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Mike Nelson


Mike Nelson was appointed to the Edmonds City Council in March to replace Strom Peterson, who is now a state representative. While on the council, Nelson has focused on improving parks and sidewalks and increasing funding to repair local roads. His priorities for his next term are revitalizing the Highway 99 corridor, protecting parks, and ensuring Edmonds remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

Nelson is facing Al Rutledge, who has run many times before because he doesn't believe candidates should be unopposed on the ballot. Mike Nelson is clearly the best choice in this race


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Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative 1366

VOTE NO

No on Tim Eyman's I-1366

Initiative-1366 from Tim Eyman orders the legislature to send a constitutional amendment to the voters next year requiring a two-thirds supermajority vote to close tax loopholes or raise revenue. If legislators refuse, Eyman’s initiative would create an $8 billion hole in our state budget over the next six years by cutting the sales tax by a full 1 percent.

The timing for I-1366 is very bad. Our state is being fined $100,000 a day for failing to fully fund education, yet Eyman’s initiative would make it nearly impossible to close wasteful corporate tax loopholes or fix our state’s upside down tax system. Not surprisingly, Initiative 1366’s largest donors are big developers and Wall Street interests who have given Eyman hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect their special tax loopholes.

Eyman proposed nearly the exact same initiative last year and it was broadly criticized. The Spokane Spokesman-Review referred to his previous effort as Eyman’s “worst ever” idea. Others called this initiative “extortion” (Walla Walla Union Bulletin) and “disingenuous” (Everett Herald), saying it is simply a ploy to keep Eyman’s initiative promotion business up and running.

We oppose I-1366 because it would prevent us from fixing our state’s upside down tax system or fully funding our kids’ schools. Join this broad coalition listed below and vote NO on I-1366.


Initiative 1401

VOTE YES

Vote Yes on Saving Animals from Extinction

Initiative 1401 seeks to help save endangered animals from extinction by making the selling, purchasing, trading, or distributing of animals threatened with extinction punishable by law. From African Elephants to the Javan Tiger, animals are disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate. Passing Initiative 1401 means that our last remaining elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, cheetahs, leopards, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks, and rays will at least be somewhat protected from the illegal animal trade here in our home state.

Help save animals facing extinction: vote YES on Initiative 1401.


Advisory Vote 10

VOTE MAINTAINED

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 10

Legislators voted nearly unanimously for new oil train safety regulations, including directing some oil taxes to help pay for oil-train spill response. Senate Bill 1449 passed the legislature 141 to 1 with 5 excused. Thanks to a Tim Eyman initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.


Advisory Vote 11

VOTE MAINTAINED

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 11

A bipartisan majority of legislators came together earlier this year to clarify that the marijuana excise tax should also apply to medical marijuana sales. There are a number of progressives who disagree with this tax, but unfortunately, the time to lobby against it was during the 2014 legislative session. Senate Bill 5052 passed the legislature 101 to 44 with 2 excused. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Even if 100 percent of voters rejected this advisory measure, it would remain a tax, as Eyman's advisory votes are purely intended to push an anti-tax message. Vote to "maintain" this measure, and push back against Eyman's anti-tax message.


Advisory Vote 12

VOTE MAINTAINED

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 12

A broad majority of legislators voted for a comprehensive transportation bill to improve state and local roads, transit, bike paths, and pedestrian walkways. The package was funded with a small increase in the gas tax. Senate Bill 5987 passed the legislature 91 to 51 with 5 excused. While we were not thrilled with some aspects of the final transportation package, we still recommend a non-binding vote to "maintain" this measure. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to “maintain” this measure.


Advisory Vote 13

VOTE MAINTAINED

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 13

A large majority of legislators voted to close $150 million in unnecessary tax loopholes in order to generate revenue for education funding. This legislation, Senate Bill 6138, passed the legislature 95 to 48 with 4 excused. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this important measure.


Snohomish County Ballot Measures

Snohomish County Proposition #1

VOTE YES

Vote YES on Snohomish County Community Transit: Proposition No. 1

Snohomish County is one of the nation’s fastest growing areas, resulting in longer commutes and traffic gridlock impacting our families and quality of life. Proposition 1 would add bus service and reduce transit wait times, extend bus hours, and expand routes to serve more communities throughout Snohomish County. Proposition 1 funds these important improvements through a 0.3 percent increase in the county sales and use tax.

We need transportation solutions that reduce congestion and move people efficiently. Vote YES on Proposition 1.

Endorsed By: Snohomish County Labor Council, United Way of Snohomish County


Snohomish County

Snohomish County Executive

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Democrat


Current Snohomish County Council President Dave Somers is running for Snohomish County Executive. Somers is an experienced and capable member of the Snohomish County Council with an exceptional track-record on environmental and smart growth issues. He worked as a fisheries biologist before joining the Council. He's supported measures to create parks and open spaces, protect farmland, increase transit funding, and invest in alternative fuels. Somers also supports focusing new development in urban areas with easy transportation access.

