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City of Spokane Valley

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. ...

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

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Spokane Valley City Council

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

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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

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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

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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

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