial board has published a series of questions for state candidates on various topics important to Washington state. Join the conversation and submit your own questions directed to candidates. What would you want them to focus on?
If you have other questions about King County Elections, call 206-296-VOTE or go to kingcounty.gov/elections.
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Here are our recommendations for selected races in King and Snohomish counties and for ballot measures. Read how these election endorsements are made, explained by Editorial Page Editor Kate Riley before the August primary.
- State ballot measures
- Seattle ballot measures
- State legislative races
- State Supreme Court races
- Congressional races
- Snohomish County races
State ballot measures:
I-591, is wholly inappropriate, unnecessary and potentially a reckless retreat. It’s hard to discern whether the mushy vague language of the brief initiative is a product of poor writing — or entirely the point.
I-594 provides a practical expansion of background checks on all gun sales — clarity and consistency to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. I-594 is no protective panacea against the kinds of public assaults Seattle has suffered in recent years. But it is a step forward.
On the surface, Initiative 1351 appears appealing, promising smaller classes in Washington public schools. But what it really does is unnecessarily complicate the state Legislature’s very serious job of meeting a state Supreme Court order to fully fund basic education.
Advisory vote No. 8, SB 6505: a marijuana excise tax
Vote to maintain the tax
In closing the tax preferences for marijuana, the Legislature added $2.8 million a year in revenue, which in turn requires an advisory vote on the November ballot thanks to a 2007 initiative from anti-tax activist Tim Eyman. The vote is meaningless, but voters should nonetheless back the Legislature’s decision to exclude marijuana tax breaks.
Advisory vote No. 9, ESHB 1287: a leasehold excise tax on tribal property
Vote to maintain the tax
The ballot advisory question seeks voter affirmation to continue a direct land-use tax on use of tribal property by private parties in lieu of property taxes. This shift in the tax code provides an economic development incentive that should facilitate other revenues through business growth that could exceed the previous property taxes.
Seattle ballot measures:
Propositions 1A and 1B: competing measures on early learning and universal prekindergarten
Should either of these measures be enacted into law? Yes
Vote yes on 1B
Voters have to pick 1A or 1B. They should vote for the one that would actually create and fund a network of high-quality, affordable classrooms for the city’s 3- and 4-year-olds. That’s Proposition 1B. It is good for the child-care workforce, requiring a wage scale for teachers comparable to the public school system and paying for their training and education.
Contrast this approach with Proposition 1A, which was put on the ballot by unions. Proposition 1A would tear up the carefully crafted $15 minimum wage deal the city struck earlier this year, accelerating the higher wage just for child-care workers.
Proposition 1: a King County Metro Transit funding measure
There are significant differences between this vote and the April measure, which The Seattle Times editorial board recommended voters reject. This time, our recommendation is to vote yes, with caution. The biggest difference between then and now is the Metropolitan King County Council’s renewed scrutiny of Metro. Seattle’s hourglass geography, increasing density and booming economy demand a world-class transit system. Metro still has work to do to restore lost credibility, but the benefits outweigh the costs.
Citizen Petition No. 1: monorail
The ballot measure would annually impose a $5 tax on each car registered in the city, funneling about $2 million into yet another transportation bureaucracy to address the very narrow transit needs of the Ballard-downtown corridor — something already being explored by existing agencies. As the Seattle area’s population explodes, a new monorail authority would only add an unnecessary tax, complicate Puget Sound’s disparate transportation system, and do little to address the urgent need for affordable, effective, coordinated regional mass transit.
Highline School District No. 401 Proposition No. 1: Bonds to Construct New Schools and Replace and Renovate Deteriorating Schools
The bond measure would raise $385 million to rebuild the 91-year-old Highline High School and replace the 89-year-old Des Moines Elementary. It would also add two new middle schools and repair and update schools throughout the district. This would add much-needed elbow room to a school district that has been making significant academic changes with the goal of helping students be as successful as possible. The bond measure would cost property owners about $1.12 per $1,000 of property valuation. For a home with a value of $250,000, that translates to an additional $280 a year.
State legislative races:
Legislative District No. 1, Representative Position No. 2
Edward Barton, Republican
Edward Barton, first-time candidate for office, displays the intellect and moderation to be a strong lawmaker from the 1st Legislative District, which straddles the King-Snohomish line. He is the better option for voters over the incumbent, state Rep. Luis Moscoso, D-Mountlake Terrace.