Although the candidates do not have deep ideological differences, Somers is challenging Lovick because he believes Lovick has been a poor manager of the County’s finances. Somers is campaigning on providing stronger fiscal management, transportation improvements, and supporting manufacturing jobs. But Somers has frustrated many progressives by opposing a proposal that would tie Boeing’s tax breaks to keeping jobs in Washington.

If you’re looking for a candidate with an impressive track record on smart growth, transportation, and environmental protection in Snohomish County, Somers is a good choice.



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Democrat


Incumbent County Executive John Lovick was appointed to the position in 2013 and elected in 2014. He has previously represented Snohomish County’s 44th Legislative District in the state House, and served as a state trooper for 31 years before being elected as Sheriff in 2007. Lovick’s first term has been rocky at times as he has sought to clean up the mess left by disgraced former executive Aaron Reardon.

Although there are not deep ideological differences between the candidates, they have taken a different approach to some policies. Unlike Somers, Lovick sided with conservative developers by proposing updates to the county’s growth management plan that would worsen sprawl as the county grows. On the other hand, Lovick has been an outspoken supporter of requiring Boeing to keep jobs in Washington state in order to receive tax incentives, earning him organized labor’s support in this election.

If you’re looking for a candidate with a strong track record on public safety who is willing to challenge Boeing to keep jobs in Washington, Lovick is a good choice.



Snohomish County Charter Review Commission

Snohomish County Charter Commission, District #1

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While you are allowed to vote for up to three candidates, we only recommend two in this race: Ray Miller and Brian McMahan.

Ray Miller is a longtime leader in Snohomish County who is running for Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, District 1. Miller is an active veteran who has dedicated his life to helping veterans return to civilian life through housing and health care services, and was named the Snohomish County NAACP Veteran of the Year. He has served the community in many other capacities as well, from his time as the Co-Chair of the Snohomish County Homeless Day Committee to serving as Commissioner of the King County Children and Families Commission. Miller also serves as chair of the Snohomish County 38th Legislative District Democrats and supports a living wage for all.

Due to his longtime service to the community, Miller is a good choice in this race.




Brian McMahan is a long-time firefighter and current Assistant Fire Chief at the Mukilteo Fire Department running for Charter Review Commission, District 1. McMahan served as a spokesman during the horrific mudslide that killed dozens of people in Arlington and will bring a perspective on public safety to the charter review commission. McMahan is a good choice in this race.

Miller and McMahan face failed Congressional candidate and far-right conservative John Koster, as well as two other conservatives, B.J. Guillot and Jim Donner.


Snohomish County Charter Commission, District #2



Charlene Rawson is a progressive neighborhood advocate who wants to ensure that living wages, great schools, transit options, and sustainable environmental policy is included in the county's road map to the future. Due to her strong progressive values, Rawson is a good choice in this race.

Rawson, Harrison, and Gregerson face 16 other candidates in this crowded race. Among them is another progressive, Joshua Wixson, who is a $15 Now supporter.




Voters are allowed to select up to three candidates in this race. We recommend Jennifer Gregerson, Marian Harrison, and Charlene Rawson.

Jennifer Gregerson is running for Snohomish Charter Review Commission, District 2. Gregerson is a qualified, proven leader who has served on the Mukilteo City Council since 2004, including as Mayor. She led the fight to bring homegrown paramedic services into Mukilteo fire stations. She is known for working against commercial air service, and led the first efforts to invest in the city's Paine Field defense fund.

Due to her experience and leadership in the community, Gregerson is a good choice in this race.




Marian Harrison is a lifelong resident of Snohomish County who has been active in progressive politics for multiple decades, working for everything from equitable pay for school teachers to campaigning for champions like state Sen. John McCoy. She is a hard worker and a dedicated advocate of the residents of this county, including her service as Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee of the Snohomish County Democrats.

Due to her committed service and knowledge of Snohomish County government, Harrison deserves your vote.


Snohomish County Charter Commission, District #3



Natalia Fior is a social justice advocate and Market Manager of the Shoreline Farmers Market. Fior has been endorsed by local and state Democrats for her progressive values and support of advocating for those who have the least, ensuring more women are represented in politics, and keeping Snohomish County affordable and livable for everyone.

Due to her strong progressive values, Fior would be a good choice in this race.




Justin McMahon is a strong advocate for protecting the social safety net and ensuring access to mental health care. He is passionate about advocating for those who have the least, including students, underserved communities, and working people. Due to his strong progressive values, McMahon would be a good choice in this race.

McMahon, Fior, and Chase face 13 other candidates in this race, among them two other good progressives. Mike Cooper is a former firefighter, former Mayor of Edmonds, and environmentalist who served Gov. Chris Gregoire as chair of the Washington Oil Spill Advisory Council, and Lisa Utter is a former Lynnwood City Council member and dedicated mental health advocate.


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Voters are allowed to choose three candidates for Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, District 3. We recommend Carin Chase, Natalia Fior, and Justin McMahon.

