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Todd Donovan

Todd Donovan photo Progressive Todd Donovan is the incumbent in the current District 1 seat, and is now running for Position 2. Donovan wants to clean up Lake Whatcom and restore native vegetation. He is a solid environmental leader, and he supports public transit, equal park access, and voted no on the coal export terminal. We hope he will reevaluate the proposal for a costly new jail and support alternatives and funding for mental health and drug addiction treatment.

Donovan is facing progressive Amy Glasser. As a mental health professional, Glasser resists the structure of the current jail system as a means to house people with mental illnesses and people struggling with substance abuse. We believe Donovan is the best choice in this race because of his track record in office and support from progressive organizations. 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. ...

Whatcom County Ballot Measures

Whatcom County Proposition #2017-6

Vote No on Whatcom Proposition 2017-6

NO
Proposition 2017-6 is the wrong plan with the wrong priorities. Whatcom County’s current jail needs replacement, but we want a smart public safety strategy that prevents crime and doesn’t simply lock up people afterwards. This misguided plan uses up our entire public safety tax capacity for 30 years and allocates limited funding for mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and diversion programs. Whatcom County deserves a public safety proposal that is less expensive, more racially equitable, and more effective at serving our community's security needs than a costly new jail. Voters should reject Proposition 2017-6 and send a message to the County Executive to work with the council and return with a more cost-effective proposal with more stable funding.

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Whatcom County Council

Whatcom County Council, At-Large

Barry Buchanan

Non-Partisan
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Barry Buchanan is a solid progressive currently in his first term on the Whatcom City Council. He formerly represented District 1 and is currently running for the at-large position in the new redistricted map. So far in office, Buchanan has worked on banning fracking in the county and fighting the massive coal export terminal proposed in Whatcom County. His campaign is focused on the environment and protecting human rights. Buchanan is a chair of the county council, a veteran of the Navy, and a former councilmember on the Bellingham City Council. His opponent, real estate broker Mary Kay Robinson, seeks to cut regulations on business and agriculture. Buchanan is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Whatcom County Council, District #1

Rud Browne

Non-Partisan
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Rud Browne is the current at-large incumbent on the Whatcom County Council and is now running for the new District 1 position. Since his election to the council in 2013, Browne has cemented his reputation as an environmentalist. Browne is the founder Ryzex, an eco-friendly company and one of Whatcom’s largest employers. He was integral in starting the “Towards Zero Waste” campaign that encouraged businesses and schools to reduce unnecessary waste. His campaign is focused on protecting the environment regardless of destructive federal policy, as well as affordable housing, water management, and working around the state budget crisis.

Browne's opponent, Philip Morgan, is not running a competitive race. He has stated that he wants to lift the moratorium on Cherry Point fossil fuel exports and lessen restrictions on permitting. Browne is the best candidate and has earned another term on the Whatcom County Council.

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Whatcom County Council, District #2

Todd Donovan

Non-Partisan
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Progressive Todd Donovan is the incumbent in the current District 1 seat, and is now running for Position 2. Donovan wants to clean up Lake Whatcom and restore native vegetation. He is a solid environmental leader, and he supports public transit, equal park access, and voted no on the coal export terminal. We hope he will reevaluate the proposal for a costly new jail and support alternatives and funding for mental health and drug addiction treatment.

Donovan is facing progressive Amy Glasser. As a mental health professional, Glasser resists the structure of the current jail system as a means to house people with mental illnesses and people struggling with substance abuse. We believe Donovan is the best choice in this race because of his track record in office and support from progressive organizations.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

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Whatcom County Council, District #3

Rebecca Boonstra

Non-Partisan
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Rebecca Boonstra is running in the newly established District 3. She is the Executive Director of the Mt. Baker Chamber of Commerce and was elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Columbia Valley Parks and Recreation District. Boonstra also worked in the visitor center in Maple Falls for a decade and wants to increase access to its natural areas while protecting the natural environment. Boonstra wants to give a voice to those who are often shut out of council decisions and county government.

