We've got you covered. For months, The Seattle Times has been covering races around the state, including those for governor, U.S. Senate and state superintendent of public schools.
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For months, The Seattle Times has been covering races around the state, including those for governor, U.S. Senate and state superintendent of public schools. The two candidates with the most votes move on to the November general election.
There’s also a Seattle proposition to erect an elevated park along the waterfront — including a part of the viaduct — and a measure to increase property taxes to provide affordable housing.
In Snohomish County, voters will decide whether to approve a sales-tax increase that would boost the ranks of sheriff’s deputies, an effort to help curb a heroin epidemic there.
Here’s a look at our coverage of some of the biggest races and items on the Aug. 2 ballot.
Gov. Jay Inslee is at times aiming his sights above his Republican challenger — at Donald Trump.
Inslee and other state Democrats have sought to make the GOP presidential nominee an issue in the governor’s race, calling out former Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant for his refusal to say whether he’d vote for the New York billionaire.
Bryant says Inslee’s efforts to nationalize the contest is an attempt to distract voters from state government failures.
“The governor wants to make this race about Trump, and at the end of the day he has to run on his record and against me,” said Bryant.
Nine other candidates are on the ballot.
Republican Chris Vance is facing an uphill climb in his attempt to unseat Sen. Patty Murray. Vance is leading a low-budget, “pissed-off moderate” campaign, betting voters are fed up with partisan gridlock. He’s raised $293,000 in campaign contributions, compared to Murray’s $11.4 million.
A former chairman of the state Republican Party, Vance contends Murray, a four-term Democrat, is the kind of entrenched politician responsible for congressional dysfunction and gridlock.
Murray has anticipated that line of criticism. Most of her statement in the state Voters’ Guide addresses her efforts to “break through the gridlock” on two issues. With considerable fanfare, she worked with House Speaker Paul Ryan in 2013 on a federal budget to avert a government shutdown. Last year, she teamed with Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander to rewrite the maligned federal education law known as No Child Left Behind.
There are 15 challengers on the ballot besides Vance. They include three Democrats, three Republicans and representatives of the System Reboot, Human Rights, Lincoln Caucus, Independent, Conservative and Libertarian parties. Twelve have no elected experience. The other three have not won positions outside their party organizations. Twelve have reported raising no campaign funds. The other three have raised less than $15,000 among them.
7th Congressional District
In 1988, voters sent Congressman Jim McDermott to D.C. This fall, the 79-year-old isn’t seeking re-election.
But, McDermott said in an interview, his district’s core political themes remain unchanged: the needs for national health care, transit in Seattle and more housing.
Even the socialist strain shown in recent support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders didn’t surprise him.
“We’ve always had that lean,” he said. “The Postmaster General under FDR described the U.S. as, ‘Forty-seven states and the Soviet of Washington.’ ?”
Nine candidates are vying for the 7th District seat — including three Democratic front-runners, just like there were in 1988.
This year, state Sen. Pramila Jayapal, state Rep. Brady Walkinshaw and Metropolitan King County Councilmember Joe McDermott (no relation) are leading the pack, with more campaign contributions, endorsements and volunteers than other hopefuls: Democrats Arun Jhaveri and Donovan Rivers, Republicans Scott Sutherland and Craig Keller, and independents Leslie Regier and Carl Cooper.
9th Congressional District
In a redrawn district that became the state’s first majority minority district, Rep. Adam Smith faces challengers including former state Rep. Jesse Wineberry, an African American who says Smith isn’t doing enough for his constituents, and Republican Doug Basler, who finished second in 2014.
Smith, 51, has earned a reputation as a moderate Democrat, but in a recent campaign flier he’s calling himself “a champion for our progressive values,” and has endorsed a $15 minimum wage, comprehensive immigration reform, gun-safety laws and changes to tax codes that he argues favor the wealthy.
Smith has raised $601,000 for the campaign. He has been endorsed by President Obama, who called him “an effective elected official.” He also has endorsements from the Washington Machinists Council, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, The Seattle Times and The Stranger.
Wineberry, who declared for the office in May, reports a $14,000 loan from himself to his campaign and no individual contributions through June 30. He’s been endorsed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Samuel McKinney of Seattle’s Mount Zion Church and the Amalgamated Transit Union.
Basler reports contributions of $23,000. He’s been endorsed by the King and Pierce County Republican parties.
Seattle Housing Levy
Seattle voters will decide whether to increase an expiring housing levy to pay for affordable housing. The new levy would raise $290 million, twice as much as the existing levy, but is projected to create fewer affordable homes. Why? Read more.
Seattle viaduct park
If voters approve the initiative to transform a portion on the Alaskan Way Viaduct into a park, they’ll effectively kill the city’s waterfront plan that’s been almost a decade in the making.
Former mayoral candidate Kate Martin has led the effort for an elevated park for years and helped gather more than 30,000 signatures to get it on the ballot.
“That elevated park will pay our city and the people of our city back in spades from the day it opens,” Martin said. “It’ll be the most fabulous thing that’s ever happened to downtown Seattle and bring nothing but goodness forever.”
Snohomish County sales-tax increase
With heroin deaths on the rise in Snohomish County, voters will decide whether to increase the sales tax to, in large part, help the county hire more sheriff’s deputies.
Secretary of State
Secretary of State Kim Wyman, a Republican, is facing a tough challenger in Democrat Tina Podlodowski, a former Microsoft manager who served on the Seattle City Council in the 1990s. Podlodowski has raised about $230,000 in the race so far, compared with the $120,000 raised by Wyman. Libertarian candidate Tim Turner has raised about $300.
State commissioner of public lands
The race for Washington’s commissioner of public lands — an office that oversees the state’s largest firefighting force and 5.6 million acres of land — is crowded and contested, with no incumbent on the ballot.
Five candidates are running to be treasurer, including Republican banker Michael Waite, Democratic state Sen. Marko Liias and former Port of Seattle Commissioner Alec Fisken, a Democrat. Two other candidates Democrat John Paul Comerford and Benton County Treasurer Duane Davidson, a Republican, are running as well.
State superintendent of public instruction
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen is a Democrat who has held the post since 1997. He announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t seek re-election, sparking a rare rush of candidates for the office. Eleven have filed for the position that will pay $101,889 a year.
State Supreme Court
Law professor David DeWolf is one of three candidates looking to unseat sitting justices on the court, encouraged by a conservative-led coalition that thinks the judiciary needs to take a step back.