If the ads, yard signs, emails, and social media posts haven’t tipped you off – there’s an election just over two weeks away. The official start to the 18-day voting period began on Friday, July 17. If you are a registered voter and do not receive your ballot, contact your county (King or Pierce) elections department.
If you are not registered to vote in the state of Washington, or need to update your voter registration, go to Vote.wa.gov. Voters do not have to declare a party affiliation to vote in the primary.
Over the next two weeks we will share information for candidates that are on your ballot. This information can also be found in our Vote 2020 section.
Washington state’s primary election is a top two run off. This means the two candidates who receive the most votes in the Primary Election qualify for the General Election, regardless of party.
8th Congressional District
The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts. Each district elects a representative to the U.S. House of Representatives for a two-year term. Representatives are also called congressmen/congresswomen.
Auburn is in Washington’s 8th Congressional District. The 8th Congressional District includes includes eastern portions of King and Pierce counties, Chelan, Douglas, and Kittitas county. Congresswoman Kim Schrier, M.D. is the current 8th Congressional District Representive.
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Other Professional Experience
Entrepreneur & Business Owner, Author, Uniter
James volunteers in Union Gospel Mission “Search & Rescue” missions providing food, water, clothing & blankets to homeless, even in Seattle’s “Jungle”. He’s met with Vine Maple Place and New Horizons Youth Homeless Shelter analyzing unmet needs. His focus on these organizations came from his own heart for service he’s always had. As a child of a single mom, James experienced similar needs within his own family. His JWOW Fitness Corporation plan reveals “for-profit” revenue percentage channeled into “non-profit” ministry to eradicate homelessness, hunger and additional nationwide urgent unmet needs.
I’m James Mitchell, asking for your vote. We need to fire Kim Schrier! Why? She’s done nothing for you in two years! Nothing for your healthcare. She’s used her position promoting harm to women and even killing children: from lies about abortion to fighting to make dangerous vaccines Mandatory! She states when a baby qualifies as “life” is a woman’s “personal, philosophical & religious decision”. Kim disrespects our soldiers and leadership. She’s not a team player! You need Me to fight for You! Kim’s done nothing truly innovative for our farmers. You give a third of your life to your job, so you deserve better wages, affordable housing, innovative manufacturing for more jobs. You deserve healthcare as your “right”: conventional or natural!
We need full education reform including effective homeschool support & opportunities! Children need to be taught successful life skills so they’re better equipped! Then when they graduate they know how the world works! They know how healthcare works! Finances! Why? Because right now after graduation, they’re thrown to wolves with a “good luck”!
We don’t need two more years of no action! Where was Kim during shutdown? She wasn’t at the Capitol Rally May 9th where I was fighting for you, for us, together! Fighting to re-open Washington: your jobs, your businesses, so you don’t lose them! I’m a Pro-Life Democrat with old-school, traditional values for our working class and Party restoration.
I’m an entrepreneur who knows small business. I’m a Democrat/Republican hybrid which means I reach across the table: Both Parties working together to serve you! I’m asking you to hire Me to work for You. Your public servant! Why? Because there is no Higher Calling than service to others. I’m James Mitchell and I am… “Uniting Us All For A Better Life”!
(Prefers Independent Party)
None, which makes me the perfect candidate. No bad habits, no party affiliations, no special interests – other than you.Other Professional Experience
16 years working in various industrial sectors; Current Position: Environmental Compliance Director, Silver Bay SeafoodsEducation
Bachelors Degree from Central Washington University in Geography; Masters Degree from New England College in Management
6 years as a volunteer youth sports coach: 4 seasons with the Enumclaw Jr. Hornets; 1 season with Thunder Mountain Middle School’s wrestling team; 1 season as the basketball coach for Enumclaw Special Olympics; and 1 season as the Athletic Director of the executive board for Enumclaw Jr. Hornets.
I’m not a democrat nor a republican; I’m not even a politician. I’m a simple minded, 3rd generation fisherman, middle-class working husband and father trying to provide for my family. I am running for this position because I am frustrated with how politicians have taken control of our government. A government that is supposed to be of the people and by the people has turned into quid pro quo and back room deals and ultimately, they don’t get anything accomplished.
