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Pierce County

General ELECTION: November 3rd, 2015

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative #1366

No on Tim Eyman's I-1366

NO
Initiative-1366 from Tim Eyman orders the legislature to send a constitutional amendment to the voters next year requiring a two-thirds supermajority vote to close tax loopholes or raise revenue. If legislators refuse, Eyman’s initiative would create an $8 billion hole in our state budget over the next six years by cutting the sales tax by a full 1 percent.

The timing for I-1366 is very bad. Our state is being fined $100,000 a day for failing to fully fund education, yet Eyman’s initiative would make it nearly impossible to close wasteful corporate tax loopholes or fix our state’s upside down tax system. Not surprisingly, Initiative 1366’s largest donors are big developers and Wall Street interests who have given Eyman hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect their special tax loopholes.

Eyman proposed nearly the exact same initiative last year and it was broadly criticized. The Spokane Spokesman-Review referred to his previous effort as Eyman’s “worst ever” idea. Others called this initiative “extortion” (Walla Walla Union Bulletin) and “disingenuous” (Everett Herald), saying it is simply a ploy to keep Eyman’s initiative promotion business up and running.

We oppose I-1366 because it would prevent us from fixing our state’s upside down tax system or fully funding our kids’ schools. Join this broad coalition listed below and vote NO on I-1366.

Campaign Information

Initiative #1401

Vote Yes on Saving Animals from Extinction

YES
Initiative 1401 seeks to help save endangered animals from extinction by making the selling, purchasing, trading, or distributing of animals threatened with extinction punishable by law. From African Elephants to the Javan Tiger, animals are disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate. Passing Initiative 1401 means that our last remaining elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, cheetahs, leopards, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks, and rays will at least be somewhat protected from the illegal animal trade here in our home state.

Help save animals facing extinction: vote YES on Initiative 1401.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club
Other: Humane Voters of Washington, Conservation Northwest, Audubon Washington

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #10

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 10

MAINTAINED
Legislators voted nearly unanimously for new oil train safety regulations, including directing some oil taxes to help pay for oil-train spill response. Senate Bill 1449 passed the legislature 141 to 1 with 5 excused. Thanks to a Tim Eyman initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #11

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 11

MAINTAINED
A bipartisan majority of legislators came together earlier this year to clarify that the marijuana excise tax should also apply to medical marijuana sales. There are a number of progressives who disagree with this tax, but unfortunately, the time to lobby against it was during the 2014 legislative session. Senate Bill 5052 passed the legislature 101 to 44 with 2 excused. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Even if 100 percent of voters rejected this advisory measure, it would remain a tax, as Eyman's advisory votes are purely intended to push an anti-tax message. Vote to "maintain" this measure, and push back against Eyman's anti-tax message.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #12

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 12

MAINTAINED
A broad majority of legislators voted for a comprehensive transportation bill to improve state and local roads, transit, bike paths, and pedestrian walkways. The package was funded with a small increase in the gas tax. Senate Bill 5987 passed the legislature 91 to 51 with 5 excused. While we were not thrilled with some aspects of the final transportation package, we still recommend a non-binding vote to "maintain" this measure. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to “maintain” this measure.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #13

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 13

MAINTAINED
A large majority of legislators voted to close $150 million in unnecessary tax loopholes in order to generate revenue for education funding. This legislation, Senate Bill 6138, passed the legislature 95 to 48 with 4 excused. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this important measure.

Pierce County Ballot Measures

Pierce County Referendum #2015-1

Vote NO on Referendum No. 2015-1: Do not repeal the new services building

REJECTED
The Pierce County Council approved a $127 million county services center by a narrow vote of 4-3 to better serve its residents by consolidating government buildings and reducing maintenance costs. However, a group of residents who oppose the consolidation collected enough signatures to force a repeal effort on to the November ballot. Though there will be costs up front for residents, Pierce County voters should vote NO on Referendum 2015-1 to allow the county to move forward with saving money and consolidating government services into one place.

