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Tuesday, July 14, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Adam Kline

A candidate for State Senator, Legislative District 37 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election

Party: Democrat

On this race:

Elected Experience: 14 sessions as your State Senator.

Other Professional Experience: 32 years of law practice in Mississippi (1972-73) and Washington (1973-2004), much of that in civil rights cases. Labor organizer, Laborers International Union of North America, NW Region, 2004-09. News reporter, Baltimore Afro-American, 1968, Baltimore Sun, 1969. Volunteer organizer, SNCC, Greenwood, Mississippi, 1964.

Education: B.A., 1968, Johns Hopkins, and  J.D., 1972, University of Maryland.

Community Service: boards of directors: NARAL Pro-Choice, King County Conservation Voters, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Danceworks NW

Statement: Almost alone among legislators, I get the luxury of voting my district and voting my conscience.  For 14 sessions, I have advocated and enacted progressive positions on behalf of the state's most diverse district. 

As Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have protected our civil liberties and civil rights.  As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I have pressed for more progressive taxes, such as the income tax, that take into account one's ability to pay, and have pressed for a more rational tax on business that supports small firms and start-ups; and I have won stronger funding for social services and K-12 in tough times.  As a member of Labor and Commerce, I have won important workplace protections that affect our working people directly.

I attend to the interests of low-income and disenfranchised people, who seek social justice and equal opportunity. Clean air, clean water, and other environmental protections are my high priorities. I am 100% pro-choice.  I support real family values: marriage equality, and family leave for working parents.  I'll continue to seek more rational restrictions on assault-weapons.

Election results

Candidate Votes Pct
Adam Kline (D) 17,706 88.67 %
Tamra Smilanich () 2,263 11.33 %

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