Elections

Municipal League releases candidate ratings

The Municipal League of King County released its non-partisan evaluations of 122 legislative, judicial and local candidates today. The ratings are available online at www.munileague.org.

To determine candidate ratings, volunteers throughout King County have joined the Municipal League's Candidate Evaluation Committees to study the public record, review candidate questionnaires, speak with references, and conduct interviews with candidates. Committee members then rate each candidate on four criteria: Involvement, Character, Effectiveness and Knowledge. The possible ratings are: Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Adequate, Not Qualified and Insufficient Information to Rate.

The non-partisan ratings process is similar to a job interview and investigates each candidate's potential to be effective in the office he or she seeks and to beneficially serve the community. Political affiliations or stances on particular issues are not considered during the League rating process. The Municipal League attempted to contact every candidate in a contested race. Candidates were rated even if they declined to participate.

"Our people and process are what make these ratings such important tools for voters," said Matthew Stubbs, the Muni League's Candidate Evaluation Committee Chair. "Committee volunteers commit to a nonpartisan assessment process that has been developed and refined by the League for the past 100 years. We use that same process with each candidate we evaluate to make sure League ratings are fair and consistent."

The 2010 Municipal League Candidate Ratings are as follows:

Legislative District 1, State Rep. Pos. 1

Vince DeMiero - Very Good

Sandy Guinn - Good

Dennis Richter - Not Qualified

Dick Lapinski - Not Qualified

Derek Stanford - Good

Legislative District 1, State Rep. Pos. 2

Dave Griffin - Adequate

Luis Moscoso - Good

Heidi Munson - Not Qualified

Legislative District 5, State Rep. Pos. 1

Jay Rodne - Very Good

Gregory Hoover - Good

Legislative District 5, State Rep. Pos. 2

David Spring - Adequate

Dean Willard - Good

Glenn Anderson - Very Good

Legislative District 11, State Rep. Pos. 1

Sarah Sanoy-Wright -Insufficient Information to Rate

Zack Hudgins - Outstanding

Legislative District 11, State Rep. Pos. 2

Bob Hasegawa - Very Good

Jackie Moore - Not Qualified

John Potter - Not Qualified

Legislative District 30, State Rep. Pos. 1

Mark Miloscia - Very Good

Shawn Sullivan - Good

Legislative District 30, State Rep. Pos. 2

Carol Gregory - Outstanding

Anthony Kalchik - Good

Ed Barney - Adequate

Katrina Asay - Very Good

Jerry Galland - Not Qualified

Legislative District 30, State Senator

Tracey Eide - Outstanding

Tony Moore- Very Good

Legislative District 31, State Rep. Pos. 1

Cathy Dahlquist - Very Good

Peggy Levesque - Good

Shawn Bunney - Very Good

Legislative District 31, State Rep. Pos. 2

Patrick Reed - Adequate

Daniel Geske - Not Qualified

Christopher Hurst - Outstanding

Legislative District 31, State Senator

Raymond Bunk - Very Good

Matt Richardson - Good

Ron Weigelt - Good

Pam Roach - Adequate

Legislative District 32, State Rep. Pos. 1

Art Coday - Good

Cindy Ryu - Very Good

Doris McConnell - Adequate

Legislative District 32, State Rep. Pos. 2

Stan Lippmann - Not Qualified

Gary Gagliardi - Adequate

Ruth Kagi - Outstanding

Legislative District 32, State Senator

Patty Butler - Very Good

Maralyn Chase - Good

David Baker - Very Good

Legislative District 33, State Senator

Jack Michalek - Good

Karen Keiser - Very Good

Legislative District 34, State Rep. Pos. 1

Eileen L. Cody - Very Good

Ray Carter - Adequate

Legislative District 34, State Rep. Pos. 2

Joe Fitzgibbon - Very Good

Mike Heavey - Good

Geoffrey McElroy - Adequate

Marcee Stone - Good

Legislative District 36, State Rep. Pos. 2

Jill England - Not Qualified

Mary Lou Dickerson - Very Good

Legislative District 36, State Senator

Leslie Klein - Not Qualified

Jeanne Kohl-Welles - Outstanding

Legislative District 37, State Rep. Pos. 2

Eric Pettigrew - Outstanding

John Stafford - Good

Legislative District 37, State Senator

Adam Kline - Outstanding

Tamra Smilanich - Good

Legislative District 41, State Rep. Pos. 1