30th Legislative District

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below districts on your ballot.

State Representative, Position #2

Depending on where you live, you may have the following legislative race on your ballot.

Carol Gregory

Democrat
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Rep. Carol Gregory is a former teacher and Federal Way School Board member who is running to retain her seat in the state House of Representatives, Position 2. Gregory has been a strong advocate for fully funding our kids’ schools since her days as a classroom teacher and through her tenure on the Federal Way School Board. She has also brought her experience from the school board to Olympia to fight for increased accountability and transparency with education funding and the state budget. Importantly, Gregory supports closing corporate tax loopholes and creating opportunities for working people.

Gregory’s opponent, Republican Teri Hickel, is a conservative who previously worked as the CEO of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately, Hickel has closely aligned herself with the Senate Republicans in Olympia, whose obstruction and refusal to compromise nearly shut down our state government.

Gregory’s passion for education and experience with financial management make her the clear choice in this race to represent the 30th legislative district.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Port of Tacoma

Port Commissioner, Position #3

No Good Choices Don Johnson

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There are no good choices in this race.

Conservative Don Johnson is running against another conservative, Bruce Cook, who is not running a competitive campaign. If you are interested in running for this office in the future, please contact our friends at Progressive Majority Washington.

Port Commissioner, Position #5

Clare Petrich

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Claire Petrich has been representing residents on the Port of Tacoma Commission since 1995 and has served as its president since 2014. Petrich is a small business owner who is active in the community, from her work on the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development to her involvement in Tacoma's youth and business maritime community.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council, Tacoma Longshoreman

Pierce County Charter Review Commission

The Charter Review Commission is elected every 10 years and is responsible for writing the rules for how the government operates, much like a county constitution. We need to elect progressives to the commission to maintain an open, transparent, and accountable system of government. Depending on the district where you live, you may have the below charter review commission candidates on your ballot.

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #1, Position #1

No Good Choices Jan Shabro

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There are no good choices in this race. Jan Shabro and Lynda Hunt both have strong ties to the Republican Party.

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #1, Position #2

Patrick McElligott

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Patrick (Pat) McElligott is running for Pierce County Charter Review Commission District 1, Position 2. McElligott is well-respected in the city of Tacoma and currently serves as Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal for the Tacoma Fire Department. He is also a longtime union leader who has served his community in many different roles.

McElligott faces Tea Party conservative Sharon Henek in the November election. Henek ran a failed write-in candidacy for State Treasurer with the support of the far-right, anti-worker Freedom Foundation.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Labor Council

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #1, Position #3

No Good Choices Joshua Penner

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There are no good choices in this race. Shawn Bunney and Joshua Penner are both conservative. If you are interested in running for this seat in the future, please contact our friends at Progressive Majority Washington.

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #2, Position #1

Laura Groves

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Attorney Laura Groves is running for Pierce Charter Review Commission District 2, Position 1. Groves is on the Board of Advocates at Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest and Hawaii and is running to increase transparency in government, ensure equal representation in Pierce County, and grant every voice an opportunity to be heard.

Groves faces conservative former state Rep. Grant Pelesky, who recently wrote an op-ed in the Tacoma News Tribune recommending far-right anti-worker laws that would dismantle unions. Groves is the best choice in this race.

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #2, Position #2

Carolyn Edmonds

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Carolyn Edmonds has served in the state legislature and on the King County Council, as well as being active in neighborhood organizations. Her experience in government gives her an edge in this position.

Edmonds is facing Michele Smith, a conservative. Edmonds is the best choice in this race.

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #2, Position #3

David Perry

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David Perry is running for Pierce Charter Review Commission District 2, Position 3. Perry dedicated more than 30 years to the community with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Having recently retired, he wants to bring his experience working in government to improve it and give residents a chance to participate in the process.

