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  • VOTO NO

    Vote NO to increasing the sales tax to double the size of the county jail

  • Spokane Measure 1 proposes to raise the sales and use tax by $1.7 billion over the next 30 years to pay for an expensive new downtown jail. 

    This measure would add a sales and use tax of 2 cents per $10 dollars spent in Spokane County through 2054. Despite this massive price tag, county commissioners who proposed Measure 1 have not outlined specific plans for how the money would be spent. In addition, the current county commission failed to implement any of the policies for reducing jail crowding that were recommended by their own Justice Task Force before proposing the construction of a big new jail. In fact, a national expert hired by the county to analyze the region's future needs found that a new jail is not needed and would be the most expensive option. 

    Criminal legal experts and civil rights leaders agree that the county should instead pursue commonsense reforms that save money and are proven to reduce crime, like affordable housing and mental health and addiction services. We should fund more of these solutions that will reduce crime at a fraction of the cost. 

    Spokane residents deserve proven, cost-effective approaches to public safety, not $1.7 billion boondoggles that lack accountability to taxpayers. Vote No on Spokane Measure 1.

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-18

    Spokane Measure 1 proposes to raise the sales and use tax by $1.7 billion over the next 30 years to pay for an expensive new downtown jail. 

    This measure would add a sales and use tax of 2 cents per $10 dollars spent in Spokane County through 2054. Despite this massive price tag, county commissioners who proposed Measure 1 have not outlined specific plans for how the money would be spent. In addition, the current county commission failed to implement any of the policies for reducing jail crowding that were recommended by their own Justice Task Force before proposing the construction of a big new jail. In fact, a national expert hired by the county to analyze the region's future needs found that a new jail is not needed and would be the most expensive option. 

    Criminal legal experts and civil rights leaders agree that the county should instead pursue commonsense reforms that save money and are proven to reduce crime, like affordable housing and mental health and addiction services. We should fund more of these solutions that will reduce crime at a fraction of the cost. 

    Spokane residents deserve proven, cost-effective approaches to public safety, not $1.7 billion boondoggles that lack accountability to taxpayers. Vote No on Spokane Measure 1.

    Spokane Measure 1 proposes to raise the sales and use tax by $1.7 billion over the next 30 years to pay for an expensive new downtown jail. 

    This measure would add a sales and use tax of 2 cents per $10 dollars spent in Spokane County through 2054. Despite this massive price tag, county commissioners who proposed Measure 1 have not outlined specific plans for how the money would be spent. In addition, the current county commission failed to implement any of the policies for reducing jail crowding that were recommended by their own Justice Task Force before proposing the construction of a big new jail. In fact, a national expert hired by the county to analyze the region's future needs found that a new jail is not needed and would be the most expensive option. 

    Criminal legal experts and civil rights leaders agree that the county should instead pursue commonsense reforms that save money and are proven to reduce crime, like affordable housing and mental health and addiction services. We should fund more of these solutions that will reduce crime at a fraction of the cost. 

    Spokane residents deserve proven, cost-effective approaches to public safety, not $1.7 billion boondoggles that lack accountability to taxpayers. Vote No on Spokane Measure 1.

    Spokane Measure 1

    Spokane Measure 1 proposes to raise the sales and use tax by $1.7 billion over the next 30 years to pay for an expensive new downtown jail. 

Elecciones municipales

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  • Lisa Brown is a former state representative, senate majority leader, and chancellor of Washington State University Spokane. She has also served as the Washington State Director of Commerce. Brown has spent many years advocating for and volunteering in Spokane, including organizing the first Take Back the Night rally to bring awareness to victims of domestic violence.

    She wants to use her experience to see the city invest in improving the quality of life for all residents. According to Brown, one of the most pressing issues is balancing the city's budget crisis while making sure that residents have the opportunity to safely live, work, and play in Spokane.

    A keystone of her campaign is increasing affordable housing to help the many residents who are struggling to find shelter or stay in their homes with housing cost increases. Some of the strategies she wants to implement include making sure that the city has fully applied for available affordable housing funds from the federal and state government, and expanding "missing middle housing," or the mid-cost housing that many professionals like teachers or firefighters need to stay in the community. Brown wants to improve community safety by investing in proven strategies like expanding mental health services, offering job apprenticeships, and building more affordable housing.

