2016 Endorsements

2016 is a presidential election year. To date, the King County Democrats have made the following endorsements:

Ballot Measures

  • Initiative 735: YES
  • Initiative 1433: YES
  • Initiative 1464: YES
  • Initiative 1501: YES
  • Initiative 1515: NO/Decline to sign
  • Senate Joint Resolution 8210: YES
  • Advisory Vote 14: MAINTAIN
  • Advisory Vote 15: MAINTAIN
  • King County Charter Amendment #1 (non-partisan Prosecutor) 333NO
  • King County Charter Amendment #2 (gender neutral language) YES
  • Regional Transit Authority Proposition #1 (Sound Transit 3) YES
  • Bellevue Proposition #1 (fire levy) YES
  • Bellevue Proposition #2 (congestion levy) YES
  • Bothell Proposition #1 (fire levy) YES
  • Duvall Proposition #1 (levy lid lift) YES
  • Issaquah Proposition #1 (traffic improvement bonds) YES
  • Kenmore Proposition #1 (walkway/waterway improvement bonds) YES
  • Normandy Park Prop. 1: YES
  • Shoreline Proposition #1 (M&O levy) YES
  • Seattle Initiative #124 (hotel worker sexual harassment protection) YES
  • Seattle Prop. 1 (Housing): YES
  • Snoqualmie Proposition #1 (public safety levy) YES
  • Tukwila Proposition #1 (public safety bonds) YES
  • Auburn School District No 408 Proposition #1 (construction bonds) YES
  • Highline School District No 401 Proposition #1 (construction bonds) YES
  • Kent School District No 415 Proposition #1 (capital improvement bonds) YES
  • KC Fire District #27 Proposition #1 (M&O levy) YES
  • South King Fire and Rescue Proposition #1 (M&O levy) YES
  • Eastside Regional Fire Authority Proposition #1 (merger) YES


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The following offices will be voted on by residents of King County this year:

  • President and Vice President of the United States
  • United States Senator
  • United States Representative (Districts 1, 7, 8, 9)
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • Attorney General
  • Treasurer
  • Auditor
  • Commissioner of Public Lands
  • Insurance Commissioner
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Supreme Court Justice (Positions 1, 5, 6)
  • Court of Appeals Division 1, District 1 (Position 1)
  • Superior Court Judge (countywide, multiple positions)
  • State Senator (Districts 1, 5, 11, 36, 39, 41)
  • State Representative (both positions in all districts)

In addition, there are likely to be close to a dozen statewide and local ballot measures on the ballot, including school levies and bonds, either in February, April, August, or November.


Information for Candidates

Thank you for your interest in receiving an endorsement from the King County Democrats. To request an endorsement, please complete the questionnaire appropriate to your office.

Fill out the questionnaire as though you were being asked questions in a public forum, with television cameras rolling in the back of the room and newspaper reporters scribbling furiously. Once you are finished, email your completed questionnaire to questionnaires@kcdems.org. You must submit your questionnaire directly to KCDCC to be considered.

We ask you to submit your questionnaire to the above email address only. This will help us in our efforts to protect your answers from being mined by operatives working for your opponent(s).

At a minimum, your questionnaire must be received seven days in advance of a meeting if you want your candidacy to be considered at that meeting; this particular requirement is in our bylaws and cannot be waived or suspended. Note that you will most likely want to get your questionnaire in much earlier than this.

To be eligible for consideration at the May 24th, 2016 KCDCC executive board meeting, you must submit your questionnaire by the end of the day on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 (end of the day is 11:59 PM Pacific Time).

If you are a legislative candidate, to be eligible for consideration, you must have received the endorsement of your respective Democratic legislative organization. You may submit your questionnaire even if you haven’t received this endorsement, but note we will be unable to further consider your request until you earn the endorsement of your LD.

After submitting your questionnaire, make an appointment to interview with the Endorsements Committee by touching base with Endorsements Chair Randy Gordon. Candidates who sit down with the committee have a much higher likelihood of being recommended and/or endorsed.

All candidates who have submitted questionnaires are listed here; this list will update at least every few days (and also on the 7th day before any meeting).

You may also wish to review our full endorsement procedures, which are significantly different from previous years.