Perry is running against health care professional Therese Ngo Pasquier, who was endorsed by the Pierce County Republican Party. Perry is the best choice in this race.

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #3, Position #1

No Good Choices Amy Cruver

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There are no good choices in this race. Both Amy Cruver and Jason Bergstrom are conservative. If you are interested in running for this seat in the future, please contact our friends at Progressive Majority Washington.

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #3, Position #2

Bruce Lachney

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Bruce Lachney is a former school board director, cranberry farmer, and former Marine who is running for Pierce County Charter Review Commission District 3, Position 2. Lachney is committed to increasing accountability and improving efficiency of government services.

Lachney faces conservative Planning Commission member Richard Thurston. Lachney is the best choice in this race.

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #3, Position #3

Greg Hartman

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Greg Hartman is a candidate for Charter Review Commission District 3, Position 3. Hartman is a former member of the Coast Guard and firefighter for 34 years. As a public servant, Hartman has seen first-hand the devastating impact of numerous budget cuts. As a longtime Pierce County resident and firefighter, Hartman will focus on making county government responsive to citizens.

His opponent, Kerry Hooks, is an anti-tax conservative. Hartman is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #4, Position #1

John Ladenburg

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John Ladenburg is a former Pierce County Executive and Tacoma City Councilmember. He has an extensive background with budgeting and administration, as well as a strong track record in private business managing his own small law firm. As County Executive, Ladenburg was the driving force behind building Chambers Bay Golf Course and bringing the U.S. Open to Pierce County. Ladenburg now wants to bring this legal experience to the review commission and ensure that any changes to the county charter are truly needed.

He is opposed by Tacoma Neighborhood Council Chair Liz Burris. Ladenburg is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #4, Position #2

Timothy Farrell

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Tim Farrell is a former member of the Pierce County Council running for Charter Review Commission District 4, Position 2. Farrell is committed to making government work more efficiently and has a proven ability to bring people together.

He is opposed by Alice McDaniel, legislative aide for conservative Pierce County Councilman Doug Richardson. Farrell's experience makes him the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council

Campaign Information

Campaign Web Site: http://timfarrell.us/
Campaign Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/electtimfarrell

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #4, Position #3

There are two good choices in District #4, Position #3: Jamie Nixon and Cathy Pearsall-Stipek. See the full guide below.

Jamie Nixon

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There are two good choices in this race for Charter Review Commission District 4, Position 3. Jamie Nixon is running for charter review on the principles of accessible, responsive, and accountable government. He has experience working in government.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council

Campaign Information

Cathy Pearsall-Stipek

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There are two good choices in this race for Charter Review Commission District 4, Position 3. Cathy Pearsall-Stipek is a well liked former Pierce County Auditor and former state legislator with direct experience working under the County Charter.

Either Pearsall-Stipek or Jamie Nixon would be a good choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council
 

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #5, Position #1

Eric Herde

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Eric Herde is running for Charter Review Commission District 5, Position 1. Herde is the chair of the Land Use Advisory Council, and is running to increase public participation in the process and ensure that the charter promotes open and effective government.

He is opposed by conservative April Sanders. Herde is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council

Campaign Information

Campaign Web Site: http://ericherde.us/

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #5, Position #2

Carolyn Merrival

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Carolyn Merrival is running for Charter Review Commission District 5, Position 2. Merrival, an environmental chemistry consultant and progressive who previously ran for County Council, was elected to the previous Pierce County Charter Review Commission in 2006 and brings with her more experience than the other candidate running. Merrival has also been involved in a controversial complaint filed against progressive Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

She is opposed by conservative Terry Harder. With limited options, Merrival is your best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council

Campaign Information

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #5, Position #3

No Good Choices Justin Van Dyk

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There are no good choices in this race.

While Justin Van Dyk shares some of our progressive values, we have concerns with his temperament and ability to lead on the Charter Review Commission. His opponent, Janis Clark, was elected to the previous Charter Review Commission but was removed for unclear legal reasons.