    Brown is running against incumbent and former news anchor Nadine Woodward, whose conservative platform includes prioritizing her big-dollar donors and trying to make us fear those turning to cars and tents for shelter while she makes it impossible for many of us to afford any place to live.

    Like many conservative incumbents running this year, Woodward has taken the stance that public safety has declined under her watch. But in this year’s budget, police have again received the most funding, with 32 percent going to police, compared to 4 percent for libraries or just 2 percent going to housing and human services. At the same time, Woodward has refused to authorize an investigation into Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl's relationship with wealthy downtown business owners with whom he shared non-public information to attack his political opponents, potentially a violation of state and local law. 

    On top of this, Woodard faced calls for her resignation and widespread condemnation for her decision this August to join far-right former state representative Matt Shea at an event. A state House investigation deemed Shea a domestic terrorist for provoking a civil war, intimidating political opponents, and writing violent religious manifestos. Despite this clear record, Woodard accepted his blessing and endorsement as she stood with him onstage at the event.

    Spokane has had conservative mayors for the last twelve years and Brown offers the chance to transform city and local government in Spokane. Vote for Lisa Brown for a more compassionate and affordable Spokane. 

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-19

    Lisa Brown

    Lisa Brown is a former state representative, senate majority leader, and chancellor of Washington State University Spokane. She has also served as the Washington State Director of Commerce.

    Lisa Brown is a former state representative, senate majority leader, and chancellor of Washington State University Spokane. She has also served as the Washington State Director of Commerce. Brown has spent many years advocating for and volunteering in Spokane, including organizing the first Take Back the Night rally to bring awareness to victims of domestic violence.

    She wants to use her experience to see the city invest in improving the quality of life for all residents. According to Brown, one of the most pressing issues is balancing the city's budget crisis while making sure that residents have the opportunity to safely live, work, and play in Spokane.

    A keystone of her campaign is increasing affordable housing to help the many residents who are struggling to find shelter or stay in their homes with housing cost increases. Some of the strategies she wants to implement include making sure that the city has fully applied for available affordable housing funds from the federal and state government, and expanding "missing middle housing," or the mid-cost housing that many professionals like teachers or firefighters need to stay in the community. Brown wants to improve community safety by investing in proven strategies like expanding mental health services, offering job apprenticeships, and building more affordable housing.

    Brown is running against incumbent and former news anchor Nadine Woodward, whose conservative platform includes prioritizing her big-dollar donors and trying to make us fear those turning to cars and tents for shelter while she makes it impossible for many of us to afford any place to live.

    Like many conservative incumbents running this year, Woodward has taken the stance that public safety has declined under her watch. But in this year’s budget, police have again received the most funding, with 32 percent going to police, compared to 4 percent for libraries or just 2 percent going to housing and human services. At the same time, Woodward has refused to authorize an investigation into Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl's relationship with wealthy downtown business owners with whom he shared non-public information to attack his political opponents, potentially a violation of state and local law. 

    On top of this, Woodard faced calls for her resignation and widespread condemnation for her decision this August to join far-right former state representative Matt Shea at an event. A state House investigation deemed Shea a domestic terrorist for provoking a civil war, intimidating political opponents, and writing violent religious manifestos. Despite this clear record, Woodard accepted his blessing and endorsement as she stood with him onstage at the event.

    Spokane has had conservative mayors for the last twelve years and Brown offers the chance to transform city and local government in Spokane. Vote for Lisa Brown for a more compassionate and affordable Spokane. 

    Lisa Brown

    Lisa Brown is a former state representative, senate majority leader, and chancellor of Washington State University Spokane. She has also served as the Washington State Director of Commerce.

  • Spokane City Councilmember Betsy Wilkerson is running for council president to unite the city in a vision of collaboration and equity. She was appointed to the city council to replace Breean Beggs when he became council president in 2020. Only the second Black woman to ever serve on the council, if Wilkerson is elected this year she would become the first-ever Black president of the Spokane City Council. 

    Wilkerson is no stranger to serving the community. She is the former president of the Women Helping Women Fund and the Junior League of Spokane. Currently, Wilkerson is the board president for the Carl Maxey Center and runs Moore's Boarding Home Assisted Living.

    In our local questionnaire and interview with Wilkerson, the councilmember said she was most excited to make it easier and more affordable to build homes. That means fast-tracking permits, encouraging remodels instead of tear-downs to lower pollution, and making zoning reforms. She spoke about how homeownership builds wealth, and amid the housing crisis wants to encourage homeownership for families of color with more accessible down payment assistance and educational programs to address racial disparities.

