CAPE Swoops in With Its 2019 Candidate Ratings

SEATTLE – Today, the Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy (CAPE) is saving the day with its 2019 Primary Election candidate ratings. The ratings arrive a week before ballots drop and will help voters understand which candidates are more likely to champion the interests of no-, low-, and middle-income people and which are more likely to champion big business interests. Ratings for Seattle City Council, King County Council, and Spokane Mayoral candidates can be found online on CAPE’s website here, along with questionnaires and videos from candidates who submitted them.

 “With so many candidates this year, our ratings help voters understand who is running to make our communities a better place for poor, working-class, and middle-income families to live and work, and who is running to protect the status quo,” said Rachel Lauter, executive director of Working Washington.  “Beyond helping voters decide who’s who, we’re also helping to educate candidates on where prosperity really comes from – by building an inclusive economy from the middle out.”

"Before the massive ad buys bought by Seattle's wealthiest individuals and businesses begin, Seattle's voters deserve to know how candidates for Seattle City Council rate on fundamental issues impacting all of us, regardless of immigration status,” said Rich Stolz, Chief Executive Officer of OneAmerica Votes. “Working families across Seattle care about housing costs and labor standards and we want an economy that will work for everyone and a City that welcomes everyone. We all do better when we ALL do better."

 Candidates were invited to submit written questionnaires and a brief video responding to the prompt: “What makes the economy grow?” Candidates were evaluated on whether they will champion the interests of no-, low-, and middle-income people or powerful business interests. Specifically, CAPE evaluated candidates’ stances on economic justice, affordable housing, racial equity, and access to affordable, high-quality childcare, healthcare, and education. The highest-scoring candidates were Lisa Herbold (Seattle - District 1), Tammy Morales (Seattle - District 2), and Emily Myers (Seattle - District 4). All candidates who qualified were rated whether they participated in CAPE’s process or not. All submitted materials and available candidate information, as well as demonstrated leadership, were used to evaluate candidates for office.

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About CAPE

CAPE is the Civic Alliance for a Progressive Economy. We are a political organization representing the diverse interests of poor, working-, and middle-class people in Washington. Founded by Working Washington, OneAmerica Votes, and Civic Action, CAPE will fight for an inclusive economy that puts the interests of no-, low- and middle-income people – including people of color, immigrants and refugees, women and children, and LGBTQ communities – before the interests of big business and the wealthy. We stand in direct opposition to the narrative of trickle-down economics promoted by the corporate interests that have long dominated our politics and policy making. CAPE is committed to creating livable, affordable, and inclusive communities throughout our state.

Josh Fogt