Legislative District No. 5, Representative Position No. 1
Jay Rodne, Republican
Rodne brings fiscal common sense to the discussion of the Supreme Court’s education-funding McCleary decision. While supporting a $3 billion additional investment in schools, Rodne would tighten partnerships with industry to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and lengthen the school year to provide more instructional time.
Legislative District No. 5, Representative Position No. 2
Chad Magendanz, Republican
After two years representing Eastern King County’s 5th Legislative District, state Rep. Chad Magendanz easily has earned another term. Magendanz brings much-needed moderation and intellectual rigor to Olympia. His professional and civic résumé — U.S. Navy submarine officer, Microsoft manager and Issaquah School Board president — is impressive.
Legislative District No. 11, Representative Position No. 1
Zack Hudgins, Democrat
Hudgins, a two-term lawmaker with Microsoft and Amazon.com experience, is running unopposed. He has been a leader on higher-education issues, including the Real Hope Act — which extends state financial aid to undocumented students — and extending in-state tuition rates to veterans.
Legislative District No. 11, Representative Position No. 2
Steve Bergquist, Democrat
Bergquist, a small-business owner and substitute teacher, gets the endorsement because he is far more capable than his Republican opponent, Sarah Sanoy-Wright. She lacks basic comprehension of a range of issues. Bergquist has a somewhat sparse record in his first two-year term, but represents the interests of his district.
Legislative District No. 21, State Senator
Marko Liias, Democrat
The editorial board recommends Liias reluctantly over his Republican opponent, Dan Mathews, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012. Liias is a veteran in Olympia from a supportive district, yet he is reluctant to assert any independence from powerful interests, such as the state’s teachers union. Liias is strong on transportation issues and supports job-creating incentives for high-tech, but he needed a stronger challenger, not a budding perennial candidate.
Legislative District No. 21, Representative Position No. 1
Strom Peterson, Democrat
An owner of a small business, Peterson has a substantive record as a public servant. For five years he has been a member of the Edmonds City Council and was elected by fellow members to serve as president for two years. Peterson, a Democrat, is endorsed by Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, a well-respected Republican. He has the intelligence and experience to bone up quickly on how to help the state improve not only state education funding but also education outcomes.
Legislative District No. 21, Representative Position No. 2
Lillian Ortiz-Self, Democrat
Lillian Ortiz-Self is reluctantly recommended for election. Ortiz-Self has an academic and professional background in education and counseling, and in management of programs. She says she is cautious about not just dumping money into the K-12 system without ensuring effectiveness, but demonstrated no independence from teachers union positions in an interview.
Legislative District No. 23, Representative Position 1
Sherry Appleton, Democrat
Appleton proclaims herself “a flaming liberal.” She fails to identify viable sources of funding for Initiative 1351, which she supports as “more of a message.” Washington taxpayers need lawmakers to be more critical. Her opponent, Republican Scott Henden, has not mounted a serious campaign against the incumbent.
Legislative District No. 23, Representative Position 2
Drew Hansen, Democrat
In his three years in office, Hansen has reached across the aisle to pass meaningful bills to create jobs, improve STEM education and fix various problems caused by derelict vessels. The Bainbridge Island attorney also demonstrates a willingness to think independently regardless of party pressure.
Legislative District No. 30, State Senator
Mark Miloscia, Republican
Miloscia would be a standout candidate whichever party he chose. But his decision to switch sides and join Republican ranks this year makes his race for state Senate in the 30th Legislative District one of the most important contests of the season.He has a 14-year record in the Legislature of promoting state-government efficiency.
Legislative District No. 30, Representative Position No. 1
Linda Kochmar, Republican
Kochmar has established a moderate Republican voting record in her first term, strongly suggesting she would be amenable to the difficult compromises that should be negotiated by the Legislature’s political party leaders next session.
Legislative District No. 30, Representative Position No. 2
Jack Dovey, Republican
Dovey generally favors the fund-education-first policies of the Republican caucus but he draws no lines in the sand. His 14-year tenure on the Federal Way City Council points to an understanding of political give-and-take.
Legislative District No. 31, State Senator
Cathy Dahlquist, Republican
State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, the longtime lawmaker best known for her fiery temper, faces a sharp and seasoned opponent this year from within her own party. State Rep. Cathy Dahlquist is the easy choice for the 31st District Senate seat.
