Explanation of Ratings CR Candidate FR E R G H A ENDORSEMENT SEAMEC endorsements (marked in STONEWALL CITY COUNCIL BOLD CAPITAL letters and by a ) are granted by a 2/3 majority of the Position 7 SEAMEC Steering Committee, in SYLVIA RIVERA 5 A BAA B recognition of a clear choice of Jimmy Baldwin, i 4 BABC B importance to the LGBT William Tipton 4 U community, or in recognition of a Alexander T. Great 3 A AAA A distinguished history of activism on A. Bryant 0 FDFD F behalf of the LGBT community. For endorsements marked with a , Ratings are listed in order from highest to lowest; identical ratings see our marriage equality note on are listed in order of interview page 3. FAIRNESS RATING SCALE The numerical SEAMEC Fairness Rating uses the following scale: 5 - DEMONSTRATES LEADERSHIP 4 - EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS 3 - MEETS EXPECTATIONS 2 - NEEDS IMPROVEMENT 1 - RESISTANT 0 - HOSTILE Ratings are derived from all information available to the SEAMEC Steering Committee, including but not limited to: Information from the in-person interview Interview panelists’ recommendations The candidate’s voting and sponsorship record The candidate’s written questionnaire (addresses his/her history of activism) Media clippings Other organizations’ ratings Information gathered from “political insiders” grades (if no interview, “U” beats “di”); further ties are listed alphabetically by candidate’s last Two other ratings are possible: ? UNKNOWN: SEAMEC has insufficient information to determine a rating. X NO RATING GIVEN: This means that SEAMEC has considered but has declined to rate the candidate. JUDICIAL RATING SCALE Judicial candidates are restricted in what they can discuss by “judicial canons,” so SEAMEC administers a different questionnaire to judicial candidates in the in-person interview. In addition, the subject matter may differ slightly, but the same categories (at right) are used unless noted. Furthermore, the scale used for the numerical SEAMEC Candidate Rating for judicial candidates is different: 5 - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED See our website for a more detailed 4 - RECOMMENDED explanation of each rating. 3 - ADEQUATE Please Note: The numerical 2 - INADEQUATE SEAMEC Candidate Rating does 1 - RESISTANT not necessarily correlate to the 0 - HOSTILE interview (letter) grades, e.g. all A’s do not necessarily yield a SEAMEC INTERVIEW GRADES Candidate Rating of 5. To the right of the SEAMEC Candidate Rating are the interview letter grades, which are the median grades given by the in-person interview panelists. (Panels typically consist of 3-8 volunteers, the total number of which varies from interview to interview.) The scale used by the interview panelists is as follows: A B C D F Excellent Good Fair Poor Failed CANDIDATE INDICATORS After the candidate’s name there may be one or two symbols. i INCUMBENT CANDIDATE. The candidate currently holds the position and is running for re-election. OPENLY LGBT CANDIDATE. In 2006, at the request of SEAMEC members, we added this symbol to indicate openly LGBT candidates. 2014 INTERVIEW CATEGORIES The questions are asked in five categories. The categories and the question topics are: Equality (E) Relationships (R) Age and Gender (G) Health and Safety (H) Awareness (A) OTHER INTERVIEW INDICATORS If a candidate did not complete an in-person interview with SEAMEC, the following indicators are used: U UNABLE TO SCHEDULE interview. di DECLINED INTERVIEW. Either declined to be interviewed outright or did not respond to written and verbal invitations. DR DECLINED RUDELY. NS NO SHOW. Failed to appear for a scheduled interview. INCUMBENTS PASSING ON THE INTERVIEW PROCESS (*) This year SEAMEC again decided to offer long-term incumbents with well-documented records on LGBT issues an opportunity to pass on interviewing with us. Some chose to interview anyway, others did not. In these cases, SEAMEC based our Fairness Rating only on their documented records on LGBT issues. No negative implications should be drawn from their decision not to interview with us. CANDIDATE RATINGS 2014 GENERAL ELECTION Candidate Ratings and Endorsements BALLOTS DUE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014 Feel free to copy and distribute these ratings! Additional information, detailed explanations for most candidates, written questionnaires, and member feedback available on our website at http://www.voteseamec.org. Join