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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee

2008 Positions on LGBT Rights

State Office District Name Party Rating
WA State House 5 Position 1 Jay Rodne Republican 2
WA State House 11 Position 1 Zack Hudgins Democratic 3
WA State House 32 Position 2 Ruth Kagi Democratic 4
WA State House 34 Position 1 Eileen Cody Democratic 4
WA State House 37 Position 1 Sharon Tomiko Santos Democratic 4
WA State House 37 Position 2 Eric Pettigrew Democratic 3
WA State House 39 Position 1 Dan Kristiansen Republican 1
WA State House 41 Position 2 Judy Clibborn Democratic 3
WA State House 43 Position 2 Frank Chopp Democratic 4
WA State House 45 Position 2 Larry Springer Democratic 3
WA State Senate 11 Bob Hasegawa Democratic 3
WA State Senate 30 Mark Miloscia Republican 2
WA State Senate 32 Maralyn Chase Democratic 4
WA State Senate 39 Kirk Pearson Republican 1
WA State Senate 43 Jamie Pedersen Democratic 5
WA Council Member 1 Dan Roach 0
WA Council Member 5 Dave Upthegrove 4
WA Council Member 8 Joe McDermott 5
Glenn Anderson 1
Mary Lou Dickerson 4
Mark Ericks 5
Ross Hunter 3
Phyllis Kenney 4
Rosemary McAuliffe 3
Al O'Brien 3
Cheryl Pflug 2
Margarita Prentice 5
Skip Priest 3
Geoff Simpson 3
Val Stevens 0

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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