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Snohomish 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.

Snohomish County Ballot Measures

Snohomish County County Proposition #1

Vote YES on Snohomish County Community Transit: Proposition No. 1

APPROVED
Snohomish County is one of the nation’s fastest growing areas, resulting in longer commutes and traffic gridlock impacting our families and quality of life. Proposition 1 would add bus service and reduce transit wait times, extend bus hours, and expand routes to serve more communities throughout Snohomish County. Proposition 1 funds these important improvements through a 0.3 percent increase in the county sales and use tax.

We need transportation solutions that reduce congestion and move people efficiently. Vote YES on Proposition 1.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Snohomish County Labor Council, United Way of Snohomish County

Campaign Information

Snohomish County

Snohomish County Executive

There are two good choices for County Executive: John Lovick and Dave Somers. See the full guide below.

Dave Somers

Democrat
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Current Snohomish County Council President Dave Somers is running for Snohomish County Executive. Somers is an experienced and capable member of the Snohomish County Council with an exceptional track-record on environmental and smart growth issues. He worked as a fisheries biologist before joining the Council. He's supported measures to create parks and open spaces, protect farmland, increase transit funding, and invest in alternative fuels. Somers also supports focusing new development in urban areas with easy transportation access.

Although the candidates do not have deep ideological differences, Somers is challenging Lovick because he believes Lovick has been a poor manager of the County’s finances. Somers is campaigning on providing stronger fiscal management, transportation improvements, and supporting manufacturing jobs. But Somers has frustrated many progressives by opposing a proposal that would tie Boeing’s tax breaks to keeping jobs in Washington.

If you’re looking for a candidate with an impressive track record on smart growth, transportation, and environmental protection in Snohomish County, Somers is a good choice.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

John Lovick

Democrat
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Incumbent County Executive John Lovick was appointed to the position in 2013 and elected in 2014. He has previously represented Snohomish County’s 44th Legislative District in the state House, and served as a state trooper for 31 years before being elected as Sheriff in 2007. Lovick’s first term has been rocky at times as he has sought to clean up the mess left by disgraced former executive Aaron Reardon.

Although there are not deep ideological differences between the candidates, they have taken a different approach to some policies. Unlike Somers, Lovick sided with conservative developers by proposing updates to the county’s growth management plan that would worsen sprawl as the county grows. On the other hand, Lovick has been an outspoken supporter of requiring Boeing to keep jobs in Washington state in order to receive tax incentives, earning him organized labor’s support in this election.

If you’re looking for a candidate with a strong track record on public safety who is willing to challenge Boeing to keep jobs in Washington, Lovick is a good choice.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Economic Justice: Service Employees International Union
Other: Snohomish County Labor Council
 

Snohomish County Council

Snohomish County Council, District #2

Brian Sullivan

Democrat
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Brian Sullivan is running for re-election to Snohomish County Council, District 2. A small business owner who now chairs the County Council's Finance and Economic Committee, Sullivan has worked to promote the economy of Snohomish County and supports living wages for all. He has previously served in the state House, where he was recognized as an environmental champion, and has served as Mukilteo's Mayor, and as a Mukilteo City Councilman. Sullivan is a strong supporter of requiring Boeing to maintain a certain number of jobs in Washington in order to receive tax breaks.

Sullivan's opponent, Greg Tisdale, is a moderate businessman from Everett who supports commercial passenger flights from Paine Field, which Sullivan opposes. Some progressives are supporting Tisdale because of concern for Growth Management Act votes Sullivan has taken. However, Tisdale is also being backed by a number of far-right conservatives in the area. We think Sullivan is the better choice in this race due to his endorsements from our progressive partners and for his strong record supporting working people.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Snohomish 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.

Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, District #1

Ray Miller

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While you are allowed to vote for up to three candidates, we only recommend two in this race: Ray Miller and Brian McMahan.

Ray Miller is a longtime leader in Snohomish County who is running for Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, District 1. Miller is an active veteran who has dedicated his life to helping veterans return to civilian life through housing and health care services, and was named the Snohomish County NAACP Veteran of the Year. He has served the community in many other capacities as well, from his time as the Co-Chair of the Snohomish County Homeless Day Committee to serving as Commissioner of the King County Children and Families Commission. Miller also serves as chair of the Snohomish County 38th Legislative District Democrats and supports a living wage for all.

Due to his longtime service to the community, Miller is a good choice in this race.

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Brian McMahan

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Brian McMahan is a long-time firefighter and current Assistant Fire Chief at the Mukilteo Fire Department running for Charter Review Commission, District 1. McMahan served as a spokesman during the horrific mudslide that killed dozens of people in Arlington and will bring a perspective on public safety to the charter review commission. McMahan is a good choice in this race.

Miller and McMahan face failed Congressional candidate and far-right conservative John Koster, as well as two other conservatives, B.J. Guillot and Jim Donner.

Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, District #2

Jennifer Gregerson

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Voters are allowed to select up to three candidates in this race. We recommend Jennifer Gregerson, Marian Harrison, and Charlene Rawson.