Many politicians make and break campaign promises. They say that they are representing you when in reality, they are representing their interests, the interests of their party, and their special interest groups. Who else has absolutely had it with Congress’ bipartisan nonsense and constant bickering? I get more accomplished arguing with my teenage sons. I have seen very little from them lately that would indicate they have the best interests of you and me in mind. Lately, the entire congressional process has been a joke and politicians have turned it into a game. Shameful! As your representative you are my party, you are my special interest. My votes and priority will always be what is in the best interests of the people that I represent. To that, I give you my word.
Help me break the chain of this republican versus democrat mentality. Just because they represent the two major parties doesn’t mean that either one of them deserves your vote just based solely on their party affiliation. I chose to run as an Independent; that way I owe no devotion to either party. My devotion is to you. Lets send Congress a clear message that We the People are fed up with their political nonsense by considering to cast your vote for me.
Thank you and God Bless.
33116 GLACIER AVE SE
BLACK DIAMOND, WA 98010
(Prefers Republican Party)
First time candidate for elected office with a well-rounded background that will aid in representing all constituents within the 8th District.
Other Professional Experience
Successful career as a Director in a Healthcare company and Program Management in Technology business operations. Captain in the US Army Special Operations (2nd Ranger Battalion) where I received the Combat Infantryman’s badge, Army Commendation Medal, and two Bronze Stars for Service.
Columbia Business School, M.B.A., Dean’s List recipient, 2016; US Army Ranger School, 2009; Infantry Officers Basic Course, 2008; The George Washington University, B.A. in Political Science – Public Policy concentration, 2006.
VFW and American Legion Post involvement.
I spent the early part of my career working on Capitol Hill learning about public policy and government leadership. It wasn’t until a visit with a wounded soldier, at the height of the Iraq war, that I became inspired to enlist in the military to serve my country in uniform. As a Captain in the US Army and as a member of the elite Ranger Regiment, I underwent the most intense training our military has to offer and deployed on four combat tours. It was during this time that I learned that the best leaders are servants to those they are entrusted to lead. I decided to run for Congress because too many in D.C. have failed to be servants to the people. My military background combined with my experience working in the Private sector, managing healthcare facilities, and passion for servant leadership has prepared me to serve you in Congress.
I’m prepared to fight for Veterans, Small Business Owners, and workers. The people of the diverse 8th Congressional District deserve someone in Capitol Hill who will represent them. I plan to focus on creating middle class prosperity by limiting runaway spending and onerous regulations. I will fight to defeat the Socialist ideologies on the radical left while lowering the cost of healthcare and protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions. I will fight for our Constitutional rights that the founders knew would ensure equal opportunity for all, the environment, and the National defense while maintaining economic prosperity.
I love my Country and passionately believe that all should be able to achieve the American Dream. I ask for your support so we can realize that dream together.
Endorsers: Dave Reichert, Reagan Dunn, Slade Gorton, Rob McKenna, Jan Shabro, Clay Myers, Congressmen Dan Crenshaw, Mike Gallagher, Mike Waltz, and War Veterans Fund.
(Prefers Democratic Party)
United States Representative, 2019-Present, Education & Labor Committee and Agriculture Committee
Other Professional Experience
Pediatrician in Issaquah for 17 years; Voted Best Pediatrician by parents in the greater Seattle area (Parent Map Magazine, 2013)
Pediatric residency at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University, 2000; University of California, Davis School of Medicine, 1997; University of California, Berkeley, B.A. in Astrophysics, Phi Beta Kappa, 1991
Habitat restoration along the Green River and other waterways. Work with Mountains to Sound Greenway.
Two years ago, you sent me to Congress because you knew I would advocate for you the same way I stood up for children and families for over 20 years as a pediatrician. You trusted that I would work for affordable, universal healthcare, lower prescription drug prices, a cleaner environment, common sense gun safety, and a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. I have, and I will.
As the first pediatrician and the only female doctor in Congress, I have worked to protect children and shape national healthcare policy. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have advocated unambiguously for increased testing, protective equipment for our healthcare professionals and frontline workers, and support for families and small businesses.
As the daughter of a teacher and the product of public schools, I joined the Education & Labor Committee — because we need an economy that works for all Americans. I have worked to ensure that every child has access to excellent public education and advanced training so they are career-ready. This means career and technical education, university education, or apprenticeship. I strongly support our workers’ right to collectively bargain.