Legislative District No.31, Representative Position No. 1
Drew Stokesbary, Republican
For the open state House seat in the 31st District, Republican Drew Stokesbary of Auburn is the candidate most likely to be a voice for fiscal responsibility. The incumbent, Cathy Dahlquist, is vacating the seat to run for state Senate.
Legislative District No. 31, Representative Position No. 2
Christopher Hurst, independent Democrat
Since 2010 the longtime state representative from Enumclaw has called himself an “independent Democrat.” His description is thoroughly apt. Aligned with his party on social issues, Hurst has demonstrated his willingness to buck his party’s leadership on business issues and education. During six terms in office he has helped steer political debate toward the center, and for that he earns The Times’ recommendation.
Legislative District No. 32, State Senate
Maralyn Chase, Democrat
Before the primary, the editorial board endorsed Shoreline Deputy Mayor Chris Eggen over incumbent Maralyn Chase, a fellow Democrat. Chase is now the better choice over her opponent Republican Robert Reedy. The district, which includes portions of northwest Seattle, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and Woodway, could benefit from a candidate with substantial local-government experience. Chase is a long-serving member of the Legislature with a reputation for strong party loyalties and a feisty style. The Municipal League of King County, gave Chase a “good” rating. Reedy offers no evidence he is qualified.
Legislative District No. 32, Representative Position No. 2
Ruth Kagi, Democrat
Kagi has served in the state Legislature since 1999, and from the beginning she has been a leader on issues for the state’s youngest constituents and struggling families. Kagi chairs the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee, where she is a strong, effective voice for child-sensitive foster-care reforms, family-support services and early learning. She is also on the Appropriations Committee.
Legislative District No. 33, State Senator
Karen Keiser, Democrat
Karen Keiser is better qualified than her challenger and has earned another term. After 18 years in the Legislature, Keiser is known as a faithful supporter of labor and an advocate for health-care reform.
Legislative District No. 33, Representative Position No. 1
Tina Orwall, Democrat
What is most striking about Orwall’s legislative career is the wide variety of issues she has taken on and shepherded through the Legislature. She has proved her effectiveness in the nitty-gritty work of lawmaking — negotiating with stakeholders and crafting policy. She can take credit for passing high-profile bills of statewide interest — tackling issues of suicide prevention and compensation for wrongful convictions.
Legislative District No. 33, Representative Position No. 2
Mia Su-Ling Gregerson, Democrat
Mia Su-Ling Gregerson’s record demonstrates her potential to be a thoughtful lawmaker. Despite her near-perfect voting score with the Washington State Labor Council in her first session, Gregerson displays indications of independence.
Legislative District No. 34, Representative Position No. 2
Joe Fitzgibbon, Democrat
In office since 2010, Fitzgibbon is chair of the House Environment Committee, underscoring his deep understanding of the climate-change challenge. As a member of the House Finance Committee, Fitzgibbon has misgivings about Initiative 1351, the November ballot measure that would require the state to find billions more in school funding on top of its obligation to as much as $4 billion by the 2017-2018 school year to meet the state Supreme Court’s McCleary school-financing ruling.
Legislative District No. 36, State Senator
Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Democrat
Kohl-Welles is a key voice on a variety of issues, from protecting higher-education funding and overseeing government performance audits, to regulating medical-marijuana dispensaries and combating the horrific sex trafficking of minors. She is responsive to her liberal district, which includes Seattle neighborhoods such as Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont and Greenwood.
Legislative District No. 36, Representative Position No. 1
Reuven Carlyle, Democrat
Carlyle of Queen Anne is chair of the House Finance Committee and one of the caucus’ most prominent thinkers on tax and revenue policy. Few other lawmakers match Carlyle’s enthusiasm for demanding increased transparency from corporations that receive massive tax breaks.
Legislative District No. 36, Representative Position No. 2
Gael Tarleton, Democrat
Tarleton is surprisingly defensive in her support of I-1351. Her opponent, libertarian Paul Addis, is opposed to the initiative and supports more reforms before additional money is thrown into an education system that has produced lopsided outcomes for children. However, Addis is married to concepts and lacks Tarleton’s experience crafting policy as a former Port of Seattle commissioner and freshman legislator.
