Just a friendly reminder to make sure you fill out your ballot and drop it in the mail for the 2019 Primary Election by August 6. You no longer need a stamp to make your voice heard!
Ballots were mailed out to registered voters on July 17. Last year's turnout in Washington State was the highest in 20 years. Let's do our part as union members to make sure results remain strong.
Not surprisingly, presidential and mid-term election years increase voter turnout significantly. But it's equally important for us as concerned citizens to participate in off-year elections.
This year, many of the candidates on your ballot are strong supporters of working families. There are excellent candidates vying for the four seats up for reelection on the King County Council and for the seven open seats on the Seattle City Council.
The outcome of these races and others in the counties and towns across our region will have a tremendous impact on policies and regulations that will affect us for years to come.
Please fill out your ballot and drop it in the mail as soon as possible. If you want to learn about the candidates our union has endorsed through our member-driven process, please visit our union's endorsements page on our website.
Teamsters 117 represents approximately 3,500 members who work for local public sector jurisdictions in King and Pierce Counties (in addition to 6,000 state employees who work for the state Dept. of Corrections).
We have members who work for the cities of Seattle and Tacoma, at King County and Pierce County, as well as a dozen other local cities and the Port of Seattle, in hundreds of classifications.
One thing all of our members share, regardless of whether we work in the public or private sector, is that we all deserve good public services, and we believe that anyone who works for a living should have good wages and benefits to be able to take care of their families.
Elected officials who serve on city councils, or county councils, make decisions that impact our members every day. They approve or reject collective bargaining agreements we negotiate in the public sector, which means that who gets elected to office matters a great deal.
In 2019, our Statewide Political Advisory Committee met with dozens of candidates, and made endorsements for local office for positions which will appear on your Primary and General Election ballot this year.
If you have any questions about the ballot you get in the mail, or you need more information on anyone we have endorsed, please feel free to reach out to our Political Director, Dustin Lambro, at 1-888-872-3489 x1262 or dustin @ teamsters117.org.
At Teamsters 117, we have a committee of members that participates in interviewing candidates and making recommendations for who our union endorses. That decision is based on which candidates the committee feels best represent the needs of working families.
In 2019, our Statewide Political Advisory Committee met with dozens of candidates and made endorsements for local office for positions which will appear on your Primary and General Election ballot this year. Those candidates are listed below.
|King County||Director of Elections||Julie Wise|
|County Council, Pos 2||Larry Gossett|
|County Council, Pos 4||Jeanne Kohl-Welles|
|County Council, Pos 6||Claudia Balducci|
|County Council, Pos 8||Joe McDermott|
|Port of Seattle||Commissioner, Pos 2||
Sam Cho (Dual)
|Commissioner, Pos 5||Fred Felleman|
|City of Auburn||City Council, Pos 5||Chris Stearns|
|City of Burien||City Council, Pos 6||Sofia Aragon|
|City of Federal Way||City Council, Pos 3||Sharry Edwards|
|City Council, Pos 5||Jamila Taylor|
|City of Kent||City Council, Pos 1||Marli Larimer|
|City Council, Pos 3||Sara Franklin|
|City Council, Pos 5||Mizan Rahman|
|City Council, Pos 7||Awale Farah|
|City of Renton||Mayor||Ruth Perez|
|City of Seattle||City Council, District 1||Lisa Herbold|
|City Council, District 2||Tammy Morales|
|City Council, District 3||Zachary DeWolf|
|City Council, District 4||Emily Myers|
|City Council, District 5||Debora Juarez|
|City Council, District 6||
Sergio Garcia (Dual)
|City Council, District 7||
Andrew Lewis (Dual)
|City of Tacoma||City Council, Pos 1||Nathe Lawver|
|City Council, Pos 7||Conor McCarthy|
City of Tukwila
|City Council, Pos 2||Nancy Manos|
Here are the Teamsters 117 political endorsements for the 2017 August 1st Primary Election.
For more information regarding the endorsement process or to get involved in election activities, contact Local 117 Political Coordinator Dustin Lambro at 206-441-4860 ext. 1262.