The ballots didn't used to be that bad and weird, the area used to be more probably like you are, as places like Amazon and Microsoft attracted more people from CA who were looking for better home prices and good tech jobs things have shifted, if you look at many of the wacky politicians up here quite a few moved here from areas that I would consider very liberal.+1.....I don't even know if the Eugene (OR) city council is that crazy. We had originally thought about moving to SEA once I was done with the reserves. No chance paddles. Think we are probably just gonna stay on the island long term. I consider myself to be a pretty "centrist" guy. My WA ballot was a smorgasbord of (R) and (D) votes. Also are the ballots here always this weird? Everyone was able to just write in the party they "identify with" in their own personalized way....like "Pre-2016 GOP" WTF? Anyway, back to the point, when I go home to OR, I would be considered wildly conservative by most I think. And amongst my conservative friends, I'm probably the full on liberal (which isn't true either). Long story short, Western OR, particularly EUG and PDX are extremely hostile towards those who don't conform to a strictly liberal script. I've since learned to just shut my mouth and smile, ask for another drink. I'd imagine metro SEA is similar.
When Obama was president and I was in uniform or had a shirt that said "NAVY" I would be yelled at in Seattle, or people tried to spit on me. The liberals in Seattle are very tolerant of other people, if you believe everything that they do and do not challenge them.
I was at a career fair a few years ago in Seattle as a vendor and during lunch with other recruiters a few from decent sized businesses in Seattle suggested that as soon as I had about 10 years of civilian experience to drop off my military time, they said they have seen too many veterans get looked at by the hiring managers who were not picked for interviews, they couldn't prove it was due to military background but it was very suspect, they said if I was applying to one of their locations in a more Midwest or Southern state it would be fine.