Legislative District No. 37, State Senator
Pramila Jayapal, Democrat
In a crowded contest for Seattle’s 37th Legislative District state Senate seat, Pramila Jayapal stands out for the breadth and depth of her civic involvement. The Democrat is a passionate and effective social-justice activist, armed with an MBA and experience in the private financial sector. That said, her election would test her ability to balance a progressive streak with pragmatism and the ability to reach across the aisle to find compromise.
Legislative District No. 37, Representative Position No. 1
Daniel Bretzke, Republican
The 37th Legislative District’s Position 1 needs a legislator willing to compromise and represent the best interests of a diverse district where many schools are struggling and persistent achievement gaps threaten to leave students behind. That means turning out the incumbent, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, in favor of the promising political newcomer, Daniel Bretzke of Seattle.
Legislative District No. 37, Representative Position No. 2
Eric Pettigrew, Democrat
After 12 years in office, Pettigrew has carved a niche for himself as a contrarian yet affable legislator — one whom his House Democratic peers trust enough to serve as the third highest-ranking leader and head of the caucus. Pettigrew takes positions that are not always popular but necessary to help the diverse people of his district — including a high concentration of impoverished families, students of color, immigrants and ex-prisoners.
Legislative District No. 38, State Senator
John McCoy, Democrat
McCoy is one of the rare Democratic lawmakers who acknowledges a daunting and perilous link between the education and financing issues of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision and Initiative 1351. The proposal for lower class size on the November ballot would add only more financial stress.
Legislative District No. 38, Representative Position No. 1
June Robinson, Democrat
Robinson brings a career in public health, housing and human services to her new duties. She has signed the initiative to reduce class size, which comes with an unknown, unfunded price tag.
Legislative District No. 38, Representative Position No. 2
Mike Sells, Democrat
Sells is a former teacher in the Everett School District, and a longtime officer of the Snohomish County Labor Council. Sells helped promote the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center, which opened in 2010. The center draws on local education resources and aerospace employers to train people for industry jobs.
Legislative District No. 41, Representative Position No. 1
Tana Senn, Democrat
Senn, a Mercer Island City Council member, was appointed in 2013 to fill a vacancy in the district’s Position 1. She has hit the ground running. She is fully informed about the Legislature’s challenge funding the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision on K-12 education funding. She understands that more money must fund better outcomes, and that a larger state role in early learning is needed.
Legislative District No. 41, Representative Position No. 2
Judy Clibborn, Democrat
Clibborn, who has represented the district since 2003, is the House Democratic caucus’ lead on transportation issues. She worked diligently over the past three years to pass a much-needed transportation investment package. Although the Legislature hasn’t done so yet, Clibborn’s leadership style — focusing on practical, nonideological deal making — has kept the discussion alive. When the Legislature eventually passes a package, Clibborn should get a star turn.
Legislative District No. 43, Representative Position No. 2
Frank Chopp, Democrat
After 20 years in elected office, Democrat Frank Chopp remains a relevant and effective representative of the 43rd Legislative District in Position 2. If voters want to get things done, stick with the incumbent.
Legislative District No. 44, State Senator
Steve Hobbs, Democrat
During eight years in the state Senate, Lake Stevens Democrat Steve Hobbs has demonstrated a deep streak of independence, and a willingness to work with members of the opposing party.
Legislative District No. 44, Representative Position No. 1
Rob Toyer, Republican
Rob Toyer, a financial planner, is a Marysville City Council member. His immersion in municipal finance is good preparation for confronting the Legislature’s difficulties.
Legislative District No. 44, Representative Position No. 2
Mark Harmsworth, Republican
Mark Harmsworth, a tech consultant, is a Mill Creek City Council member and deputy mayor. He seem far more likely to be a problem-solver, at a time when problems number in the billions.
Legislative District No. 45, State Senator
Andy Hill, Republican
State Sen. Andy Hill, a wonkish, moderate Republican from Redmond, was a calming force in the Legislature’s recent budget storms. He served as the Senate Majority Coalition’s lead budget-writer despite being a first-term rookie, and he helped channel $1 billion more into basic education without significantly raising taxes or doing damage to other vital state services. He deserves particular credit for drawing Democrats into the Republican-led Senate budgeting process.
