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Spokane County

General ELECTION: November 7th, 2017

The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family.

Statewide Ballot Measures

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #16

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 16

MAINTAINED
A bipartisan group of legislators passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1597, which included a small excise tax in order to increase environmental protections for regional fish and wildlife. Because of a Tim Eyman initiative, the Legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote 16.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #17

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 17

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Our state has been under Supreme Court order to fully fund education for several years. This June, Republicans and Democrats came together to approve a bipartisan package of revenue increases for public schools, including expanding the Business and Occupation tax. While this does not solve the education funding problem, the package goes a long way towards providing a quality education for all students. ...
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Our state has been under Supreme Court order to fully fund education for several years. This June, Republicans and Democrats came together to approve a bipartisan package of revenue increases for public schools, including expanding the Business and Occupation tax. While this does not solve the education funding problem, the package goes a long way towards providing a quality education for all students. This non-binding advisory vote is required thanks to a Tim Eyman ballot measure. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote 17. ...

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #18

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 18

MAINTAINED
In addition to the legislation covered by Advisory Vote 17, a strong bipartisan majority of state legislators voted to increase local property taxes to fund schools. We have concerns about raising regressive property taxes that disproportionately impact working families and make our upside-down tax code even worse. However, we are optimistic about retaking the state Senate this fall and working with progressives in Olympia next year to reduce this tax and instead make the wealthy pay their fair share. ...
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In addition to the business taxes covered in Advisory Vote 17, a strong bipartisan majority of state legislators voted to increase local property taxes to fund schools. We have concerns about raising regressive property taxes that disproportionately impact working families and make our upside-down tax code even worse. However, we are optimistic about retaking the state Senate this fall and working with progressives in Olympia next year to reduce this tax and instead make the wealthy pay their fair share.

Like the other advisory votes, this is a non-binding measure required by a Tim Eyman ballot initiative. Vote “Maintained” on Advisory Vote 18. ...

7th Legislative District

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

State Senator

Karen Hardy

Democrat
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Karen Hardy, a ranch teamster, is the first Democrat to run in Legislative District 7 in ten years. She is a proponent of single payer healthcare, clean energy jobs, and fully funded education with certificate courses for trade students.

Her Republican opponent, Shelly Short, was appointed to the state senate when former Sen. Brian Dansel was chosen for a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hardy would be a progressive change for Legislative District 7.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Spokane Regional Labor Council

Campaign Information

State Representative, Position #1

Susan Swanson

Democrat
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Democrat Susan Swanson served in the U.S. Navy and later worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense Education Activity. She supports fully funding education, improving rural education access, and serving rural veterans. Swanson is running against Republican Jacquelin Maycumber, who is an outspoken critic of progressive values and workers' rights. Swanson is the best choice to represent the 7th District.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Economic Justice: Washington State Labor Council
Other: Spokane Regional Labor Council

Campaign Information

Spokane County Superior Court

Spokane County Superior Court Judge, Position #6

There are two good choices in this race: Tony Hazel and Jocelyn Cook.

Jocelyn Cook

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Jocelyn Cook has 10 years of experience as a public defender working on criminal and dependency cases. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and her experience as a public defender would be a welcomed addition to the bench.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Spokane Regional Labor Council, Teamsters Local #690

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Tony Hazel

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Tony Hazel has gathered an impressive list of bipartisan supporters. He is an experienced prosecutor appointed to the position this year and has been proactive in making reforms to the criminal justice system in his time as judge. However, some progressives are concerned with Hazel's past campaigning for conservative candidates and his "law and order" statements as a prosecutor.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Spokane Regional Labor Council

Campaign Information

 

City Races and Ballot Measures

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

City of Spokane

City of Spokane Proposition #2

Vote YES on Proposition 2

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Voters should take a stand against trains with highly explosive oil and uncovered coal traveling through the heart of downtown Spokane and vote Yes on Prop. 2. This citizen's initiative is offering residents the opportunity to support stronger public safety standards for our community.

Proposition 2 would make it a class 1 civil infraction for individuals, companies, or groups to allow a rail car with specific types of coal and oil to ship through downtown Spokane or within 2,000 feet of a school, hospital, or the Spokane river.

Opponents say Proposition 2 is unlikely to be enacted into law because of legal challenges, but voters shouldn't be afraid to be on the right of the issue. Vote YES on Prop 2 and send a strong message to oil companies that the City of Spokane values the environment and public safety.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Spokane Firefighters Union - IAFF Local 29

Spokane City Council, District #1, Council Position #2

Kate Burke

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Kate Burke is running for Spokane City Council Position 1 to improve infrastructure and increase investments in Northeast Spokane. Burke is also a strong supporter of increasing racial equity and anti-bias training for the Spokane Police Department. She currently works as a Legislative Aide for state Senator Andy Billig and is the founder of the Spokane Edible Tree Project, which donates extra fruit to local food banks.

Burke is running against Tim Benn, a conservative anti-labor union activist. Burke is the best choice in this race and has earned the most endorsements from our progressive partners.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Environment: Washington Bikes
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: SEIU 775, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington, WA State National Organization for Women PAC
Other: Spokane Regional Labor Council, Firefighter Locals 29

Campaign Information

Spokane City Council, District #2, Council Position #2

Breean Beggs

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Breean Beggs is running for reelection to the Spokane City Council Position 2 seat. Beggs is a strong champion of smart justice and criminal justice reform. He has a long track record of holding corporations accountable and protecting the rights of low-income residents. Beggs is the former Executive Director of the Center for Justice in Spokane, and has recently pushed to increase safety protections for coal and oil trains that run through downtown Spokane.

