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City of Yakima

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. ...

Yakima City Council

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

Yakima City Council, District #2

Pablo Gonzalez

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Pablo Gonzalez is the owner of both an auto shop and a recreational marijuana store. He was formerly the 15th Legislative District vice chair for the Yakima County Democratic Party, and a former precinct community officer for the Yakima County Democratic Party. Gonzalez wants to see more community policing in Yakima in the form of police officers walking or riding bicycles to promote better community relationships. He is prioritizing programs for kids and public safety in the budget, has stated that he supports worker's rights, and wants to incentivize new businesses by reshaping the city's image on crime and public safety.

Jason White is an urban farmer. He has stated that the biggest challenge facing the city is the east-west divide, and his campaign is centered on engaging both the east and west sides of Yakima in discussions and action in local government. He would cut taxes for small businesses to encourage their growth and curb spending on city celebrations to save money in the budget.

Gonzalez is the better choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes

Campaign Information

Yakima City Council, District #4

Kay Funk

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Kay Funk, a retired doctor, is the best choice in this race. She has stated her opposition to racial profiling and federal immigration enforcement interfering with local policing. If elected, she would work on issues involving homelessness and housing affordability, and would support putting the downtown plaza to a public vote.

She is running against conservative Keith Effler, who promotes a business-before-all-else approach to governance and private industry solutions to local problems. Funk is the best choice for Yakima City Council District 4.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes

Campaign Information

Yakima City Council, District #6

Brad Hill

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Brad Hill is a Marine Corps veteran and the director at Fort Simcoe Job Corps. He is a self-stated fiscal conservative with a progressive agenda. If elected, he will focus on helping disadvantaged youth, public safety, and creating a business-friendly environment.

He is running against Republican Micaela Razo. Razo is a charter school advocate whose campaign focuses on economic issues. In this race, Hill is the better choice.

Campaign Information