    Her positions in support of keeping everyone in our community safe, boosting resources for alleviating homelessness, and providing a safety net demonstrate she is a candidate who will ensure that we all thrive. Wilkerson's many progressive endorsements demonstrate her solid record in the community and on the council as a capable and collaborative leader. 

    Her opponent is Republican Kim Plese, who ran for Spokane County Commissioner in 2022 and lost to Democrat Chris Jordan. This year, the former printing company owner is running for this nonpartisan position on a familiar platform. Plese was motivated to run in part because she's disappointed that the current council has supported statewide police accountability measures. Plese also states that she will work with regional partners to build more housing - an effort already underway through the regional homelessness coalition.

    In contrast to her opponent, Wilkerson defends the importance of having independent police oversight. She agrees with community members who have asked for this authority because the Spokane Police Department is allegedly the third deadliest police force in the country per population. Wilkerson wants to pair mental health responders with law enforcement in applicable calls and make sure that all in the city are treated fairly when dealing with police.

    Betsy Wilkerson is the clear choice for Spokane City Council President.
     

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-19

    Betsy Wilkerson

    Spokane City Councilmember Betsy Wilkerson is running for council president to unite the city in a vision of collaboration and equity. She was appointed to the city council to replace Breean Beggs when he became council president in 2020.

    Spokane City Councilmember Betsy Wilkerson is running for council president to unite the city in a vision of collaboration and equity. She was appointed to the city council to replace Breean Beggs when he became council president in 2020. Only the second Black woman to ever serve on the council, if Wilkerson is elected this year she would become the first-ever Black president of the Spokane City Council. 

    Wilkerson is no stranger to serving the community. She is the former president of the Women Helping Women Fund and the Junior League of Spokane. Currently, Wilkerson is the board president for the Carl Maxey Center and runs Moore's Boarding Home Assisted Living.

    In our local questionnaire and interview with Wilkerson, the councilmember said she was most excited to make it easier and more affordable to build homes. That means fast-tracking permits, encouraging remodels instead of tear-downs to lower pollution, and making zoning reforms. She spoke about how homeownership builds wealth, and amid the housing crisis wants to encourage homeownership for families of color with more accessible down payment assistance and educational programs to address racial disparities.

    Her positions in support of keeping everyone in our community safe, boosting resources for alleviating homelessness, and providing a safety net demonstrate she is a candidate who will ensure that we all thrive. Wilkerson's many progressive endorsements demonstrate her solid record in the community and on the council as a capable and collaborative leader. 

    Her opponent is Republican Kim Plese, who ran for Spokane County Commissioner in 2022 and lost to Democrat Chris Jordan. This year, the former printing company owner is running for this nonpartisan position on a familiar platform. Plese was motivated to run in part because she's disappointed that the current council has supported statewide police accountability measures. Plese also states that she will work with regional partners to build more housing - an effort already underway through the regional homelessness coalition.

    In contrast to her opponent, Wilkerson defends the importance of having independent police oversight. She agrees with community members who have asked for this authority because the Spokane Police Department is allegedly the third deadliest police force in the country per population. Wilkerson wants to pair mental health responders with law enforcement in applicable calls and make sure that all in the city are treated fairly when dealing with police.

    Betsy Wilkerson is the clear choice for Spokane City Council President.
     

    Betsy Wilkerson

    Spokane City Councilmember Betsy Wilkerson is running for council president to unite the city in a vision of collaboration and equity. She was appointed to the city council to replace Breean Beggs when he became council president in 2020.

  • Lindsey Shaw is running for Spokane City Council in District 1 to advocate for the residents of Northeast Spokane. Shaw served as chair of the Logan Neighborhood Council for five years and sees a chance in her candidacy to bring light to issues in District 1, like the North-South Freeway and the Children of the Sun Trail development, as well as making Spokane a better place to live for all across the city.

    Shaw wants to usher in a citywide affordable childcare program to help families in the years of early childhood and boost the local economy. She states that low-barrier youth programs, young adult skill development, and other interventions are crucial for communities to thrive. On public safety, Shaw wants to see the city clean up neighborhoods, invest in substance abuse treatment and behavioral health programs, provide more affordable housing options so that no one is forced to live on the street, and make upstream investments before anyone is put into the criminal legal system.