us on Facebook. Search for SEAMEC. SEAMEC Candidate Ratings Candidate -2- CR FR E R G H A Candidate 2014 General Election CR FR E R G H A Candidate U.S. CONGRESS State Representative, Position 2 Roger Freeman (D), i 3 di First Congressional District ? di SUZAN DELBENE (D) ,i 4 A A A A A Jack Dovey (R) Legislative District 31 Pedro Celis (R) 2 di State Senator Seventh Congressional District JIM MCDERMOTT (D), i 5 Cathy Dahlquist (R) 1 di Craig Keller (R) ? di Pam Roach (R) ,i 1 di CR FR E R G H A Candidate Legislative District 36 State Senator JEANNE KOHL-WELLES (D)i 5 Sabrina Forbes (R) ? di State Representative, Position 1 Reuven Carlyle (D), i 3 di Leslie Klein (RS) 2 di CR FR E R G H A State Representative, Position 1 3 B A B B B Eileen L. Cody (D), i 4 2 di State Representative, Position 2 State Representative, Position 1 JOE FITZGIBBON (D), i 4 Linda Kochmar (R), i 3 di Brendan B. Kolding (D) ? di Greg Baruso (D) ? di PARTY PREFERENCES CP Citizens’ Party D Democrat I Independent ID Independent Democrat IR Independent Republican L Libertarian NP NPa NU R RS SA WW No Preference Non-Partisan Party National Union Republican Republican Spirit Socialist Alternate Work & Wealth JAMIE PEDERSEN (D)▼ 5 - 3- CR FR E R G H A Candidate CR FR E R G H A Candidate Justice, Position 4 Charles W. Johnson Marcus Naylor State Representative, Position 2 Larry Springer (D), i 3 di Brendan Woodward (R) ? di Justice, Position 7 Judge, Position 4 Debra L. Stephens 4 A A A A A Peter L. Nault ? Di John (Zamboni) Scannell 2 C D C C B Judge, Position 5 Court of Appeals, Div 1, Dist 1 David A. Steiner ? di Judge, Position 1 2/Y Judge, Position 6 Michael J. Trickey ? di Michael Finkle ? di Judge, Position 5 Judge, Position 7 Linda Lau ? di Donna Tucker ? di Judge, Position 6 Shoreline Electoral District Ann Schindler ? di Judge, Position 1 State Representative, Position 1 Mike Sando (D) ? di Drew Stokesbary (R) ? di State Senator SHARI SONG (D) Mark Miloscia (R) Candidate State Representative, Position 1 Roger Goodman (D), i 3 A A A A A Joel Hussey (R) ? di Legislative District 46 State Representative, Position 2 State Senator Gael Tarleton (D), i 4 A B B A A David Frockt (D), i 4 AAAB Paul Addis (L) 2 C D C D C Van Sperry (R) ? di Ninth Congressional District Legislative District 37 State Representative, Position 2 State Representative, Position 1 ADAM SMITH (D), i 5 Christopher Hurst (ID), i 2 di Gerry Pollett (D), i 4 State Senator Doug Basler (R) ? di Phil Fortunato (IR) 1 di PRAMILA JAYAPAL (D) 5 A A A A A State Representative, Position 2 Louis Watanabe (D) 4 A B A B A Jessyn Farrell (D), i Legislative District 32 4 AAAA WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE Branden Curtis (R) ? di State Representative, Position 1 State Senator Legislative District 1 Sharon Tomiko Santos (D), i 4 MARALYN CHASE (D) , i 4 Legislative District 47 State Representative, Position 1 2 C D C D D State Senator Chris Eggen (D) 3 B B B B A Daniel Bretzke (R) DEREK STANFORD (D), i 5 State Representative, Position 2 State Representative, Position 1 JOE FAIN (R), i 4 State Representative, Position 2 Eric Pettigrew (D), i 4 Cindy Ryu (D), i 4 di Carol Barber (D) 3 BABB Tamra Smilanich (NPa) ? di LUIS MOSCOSO (D), i 4 State Representative, Position 2 State Representative, Position 1 Edward J. Barton (R) 3 B A C A B Legislative District 39 Ruth Kagi (D), i 4 CHRIS BARRINGER (D) 4 A B C A Legislative District 5 Alvin A. Rutledge (R) ? di Mark Hargrove (R), i 0 di State Representative, Position 1 State Representative, Position 1 Dan Kristiansen (R), i 2 di State Representative, Position 2 Legislative District 33 Essie Hicks (D) 3 A A A A A State Senator PAT SULLIVAN (D), i 4 State Representative, Position 2 Jay Rodne (R), i 2 di Barry Knowles (R) ? di Elizabeth Scott (R) ,i 1 di [**note] KAREN KEISER (D) ,i 4 State Representative, Position 2 Charles Jensen (D) ? di Martin Metz (R) ? di Legislative District 48 Chad Magendanz (R), i 4 A B C B B State Representative, Position 1 Legislative District 41 State Senator David Spring (D) X di Tina Orwall (D), i 3 di 4 di State Representative, Position 1 S/F CYRUS HABIB (D) Legislative District 11 Michael J. Siefkes (R) ? di ? di Tana Senn (D), i 4 B B B B A Michelle Darnell (R) State Representative, Position 1 Bill Stinson (R) 3 B B C B D State Representative, Position 1 State Representative, Position 2 S/F Zack Hudgins (D), i 4 Mia Su-Ling Gregerson (D), i 3 B B