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Labor picks in Democratic primaries include Darneille, Fey, DelBene

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on May 7, 2012 at 10:37 am with No Comments »
May 7, 2012 10:37 am

The Washington State Labor Council endorsed candidates over the weekend in most of the state’s political races.

While predictably endorsing a host of Democrats running against Republicans, the council also gave its seal of approval in several intra-Democratic Party competitions in the South Sound, including six races for the Legislature with no incumbent running:

  • Rep. Jeannie Darneille over attorney Jack Connelly for a state Senate seat representing Tacoma;
  • Jake Fey over Lauren Walker in a race for between two Tacoma City Council members for Darneille’s seat;
  • Port of Olympia Commissioner Jefferson Davis over Mason County Commissioner Lynda Ring Erickson for House;
  • The labor council’s own former political director, Ben Lawver, over law clerk David Sawyer in a race between two Tacomans for House;
  • Roger Flygare over Thom MacFarlane in a competition between Federal Way-area businessmen for House;
  • Former Puyallup Rep. Dawn Morrell over political newcomer Eric Hingsberger for House.

Farther north, the council endorsed former state revenue director Suzan DelBene in a crowded field of Democrats running for Congress in the 1st district.

But it couldn’t pick just one candidate in three of the most hotly contested statewide primaries featuring Democrats:

  • State auditor, where in a race between three state lawmakers, Craig Pridemore faces two more conservative rivals, Troy Kelley and Mark Miloscia (who is liberal on labor issues), plus Republican James Watkins. The council didn’t endorse.
  • Secretary of state, where the council endorsed both former state Rep. Kathleen Drew and former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels. The third Democrat in the race, state Sen. Jim Kastama, drew labor’s ire this year by siding with Republicans on the budget. Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman is the race’s lone Republican.
  • State Supreme Court, where the council made another dual endorsement, this time of former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg and King County Judge Bruce Hilyer. Both have backgrounds in Democratic politics, but this is ostensibly a nonpartisan race, which also includes Sheryl Gordon McCloud and Richard Sanders.

The labor council also endorsed legalizing gay marriage and recreational marijuana use, both on the ballot this November.

Full list here:

Early endorsements from February convention

U.S. Senate – Maria Cantwell

Governor – Jay Inslee

Attorney General – Bob Ferguson

Endorsements from May 5th COPE Convention

CONGRESS:

1st CD – Suzan DelBene

2nd CD – Rick Larsen

3rd CD – OPPOSE Jaime Herrera Beutler

4th CD – Mary Baechler

5th CD – Rich Cowan

6th CD – Derek Kilmer

7th CD – Jim McDermott

8th CD – Karen Porterfield

9th CD – Adam Smith

10th CD – Denny Heck

BALLOT MEASURES:

Ref. 74 (Marriage Equality) – APPROVE

Initiative 502 (Legalize marijuana) – YES

Initiative 1185 (Eyman-2/3 vote for tax increases) – NO

Initiative 1191 (right-to-work) – NO

Initiative 1192 (Redefine “marriage”) – NO

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES:

Supreme Court, Pos. 2 – Susan Owens

Supreme Court, Pos. 8 – Steven Gonzalez

Supreme Court, Pos. 9 – Bruce Hilyer and John Ladenburg (dual)

STATEWIDE OFFICES:

Insurance Commissioner – Mike Kreidler

Lt. Governor – Brad Owen

Secretary of State – Kathleen Drew and Greg Nickels (dual)

Sup’t of Public Instruction – Randy Dorn

STATE LEGISLATURE:

LD 1 – House 1 – Derek Stanford

LD 1 – House 2 – Luis Moscoso

LD 1 – Senate – Rosemary McAuliffe

LD 2 – Senate – Bruce Lachney

LD 3 – House 1 – Marcus Riccelli

LD 3 – House 2 – Timm Ormsby

LD 3 – Senate – Andy Billig

LD 4 – House 2 – Amy Biviano

LD 5 – House 2 – David Spring

LD 6 – House 2 – Dennis Dellwo

LD 8 – House 1 – Jay Clough

LD 8 – House 2 – Robert Parks

LD 10 – House 2 – Thomas Riggs

LD 10 – Senate – (no action)

LD 11 – House 1 – Zach Hudgins

LD 11 – Senate – Bob Hasegawa

LD 16 – Senate – Scott Nettles

LD 17 – House 1 – Monica Stonier

LD 17 – House 2 – James Gizzi

LD 17 – Senate – Tim Probst

LD 18 – Senate – OPPOSE Joe Zarelli

LD 19 – House 2 – Brian Blake

LD 21 – House 2 – Marko Liias

LD 22 – House 1 – Chris Reykdal

LD 22 – House 2 – Sam Hunt

LD 22 – Senate – Karen Fraser

LD 23 – House 1 – Sherry Appleton

LD 23 – House 2 – Drew Hansen

LD 23 – Senate – Christine Rolfes

LD 24 – House 1 – Kevin Van de Wege

LD 24 – House 2 – Steve Tharinger

LD 25 – House 1 – Dawn Morrell

LD 25 – House 2 – Bill Hilton

LD 26 – House 1 – Karin Ashabraner

LD 26 – House 2 – Larry Seaquist

LD 27 – House 1 – Laurie Jinkins

LD 27 – House 2 – Jacob Fey

LD 27 – Senate – Jeannie Darnielle

LD 28 – House 1 – Eric Choiniere

LD 28 – House 2 – Tami Green

LD 29 – House 1 – Ben Lawver

LD 29 – House 2 – Steve Kirby

LD 30 – House 1 – Roger Flygare

LD 30 – House 2 – Rick Hoffman

LD 32 – House 1 – Cindy Ryu

LD 33 – House 1 – Tina Orwell

LD 33 – House 2 – Dave Upthegrove

LD 34 – House 1 – Eileen Cody

LD 34 – House 2 – Joe Fitzgibbon

LD 35 – House 1 – Kathy Haigh

LD 35 – House 2 – Jefferson Davis

LD 36 – House 2 – Noel Frame and Brett Phillips (dual)

LD 38 – House 1 – John McCoy

LD 38 – House 2 – Mike Sells

LD 39 –House/Senate TBA – Eleanor Walters

LD 40 – House 1 – Kristine Lytton

LD 40 – Senate – Kevin Ranker

LD 42 – House 1 – Natalie McClendon

LD 44 – House 1 – Hans Dunshee

LD 44 – House 2 – Mary McNaughton

LD 45 – House 1 – Roger Goodman

LD 46 – House 1 – Sylvester Cann and Gerry Pollet (dual)

LD 46 – House 2 – Dusty Hoerler

LD 46 – Senate – David Frockt

LD 47 – House 1 – Bud Sizemore

LD 48 – House 2 – Cyrus Habib

LD 49 – Senate – Annette Cleveland

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