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City of Mount Vernon

General ELECTION: November 7th, 2017

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #16

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 16

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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

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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. ...

Mount Vernon City Council

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

Mount Vernon City Council, District #1, Council Position #2

Jorge Manzanera

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Jorge Manzanera is running for the Mount Vernon City Council, Ward 2, Position 2. Manzanera is a community leader and certified language interpreter. He aims to build a more inclusive community where all residents feel welcomed and empowered to build a better life. Manzanera is prioritizing economic growth, affordable housing, and improving traffic conditions. He is running against city council incumbent Gary Mollenaar, who does not share Manzanera's progressive values. Manzanera is the best choice in this race.

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Mount Vernon City Council, District #3

Iris Carias

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Iris Carias is running for the Mount Vernon City Council Ward 1 seat. She aims to ensure that the voices and concerns of all Mount Vernon residents are considered in city planning decisions, especially regarding the city budget. Carias is prioritizing affordable housing policy, neighborhood safety, and youth programming. Carias is running against Ken Quam, the incumbent city councilmember who is focused on public safety. Carias would bring a much needed fresh progressive prospective to the city council and deserves your vote.

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