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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson photo 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 Read more...

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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.

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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

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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
John Lovick photo
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 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 #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.

Edmonds City Council

Edmonds City Council, Position #2

Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson photo
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

Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson photo
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