    Shaw is running against incumbent Michael Cathcart, who has served on the Spokane City Council since 2020. Previously, he was an aide for the far-right state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, who voters may remember for his anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion stances. As former executive director of the pro-business Better Spokane, Cathcart's campaign coffers and agenda are flooded with big developer money. He takes a conservative and hypocritical stance on issues like the possibility of a new jail, stating that "jail is going to make you a better criminal," but also advocating for building an expensive new one.

    In the years since he lost his run for Spokane County Council, Cathcart has voted against a local Pride crosswalk and opposed a resolution that would prevent any Spokane city employee, including law enforcement, from aiding prosecution and investigations against abortion care providers or patients. Cathcart will continue to be an obstacle to progress on the council if re-elected.

    Shaw's much stronger agenda and care for all residents of Spokane shows her commitment to the city, and she is the best choice for Spokane City Council, District 1. 

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-19

    Lindsey Shaw

    Lindsey Shaw is running for Spokane City Council in District 1 to advocate for the residents of Northeast Spokane.

    Lindsey Shaw is running for Spokane City Council in District 1 to advocate for the residents of Northeast Spokane. Shaw served as chair of the Logan Neighborhood Council for five years and sees a chance in her candidacy to bring light to issues in District 1, like the North-South Freeway and the Children of the Sun Trail development, as well as making Spokane a better place to live for all across the city.

    Shaw wants to usher in a citywide affordable childcare program to help families in the years of early childhood and boost the local economy. She states that low-barrier youth programs, young adult skill development, and other interventions are crucial for communities to thrive. On public safety, Shaw wants to see the city clean up neighborhoods, invest in substance abuse treatment and behavioral health programs, provide more affordable housing options so that no one is forced to live on the street, and make upstream investments before anyone is put into the criminal legal system.

    Shaw is running against incumbent Michael Cathcart, who has served on the Spokane City Council since 2020. Previously, he was an aide for the far-right state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, who voters may remember for his anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion stances. As former executive director of the pro-business Better Spokane, Cathcart's campaign coffers and agenda are flooded with big developer money. He takes a conservative and hypocritical stance on issues like the possibility of a new jail, stating that "jail is going to make you a better criminal," but also advocating for building an expensive new one.

    In the years since he lost his run for Spokane County Council, Cathcart has voted against a local Pride crosswalk and opposed a resolution that would prevent any Spokane city employee, including law enforcement, from aiding prosecution and investigations against abortion care providers or patients. Cathcart will continue to be an obstacle to progress on the council if re-elected.

    Shaw's much stronger agenda and care for all residents of Spokane shows her commitment to the city, and she is the best choice for Spokane City Council, District 1. 

    Lindsey Shaw

    Lindsey Shaw is running for Spokane City Council in District 1 to advocate for the residents of Northeast Spokane.

  • Paul Dillon is running for Spokane City Council, District 2 as an experienced and fearless advocate of opportunity for all in the city. 

    There's no doubt about the breadth and depth of Dillon's experience working and volunteering for the residents of Spokane. He currently works as the vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. Dillon is also the former Eastern Washington director for the YMCA Youth and Government Program and has served as a board member for the Center For Justice, Washington Bikes, and Pedals2People.

    If elected, Dillon wants to raise the minimum wage to boost the local economy and support struggling families. As someone who once ran an environmental advocacy news site published by The Spokesman-Review, Dillon wants to revisit local laws on oil and train derailments to protect the environment. Also high on his priorities is to build new affordable housing units to alleviate rising housing costs for everyone in the community and fund transitional shelters and behavioral health rather than criminalizing homelessness. 

    Dillon's community safety stance is more detailed and more progressive than his opponent's. He notes that due to racist incarceration policies, we have a system where African Americans, who are two percent of the population in Spokane, make up 14 percent of the jail population. He would invest in alternatives to incarceration, and use public health and behavioral health interventions instead of police where applicable, like sending unarmed officers or mental health responders. By fully funding the Office of Civil Rights and Equity, working to uplift working families, and promoting community safety, Dillon demonstrates his desire to lead from progressive values. 

    His opponent is Katey Randall Treloar, who previously ran for Spokane School District Director in 2019. She is the founder of the program Bite To Go, which supplemented meals for hungry students. This year, she states that she will work on affordable housing, mental health, and addiction resources, but has yet to offer any details on her website about how she would tackle those issues if elected to city hall. 

