2016 Candidate Ratings

This year’s Candidate Evaluations Committees rated over 60 candidates running for the state legislature, and we would like to express special thanks to our dedicated volunteers. The number of races covered depends entirely on the number of volunteers the Municipal League is able to mobilize. Unfortunately this means we are unable to cover every race in King County. If you are interested in seeing races in your community evaluated by the Municipal League, please consider volunteering with next year’s committees! Email cec@munileagueratings.org for more information.

About the Municipal League Ratings

The ratings are not endorsements. They assess each candidate’s potential to be effective in office and ability to serve the community.

  • 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 they 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.
  • Insufficient Information – when the CEC determines, after diligent investigation, that it has no more information about the candidate than an uninformed voter would have. A candidate who fails to complete a candidate questionnaire or is not interviewed or both may still be rated when the Committee has obtained information about the candidate through its other sources of information.

Full candidate ratings are available in the table below, or

Download our candidate ratings in our “Voter Guide”:

2016 Voter Guide

YearRacePositionCandidateRatingIncumbentInterviewQuestionnaire
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 5 - Position 1Jay RodneGoodYesNoNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 5 - Position 1Jason RitchieGoodNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 5 - Position 2Paul GravesOutstandingNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 5 - Position 2Matt LarsonVery GoodNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 5 - Position 2Darcy BurnerGoodNoYes
2016Washington State SenateLegislative District 5Chad MagendanzOutstandingIncumbent in HouseYes
2016Washington State SenateLegislative District 5Mark MulletOutstandingYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 11 - Position 1Zack HudginsVery GoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 11 - Position 1Erin Smith AboudaraAdequateNoYesNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State SenateLegislative District 11Bob HasegawaVery GoodYesYes
2016Washington State SenateLegislative District 11Dennis PriceInsufficient InformationNoNoNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 30 - Position 1Linda KochmarVery GoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 30 - Position 1Mike PellicciottiVery GoodNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 30 - Position 2Teri HickelVery GoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 30 - Position 2Kristine ReevesGoodNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 32 - Position 1Cindy RyuVery GoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 32 - Position 1Keith SmithGoodNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 32 - Position 1Alvin RutledgeNot QualifiedNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 32 - Position 2Ruth KagiOutstandingYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 32 - Position 2Wes IrwinGoodNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 32 - Position 2David SchirleAdequateNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 32 - Position 2Alex HartNot QualifiedNoNoNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 33 - Position 1Tina OrwallOutstandingYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 33 - Position 1John PotterNot QualifiedNoNoNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 33 - Position 1Charles SchaeferNot QualifiedNoNo
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 33 - Position 2Mia GregersonGoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 33 - Position 2Pam PollockAdequateNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 34 - Position 1Eileen CodyOutstandingYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 34 - Position 1Brendan KoldingAdequateNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 34 - Position 1Matt BensonInsufficient InformationNoNoNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 34 - Position 2Joe FitzgibbonVery GoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 34 - Position 2Andrew PilloudAdequateNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 37 - Position 1Sharon Tomiko SantosVery GoodYesNoNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 37 - Position 1John DickinsonNot QualifiedNoYesNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 37 - Position 2Eric PettigrewVery GoodYesYesNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 37 - Position 2Tamra SmilanichAdequateNoNoNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 41 - Position 1Tana SennVery GoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 41 - Position 1John PassInsufficient InformationNoNoNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 41 - Position 2Judy ClibbornVery GoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 41 - Position 2William Popp Sr.AdequateNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 41 - Position 2Mike ApplebyAdequateNoYesNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 41 - Position 2Angel JordanInsufficient InformationNoNoNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State SenateLegislative District 41Steve LitzowOutstandingYesYes
2016Washington State SenateLegislative District 41Lisa WellmanGoodNoYes
2016Washington State SenateLegislative District 41Bryan SimonsonAdequateNoNoNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 43 - Position 1Daniel ShihOutstandingNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 43 - Position 1Nicole MacriVery GoodNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 43 - Position 1Sameer RanadeGoodNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 43 - Position 1Marcus CourtneyGoodNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 43 - Position 1Thomas PitchfordGoodNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 43 - Position 1Scott ForbesGoodNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 43 - Position 1Zachary ZaerrAdequateNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 43 - Position 1John EddyNot QualifiedNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 45 - Position 1Ramiro ValderramaOutstandingNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 45 - Position 1Roger GoodmanVery GoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 46 - Position 1Gerry PolletVery GoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 46 - Position 1Stephanie Heart ViskovichAdequateNoYesNo questionnaire available
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 47 - Position 1Brooke ValentineVery GoodNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 47 - Position 1Mark HargroveGoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 47 - Position 2Pat SullivanOutstandingYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 47 - Position 2Barry KnowlesAdequateNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 48 - Position 1Patty KudererVery GoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 48 - Position 1Michelle DarnellAdequateNoYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 48 - Position 2Joan McBrideVery GoodYesYes
2016Washington State House of RepresentativesLegislative District 48 - Position 2Ben PhelpsAdequateNoYes