Boonstra is running against conservative candidate Tyler Byrd, who doesn't share her committment to protecting the environment for future generations against the fossil fuel industry at Cherry Point. Boonstra is the progressive choice in this race.

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Port of Bellingham

Port Commissioner, Position #1

Michael Alvarez Shepard

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Micheal Shepard is running for Port of Bellingham Commissioner Position 1. Shepard is a progressive environmental advocate with the skills and drive to bring meaningful change to the Port of Bellingham. He recognizes the need to balance job growth and business development with pragmatic solutions for safeguarding the natural treasures of the Port of Bellingham.

Shepard is running against incumbent Dan Robbins, who is not a strong supporter of environmental protections or workers' rights. Shepard is best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters
Economic Justice: UFCW 21

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Port Commissioner, Position #2

Barry Wenger

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Berry Wenger is running for Port of Bellingham Commissioner Position 2. As a former union member and organizer, he values job creation and workers' rights and aims to pursue projects that will restore the shoreline and invest in the community. He is committed to balancing sustainable growth and environmental restoration.

Wenger is running against Republican Ken Bell, who is running a conservative pro-business campaign. For his progressive vision, Barry Wenger is best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters
Economic Justice: UFCW 21

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Bellingham City Council

Bellingham City Council, Position #2

Gene Knutson

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Gene Knutson is running unopposed for re-election to the Bellingham City Council Ward 2 position. First elected to the position in 1994, Knutson is the longest serving city council member. Knutson values the Bellingham community, yet his ongoing support for the new Whatcom County Jail does not align with our progressive values.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Whatcom County Democrats

Bellingham City Council, Position #4

Pinky Vargas

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Pinky Vargas is running unopposed for re-election to the Bellingham City Council, Ward 4. Vargas has served on the council since 2014 and has held several positions including city council president, chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee and chair of the Lodging Tax Allocation Committee. Vargas is focused on social and gender justice, natural preservation, environmental protection, housing, and supporting local businesses.

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Bellingham City Council, Position #6

Michael Lilliquist

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Bellingham City Council president Michael Lilliquist is running for a third term on the council. In his eight years, Lilliquist has championed causes like keeping a "hands off" policy for federal immigration enforcement and encouraging affordable, low-income housing. He supports tax equity, restoring the Lake Whatcom reservoir, housing affordability, and avoiding development sprawl. His opponent, Quenby Peterson, serves on the Bellingham School Board but isn't running a competitive campaign.

Lilliquist is the best choice in this race.

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Bellingham City Council, At-Large

Roxanne Murphy

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Elected in 2013, Roxanne Murphy of the Nooksack Tribe was the first Native American to join the Bellingham City Council. She has spent her first term focusing on issues of equity and the environment. Murphy has proposed a requirement for paid sick leave for Bellingham businesses, opposed the Cherry Point coal terminal, and led the resolution for supporting the Sioux tribes fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Murphy is the Youth Director for the Nooksack and serves on the Whatcom Transportation Authority.

Murphy is running against Eric Bostrom, a Trump-supporting conservative. Murphy's experience and track record on the council make her the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters
Reproductive Freedom: National Women's Political Caucus of WA, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Economic Justice: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, UFCW 21
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Young Democrats of Whatcom County, Washington State Democrats Native American Caucus

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Todd Donovan

Non-Partisan
Todd Donovan photo
Progressive Todd Donovan is the incumbent in the current District 1 seat, and is now running for Position 2. Donovan wants to clean up Lake Whatcom and restore native vegetation. He is a solid environmental leader, and he supports public transit, equal park access, and voted no on the coal export terminal. We hope he will reevaluate the proposal for a costly new jail and support alternatives and funding for mental health and drug addiction treatment.

Donovan is facing progressive Amy Glasser. As a mental health professional, Glasser resists the structure of the current jail system as a means to house people with mental illnesses and people struggling with substance abuse. We believe Donovan is the best choice in this race because of his track record in office and support from progressive organizations.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Campaign Information