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #6, Position #1

Michael Grayum

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Michael Grayum is running for Charter Review Commission District 6, Position 1. Grayum is the Mayor of DuPont, where he established a performance management system to improve transparency and communications with the public. He will bring the same public-first approach to the charter review commission.

His opponent is far-right conservative Paul Wagemann who faced legal problems from unpaid bills related to his business. Grayum is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #6, Position #2

Barbara Gelman

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Barbara Gelman is a former Pierce County Councilmember who represented District 3 and District 5 and is now running for Charter Review Commission District 6, Position 2. Gelman's experience working directly with the charter makes her an excellent fit for the commission.

She faces fiscally conservative Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson. Gelman is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #6, Position #3

Linda Farmer

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Linda Farmer is a former newspaper reporter and longtime communications and government affairs manager who is running for Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District 6 Position 2. Farmer is the current Director of Communications in the Pierce County Library System. She has earned respect from the community for her transparency, leadership, and dedication to getting the job done.

Her opponent, David Swindale, is a conservative Planning and Development Services Director for the City of University Place. Farmer is the best choice in this race.

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #7, Position #1

Martha Lantz

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Martha Lantz has spent more than two decades in public service law, and today serves as Deputy City Attorney of Tacoma. Lantz also has decades of civic experience through her work with the YWCA, Metro Parks Foundation, and as a board member with the Grand Cinema Tacoma. She is running to bring her legal experience and knowledge of public service to the Pierce County Charter Commission in District 7, Position 1.

Lantz faces Randy Boss in the General Election. Boss is a real estate broker who is active on several public commissions. We believe Lantz's knowledge of public service law, work with the City of Tacoma, and civic engagement make her the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Central Labor Council

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #7, Position #2

Brenda Wiest

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Brenda Wiest is the best choice for Pierce County Charter Review Commission District 7, Position 2. Wiest is running to make Pierce County government more efficient and accessible to all residents. She also brings a strong background in issues important to working people and she has a track record of working collaboratively with others on complex issues like paid sick leave.

Also running in this race is David Olson. Olson is an Assistant Vice President at U.S. Bank. Wiest deserves your support because of her knowledge of public policy and record of bringing people together around contentious policy decisions.

Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District #7, Position #3

Katie Baird

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Katie Baird is an Associate Professor of Economics at UW-Tacoma's School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, where she is also the chair of the faculty assembly. Baird is also a former columnist for the Tacoma News Tribune, where she wrote extensively about ways to improve our education system and reform our state's backward tax system.

Baird faces Beckie Krantz in the General Election. Krantz is an active conservative in the Pierce County Republican Party. Due to her excellent knowledge of solutions to Pierce County's biggest problems, Baird deserves your vote.

City Races and Ballot Measures

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

City of Fife

Fife City Council, Position #1

Bryan Yambe

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Bryan Yambe has been a courageous and strong leader in his first term on the Fife City Council, supporting transit options for all residents, working people, and equality for all. Readers of the Fife Free Press voted him best Fife City Councilmember in 2014 for his dedication and service. He also has a long history of community involvement. He has served on the Federal Way Youth Commission, Washington Association of Student Councils Board, and on several political campaigns over the years. He has been recognized twice by the Federal Way School Board for his community service.

Yambe faces David Zarate, who is not running a competitive campaign. Yambe is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Progressive Majority WA
Social Justice: Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE)
Other: Pierce County Labor Council, Tacoma Firefighters

Campaign Information

Fife City Council, Position #3

Dee-Dee Gethers

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Dee-Dee Gethers is the current chair of Fife's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and a recent appointee to the council who is running for a full term on the Fife City Council in Position 3. Gethers is a technical recruiter by day who has been involved in her community through both the Fife Champer of Commerce and in her service role on the parks and recreation board. She is running to make Fife a business hub as well as a city connected through transportation, parks, trails, and active recreation options.

