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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Not sure who to vote for? See who the King County Democrats have endorsed

If you haven't sent in your ballot yet, you might want to take a look at these endorsements by King County Democrats to help you make an informed decision.

Unlike in previous years, candidates on this year's ballot won't have any party labels next to their name. That's because last year, Republican political operatives (with the help of so-called "good government" groups) successfully persuaded voters to make elections "nonpartisan". Since this is a Democratic county, listing "Republican" next to a candidate's name hurts their chances, and that's why powerful GOP donors underwrote a campaign that allows people like Susan Hutchison to claim that they have no party preference at all.

One good way to check if your impressions on a candidate are correct would be to look at endorsements like this. This isn't to say anybody should blindly follow any organization's endorsements, however, if you consider yourself to be a Democratic voter, then these endorsements constitute a helpful guide.

Major endorsements from the link above:
  • Dow Constantine - King County Executive
  • Joe Mallahan - City of Seattle Mayor
  • Anne Ellington State - Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 1, Position 3
  • Bob Ferguson - King County Council, District 1
  • Julia Patterson - King County Council, District 5
  • Lloyd Hara or Bob Rosenberger - King County Assessor
  • John Creighton - Port of Seattle, Position 1
  • Rob Holland - Port of Seattle, Position 3
  • Max Vekich - Port of Seattle, Position 4
  • Ava Mac D Frisinger - City of Issaquah, Mayor
  • Kirkland City Council: Brad Larssen, Karen Tennyson
  • Redmond City Council: Kim Allen
And of course, NO on Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033 and Approve Referendum 71.

The complete list is available in PDF format.


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