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Candace Mumm is listed in the Progressive Voters Guide below. 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.

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Candace Mumm

Candace Mumm photo 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. She 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. Read more...

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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 that 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

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 packages 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 packages 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

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 as state representative when former Rep. 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: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington

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: Washington State Democrats

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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

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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.

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Spokane Municipal Court

Spokane Municipal Court Judge, Position #1

Tracy Staab

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Judge Tracy Staab is running for re-election to the Spokane Municipal Court. Staab has served on the Municipal Court for the past eight years. Prior to becoming a judge, she worked as a public defender, Court of Appeals law clerk, and a city prosecutor. Staab is committed to improving the efficiency of the court and finding alternatives to jail time.

Staab is running against Adam Papini, whose name will appear on the ballot though he has not actively campaigned due to a drunk driving incident earlier in the year. Staab is the best choice in this race.

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Spokane City Council

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

Spokane City Council, Position #1

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 is the founder of the Spokane Edible Tree Project, which donates extra fruit to local food banks and currently works as a Legislative Aide for State Senator Andy Billig.

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: Firefighter Locals 29

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

Breean Beggs

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Breean Beggs is running for Spokane City Council Position 2. 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 who 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

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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. She 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 County Democrats

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Spokane School District

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

Spokane School District Director, Position #2

Deana Brower

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Deana Brower is running unopposed for reelection to the Spokane School District Board of Directors, Position 2. First elected in 2011, Deana Brower is currently Board President and is extremely active in the greater Spokane community. Prior to joining the school board, Brower taught primary education for 12 years, served as youth education advocate in Eastern Washington, and began her commitment to improving the Spokane School District Board in 2005 as a volunteer. For her commitment to quality public education, Brower deserves another term.

Spokane School District 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. 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.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

General Progressive: Fuse WA
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Spokane Education Association

Campaign Information

Spokane Ballot Measures

City of Spokane Proposition #2

Vote YES on Proposition 2

YES
Voters should take a stand against big oil and vote Yes on Prop. 2. While regulation of railroads is determined at the state and federal levels, the City of Spokane is offering residents the opportunity to voice their opposition to the millions of gallons of oil traveling through Spokane, which is far more flammable than gasoline.

Proposition 2 would make it a class 1 civil infraction for individuals, companies, or groups who 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. 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.

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. She 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 County Democrats

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