Gethers' opponent, former Mayor Barry Johnson, oversaw and sometimes defended a police department embroiled in controversy including sexual harassment claims of police officers and officers driving under the influence. Gethers is the best choice in this race.

Campaign Information

Campaign Web Site: http://dee-deegethers.com/

City of Puyallup

City of Puyallup County Proposition #1

Vote YES on Prop 1 - Puyallup School District No. 3

APPROVED
Puyallup schools are desperately in need of an upgrade due to overcrowding and population growth. In one elementary school, the principal's office is being used as a classroom, and classes are cramming as many as 35 students in one room.

That is why voters are being asked to approve a small tax bond known as Proposition 1 for School District No. 3 in Puyallup. Proposition 1 will bring in $292.6 million to give teachers and students a relief. It will help ensure the growing region can fund a new elementary school and expand four other elementary schools. The smaller class sizes Prop 1 will provide are proven to benefit lifelong learning.

If Proposition 1 fails, schools could be forced to go year-round or adopt a split schedule to make sure students get enough class time, sending kids to classes as early as 5:30 a.m. and ending classes as late as 7 p.m. Vote YES on Proposition No. 1 for Puyallup schools to provide students with smaller class sizes and more room to learn.

Puyallup City Council, District #1

Robin Farris

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Robbin Farris, a businesswoman who spent 23 years serving in the U.S. Navy, is running for Puyallup City Council, District 1. Farris is dedicated to increased public safety, affordable housing and infrastructure, and a sound budget.

She faces Pat McGregor in the general election. McGregor is not running a campaign that provides meaningful information about his positions and beliefs to voters. Farris is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Puyallup City Council, District #2

John Palmer

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John Palmer is the current City Councilmember in District 2. He has been a progressive voice for building a strong and safe community, growing Puyallup smartly, and a responsible government. He’s worked at the Environmental Protection Agency for 25 years, served on Puyallup’s Planning Commission from 2008-2011, and was Chair of the Commission for three years.

Palmer is being challenged by Keith Sherrill, an Army pilot and who serves on the Puyallup Parks, Recreation, and Senior Advisory Board.

Palmer’s experience, values, and proven record of leadership on the Council makes him the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Campaign Information

Puyallup City Council, District #3

Robin Ordonez

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Robin Ordonez is running for Puyallup City Council, District 3. Ordonez dedicated his career to Pierce County as an engineer, retiring as the Assistant Wastewater Utility Manager in 2011. He has also served on the Planning Commission and in the U.S. Army. Ordonez is running to encourage economic development via smart growth, to ensure fire and police have the proper equipment and staff they need to do their jobs, and to support parks and trails, and to be accountable to residents.

Ordonez faces incumbent Tom Swanson, a conservative Republican whose political experience has been to serve as a campaign advisor and legislative assistant to other conservative Republicans. Ordonez is the best choice in this race.

Campaign Information

Puyallup City Council, At-Large

Dean Johnson

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Dean Johnson is running for Puyallup City Council's at-large position. While Johnson is not progressive, he is a better choice than conservative incumbent Steve Vermillion, who has refused to obey public records request laws and disclose emails in which he is accused of offensive language toward those who disagree with him.

City of Tacoma

City of Tacoma Initiative #1 and 1B

Despite the below flawed proposals, we recommend a "Yes" vote on Question 1 to demonstrate support for raising the minimum wage. We make no specific recommendation on Question 2.

Tacoma Special Election Measures No. 1 and 1B: Raise the minimum wage

YES
These competing ballot measures to raise the minimum wage in Tacoma are tricky. We believe everyone who works hard and plays by the rules should have the opportunity to thrive. Although incomes at the very top have grown exponentially, working people have seen their pay stagnate while their costs rise. We enthusiastically support raising the minimum wage to boost our economy and help thousands of working people cover the basics.