    In her previous run for school board, Treloar wanted to see armed officers put in schools and protested against COVID-19 safety protocols. She also opposed a supplemental school levy that aimed to provide resources for the district's children if the legislature didn't provide enough funding for schools. Treloar's previous campaign positions and lack of detail in her current campaign don't point to a progressive candidacy. 

    Dillon's broad endorsements from labor, environmental organizations, and Democratic elected officials speak to the power of his campaign to make the city a better place to live for all. Vote Paul Dillon for Spokane City Council from District 2.
     

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-19

    Paul Dillon

    Paul Dillon is running for Spokane City Council, District 2 as an experienced and fearless advocate of opportunity for all in the city. 

    Paul Dillon is running for Spokane City Council, District 2 as an experienced and fearless advocate of opportunity for all in the city. 

    There's no doubt about the breadth and depth of Dillon's experience working and volunteering for the residents of Spokane. He currently works as the vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. Dillon is also the former Eastern Washington director for the YMCA Youth and Government Program and has served as a board member for the Center For Justice, Washington Bikes, and Pedals2People.

    If elected, Dillon wants to raise the minimum wage to boost the local economy and support struggling families. As someone who once ran an environmental advocacy news site published by The Spokesman-Review, Dillon wants to revisit local laws on oil and train derailments to protect the environment. Also high on his priorities is to build new affordable housing units to alleviate rising housing costs for everyone in the community and fund transitional shelters and behavioral health rather than criminalizing homelessness. 

    Dillon's community safety stance is more detailed and more progressive than his opponent's. He notes that due to racist incarceration policies, we have a system where African Americans, who are two percent of the population in Spokane, make up 14 percent of the jail population. He would invest in alternatives to incarceration, and use public health and behavioral health interventions instead of police where applicable, like sending unarmed officers or mental health responders. By fully funding the Office of Civil Rights and Equity, working to uplift working families, and promoting community safety, Dillon demonstrates his desire to lead from progressive values. 

    His opponent is Katey Randall Treloar, who previously ran for Spokane School District Director in 2019. She is the founder of the program Bite To Go, which supplemented meals for hungry students. This year, she states that she will work on affordable housing, mental health, and addiction resources, but has yet to offer any details on her website about how she would tackle those issues if elected to city hall. 

    In her previous run for school board, Treloar wanted to see armed officers put in schools and protested against COVID-19 safety protocols. She also opposed a supplemental school levy that aimed to provide resources for the district's children if the legislature didn't provide enough funding for schools. Treloar's previous campaign positions and lack of detail in her current campaign don't point to a progressive candidacy. 

    Dillon's broad endorsements from labor, environmental organizations, and Democratic elected officials speak to the power of his campaign to make the city a better place to live for all. Vote Paul Dillon for Spokane City Council from District 2.
     

    Paul Dillon

    Paul Dillon is running for Spokane City Council, District 2 as an experienced and fearless advocate of opportunity for all in the city. 

  • Former U.S. Army reserve medic Kitty Klitzke is running to bring her transportation expertise to the Spokane City Council. As the former chair of Spokane's Community Assembly Pedestrian, Transportation, and Traffic Committee and president of the Spokane Regional Food Policy Council, Klitzke has been deeply involved in the community. She also led Complete Streets Spokane, which successfully advocated for bike and pedestrian infrastructure requirements when planning and building streets.

    In our local interview, Klitzke had thoughtful progressive answers to many of the issues facing Spokane. She agreed that the police ombudsman should be granted the power to independently investigate community complaints, which voters overwhelmingly approved. She also believes that Spokane needs to stop incentivizing housing that is unaffordable and start incentivizing the development of vacant lots, buildings, and parking lots. On homelessness, she supports a housing-first approach that helps people find shelter and secure homes as well as needed services.

    Running against Klitzke is former respiratory therapist Earl Moore, who states that she's running a nonpartisan campaign though she was awarded the 2022 Republican Hero award by the county Republican party. Moore joined a rally this May to defend Spokane Police Chief Meidl from an investigation about potentially inappropriate relationships with wealthy downtown business owners, including sharing non-public information and using the police budget to attack his political opponents. Moore was also one of a number of candidates who joined far-right former state representative Matt Shea at an event this August to receive his endorsement and blessing.  As of mid-October, Moore's campaign remains thin on details about what she would prioritize if elected. Aside from her dedication to always supporting police, Moore promises a regional approach to the housing crisis but includes nothing about how she would implement policies in the city to achieve more stable or affordable housing. 

