June 23, 2006
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SEAMEC releases early ratings & endorsements
SEAMEC releases early ratings & endorsements
SEAMEC, the Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee, is pleased to announce our 2006 Early Ratings and Endorsements. This year, the SEAMEC Steering Committee selected three key races for early endorsement consideration: 43rd District House, Position 1; 43rd District Senate; and 48th District Senate.

"This is shaping up to be an amazing year," said Jeff Koertzen, SEAMEC Co-Chair. "Every candidate we have interviewed so far this year has shown an unwavering commitment to supporting the LGBT community and our issues.

"While we are certain that each of the interviewed candidates would support us in the legislature, some have demonstrated a consistent and documented history of support, while others gone a step further and led efforts to promote LGBT equality. Those candidates who have demonstrated a history of action, active support, and leadership on LGBT issues rose to the top of our list."

SEAMEC announces dual endorsement in 43rd House race

In the 43rd District House, Position 1 race, SEAMEC is pleased to endorse Jamie Pedersen and Lynne Dodson.

Jamie Pedersen, a Seattle attorney, has been active in LGBT causes and organizations such as the Seattle Men's Chorus and Lambda Legal for many years. He is best known recently for his leadership role in the struggle for marriage equality, having served as national chair of Lambda Legal for many years and currently serving as chair of its national leadership council. The only LGBT candidate in this race, Pedersen donates his time as pro bono counsel to four local LGBT non-profits. For his history of support and for his resolute leadership on issues important to the LGBT community, SEAMEC has rated Pedersen a 5 (Demonstrates Leadership) and is pleased to offer our endorsement.

Lynne Dodson, an educator and labor leader, is a straight woman who has fervently supported and eagerly championed LGBT causes. From leading by example and introducing LGBT supportive curriculum in the college classroom, to testifying in support of Transgender equality to the King County Council, to guaranteeing equality and fair treatment in labor contracts, Dodson has been a passionate and consistent advocate for full LGBT equality from within the straight community for many years. For her ardent leadership and long-standing support of LGBT issues, SEAMEC has rated Dodson a 5 (Demonstrates Leadership) and is pleased to offer our endorsement.

Rounding out an exceptional field of candidates, SEAMEC notes that both Bill Sherman and Jim Street gave outstanding interviews, garnering perfects scores of AAAAA on topics relating to equality, marriage, families, health care, and awareness. Voters may note that outstanding presentations during oral interviews do not necessarily correlate to SEAMEC's numerical ratings and endorsements.

While the letter grades are based solely on a candidate's oral interview, as judged by the our volunteer panel who actually participated in the respective interviews, SEAMEC's numerical ratings are determined by its Steering Committee based on all available information including the candidates' track record and information gleaned from political insiders.

Congratulations to the exemplary field of pro-LGBT candidates in the 43rd legislative district!

SEAMEC endorses Rodney Tom in key Senate race

In the 48th District Senate race, SEAMEC has enthusiastically endorsed Rodney Tom.

Tom recently made headlines nation-wide when he announced his plans to switch from the Republican to the Democratic Party and to challenge the 48th district incumbent senator in the 2006 General Election. Tom, a longtime supporter of the LGBT community, received SEAMEC's endorsement in his 2004 state representative re-election bid and was one of the few Republicans willing to co-sponsor the Anderson-Murray Anti-Discrimination bill over the past several years.

In his interview, Tom said "[My race] could very well be the most important race for the LGBT community in Washington State this year." We agree. His opponent, Senator Luke Esser, holds a leadership role in Senate Republican Caucus and has actively campaigned against LGBT equality including a motion to adjourn the Senate in 2005 rather than address the Anderson-Murray anti-discrimination legislation, effectively killing the bill that year along with many other bills that had yet to be addressed.

The LGBT community, in the 48th district and statewide, needs a capable legislator in the district who will effectively support LGBT equality, our community, and our issues in the state Senate, and that person is clearly Rodney Tom.

For his continued support of the LGBT community, SEAMEC has rated Tom a 4 (Exceeds Expectations) and is pleased to offer our endorsement.

SEAMEC awards Murray record 7th consecutive endorsement

In the 43rd District Senate race, SEAMEC is very pleased to extend to Ed Murray a seventh consecutive endorsement.

Since his first SEAMEC interview in 1995, Ed Murray has not only impressed our interview panel, consistently receiving an A in every category every year, he has further impressed the Steering Committee enough to receive a 5 rating each election year and to generate the two-thirds vote necessary for a candidate endorsement each time. As expressed by our panelists and in community feedback, Murray continues to set the bar for LGBT politicians in Washington State.

Murray's exhaustive campaign for the Anderson-Murray Anti-Discrimination act proved triumphant this year, passing both houses in the legislature and having been signed into law by Governor Gregoire. Murray has proven himself a well-rounded and effective leader on other important issues as well. His leadership on the House Transportation Committee has been praised by the governor, the press, and his fellow legislators, among others.

For his years of determined leadership and relentless pursuit of LGBT equality, SEAMEC is once again pleased to rate Ed Murray a 5 (Demonstrates Leadership) and to gratefully offer him our endorsement.

The SEAMEC rating process

SEAMEC invites candidates to interview with a volunteer panel to establish their depth of knowledge and position on several LGBT issues as well as to determine the candidate's level of support and commitment to our community. The panelists rate the candidate from A to F in five different categories (Equality, Marriage, Families, Healthcare, and Awareness).

The overall rating is determined by the Steering Committee based on all information available to SEAMEC, including the interviews, a written candidate questionnaire, SEAMEC history, public records, and community input. The Steering Committee assigns a rating of 0 to 5 which takes into account not only the candidate's verbal support of LGBT issues but his or her actions and public history of support for or hostility to the LGBT community. While ratings require a majority vote, endorsements require the approval of two-thirds of the Steering Committee.

More information about SEAMEC, the candidates, and our ratings process may be found on our new website at

The Seattle Metropolitan Elections Committee (SEAMEC) is a non-profit organization based in Seattle. SEAMEC has been interviewing and rating candidates for public office on issues of importance to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community since 1977.

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