Unfortunately, Tacoma voters face a choice between two flawed proposals to raise the city's minimum wage. Initiative Measure 1 would immediately raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour without a phase in that reflects the different economics of different types of businesses. This is a significantly more aggressive proposal than Seattle's minimum wage increase, which is phased in over time to protect the small, local businesses that we all wish to support. Tacoma’s $15 minimum wage, or Measure 1, offers a blunt solution to a complex and nuanced problem. In contrast, Measure 1B is an overly cautious phased in $12 proposal. This business-designed measure doesn't go far enough or fast enough to help workers provide for their family.

Question 1: Should either of these measures be enacted into law?
Despite the lack of good options, we recommend a "Yes" vote on Question 1 to demonstrate support for raising the minimum wage.

On Question 2: Which of these measures should be enacted into law?
We make no specific recommendation on Question 2. While Measure 1A is unlikely to pass, you could vote Yes on 1A to send a message that you believe in a strong minimum wage and you think that 1B is inadequate. Alternatively, you could leave it blank to send a message that you want a different option.

We hope that the Tacoma City Council can pass an improved version next year that goes farther than Measure 1B and includes more of a phase-in than Measure 1.

City of Tacoma Initiative #2

Vote NO on Tacoma Citizens' Charter Amendment No. 2

NO
An initiative to change Tacoma's charter had good intentions when it was drafted but resulted in some negative consequences. This initiative was originally intended to only change the charter from a City Manager style of government to a Strong Mayor style. In a Strong Mayor style of government, the mayor makes the hiring and firing recommendations among city staff as well as leads the policy and voting decisions. However, a member of the committee that recommended the charter change accidentally deleted a line in the charter that allows for residents' initiative and referendum powers.

Vote no on this initiative to send a message to the city that it needs to start over with this charter amendment process.

City of Tacoma County Proposition #3

Vote YES on Tacoma Prop. No. 3: Pothole and street repairs

APPROVED
Anyone who drives through Tacoma knows our bumpy, pothole-ridden streets are badly in need of repair. Mayor Strickland and the City Council proposed a two-part transportation package that includes pothole repairs, sidewalk improvements, resurfacing, and other maintenance and safety repairs to our streets. Proposition 3 funds the first half of this transportation package through a small utility and property tax. The average household would see a $3.50 increase on their utility bill and about $3 per month increase in property taxes. Vote YES on Proposition 3 to fix our streets.

City of Tacoma Transportation Benefit District Proposition #A

Vote YES on Tacoma Prop. A: Street repairs and maintenance

YES
Proposition A is the second part of the transportation repair package put forward by the mayor and city council. The transportation package would fund street repair, bike and pedestrian mobility, and the safety, preservation, and maintenance of Tacoma's roads. Proposition A will increase the sales tax 1/10 of 1 percent for a 10-year period and require an annual report of street improvements made. Vote YES to fix our streets.

Tacoma City Council, Position #7 (At-Large)

Conor McCarthy

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Conor McCarthy, a local attorney, is running for Tacoma City Council At-Large Position 7. McCarthy supports living wage jobs, environmental stewardship, protecting the city's most vulnerable, and adequately funding public safety. He is the son of Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy.

Conor McCarthy faces another solid progressive for this seat, Suzanne Skaar, who is an active Planned Parenthood supporter on the Tacoma Rights Commission. Though Skaar is not doing any fundraising in this campaign, we hope she runs again. Due to his strong campaign and solid progressive values, McCarthy deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Tacoma Pierce County Black Collective, Pierce County Central Labor Council, UFCW #367, Tacoma Police, Tacoma Firefighters

Campaign Information

Tacoma City Council, Position #8 (At-Large)

Ryan Mello

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Ryan Mello is an incumbent running unopposed for re-election to Tacoma City Council, Position 8. Mello is an environmental champion who helped produce Tacoma's plan for addressing climate change and also sits on the board of the Transportation Choices Coalition. He has been endorsed by a number of our progressive partners and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Progressive Majority WA
Environment: Cascade Bicycle Club, Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club
Reproductive Freedom: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Other: Tacoma Firefighters, Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund

Campaign Information

Tacoma City Council, District #1

Anders Ibsen

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Tacoma City Councilmember Anders Ibsen is running to retain his seat in District 1. Ibsen has been an excellent progressive leader on the council. His accomplishments include leading the effort to repeal millions of dollars worth of tax loopholes, establishing more funding for mental health and chemical dependency, improving public safety in the West End, and also leading the effort to ensure everyone who gets sick is able to take a day off work.

