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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. ...
MAINTAINED
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. ...

7th Legislative District

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

State Senator

Karen Hardy

Democrat
Karen Hardy photo
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
Susan Swanson photo
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