Jennifer Gregerson is running for Snohomish Charter Review Commission, District 2. Gregerson is a qualified, proven leader who has served on the Mukilteo City Council since 2004, including as Mayor. She led the fight to bring homegrown paramedic services into Mukilteo fire stations. She is known for working against commercial air service, and led the first efforts to invest in the city's Paine Field defense fund.

Due to her experience and leadership in the community, Gregerson is a good choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Snohomish County Labor Council, Mukilteo Firefighters

Marian Harrison

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Marian Harrison is a lifelong resident of Snohomish County who has been active in progressive politics for multiple decades, working for everything from equitable pay for school teachers to campaigning for champions like state Sen. John McCoy. She is a hard worker and a dedicated advocate of the residents of this county, including her service as Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee of the Snohomish County Democrats.

Due to her committed service and knowledge of Snohomish County government, Harrison deserves your vote.

Charlene Rawson

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Charlene Rawson is a progressive neighborhood advocate who wants to ensure that living wages, great schools, transit options, and sustainable environmental policy is included in the county's road map to the future. Due to her strong progressive values, Rawson is a good choice in this race.

Rawson, Harrison, and Gregerson face 16 other candidates in this crowded race. Among them is another progressive, Joshua Wixson, who is a $15 Now supporter.

Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, District #3

Carin Chase

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Voters are allowed to choose three candidates for Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, District 3. We recommend Carin Chase, Natalia Fior, and Justin McMahon.

Carin Chase is running against 15 other candidates for Snohomish County Charter Review Commission District 3. Chase is active in the community as a commissioner on the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission and as a substitute para-educator in the Edmonds School District. She has been a local advocate for protecting Meadowdale Beach Park and the environment. Additionally, the daughter of state Sen. Maralyn Chase has been chair of the 32nd Legislative District Democrats for nine years.

Due to her longtime leadership and strong progressive values, Chase would be a good choice in this race.

Natalia Fior

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Natalia Fior is a social justice advocate and Market Manager of the Shoreline Farmers Market. Fior has been endorsed by local and state Democrats for her progressive values and support of advocating for those who have the least, ensuring more women are represented in politics, and keeping Snohomish County affordable and livable for everyone.

Due to her strong progressive values, Fior would be a good choice in this race.

Justin McMahon

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Justin McMahon is a strong advocate for protecting the social safety net and ensuring access to mental health care. He is passionate about advocating for those who have the least, including students, underserved communities, and working people. Due to his strong progressive values, McMahon would be a good choice in this race.

McMahon, Fior, and Chase face 13 other candidates in this race, among them two other good progressives. Mike Cooper is a former firefighter, former Mayor of Edmonds, and environmentalist who served Gov. Chris Gregoire as chair of the Washington Oil Spill Advisory Council, and Lisa Utter is a former Lynnwood City Council member and dedicated mental health advocate.

Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, District #4

Herbie Martin

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Voters are allowed to select up to three races for Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, District 4. We recommend Herbie Martin, Cheryl Stanford, and Rick Dewitt.

For more than 15 years, Herbie Martin has served the state of Washington as a Financial Service Specialist helping families who need assistance in tough times. Martin is also a U.S. Army Veteran who served 20 years in the Army, was selected Distinguished Veteran of the Year for 2015 by the NAACP of Snohomish County, and currently leads the A. Philip Randolph Institute constituency group of the Washington State Labor Council. Martin would bring needed diversity to the decisions made by the charter review commission, and would ensure that changes made are the best for all, not just a few.

Due to his committed service to the community, Martin deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council

Cheryl Stanford

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Cheryl Stanford has served on the Planning Commission for six years and is also a commercial insurance underwriter. She is a progressive running to ensure that county residents are listened to and to ensure any changes to the charter reflect progressive values.

Due to her knowledge of the needs facing Snohomish County from a planning and land use perspective, Stanford deserves your vote.

Rick Dewitt

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Rick Dewitt is a retired programmer who wrote the CD-ROM file system for Windows 95 and a dedicated transparency in government advocate. He is running to ensure that minute details in the charter do not get overlooked, to inspire transparency in government, and to ensure that all people in the community are set to thrive based on the decisions of the charter commission. Dewitt is a good choice in this race.

Dewitt, Stanford, and Martin face nine other candidates in this race. Among them are progressives Nancy Dawson, an environmentalist; and former county auditor and court administrator Bob Terwilliger.

Additionally, they face conservatives Robert Reedy, Brian Travis, Bill Johnson, Edward Barton, and Heidi Munson.
 

Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, District #5

Kristin Kelly

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Voters are allowed to choose up to three candidates for Snohomish County Charter Review Commission. We recommend Kristin Kelly and Wendy Valentine.

Kristin Kelly, Snohomish County Program Director at Futurewise, a land use and conservation advocacy organization, and Smart Growth Executive Director for Pilchuck Audubon Society, is running for Snohomish Charter Review Commission District 5. Kelly has a firm grasp on the needs and direction of our county and its charter. She previously served on the Charter Review Commission 10 years ago. One of Kelly's objectives for running again is to ensure the changes implemented previously remain and to advocate for more transparency in council meetings, including night time meetings that the public is able to attend as opposed to 10:30 am hearings.