I am the only member of Congress from the Pacific Northwest on the Agriculture Committee. I have worked across the aisle for our farming community by funding research, supporting trade, encouraging sustainable agriculture, advocating for sensible immigration reform, and getting the Yakima Basin Plan signed into law. I will continue my work to address climate change, safeguard our elections, and protect our threatened species and wild lands.
With over 35 town halls throughout this 7000 square mile district, meeting with you has helped me serve you.
It is a privilege to represent you as a member of Congress and I ask for the honor of your vote.
Ryan Dean Burkett
(States No Party Preference)
noneOther Professional Experience
La Petite Boulangerie, Ashley’s Toys, Albertsons, True Value Hardware, Sun World, Roberto’s Pizza & Pasta, Lenny’s, Gatto’s Pizza, Tutta Bella, Hops & Drops, and Issaquah Brew HouseEducation
diploma, Mercer Island High School; some college, Seattle Central Community College, Eastern Washington University, and Bellevue Community College
Hello, my name is Ryan and I believe we can nudge humanity towards a cooler future.
Since I started noticing politics in 1984 folks have wanted term limits. We need term limits in 21st century. Current 140 plus year strangle hold of narrative by Republicans and Democrats is old and no longer insuring domestic Tranquility. I think 12 years is a good start. No one shall be a U.S. Representative, Senator, Vice President, or President for longer than 12 years. If someone were awesome, they could have a 48-year career in federal office otherwise 12-year for most.
It is time to finish switching over to metric system. Letting go of past has always been an opportunity for growth. We are almost there. How about we finally make it official in 2021?
Leaving relic know as daylight saving time in 20th century would promote general Welfare of our Union. 2017 Nobel Prize for chemistry was given to 3 chemists that proved Homo sapiens have a natural internal rhythm. For over 25 years I have witnessed elevated stress levels in families for about a week after our twice-yearly jump, unnecessary stress and higher levels of stress has an influence on life expectancy. By abolishing Daylight Savings, we will eliminate unwanted stress that might nudge life expectancy up in future. Besides, research seems to lean about 70% to 30% that it saves little to no energy whatsoever.
I believe if we have a 90% voter turnout this year both major parties would be speechless, and our Union would be a little more perfect. That would be sweet.
(Prefers Trump Republican Party)
Since my 2018 congressional bid, the House Democrats focused on a Russian collusion hoax, then a phony impeachment, like watching a long, lousy movie. Kim Schrier and cohorts failed to put America first.Other Professional Experience
U.S. Army veteran, Captain; Boeing Company, Manager, 737 Airplanes Wiring Assembly; CEO, DAS Electronics and USA Tactical Tripod; 30-year Pierce County resident.Education
BA Political Science Chaminade University, Hawaii: Constitutional Law; Bachelor Business Administration UW, Seattle: Economics, Negotiations, Collective Bargaining, Accounting, Finance, Business Law
I fulfilled numerous requests from U.S. combat troops in Afghanistan and Iraq for free samples of my Spokane-made tactical tripods.
Trump orchestrated the best economy since 1968. Then, communist China wrecked it. But, the sky is not falling. An unencumbered Trump will accelerate the full recovery of the economy.
Congress has to get out of his way.
The candidate you elect in 2020 will either make Trump’s job easier or complicated the next two years.
A Trump Republican, I shall support all legislative actions that help Trump succeed, so we all prosper.
In Congress, I will join with the House Freedom Caucus, a band of MAGA (Make America Great Again) warriors.
Closing argument: Communist China is our biggest threat. Trump can also fix that problem much faster with a Republican majority in Congress. Personally, those damn commies can go to hell. I will always put America first.
(Prefers Democratic Party)
Requesting first elected opportunity for public service
Other Professional Experience
Proud federal public service, NOAA
Bachelor Science, Accountancy, University of Illinois
My commitment includes: ranked choice voting; government and businesses serving the people (not the reverse); quality schools; fair free global trade; not ending analog tv prematurely; clean renewable energy sources; supporting our troops’ economic and financial futures; not starting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or bank bailout; immigration law enforcement focused on abusive employers; progressive tax system for higher incomes; universal healthcare; ProLife (exceptions: rape, incest, significant health risk); UN-focused world unity; ending unconstitutionally illegal judiciary case “laws” and “orders”
I will be a voice for the people’s voices.
