Election Day is nearly here! Still need to break out that ballot but have some last-minute questions? Here’s a rundown of our fall general election programming, including coverage of the candidates and key issues at the state, regional and local levels.
Should Washington raise its minimum wage, approve the nation’s first carbon tax and get a statewide finance system for legislative races? Should the region support a $54 billion transit package including a major expansion of light rail? We also look at state races from the open 7th Congressional District seat to the state superintendent of public instruction.
Below is a listing our in-depth election coverage, most of which is featured on our weekly public-affairs show City Inside/Out. Plus get insight on lesser-known races and issues, including the King County judicial races and county charter amendments, via the Video Voters’ Guide.
Our election countdown continues with perspective from the heads of King County’s Democratic and Republican parties.
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington state legislators Pramila Jayapal and Brady Piñero Walkinshaw are both Seattle progressives vying to replace veteran U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott.
State elected officials
Debate between Gov. Jay Inslee and former Port Commissioner Bill Bryant sponsored by a Seattle CityClub-organized coalition.
Secretary of State
Kim Wyman faces a challenge from former Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski. They face off in a forum presented by the League of Women Voters of Washington.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Candidates Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal both bring backgrounds and experience in teaching and school administration.
Initiative 1433 – a measure to raise the statewide minimum wage to $13.50
Initiative 1464 – would create a public voucher system to fund legislative races in an effort to remove big-money donations from state politics
Initiative 732 – a measure to combat climate change through a new statewide carbon-emissions tax
Proposition 1 (Sound Transit 3) – a $54 billion regional expansion of light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit service
Initiative 124 – a measure to mandate safety standards for Seattle hotel workers