Marcie Maxwell - Good

Peter Dunbar - Very Good

Legislative District 41, State Rep. Pos. 2

Stephen Strader - Not Qualified

Orion S. Webster - Not Qualified

Judy Clibborn - Outstanding

Legislative District 41, State Senator

Steve Litzow - Very Good

Randy Gordon - Outstanding

Legislative District 43, State Rep. Pos. 2

Frank Chopp - Outstanding

Kim Verde - Not Qualified

Legislative District 45, State Rep. Pos. 1

Roger Goodman - Very Good

Kevin Haistings - Good

Legislative District 45, State Rep. Pos. 2

Larry Springer - Outstanding

Mark Isaacs - Not Qualified

Legislative District 45, State Senator

Eric Oemig - Very Good

Andy Hill - Good

Legislative District 46, State Rep. Pos. 2

Beau Gunderson - Adequate

Phyllis G. Kenney - Very Good

Legislative District 47, State Rep. Pos. 1

Nancy Wyatt - Very Good

Geoff Simpson - Adequate

Mark Hargrove - Good

Legislative District 47, State Rep. Pos. 2

Pat Sullivan - Outstanding

Rodrigo M. Yanez - Good

Legislative District 47, State Senator

Joe Fain - Outstanding

Claudia Kauffman - Very Good

Legislative District 48, State Rep. Pos. 1

Diane Tebelius - Very Good

Ross Hunter - Very Good

Legislative District 48, State Rep. Pos. 2

Philip L. Wilson - Not Qualified

Deb Eddy - Very Good

Legislative District 48, State Senator

Rodney Tom - Outstanding

Gregg Bennett - Good

King County Council, District 8

Diana Toledo - Good

Tim Fahey - Not Qualified

Joe McDermott - Outstanding

Shawn McEvoy - Very Good

City of Federal Way, Mayor

Jim Ferrell - Very Good

Mike Park - Very Good

Linda Kochmar - Very Good

Skip Priest - Outstanding

State Supreme Court, Justice Pos. 1

Stan Rumbaugh - Very Good

James Johnson - Very Good

State Supreme Court, Justice Pos. 6

Brian Chushcoff - Very Good

Charlie Wiggins - Outstanding

Richard Sanders - Good

District Court NE, Judge Pos. 6

John L. O'Brien - Very Good

Michael Finkle - Good

District Court NE, Judge Pos. 7

Donna Tucker - Outstanding

Larry Mitchell - Very Good

Ketu Shah - Outstanding

District Court Shoreline, Judge Pos. 2

Marcine Anderson - Outstanding

Dennis J. McCurdy - Very Good

District Court SE, Judge Pos. 2

Darrell Phillipson - Outstanding

David Meyer - Very Good

District Court SE, Judge Pos. 6

Matt Williams - Very Good

David Tracy - Very Good

District Court SW, Judge Pos. 6

Susan Mahoney - Outstanding

Judith R. Eiler - Adequate

Seattle Municipal Court, Judge Pos. 1

Edsonya Charles - Adequate

Ed McKenna - Very Good

Seattle Municipal Court, Judge Pos. 6

Karen Donohue - Very Good

Michael Hurtado - Good

About the Municipal League ratings

Complete definitions of the ratings are available at www.munileague.org. Here are abbreviated descriptions of each rating:

• Outstanding - Has made numerous outstanding contributions requiring skills related to the office, is a path-finding and respected leader, brings knowledge and creativity to issues facing the office.

•Very Good - Makes significant contributions, is a skilled builder of consensus, inspires confidence in the way he/she would serve, is thorough and attentive to issues.

• Good - Has been active and effective in many roles, is capable of moving people to productive action, has strong record of participation in problem solving, shows satisfactory commitment to tackling issues.

• Adequate - Has a record of participation and interest, is effective on specific issues, has provoked questions about suitability as an office holder, will need significant time/energy to fill gaps in knowledge.

• Not Qualified - Doesn't appear engaged, has a record that casts doubt on ability to be productive, hasn't demonstrated ability to deal with responsibilities of office, has narrow focus, inflexible attitude or is otherwise troubling.

About the Municipal League

Since 1910, the Municipal League of King County has operated as a voluntary civic organization dedicated to effective and responsive government. This is the 100th year the League has promoted a government in King County that is open, effective and accountable. The Municipal League is dedicated to improving the caliber of public officials and the quality of public decisions. For more information see www.munileague.org.

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