Though we the people fight to be heard, we are often ignored, but we must fight on. I started running for Congress because the incumbents weren’t listening to the people’s voices. Once we start to fight for ourselves we must continue so we don’t keep stopping and restarting.
Ranked choice voting is key to protecting our voices because it protects against election thieves splitting an opponent’s votes. It means voters would rank the candidates in an election in order of their preferences. If one candidate has more than half the votes after each voter’s first ranked choice is counted, then that candidate would be the winner. However, if no has a majority at that point, letting the person with the most votes but less than a majority steal the electon is avoidable and, therefore, ridiculous. With ranked choice voting everyone’s additional ranked choices is added to the count until someone has a majority. After all the ranks are added if no one has a majority only then will the nonmajority highest vote getter win.
Having ranked choice voting preserves the peoples’ voices which is why we should have it. Not having ranked choice voting allows election thieves to steal peoples’ voices which is why we don’t have it everywhere
Because of my dedication to helping solve America’s problems, after running for the 8th District my first time in 2006 as a write-in, I have been a candidate on the ballot from 2008 to 2020. I am the only candidate to run in every 8th District race during this period which shows my dedication to serving America.
I ask for your vote as a voice supporting me, so I can vote in Congress as a voice supporting you.
Keith R. Swank
(Prefers Republican Party)
Vice-Chair of 25th Legislative District; Precinct Committee Officer; Police Union Executive Officer
Other Professional Experience
Served my country and community for 34 years as both a Captain in the Seattle Police Department (30 years) and US Army veteran. Commander of the Metro Special Response Section (SWAT, Arson/Bomb Squad, Harbor Patrol, K9 Unit). In the Army, I attended Airborne, Ranger, and HALO schools; assigned to a Long-Range Recon Unit.
Graduated from the University of Washington in 1994 (B.S. Psychology), Northwest Command College.
Former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Lions Clubs International; Youth baseball and wrestling coach; church volunteer.
I have worn both a military and police uniform for 34 years, and I have learned the value of safety and how easily it can be lost. Safety is what allows you to provide for your family.
Safety includes: Securing our southern border to stop human trafficking, gangs, and drug cartels who have ruined so many lives. Standing for our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Our Founders understood that a well-armed population would keep a tyrannical government in check, while providing protection for individuals and communities.
Energy independence. Under President Trump, the U.S. has become fully energy independent. No longer do we have to bow to countries who do not like us and would use that dependence as a weapon against us.
Fiscal and regulatory responsibility. The tax cuts enacted by President Trump need to be made permanent, and the federal government needs to make significant spending and regulatory cuts so that this country can live within its means. Returning manufacturing to the United States. COVID-19 has taught us that we have relied too heavily, and too long, on the “cheap” manufacturing done in China. This left us extremely vulnerable, and we cannot allow this to happen again.
Supporting and maintaining a strong military. The security of any nation is reliant on a strong military. We are blessed to have the best in the world in our armed forces, and we need to ensure that we have strong leaders in D.C. who will stand with, and for, them.
I believe President Trump has done an excellent job in moving this country in the right direction, and as your Representative I will work with him, and other members of Congress, to ensure that we Keep the Republic Safe in all ways. I humbly ask for your vote.
PUYALLUP, WA 98373
The Auburn Examiner encourages voters to do additional, independent, candidate research before casting their vote. Information on candidates can be obtained through interviews and profiles (local news outlets are usually a great source), questionnaires, candidate forums and debates, and any available voting records. A variety of websites also provide further details and information about candidates. We urge all voters to verify the authenticity of any website, and information used to inform their voting decisions. Always remember: trust, but verify.
Important 2020 Primary Dates
July 27: LAST DAY for online and mail voter registration and updates! These must be received 8 days before Election Day. You are still able to register to vote and update your voter registration in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.
July 31: Unofficial, it is recommended that if mailing in your ballot, you return it by the Friday before Election Day to ensure it is postmarked by Election Day.
August 4: Deadline for in-person voter registration and updates (up to 8:00 pm).
August 4: Primary – Returned ballots must be postmarked or deposit your ballot in an official drop box by 8 pm on Election Day.
Last Updated: July 20, 2020 5:25PM – the original publication of this article was done on a mobile device, and caused an inadvertent omission of candidate James Mitchell and inconsistent formatting for all candidates. We apologize to all candidates and thank Dave Saulibio for bringing it to our attention. We wish all candidates good luck in their campaigns.
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