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Lisa Caldwell is listed in the Progressive Voters Guide below. The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family.

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Lisa Caldwell

Lisa Caldwell photo Lisa Caldwell is the marketing director for a senior living facility and a former Snohomish Rotary Club president. She is running against real eastate broker Steve Dana, who is an outspoken Trump supporter. Caldwell is the better choice in this race. Read more...

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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. ...

Snohomish County Council

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

Snohomish County Council, District #1

Ray Miller

Democrat
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Ray Miller is a longtime community leader who is running for Snohomish County Council Position 1. Miller is a veteran and Tuskegee Airman who has dedicated his life to helping veterans return to civilian life through housing and health care services. He has served the community in many other capacities as well, including his roles as the Co-Chair of the Snohomish County Homeless Day Committee, Snohomish County Charter Review Commission for District 1, Snohomish County Human Rights Commission, and appointment to the Washington State Salaries Commission by Governor Inslee. Miller seeks to leverage his service as a mental health counselor to combat addiction and homelessness in Snohomish County, as well as balance new housing and development with rural areas.

His opponent, incumbent Nate Nehring, is a conservative who supports a range of policies from regressive taxes to cutting business regulations. Ray Miller's exemplary service to the community has earned him your vote for Snohomish County Council.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Snohomish County Labor Council, Snohomish County Democrats, The Young Democrats of Snohomish County

Campaign Information

Snohomish County Council, District #4

Terry Ryan

Democrat
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Terry Ryan is seeking re-election to the Snohomish County Council. He previously served on the Mill Creek City Council, as well as numerous community boards, including the Community Transit Board of Directors and the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Advisory Board. Ryan has focused strongly on addressing quality of life issues in the county including supporting pedestrian sidewalk improvements, senior center updates, and public safety investments to the Violent Offender Task Force and the Office of Neighborhoods. He is running against Republican Marcus Barton, whose campaign focuses on infrastructure improvements and public safety. Ryan is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Other: Snohomish County Democrats, Snohomish County Labor Council

Campaign Information

Snohomish County Council, District #5

Kristin Kelly

Democrat
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Kristin Kelly is running for the Snohomish County Council's District 5 position. A former Snohomish County Program Director at Futurewise and Snohomish County Charter Review Commissioner for District 5, Kelly is a well-known land use and conservation advocate in Snohomish County. She is currently working as the Smart Growth Executive Director for the Pilchuck Audubon Society. As a candidate, Kelly is focused on balancing environmental protections solutions with the need for sustainable development. Currently, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Lands Strategy and works to restore wildlife and salmon habitats along the Skykomish, Snohomish, and Stillaguamish River basins and estuaries. Kristin Kelly's vision for Snohomish includes supporting living wage jobs, preserving farmland, increasing affordable housing, and fully funding public health and education in the annual budget.

Kelly is running against Republican incumbent Samuel Low, who was elected to a one-year special term in this position. Low opposes transit options that keep the community moving and is backed by some of the most far-right members of the Republican Party. We believe Kelly is the best choice in this race because of her broad progressive support and experience with public policy.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Sierra Club - Snohomish Chapter, Snohomish County Democrats, Snohomish County Young Democrats

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City of Snohomish Mayor

Snohomish Mayor

Karen Guzak

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Former mayor Karen Guzak is running for the new strong mayor position. Earlier this year, she resigned from her 7 years as mayor when Snohomish voted to move to a "strong mayor" form of government. This will be the first strong mayor election, which means that the officeholder will be directly elected by voters instead of the city manager role of a "weak mayor" chosen by fellow members of the city council. If she is not elected to the mayor position, Guzak will remain on the city council.

Guzak owns a local yoga studio. She also works with the local Committee for Strategic Planning, Snohomish County Tomorrow, the Snohomish Womens’ Network and Snohomish Giving Circle.

Guzak is running against semi-retired contractor John Kartak. Kartak was one of the biggest proponents of Proposition 2, which moved Snohomish to a strong mayor system. He states that his campaign is about "small-town values" and government transparency, but offers little in the way of progressive policy. Guzak is the best choice in this race

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Snohomish City Council

Snohomish City Council, Position #3

Jason Sanders

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Jason Sanders, a manager at Puget Sound Energy, was appointed to the Position 3 seat earlier this year. He is the former chair of the Economic Development Committee, and has focused his campaign on economic issues and public safety.

Daryl Ferguson, a real estate broker, has no website and does not appear to be running a competitive campaign.

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Snohomish City Council, Position #4

Tom Merrill

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Tom Merrill is a member of the city's open government committee, which reports recommendations to the city council for communication improvements between citizens and the city. He has also served on the Shoreline Community College Curriculum Advisory Board and as a United Way volunteer.

Merrill is running against Swede Johnson, a retired engineer and former conservative city councilmember. Johnson was called out during his last term in 2008 over an offensive email image he sent to the rest of the council that disparaged Mexican immigrants. Merrill is the best choice in this race.

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Snohomish City Council, Position #5

Linda Redmon

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Linda Redmon is the co-owner of a clinical psychology practice. She supports promoting tourism, holding issue-based and small format town halls, increasing walkability, and working with other levels of government and local organizations on homelessness and addiction.

Redmon is running against Bob Dvorak, the former Executive Director of the Snohomish Senior Center. He has volunteered at several local institutions, such as the Kiwanis, Grow Washington, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Chamber of Commerce, but hasn't advanced any specific campaign goals. We believe Redmon is the better choice in this race.

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Snohomish City Council, Position #6

Eric Reyes

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Eric Reyes is running against Larry Countryman for Position 6. Reyes has spoken about solving the city's homelessness issues as a large portion of his campaign; he supports Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary's suggestions of non-arrest solutions and a drug takeback program to battle the opioid epidemic. Pending the marijuana advisory vote this November, he would support marijuana in the city for the tax revenue.

Larry Countryman is the owner of a bed and breakfast who and former city councilmember who leans conservative. In his run for council in 2015 he was against the levy to support local parks and opposes marijuana shops in the city limits. He also opposes high-density housing.

Reyes is the more progressive choice in this race, however, he has also had legal issues. As reported by the Everett Herald, Reyes had a charge of domestic violence that was dropped in 2015, and a DUI charge in 2009.

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Snohomish City Council, Position #7

Lisa Caldwell

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Lisa Caldwell is the marketing director for a senior living facility and a former Snohomish Rotary Club president. She is running against real eastate broker Steve Dana, who is an outspoken Trump supporter. Caldwell is the better choice in this race.

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Lisa Caldwell

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Lisa Caldwell is the marketing director for a senior living facility and a former Snohomish Rotary Club president. She is running against real eastate broker Steve Dana, who is an outspoken Trump supporter. Caldwell is the better choice in this race.

Campaign Information