Legislative District No. 45, Representative Position No. 1
Roger Goodman, Democrat
Goodman has an admirable track record of working to end sex trafficking and combating domestic violence. As chairman of the Public Safety Committee, Goodman, an attorney, also has a prolific record of tightening state drunken-driving laws. Few lawmakers have passed as many bills as Goodman, who has represented the 45th District since 2006. Goodman’s acquiescence to his party’s hard-left positions on education funding are a serious concern.
Legislative District No. 45, Representative Position No. 2
Larry Springer, Democrat
Springer, the owner of a Kirkland wine shop, is the House Democratic caucus’ voice of reason on business issues. Though a member of House Democratic leadership, he shows strong independence, particularly on education reform ideas that cut against the powerful state teachers union. Springer’s deliberative, welcoming style should be a model of legislative demeanor.
Legislative District No. 46, State Senator
David Frockt, Democrat
Frockt’s independence is apparent in his list of endorsements, which includes not only the powerful Washington Education Association, but also reform-minded groups such as the League of Education Voters. Though he failed to vote last session for a simple wording change in state law that would have preserved flexible spending of Title I funding for his local school districts, Frockt says he is open to revisiting the issue.
Legislative District No. 46, Representative Position No. 2
Jessyn Farrell, Democrat
As former director of the Transportation Choices Coalition with a background in mediation, Farrell speaks convincingly of the need for legislators to compromise. Though she is a proponent of bikes and transit, for instance, she is willing to let go of pet projects so long as lawmakers can pass a modest transportation revenue package to keep roads safe and maintained.
Legislative District No. 47, State Senator
Joe Fain, Republican
Fain has a clearheaded understanding of the state’s financial challenges. In just four years he has become a key player in the Majority Coalition Caucus, the largely Republican team that controls the Senate. Fain can claim much credit for helping forge the bipartisan compromise last session that brought the Real Hope Act to the floor.
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Legislative District No. 47, Representative Position No. 1
Chris Barringer, Democrat
Barringer is the force of moderation in the race for the House Position 1, compared with two-term state Rep. Mark Hargrove, R-Covington. Barringer, chief of staff in the King County Sheriff’s Office, is no partisan ideologue — he worked as an aide for Metropolitan King County Council member Reagan Dunn, a prominent Republican. Barringer seems more likely than Hargrove to stake out a fiscally conservative yet not irresponsible position.
Legislative District No. 47, Representative Position No. 2
Pat Sullivan, Democrat
As a central player in the Democratic majority, Sullivan shares responsibility for his party’s opposition to needed reforms in education, workers’ compensation and other areas at the behest of its biggest contributors. But Sullivan has shown a streak of independence, for instance opposing the state teachers union by sponsoring a bill to include student test scores in teacher evaluations.
Legislative District No. 48, State Senator
Cyrus Habib, Democrat
Habib brings a thoughtful, bipartisan verve from his freshman term as a state representative. He’s shown independence in approaching education and tax reform, and offers a studious heft to policy discussions as the state faces an array of difficult financial challenges. Habib is the clear choice here.
Legislative District No. 48, Representative Position No. 1
Ross Hunter, Democrat
Hunter sees his job as producing a budget “that balances the services people want with the taxes needed to pay for them, and deliver the service in a cost-effective way.” His track record reflects that. His willingness to differ with powerful special interests, such as the Washington Education Association, not only helps state voters get a fiscally balanced budget but an ideologically balanced one as well.
Legislative District No. 48, Representative Position No. 2
Joan McBride, Democrat
McBride, a Democrat, appears to be a status-quo politician with few new ideas. She admitted forgoing the Senate campaign because “I just want to go to Olympia,” but she is the clear choice in her race. Her Libertarian Party opponent, Tim Turner, a Bellevue teacher, software engineer and Navy veteran, seems more preoccupied with his libertarian beliefs than with the effects of their practical application.
State Supreme Court Justices:
This should have been a contentious year for state Supreme Court elections with robust campaign debate about judicial philosophies and separation of powers. Among them is the court’s confrontation with the Legislature over school funding and its decision this month to hold the state in contempt. Yet the four incumbent justices on the ballot drew no serious challengers. The Times recommends all four because no one is mounting a bona fide campaign against them.