Carin Chase is running against 15 other candidates for Snohomish County Charter Review Commission District 3. Chase is active in the community as a commissioner on the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission and as a substitute para-educator in the Edmonds School District. She has been a local advocate for protecting Meadowdale Beach Park and the environment. Additionally, the daughter of state Sen. Maralyn Chase has been chair of the 32nd Legislative District Democrats for nine years.

Due to her longtime leadership and strong progressive values, Chase would be a good choice in this race.


Snohomish County Charter Commission, District #4



Voters are allowed to select up to three races for Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, District 4. We recommend Herbie Martin, Cheryl Stanford, and Rick Dewitt.

For more than 15 years, Herbie Martin has served the state of Washington as a Financial Service Specialist helping families who need assistance in tough times. Martin is also a U.S. Army Veteran who served 20 years in the Army, was selected Distinguished Veteran of the Year for 2015 by the NAACP of Snohomish County, and currently leads the A. Philip Randolph Institute constituency group of the Washington State Labor Council. Martin would bring needed diversity to the decisions made by the charter review commission, and would ensure that changes made are the best for all, not just a few.

Due to his committed service to the community, Martin deserves your vote.




Cheryl Stanford has served on the Planning Commission for six years and is also a commercial insurance underwriter. She is a progressive running to ensure that county residents are listened to and to ensure any changes to the charter reflect progressive values.

Due to her knowledge of the needs facing Snohomish County from a planning and land use perspective, Stanford deserves your vote.


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Rick Dewitt is a retired programmer who wrote the CD-ROM file system for Windows 95 and a dedicated transparency in government advocate. He is running to ensure that minute details in the charter do not get overlooked, to inspire transparency in government, and to ensure that all people in the community are set to thrive based on the decisions of the charter commission. Dewitt is a good choice in this race.

Dewitt, Stanford, and Martin face nine other candidates in this race. Among them are progressives Nancy Dawson, an environmentalist; and former county auditor and court administrator Bob Terwilliger.

Additionally, they face conservatives Robert Reedy, Brian Travis, Bill Johnson, Edward Barton, and Heidi Munson.


Snohomish County Charter Commission, District #5



Wendy Valentine is a progressive nurse who also runs Soaring Hearts Farm, a biodiverse dairy goat farm and educational center in Snohomish County. Valentine previously served on the Charter Review Commission alongside fellow running mate Kristin Kelly 10 years ago. Due to her experience and support from progressives, Valentine deserves your vote.

Valentine and Kelly are opposed by 12 other people for this seat, including progressives Gregory Pratt, a Microsoft employee who served on the Snohomish County Council Redistricting Committee, and Seth Pikey, the former president of the Snohomish County Young Democrats. Also in this race are Chris Kuehn, a water quality expert, and James Quinton Little, a professional hip hop dancer. Additionally, conservatives Jim Upton, Jim Kellett, Charles (Chuck) Whitfield, Jeff Sax, Kurt Goering, Douglas Roulstone, and Chris Vallo are running.




Voters are allowed to choose up to three candidates for Snohomish County Charter Review Commission. We recommend Kristin Kelly and Wendy Valentine.

Kristin Kelly, Snohomish County Program Director at Futurewise, a land use and conservation advocacy organization, and Smart Growth Executive Director for Pilchuck Audubon Society, is running for Snohomish Charter Review Commission District 5. Kelly has a firm grasp on the needs and direction of our county and its charter. She previously served on the Charter Review Commission 10 years ago. One of Kelly's objectives for running again is to ensure the changes implemented previously remain and to advocate for more transparency in council meetings, including night time meetings that the public is able to attend as opposed to 10:30 am hearings.

For her experience and commitment to our county's future, Kelly deserves your vote.​


Snohomish County Charter Commission, Position #5



Voters are allowed to choose up to three candidates for Snohomish County Charter Review Commission. We recommend Kristin Kelly, Gregory Pratt, and Wendy Valentine.

Gregory Pratt is a progressive software developer who has been active in local government issues ranging from running for school board to helping draw the 2011 Snohomish County redistricting plan.

Pratt is opposed by 12 other people for this seat, including progressives Kristin Kelly, Snohomish County Program Director at Futurewise, a land use and conservation advocacy organization, Wendy Valentine, a nurse who served along with Kelly on the previous commission, and Seth Pikey, the former president of the Snohomish County Young Democrats. Also in this race are Chris Kuehn, a water quality expert, and James Quinton Little, a professional hip hop dancer. Additionally, conservatives Jim Upton, Jim Kellett, Charles (Chuck) Whitfield, Jeff Sax, Kurt Goering, Douglas Roulstone, and Chris Vallo are running.


Edmonds City Council

Edmonds City Council, Position #2

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Mike Nelson was appointed to the Edmonds City Council in March to replace Strom Peterson, who is now a state representative. While on the council, Nelson has focused on improving parks and sidewalks and increasing funding to repair local roads. His priorities for his next term are revitalizing the Highway 99 corridor, protecting parks, and ensuring Edmonds remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

Nelson is facing Al Rutledge, who has run many times before because he doesn't believe candidates should be unopposed on the ballot. Mike Nelson is clearly the best choice in this race