    Klitzke is an accomplished transportation advocate who is excited to take on the city's needs for long-term planning and vision. Kitty Klitzke is the clear choice for Spokane City Council in District 3.  

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-19

    Kitty Klitzke

    Former U.S. Army reserve medic Kitty Klitzke is running to bring her transportation expertise to the Spokane City Council.

    Former U.S. Army reserve medic Kitty Klitzke is running to bring her transportation expertise to the Spokane City Council. As the former chair of Spokane's Community Assembly Pedestrian, Transportation, and Traffic Committee and president of the Spokane Regional Food Policy Council, Klitzke has been deeply involved in the community. She also led Complete Streets Spokane, which successfully advocated for bike and pedestrian infrastructure requirements when planning and building streets.

    In our local interview, Klitzke had thoughtful progressive answers to many of the issues facing Spokane. She agreed that the police ombudsman should be granted the power to independently investigate community complaints, which voters overwhelmingly approved. She also believes that Spokane needs to stop incentivizing housing that is unaffordable and start incentivizing the development of vacant lots, buildings, and parking lots. On homelessness, she supports a housing-first approach that helps people find shelter and secure homes as well as needed services.

    Running against Klitzke is former respiratory therapist Earl Moore, who states that she's running a nonpartisan campaign though she was awarded the 2022 Republican Hero award by the county Republican party. Moore joined a rally this May to defend Spokane Police Chief Meidl from an investigation about potentially inappropriate relationships with wealthy downtown business owners, including sharing non-public information and using the police budget to attack his political opponents. Moore was also one of a number of candidates who joined far-right former state representative Matt Shea at an event this August to receive his endorsement and blessing.  As of mid-October, Moore's campaign remains thin on details about what she would prioritize if elected. Aside from her dedication to always supporting police, Moore promises a regional approach to the housing crisis but includes nothing about how she would implement policies in the city to achieve more stable or affordable housing. 

    Klitzke is an accomplished transportation advocate who is excited to take on the city's needs for long-term planning and vision. Kitty Klitzke is the clear choice for Spokane City Council in District 3.  

    Kitty Klitzke

    Former U.S. Army reserve medic Kitty Klitzke is running to bring her transportation expertise to the Spokane City Council.

  • VOTO NO

    Vote No against inhumane and ineffective housing policy

  • Spokane Proposition 1 would change the city code in order to criminalize homelessness in parts of Spokane.

    The housing crisis and rising wealth inequality have left many of our neighbors struggling to keep a roof over our heads. Though encampments are not a long-term solution for Spokane residents without housing, efforts to criminalize them only makes it harder to connect them with services and support. Criminalizing poverty and homelessness instead leads to more overcrowding in Washington jails and further distances people from safety and the resources they need to get back on their feet.

    Proposition 1 for the city of Spokane would amend the city’s municipal code to make some encampments illegal depending on their proximity to certain public spaces. By doing so, it would criminalize the actions of Spokane residents struggling the most and rely on the criminal legal system as a solution to poverty rather than making necessary investments in public services. The proposition offers no solution to the housing crisis and would only further divide Spokane.

    This proposition likely violates the constitutional rights of our neighbors. It is being funded by the same conservative special interest groups attempting to buy the Spokane City Council and mayor’s race. Vote NO on Spokane Proposition 1.

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-18

    Spokane Proposition 1 would change the city code in order to criminalize homelessness in parts of Spokane.

    The housing crisis and rising wealth inequality have left many of our neighbors struggling to keep a roof over our heads. Though encampments are not a long-term solution for Spokane residents without housing, efforts to criminalize them only makes it harder to connect them with services and support. Criminalizing poverty and homelessness instead leads to more overcrowding in Washington jails and further distances people from safety and the resources they need to get back on their feet.

    Proposition 1 for the city of Spokane would amend the city’s municipal code to make some encampments illegal depending on their proximity to certain public spaces. By doing so, it would criminalize the actions of Spokane residents struggling the most and rely on the criminal legal system as a solution to poverty rather than making necessary investments in public services. The proposition offers no solution to the housing crisis and would only further divide Spokane.

    This proposition likely violates the constitutional rights of our neighbors. It is being funded by the same conservative special interest groups attempting to buy the Spokane City Council and mayor’s race. Vote NO on Spokane Proposition 1.

    Spokane Proposition 1 would change the city code in order to criminalize homelessness in parts of Spokane.

