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2019 Primary Election Endorsements



At our May Membership Meeting, the 36th District Democrats voted to endorse the following candidates and positions in the August 6, 2019 Primary Election:

Yes! Seattle Libraries Yes
Parks For All Yes
King County Assessor John A. Wilson
County Council District 4 Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Port Position 2 (Dual endorsement) Dominic Barrera
Preeti Shridhar
Port Position 5 Fred Felleman
City Council 5 Debora Juarez
City Council 6 No endorsement
City Council 7 Andrew Lewis
School Board 1 Eric Blumhagen
School Board 2 Lisa Rivera Smith
Superior Court 5 Maureen McKee
Superior Court 16 Averil Rothrock
Superior Court 37 Michael Ryan
Superior Court 49 Aimee Sutton

Yes! Seattle Libraries — Libraries not only offer books, but music, movies, meeting spaces, internet access, and even simply a warm, dry place to spend a few hours. This library levy renewal will not only continue these services, but increase opening hours and update facilities for safety and comfort. It will also allow SPL to follow many other library systems around the country in eliminating overdue fines, an important equity practice that leads to increased library usage amongst groups who need the library’s services the most.

Parks For All — Parks and open spaces are vital to our environmental, personal, and civic health. Renewing the parks levy allows the county to improve playgrounds and play structures, expand environmental education for local schools, and improve and increase access to aquatics programs — the latter an important community health step as summer temperatures continue to increase.

Debora Juarez — In her first term, incumbent Juarez has shown herself to be a thoughtful and effective councilmember. She listens to and champions her constituents while retaining a firm understanding of citywide issues. Juarez has fought hard to optimize light rail transit in her district, promoted affordable housing, and has a far more compassionate approach to people experiencing houselessness than her opponents. Her status as the first and only Native American member of the Seattle City Council also offers a valuable perspective.