Justice Position No. 1
Justice Position No. 3
Justice Position No. 4
Justice Position No. 7
King County District Judges
Northeast District Position No. 1
Garrow, a 16-year bench veteran who maintains high courtroom standards, is thoughtful about the judiciary. That’s evident in her desire to upgrade the court’s statewide case-management system. Despite a reputation for being tough, she’s considered “exceptionally well qualified” by the King County Bar Association and is well thought of by her peers and administrative court workers.
Northeast District Position No. 2
Shah, a former prosecutor who was appointed to the bench in 2013, should guard against the appearance that past professional relationships cloud his judgment. Still, his high survey rating from the county bar and studious demeanor are appealing for someone so new to the bench.
West District Position No. 2
Tavel, a former physicist, educator and video-game developer, would provide valuable scientific expertise to the judiciary. And his decade as a public defender and judge pro tem defy the King County Bar Association’s assertion that he is “not qualified.”
Seattle Municipal Court
Position No. 2
Kondo’s 24 years on the court, former community activism and guardianship of the court as presiding judge are evident when she talks about the need to replace an ancient computer system; to implement a new on-call system to make judges available at all times to issue warrants; and to increase training protocols for police dealing with people suffering from mental illness. Kondo received “exceptionally well qualified” marks in the King County Bar Association ratings.
Position No. 7
Shadid has worked diligently in criminal and immigration law since coming to Seattle in 2005. He will bring a social justice and community focus that should reinvigorate the municipal judiciary. And Shadid’s strong ethics — he returned a $1,900 contribution from Citizens for Judicial Excellence — would be a welcome addition.
United States Representative Congressional District No. 1
Suzan DelBene, Democrat
U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, spent her first term in Congress operating at a level beyond her rookie status. She deserves re-election to continue her work on behalf of the 1st District.
United States Representative Congressional District No. 2
Rick Larsen, Democrat
Voters in the 2nd District have only one credible choice, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett. He has worked hard on legislation that loops back to support jobs in his district and the state.
United States Representative Congressional District No. 6
Derek Kilmer, Democrat
Kilmer has made a promising start, securing $120 million in new investment for Naval Base Kitsap and working to support national defense and veterans’ programs. Kilmer’s most serious challenger is Republican real-estate broker Marty McClendon. McClendon says he is running because he supports limited government. He does not appear to have a grasp of congressional issues.
United States Representative Congressional District No. 7
Jim McDermott, Democrat
Twenty-six years in office is a long time, but U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, grasps issues important to the 7th Congressional District better than his four fringe challengers. Seattle voters would probably benefit from a fresh perspective in Washington, D.C., but with no viable challengers in this race, they ought to stick with McDermott.
United States Representative Congressional District No. 8
Dave Reichert, Republican
U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, has consistently rated among the most moderate members of Congress. But voters should keep an eye on his willingness to remain independent. During the 2013 government shutdown, he lacked a strong voice calling out the House GOP’s disastrous tactic of tying a budget vote to repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
United States Representative Congressional District No. 9
Adam Smith, Democrat
Adam Smith is a nuanced thinker and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, which makes him a key advocate for this region’s military interests and an influential voice on U.S. involvement in armed conflicts abroad. Smith’s primary opponents, Democrat Don Rivers and independent Mark Greene, are perennial candidates. Republican challenger Doug Basler works in marketing, but has hardly waged a campaign.
United States Representative Congressional District No. 10
Denny Heck, Democrat
Heck has displayed the same hardworking competence he did as former Gov. Booth Gardner’s chief of staff, demonstrating more interest in policy than partisanship. He was this state’s lead on the marijuana-banking issue, helping convince federal regulators to ease banking restrictions. Last year, he won a bill reforming the reverse-mortgage market. Heck is leading the House fight to reauthorize the federal Export-Import Bank, critical to Washington exports.
Snohomish County Executive
John Lovick, Democrat
John Lovick’s endorsements and his campaign treasury point to strong support for his re-election. Snohomish County has budget stress from a natural disaster, and persistent management issues with the county jail. Lovick has the experience, leadership and temperament to lead Snohomish County government.
Snohomish County Sheriff
Trenary should be retained with the same enthusiasm that won him the appointment in July 2013. He was the unanimous choice of the Snohomish County Council to replace John Lovick, who resigned to be county executive. Trenary has 23 years in the sheriff’s office, and his range of service and leadership roles are reflected in a smooth transition. His department draws praise for its tireless performance after the Oso landslide this past spring.