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posted Friday, July 29, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 31
Primary ballot full of LGBT candidates

Remember to send your ballot in by August 2
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Primary ballot full of LGBT candidates

Remember to send your ballot in by August 2

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

This year the primary ballot - which must be mailed in or dropped off by August 2 - includes an unprecedented number of LGBT candidates.

In the 7th Congressional District alone there are three: current King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, and small business owner Leslie Regier.

Six others are also in the 7th District race, where the retirement of veteran Rep. Jim McDermott (no relation to Joe), creates a rare open seat. Openly Gay candidates McDermott and Walkinshaw are considered front-runners, along with current State Sen. Pramila Jayapal.

Jayapal is straight but has actively campaigned for LGBT rights since the Andersen v. King County marriage equality case in 2006.

Current State Rep. Jim Moeller is also running for Congress, but in the 3rd District in the southwest corner of the state. His opponent, incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler, is notably right-wing, with a 0% rating from NARAL, 100% from the National Right to Life Association, 10% from Washington Conservation Voters, and an A from the NRA.

Three more LGBT candidates are running for statewide offices: former Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski for Secretary of State, state Sen. Marko Liias for State Treasurer, and King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove for Commissioner of Public Lands.

Podlodowski is considered a good bet to beat incumbent Republican Kim Wyman. Liias is in a race with four others for an open seat, and Upthegrove has six opponents, again for an open seat.

The race for Brady Walkinshaw's 43rd Legislative District House seat, a seat opened up by Walkinshaw's decision to run for Congress, also features three LGBT candidates: housing advocate Nicole Macri, political consultant Thomas Pitchford, and attorney Daniel Shih. There are also five other candidates.

Shih has a huge lead in fundraising, with more than $150,000, and Macri is second, with more than $88,000. Observers say they are the two most likely to make it through to the general election in November.

State Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-27) is unopposed for re-election, and State Rep. Joan McBride (D-48) is a popular incumbent running against a complete unknown who reports no campaign money raised.

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