VOTE! Tuesday’s your deadline for getting your primary-election ballot out

If you haven’t already voted, dig up your ballot to get it done and send it out! Tuesday is your last chance to get it in either a dropbox or a mailbox. It’s not a long ballot (here’s what it looks like) but you have three major decisions:

34th District State Senate: 11 people are running for this open seat. Which two will advance to November? Here’s the order in which they’re listed on the ballot, with party preference – the names link to their infopages on the state website (with everything from resumé toplines to links showing you who donated to their campaigns):

Joe Nguyen (Prefers Democratic Party)
Lois Schipper (Prefers Democratic Party)
Sofia Aragon (Prefers Democratic Party)
Courtney Lyle (Prefers Republican Party)
Hillary Shaw (States No Party Preference)
Annabel Quintero (Prefers Democratic Party)
Lemuel W. Charleston (Prefers Democrat Party)
Shannon Braddock (Prefers Democratic Party)
Darla Green (Prefers Republican Party)
Debi Wagner (Prefers Independent Party)
Lisa Ryan Devereau (Prefers Democratic Party)

We’ve covered four forums in this race, all with video: White Center Chamber of Commerce‘s forum, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce‘s forum, West Seattle Democratic Women‘s forum, 34th District Democrats‘ forum.

U.S. Senate: Incumbent Maria Cantwell has 28 challengers. Which two of the 29 candidates (all listed here) will make it to the general election?

King County Prop 1: Replacement levy for Automated Fingerprint Identification System Services

TO VOTE: This is the first election with prepaid postage, so if you send your ballot via US Postal Service mail, you do NOT need a stamp. You can also use a county dropbox – there’s one in West Seattle, alongside the High Point Library at 3411 SW Raymond, and you have until 8 pm Tuesday to drop off your ballot there. (The full countywide list is here.)

21 Replies to "VOTE! Tuesday's your deadline for getting your primary-election ballot out"

  • Jon August 6, 2018 (4:19 am)

    Debi Wagner is the most level-headed and honest person I’ve seen run for this position in many years. She – unlike every other candidate I contracted – promptly returned my call to clarify her positions and deserves your votes if you too grow tired of Marxism run amok. It’s refreshing to see a moderate again and I’m hoping that others will take notice.

    • Um, No! August 6, 2018 (12:56 pm)

      Agree,   she getting my vote. 

  • MJ August 6, 2018 (9:28 am)

    Local politics is indeed distressing.  The City has moved way too far left.  Neither political party works for the majority of people that are in the pragmatic center.  

    • WSB August 6, 2018 (1:38 pm)

      To be clear:

      There are NO city positions or issues on the August ballot. The 34th Legislative District includes West Seattle as well as White Center, Vashon and Maury Islands, part of Burien. The U.S. Senator primary covers the entire state; the 7th Congressional District includes much of Seattle (but both candidates in that race are guaranteed to advance to November, as are both unopposed 34th District State House reps). 

  • Jort August 6, 2018 (10:31 am)

    Now that Joe Nguyen has completely disavowed the anti-transit sentiments of Bob “I Will Literally Kill Light Rail to West Seattle” Hasegawa, I have reconsidered my earlier skepticism of his candidacy. He seems to genuinely believe that Hasegawa was dead wrong about joining with Republicans to dismantle Sound Transit, and dead wrong about joining with Republicans in trying to reduce the car tab fee we overwhelmingly approved at the ballot box.

  • MJ August 6, 2018 (10:59 am)

    JortThe issue with the car tab fee is that it is based on inflated car valuations that needs to be corrected.  Every time a person pays for car tabs based on inflated valuation is an annoyed taxpayer that is not good PR for ST.MJ

  • Bmc August 6, 2018 (11:31 am)

    Any last minute pitches for candidates? Who are the top contenders? Nguyen sounds good to me because he is interested in a state single payor insurance system – but is that realistic? Shaw the best to reform school budgeting issues? Schipper all around good for lots of issues? Any input would be helpful. Still a bit undecided. Thanks 

    • KM August 6, 2018 (2:08 pm)

      I’m undecided as well, but seeing Nguyen clarify his stance on transit is definitely a bonus point for him, and he’s on my shortlist. I still need to dig deeper.I didn’t receive a voters pamphlet this time. Anyone else missing theirs?

      • WSB August 6, 2018 (3:01 pm)

        The links above, for each candidate’s name in the 34th race, go to online pamphlet info – probably more useful as there are direct links to the candidates’ websites too as well as fundraising report info. If you haven’t already found it, the online pamphlet links are here:

        • KM August 6, 2018 (3:31 pm)

          Noted, and thanks! I prefer NOT to have the paper in my physical mailbox, but know that others might rely on these booklets.

          • WSB August 6, 2018 (3:35 pm)

            Us too; I haven’t heard of an “opt out of paper pamphlets” option but it would be great to have one. Hmmmm.