For her experience and commitment to our county's future, Kelly deserves your vote.​

Wendy Valentine

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Wendy Valentine is a progressive nurse who also runs Soaring Hearts Farm, a biodiverse dairy goat farm and educational center in Snohomish County. Valentine previously served on the Charter Review Commission alongside fellow running mate Kristin Kelly 10 years ago. Due to her experience and support from progressives, Valentine deserves your vote.

Valentine and Kelly are opposed by 12 other people for this seat, including progressives Gregory Pratt, a Microsoft employee who served on the Snohomish County Council Redistricting Committee, and Seth Pikey, the former president of the Snohomish County Young Democrats. Also in this race are Chris Kuehn, a water quality expert, and James Quinton Little, a professional hip hop dancer. Additionally, conservatives Jim Upton, Jim Kellett, Charles (Chuck) Whitfield, Jeff Sax, Kurt Goering, Douglas Roulstone, and Chris Vallo are running.
 

City Races and Ballot Measures

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

City of Bothell

Bothell City Council, Position #2

Andy Rheaume

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Andy Rheaume, a water quality scientist and the incumbent in the race, has been involved in Bothell as Planning Commissioner and in many other capacities throughout the Puget Sound area, including as a volunteer firefighter in Edmonds. He wants to address the city's budget issues that impact everything from its road maintenance to parks, revitalize downtown, reduce traffic congestion, and complete sidewalk connections.

Opposing him is Roz Gorc, a far-right conservative. Rheaume is an excellent choice if you want an experienced candidate who knows the depth of Bothell's budget issues.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Cascade Bicycle Club
Other: 1st District Democrats

Bothell City Council, Position #4

James McNeal

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James McNeal is a construction manager who is running for Bothell City Council Position 4 after the retirement of Councilmember Bill Evans. McNeal is one of the founders of One Bothell, a grassroots effort to protect the Wayne Golf Course. His expertise in construction management will serve the city well as it works to balance the influx of new residents and businesses with preserving parkland and the health of local waterways.

He faces Tim Ottersburg, a health care researcher who is supported by conservative developers. McNeal is the strongest candidate in this race and deserves your vote.

Bothell City Council, Position #6

Davina Duerr

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Davina Duerr is an architect running for Bothell City Council, Position 6 after Councilman Mark Lamb declined to run for re-election. Duerr is on the Northshore Schools Foundation board and is also Chair of the Landmark Preservation Board in Bothell. Duerr's campaign is focused on smart growth development while keeping an even eye on the preservation of our parks. She also supports the One Bothell protective action group involved with the Wayne Golf Course.

Also running is John Lee, the general manager of Whelan Security. He favors increased development and has hedged his support of business regulation. Duerr is the strongest candidate in this race and deserves your vote.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Cascade Bicycle Club
Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA
Other: King County Democrats

Campaign Information

City of Edmonds

Edmonds City Council, Position #2

Mike Nelson

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Mike Nelson was appointed to the Edmonds City Council in March to replace Strom Peterson, who is now a state representative. While on the council, Nelson has focused on improving parks and sidewalks and increasing funding to repair local roads. His priorities for his next term are revitalizing the Highway 99 corridor, protecting parks, and ensuring Edmonds remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

Nelson is facing Al Rutledge, who has run many times before because he doesn't believe candidates should be unopposed on the ballot. Mike Nelson is clearly the best choice in this race

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Cascade Bicycle Club, Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club
Reproductive Freedom: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Economic Justice: Teamsters Joint Council 28
Other: Snohomish County Labor Council, Firefighters Local 1828

Campaign Information

City of Everett

Everett City Council, Position #4

Cassie Franklin

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Cassie Franklin is running for Everett City Council, Position 4. Franklin is the CEO of the Cocoon House, which serves homeless and at-risk youth in Snohomish County. She is a progressive champion and a passionate advocate for building healthy communities while keeping a balanced budget. Franklin supports increasing affordable housing, giving police tools and resources to enforce laws and keep the community safe, improving transportation options, and supporting local businesses.

Franklin faces incumbent Ron Gipson in the general election. Investigators have accused Gipson of sexual harassment at the Snohomish County Denney Juvenile Justice Center, according to the Everett Herald. Franklin is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA
Economic Justice: Teamsters Joint Council 28
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Everett Firefighters, Snohomish County Democrats

Everett City Council, Position #5

Charlene Rawson

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Charlene Rawson is a progressive neighborhood advocate running for Everett City Council, Position 5. Rawson is running to encourage more transparency in city government, including helping Everett move to district elections. She also supports increased transit options for the growing city and responding to the growing homeless situation without criminalizing homelessness.

Her opponent, longtime incumbent Scott Bader, is holding the city back from making the changes it needs to be a 21st century city. Rawson is a great choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA
Economic Justice: Teamsters Joint Council 28

Campaign Information