    The housing crisis and rising wealth inequality have left many of our neighbors struggling to keep a roof over our heads. Though encampments are not a long-term solution for Spokane residents without housing, efforts to criminalize them only makes it harder to connect them with services and support. Criminalizing poverty and homelessness instead leads to more overcrowding in Washington jails and further distances people from safety and the resources they need to get back on their feet.

    Proposition 1 for the city of Spokane would amend the city’s municipal code to make some encampments illegal depending on their proximity to certain public spaces. By doing so, it would criminalize the actions of Spokane residents struggling the most and rely on the criminal legal system as a solution to poverty rather than making necessary investments in public services. The proposition offers no solution to the housing crisis and would only further divide Spokane.

    This proposition likely violates the constitutional rights of our neighbors. It is being funded by the same conservative special interest groups attempting to buy the Spokane City Council and mayor’s race. Vote NO on Spokane Proposition 1.

    Spokane Prop 1

    Spokane Proposition 1 would change the city code in order to criminalize homelessness in parts of Spokane.

  • Opposed By League of Women Voters of the Spokane Area

Distritos escolares

Dependiendo de su lugar de residencia, es posible que en su papeleta figure una de las elecciones de distrito escolar que se indican a continuación.

  • Jaime Stacy is running for the Mead School Board open seat in District 3, where incumbent Bob Olson, who was first elected in 1985, is retiring. She is a community specialist for Spokane Public Schools and co-founder of the mentorship nonprofit Strong Women Achieving Greatness. She also served as president of the Shiloh Hills Parent Teacher Student Organization from 2017 to 2019.

    Stacy believes in representation for all students in the district. Unlike her opponent, she enthusiastically supports the new levy for Mead schools, which will help the district pay for extracurriculars, athletics, nurses, smaller classes, and more. Stacy wants to ensure that all kids thrive and believes anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies would help the student mental health crisis that schools face nationwide. She believes diversity is the key to helping kids think critically and feel welcome in our schools.

    Voters will find a stark contrast between Stacy's inclusive principles and those of her opponent, conservative x-ray technician Jennifer Killman. She has no education advocacy experience and is endorsed by far-right Republicans such as Sen. Mike Padden. In an interview with the Spokesman, Killman said she believes diversity and equity in education lowers kids' test scores. Rather than encouraging kids to learn about emotional and social health or accurate lessons on history, she believes that students need to learn about patriotism. Killman also believes that the board should create a policy against critical race theory, which even she admits Mead schools are not even teaching. 

    Jaime Stacy would make a far better representative for the kids and families of District 3. She deserves your vote for Mead School Board from District 3. 
     

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-17

    Jaime Stacy

    Jaime Stacy is running for the Mead School Board open seat in District 3, where incumbent Bob Olson, who was first elected in 1985, is retiring. She is a community specialist for Spokane Public Schools and co-founder of the mentorship nonprofit Strong Women Achieving Greatness.

    Jaime Stacy is running for the Mead School Board open seat in District 3, where incumbent Bob Olson, who was first elected in 1985, is retiring. She is a community specialist for Spokane Public Schools and co-founder of the mentorship nonprofit Strong Women Achieving Greatness. She also served as president of the Shiloh Hills Parent Teacher Student Organization from 2017 to 2019.

    Stacy believes in representation for all students in the district. Unlike her opponent, she enthusiastically supports the new levy for Mead schools, which will help the district pay for extracurriculars, athletics, nurses, smaller classes, and more. Stacy wants to ensure that all kids thrive and believes anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies would help the student mental health crisis that schools face nationwide. She believes diversity is the key to helping kids think critically and feel welcome in our schools.

    Voters will find a stark contrast between Stacy's inclusive principles and those of her opponent, conservative x-ray technician Jennifer Killman. She has no education advocacy experience and is endorsed by far-right Republicans such as Sen. Mike Padden. In an interview with the Spokesman, Killman said she believes diversity and equity in education lowers kids' test scores. Rather than encouraging kids to learn about emotional and social health or accurate lessons on history, she believes that students need to learn about patriotism. Killman also believes that the board should create a policy against critical race theory, which even she admits Mead schools are not even teaching. 

    Jaime Stacy would make a far better representative for the kids and families of District 3. She deserves your vote for Mead School Board from District 3. 
     