  • Ivan Weiss August 6, 2018 (11:42 am)

    @ Jort:Your attacks against Bob Hasegawa are still as unfounded and absurd as they have been from the beginning. He is not “anti-transit,” and never has been. Bob has always fought for more transparency and oversight than the current system of Sound Transit governance provides.-Maybe YOU think the legislative branch of government should be rubber stamps for every executive branch and administrative agency of government, and should hand them carte blanche and a blank check to do whatever they please, cost to the taxpayers be damned. Well, I don’t, and I’d bet money that 90 percent of taxpayers don’t, either. I guess you’re in that 10 percent, then.-Maybe if you quit getting your talking points from the Urbanist and the Transit Blog, the points you raise might be more credible. As it is, they’re just a lot of noise. I’m glad Bob Hasegawa is in Olympia, asking Sound Transit and other agencies the tough questions,  ensuring that my tax dollars are well spent, and fighting for the rights of working people and his district’s (and this one’s) lower income residents.-

    • Jort August 6, 2018 (2:08 pm)

      Any Democratic legislator who represents a Puget Sound district who feels an overwhelming urge to abandon the Democratic Party and join with anti-transit republican representatives from places like Ritzville and Asotin deserves any anti-transit label they are given.Bob Hasegawa had a choice of being a Democrat and supporting his constituents, who overwhelmingly approved Sound Transit 3. He instead chose to throw his party away like garbage and joined up with republicans. It says a lot about his character and priorities.

    • RickWS August 6, 2018 (4:15 pm)

      Jort is the same guy, that keeps referring to  research from the 1980s that Bicycle Helmets  don’t work.  Need I say any more?

      • Jort August 6, 2018 (4:55 pm)

        Hi RickWS. Can you show me where I “keep referring” to this research?I can think of a lot of reasons why helmet LAWS aren’t effective, but I am not aware that I ever flatly said that bicycle helmets do not work.Thousands and thousands of people have been using our bikeshare system without helmets, yet somehow our rate of serious injuries has not correlated with the increase in bikeshare trips. Perhaps cycling is not inherently dangerous, after all?

  • Anne August 6, 2018 (1:09 pm)

    @BMC, I’m voting for Shannon Braddock. She has endorsements from The Seattle Times,  a number of unions and the outgoing state senator in the 34th district, Sharon Nelson.  She has solid experience and support from those in King County government (County Executive Constantine, King County council members and chair) and is in a great position to utilize that support on behalf of the 34th.  She will be able to get things done more easily and quickly than someone who has to start from square one.

    • RickWS August 6, 2018 (4:17 pm)

      Endorsements are not very helpful if you are looking for changes in state government.  Endorsement for more of the same.  I take them with a grain of salt.

  • MJ August 6, 2018 (3:12 pm)

    Bmc I likes Joe’s immigrant success story, however his positions on issues, single payer health (that I do not support) in particular made me look elsewhere.

  • ELLY August 6, 2018 (5:20 pm)

    I voted for Shannon Braddock.  She actually has relevant experience . Per Ballotpedia: Braddock earned a B.A. in speech communication from Western Washington University in 1992. She went on to receive a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington in 2007. Her professional experience includes the following:2010-Present: Chief of staff, King County Councilmember Joe McDermontt2008-2012: Board member and secretary, West Seattle Food Bank2007-2010: Legislative/spectrum representative, Lafayette PTA2000-2007: Regulatory affairs assistant, Philips Medical Systems1998-1999: Community affairs assistant, Northwest Harvest1996-1998: Executive assistant, Texas State Senate1994-1996: Executive assistant, Association of American Railroads1993-1994: Hearings coordinator, U.S. House of Representatives, Energy and Commerce1992: Campaign manager, People for Kelli Linville[2][3]And she should advocate for WS since she is a local.

  • Question Authority August 6, 2018 (5:44 pm)

    In order to break the cycle of stagnation and Leftist leanings which have made this City and whole area suffer I’m voting for Debbie Wagner.  As a someone who is not beholden to the marching orders of the current entrenched Same O Samo O club she is bringing common sense to this election and us the electorate by dumping the status quo.

  • lem August 7, 2018 (11:27 am)

     This August 7 2018, is the day we, the 34th district of Seattle, decide who will go on to the general election. There are several wonderful candidates who have made significant scarifies in their lives and the lives of their family and friends. They have done this to offer their services, skill sets, and experiences, to work hard to make the 34th district of Seattle, the most fantastic and wonderful place in the state to live. Please do all of us the courtesy of reading and understanding the candidates, look everywhere you can for their input. There have been several meaningful forums, please take the time to review these forums and elect the best candidate possible for the 34th district. Do your own thinking. Don’t let the mainstream media think or decide for you. Don’t let the political insiders who want to maintain the status quo with “traditional candidates” think for you. We as a district are suffering from a lack of creativity in legislation, common sense in government, and heart in the best interest of the people, the climate and our energy in this district. Be sure to vote and do your own thinking.Many Thanks,lem

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