His opponent is John Hines, a moderate high school teacher who advocates for more smart growth and living wage jobs in the city. While Hines has received support from many local elected leaders, Ibsen has received a large majority of support from our progressive partners. Ibsen deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Progressive Majority WA
Environment: Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Economic Justice: Service Employees International Union, UFCW 21
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Pierce County Central Labor Council, Tacoma Joint Labor, Teamsters Local 313, 27th District Democrats, 28th District Democrats

Tacoma City Council, District #3

Keith Blocker

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Keith Blocker is a middle school program director for local non-profit Peace Community Center. Blocker works to help students with academic coaching and college preparation. He is running to ensure all of Tacoma's residents have a voice on the council, and wants to attract small businesses and improve local roads.

Also in this race is Pierce College instructor Tom McCarthy, who has received some labor support including the endorsement of our partners at the American Federation of Teachers - Washington. If you want a collaborator who represents the diversity of the Hilltop neighborhood, Blocker deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Other: UFCW 367, Pierce County Democrats, Pierce County Young Democrats, 29th LD Democrats

Tacoma Public Schools

Depending on what school district you live in, you may have one of the below races on your ballot.

Tacoma School Board Director, Position #2

Catherine Ushka

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Catherine Ushka is running to retain her seat in Position 2 on the Tacoma School Board. Ushka, the current President of the School Board, believes in looking beyond test scores at the entirety of a child's education. During her tenure, the graduation rates in Tacoma have risen from 55 to 78 percent. Ushka also served the community as the VP of the 2014 Tacoma Charter Review Committee and as the former Vice Chair of the Tacoma Community Council.

Ushka is facing William Jenkens, Sr, an active member of the NAACP in Tacoma who does not share the depth of local community involvement that Ushka has. Ushka is a good choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

The Tacoma Black Collective, Pierce County Central Labor Council, Tacoma Firefighters

Tacoma School Board Director, Position #4

Andrea Cobb

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Andrea Cobb is a rising star running for an open seat on the Tacoma School Board in Position 4. With her background as a former policy analyst for the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and her current job at the Tacoma Housing Authority, she is extremely well-versed in the issues facing Tacoma schools. As the first person in her family to go to college, she is deeply committed to ensuring other students in Tacoma have the same opportunity.

Alisa Regala O'Hanlon is also a progressive running for the seat, but does not share the same depth of experience that Cobb has. Cobb deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Pierce County Labor Council

Other Progressive Candidates in Local Races

Depending on where you live, you may have the below local candidates on your ballot.

Tacoma Metropolitan Parks District Commission, Position 3

Jessie Baines, Jr.

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Jesse Baines, a career counselor, coach, and neighborhood advocate, is running for the Tacoma Metropolitan Parks Commission, Position 3. Baines will bring fresh leadership to the commission, which influences a number of projects in the Tacoma area, including Point Defiance Park and the Point Ruston development project. The Tacoma Metropolitan Parks District has been described as underutilized, and Baines is an up and coming leader who is ready to serve his community and ensure Tacoma parks remain top notch for years to come.

Baines' opponent is incumbent Larry Dahl. Due to the enthusiasm, energy, and dedication to youth programs that Baines has, we believe he is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Progressive Majority WA
Other: Tacoma Firefighters, Pierce County Democrats, Pierce County Tacoma Black Collective