C B B State Representative, Position 2 Ross Hunter (D), i 4 AAAA Jeanette Burrage (R) 1 D D D D D Judy Clibborn (D), i ? di State Representative, Position 2 3 A B A A B Bill Hirt (R) Alex O’Neil (NP) ? di Steve Bergquist (D), i 3 B B B B B Legislative District 34 State Representative, Position 2 Sarah Sanoy-Wright (R) 1 di JOAN MCBRIDE (D)▼ 4 AABA Legislative District 43 State Senator Tim Turner (L) 2 DCDD Legislative District 30 SHARON K. NELSON (D), i 4 State Senator S/F Eighth Congressional District Dave Reichert (R), i 2 di Jason Ritchie (D) ? di 2014 General Election A A A Judge, Position 16 John H. Chun Judge, Position 27 Tanya L. Thorp Judge, Position 34 Chad Allred B A F Judge, Position 3 Rick Leo Lisa O’Toole Douglas J. Smith ? di Judge, Position 47 Roger Rogoff ? di ? di ? di Judge, Position 5 Anne C. Harper ? di Judge, Position 2 David E. Meyer 2/Y Judge, Position 3 Nathaniel B. Green, Jr. ? di 2/Y Judge, Position 4 Corinna Harn ? di ? di ? di Judge, Position 6 4 B A A A A Matt Williams ? di ? U District Court SW Electoral District Judge, Position 2 S/F Judge, Position 1 Ketu Shah 3 A A A A A David M. Christie ? di Sarah Hayne ? di Judge, Position 2 NON-STANDARD TERMS: Susan Mahoney ? di S/F Short and Full Terms 2/Y Unexpired Two-Year Term ? di ? di 2/Y Judge, Position 1 Janet Garrow ▼ Dawn M. Bettinger District Court West Electoral District Judge, Position 4 Eileen A. Kato Judge, Position 1 Charles J. Delaurenti, II ? di Judge, Position 5 Richard Bathum Judge, Position 5 Elizabeth D. Stephenson ? di Judge, Position 1 Johanna Bender ENDORSEMENTS FOR SUPPORTERS OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY Judge, Position 3 Art Chapman 2/Y ? di ? di ? di District Court SE Electoral District ? di ? di Judge, Position 4 D. Mark Eide 3 BBBC C ? di 2/Y ? di Judge, Position 3 Vicki Seitz Judge, Position 2 Mark C. Chow Philip Tavel Judge, Position 2 Marcine Anderson ? di Judge, Position 39 Julia Garratt ? di ? Di 2/Y District Court NE Electoral District KING COUNTY State Representative, Position 1 S/F Prosecuting Attorney BRADY WALKINSHAW (D), i▼ 4 A A A A A Dan Satterberg (R) Superior Court Judge, Position 8 John R. Ruhl A 2 AABA A ? U SEAMEC Candidate Ratings CR FR E R G H A Seattle Municipal Court Judge, Position 1 Ed McKenna ? di Judge, Position 2 C. Kimi Kondo Jon M. Zimmerman ? di ? di Judge, Position 3 Steve Rosen ? di Judge, Position 4 Judith Montgomery Hightower ? di Judge, Position 5 Willie Gregory ? di Judge, Position 6 Karen Donohue ? di Judge, Position 7 Damon Shadid Fred Bonner 5 AAAA A 5 BBCB A SEAMEC endorsements are granted by a 2/3 majority of the SEAMEC Steering Committee. In 2012 SEAMEC took the unprecedented step of endorsing every legislative candidate that voted for the historic Marriage Equality Act (marked with ). This is the first year since the legislative vote on marriage equality that State Senators taking that vote have faced the ballot. As in previous years, their numerical SEAMEC Candidate Rating reflects their record on all issues of importance to the LGBT community, and does not necessarily correspond either to their vote on marriage or to their interview grades. Depend on the SEAMEC Ratings? SEAMEC depends on YOU! Send in your contributions today. 1122 E. Pike St. #901 Seattle, WA 98122 4 di State Representative, Position 2 JUDICIAL FRANK CHOPP (D), i 5 State Supreme Court Jessica Spear (SA) 4 AAAA A Justice, Position 1 2/Y Legislative District 45 MARY YU ▼ 5 AAAA A State Senator Justice, Position 3 MATT ISENHOWER (D) 3 AABB A MARY E. FAIRHURST 5 AAAA A ANDY HILL (R), i 3 ** Score lowered due to vote in favor of gay conversion therapy in 2014. SEAMEC would like to thank: Urban Press, Seattle Gay News, Equal Rights Washington, Greater Seattle Business Association, Tom Crews, Charles Fay, Johnine Larsen, Jon Park, Rick Petersen, George Pieper, Matthew Philips, Deborah Rustin, Jeffrey Stoltz & Timothy O'Connor, Scott Witet, Cathy Allen, George Bakan, Herb Krohn, J. Wong, Anita Legsdin, Jim Irish, Ed Jackson, Lori Jackson, Michael Andrew, Abe Gaston, Doug Hamilton, Jeff Koertzen, Patty Carlisle, Louise Chernin, Derek Stanford, Rita Smith, Dave Haining, Bill Dubay, Richard Isaac, Ben Shepperd, Janice Raymond, Mark Levy, Jess Maynard, Kathryn Chambers, Andrew Tucker, David Booth, Antony Xczar and all the candidates who have participated in the SEAMEC rating process. THANK YOU!
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