Beggs is running against Andy Dunau, a nonprofit executive director and a moderate who is prioritizing improving infrastructure. Beggs is the clear progressive choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Environment: Washington Bikes
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Economic Justice: SEIU 775, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 21
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington, WA State National Organization for Women PAC
Other: Spokane Regional Labor Council

Campaign Information

Spokane City Council, District #3, Council Position #2

Candace Mumm

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Incumbent City Councilmember Candace Mumm has a long track record of community involvement and leadership on land use issues and women’s health. She voted to support earned sick leave for all workers in Spokane and is a vocal advocate for a better bus system. Mumm is also the past president of the city's planning commission, where she oversaw adoption of the city's first Comprehensive Plan. She co-authored the city's Crosswalk Ordinance and co-led the city's Gender and Racial Equity task force.

Mumm is running against conservative Matthew Howes, whose campaign is centered on crime, road maintenance, and reducing business taxes. Mumm is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Environment: Washington Bikes, Washington Conservation Voters
Reproductive Freedom: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Economic Justice: SEIU 775, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Spokane Regional Labor Council

Campaign Information

City of Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley City Council, Position #1

Chris Jackson

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Chris Jackson is a Spokane Valley native who is defending his doctorate at the University of Otago. He seeks to improve transparency on the council, increase job growth, and conduct more community outreach. His grassroots campaign seeks to improve the lives of working families and revitalize the community's trust in the city council.

He is running against City Council incumbent Rod Higgins who has a conservative voting record on the council. Jackson is the better choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Other: Spokane Regional Labor Council

Campaign Information

Spokane Valley City Council, Position #2

Brandi Peetz

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Brandi Peetz is an office manager and an engaged community member who has served on the Spokane County Sheriff's Citizen Advisory and Review Board (CAB), the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council, and as the Associated Student Government Vice-President for Spokane Community College. Peetz is focusing on improving community safety and building a community center and marketplace across from city hall. She also wants to implement a detailed city economic plan that focuses on increasing tourism dollars and using a retail improvement strategy.

Her opponent, incumbent Caleb Collier, has been actively pushing the far-right agenda of the city council majority. Collier supports making public school sex education optional and agrees with fellow councilmember Ed Pace's position that unvaccinated children shouldn't be required to stay home from school during an outbreak.

Peetz is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Other: Spokane Regional Labor Council

Campaign Information

Spokane Valley City Council, Position #4

Ben Wick

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Ben Wick is an IT Manager at Spokane Industries, the owner of a local community newspaper, and a former 2011 city council member. Wick has been involved in a large number of community organizations, including as current chair of the Spokane Regional Transportation Council's Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee, as a Kiwanis Club member, and as a former Spokane County Fair Advisory Board Member. Wick is running on a platform of improving transparency on the council and upgrading infrastructure and roads.

Wick is running against Ed Pace, a deeply conservative member of the city council. Pace has been at the center of many of the city council’s most controversial initiatives from improperly firing the City Manager to the recent illegal proposal around vaccinations, transgender bathrooms, and nixing mandatory sexual education in public schools. While Wick is a fiscally conservative Republican, he is still much more moderate and forward-looking voice than Ed Pace.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

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Spokane Valley City Council, Position #5

Angie Beem

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Angie Beem is running for Position 5 on a platform of affordable housing, social equality, and education equality. Beem is currently a consultant, and formerly a microbiology lab specialist and one of the organizers of the Women's March. Beem supports full education funding, increasing affordable housing options, establishing an ethics commission in city hall, and incentivizing clean energy industries to open in Spokane Valley to create sustainable green jobs.

Beem is running against conservative Pamela Haley. Haley is focusing on bettering roads and economic development. Beem is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Spokane Regional Labor Council

Campaign Information

Spokane Valley City Council, Position #7

Linda Thompson

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Linda Thompson is running for Spokane Valley City Council Position 7. Thompson has been the executive director of the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council for nearly 25 years and has volunteered with numerous community organizations. Thompson is focused on ensuring that the city improves roads and utilities. While Thompson is a moderate candidate, her experience and priorities prove that she can lead Spokane Valley in a practical direction. Thompson is running against candidate Mike Munch, who has a far-right agenda. Linda Thompson is the clear choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Spokane Regional Labor Council

Campaign Information

Spokane School District No. 81

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

Spokane School Board Director, Position #2

Deana Brower

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Deana Brower is running for reelection to the Spokane School District Board of Directors, Position 2. First elected in 2011, Deana Brower is currently Board President and is active in the greater Spokane community. Prior to joining the school board, Brower taught primary education for 12 years, served as a youth education advocate in Eastern Washington. Brower is unopposed in this race.

Spokane School Board Director, Position #5

Mike Wiser

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Mike Wiser was recently appointed to the Spokane School Board and is now running for a full term. In addition to his commitment to the Spokane School District, he is VP of Strategic Planning for CHAS Health. Wiser is running to bring a data-driven analysis to school improvement while ensuring that standardized tests don't dominate the classroom. He's also committed to supporting students with the community services they need to show up to school ready to learn.

Wiser is running against Jennifer Muroya Thomas, who does not share Wiser's experience and progressive values. Wiser is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Spokane Education Association, Spokane Regional Labor Council

Campaign Information