    Jaime Stacy

    Jaime Stacy is running for the Mead School Board open seat in District 3, where incumbent Bob Olson, who was first elected in 1985, is retiring. She is a community specialist for Spokane Public Schools and co-founder of the mentorship nonprofit Strong Women Achieving Greatness.

  • Apoyadas Por: Fuse, Spokane Regional Labor Council
  • Mike Wiser is a healthcare consultant and the current president of Spokane Public Schools' Board of Directors, where he has served since 2017. Wiser was born in Spokane, where he worked as a chief strategy officer at CHAS Heath, a nonprofit community health center. Wiser also spent some time as a stay-at-home father to his two kids, during which he founded Spokane Dads, a social group for kids and dads.

    Wiser is running for re-election to Position 5 to keep class sizes small, recover from the pandemic in a responsible way, and reform unjust discipline practices. Before Wiser's time as a director, Spokane Public Schools had the highest numbers in the state for students being restrained or isolated in padded rooms. The district has now banned these outdated practices that harmed students, particularly students of color and students with disabilities.

    Wiser also approved redrawing school zone boundaries and adding new schools to keep class sizes small enough for all students to get support from their teachers. Because of the concerns over the socioeconomic divisions between schools, Wiser also held back his full support for the new plans until he ensured that there were options such as magnet schools to serve disadvantaged kids.

    Wiser faces a challenge from Ericka Lalka, a real estate investor and committeewoman for the Republican party. If elected, she would reduce the funding that our schools need to help teachers and kids thrive, as evidenced by her fearmongering that our school budgets are "spiraling out of control". Lalka also would support armed security in schools, though we know allowing people with guns to police our schools will only make them worse places for learning. Lalka additionally would deprive kids of basic sex education, making STIs and unplanned pregnancies more likely. Wiser, in contrast, wants to keep campus officers unarmed to keep our kids safe, and supports the current comprehensive sex education that will keep kids healthy.

    Wiser is fighting to make Spokane's public schools amazing places for every kid to learn, regardless of their race, income, or disability needs. Because of his seven years of dedication to our teachers and students, Mike Wiser has earned your vote for Position 5.
     

    Ultima actualización 2023-10-12

    Mike Wiser

    Mike Wiser is a healthcare consultant and the current president of Spokane Public Schools' Board of Directors, where he has served since 2017. Wiser was born in Spokane, where he worked as a chief strategy officer at CHAS Heath, a nonprofit community health center.

    Mike Wiser is a healthcare consultant and the current president of Spokane Public Schools' Board of Directors, where he has served since 2017. Wiser was born in Spokane, where he worked as a chief strategy officer at CHAS Heath, a nonprofit community health center. Wiser also spent some time as a stay-at-home father to his two kids, during which he founded Spokane Dads, a social group for kids and dads.

    Wiser is running for re-election to Position 5 to keep class sizes small, recover from the pandemic in a responsible way, and reform unjust discipline practices. Before Wiser's time as a director, Spokane Public Schools had the highest numbers in the state for students being restrained or isolated in padded rooms. The district has now banned these outdated practices that harmed students, particularly students of color and students with disabilities.

    Wiser also approved redrawing school zone boundaries and adding new schools to keep class sizes small enough for all students to get support from their teachers. Because of the concerns over the socioeconomic divisions between schools, Wiser also held back his full support for the new plans until he ensured that there were options such as magnet schools to serve disadvantaged kids.

    Wiser faces a challenge from Ericka Lalka, a real estate investor and committeewoman for the Republican party. If elected, she would reduce the funding that our schools need to help teachers and kids thrive, as evidenced by her fearmongering that our school budgets are "spiraling out of control". Lalka also would support armed security in schools, though we know allowing people with guns to police our schools will only make them worse places for learning. Lalka additionally would deprive kids of basic sex education, making STIs and unplanned pregnancies more likely. Wiser, in contrast, wants to keep campus officers unarmed to keep our kids safe, and supports the current comprehensive sex education that will keep kids healthy.

    Wiser is fighting to make Spokane's public schools amazing places for every kid to learn, regardless of their race, income, or disability needs. Because of his seven years of dedication to our teachers and students, Mike Wiser has earned your vote for Position 5.
     

    Mike Wiser

    Mike Wiser is a healthcare consultant and the current president of Spokane Public Schools' Board of Directors, where he has served since 2017. Wiser was born in Spokane, where he worked as a chief strategy officer at CHAS Heath, a nonprofit community health center.

  • Apoyadas Por: Washington Education Association