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Retired strategic city adviser Susan Paine is running for Port of Edmonds, District 5. Paine has experience serving on the Edmonds School Board and as a strategic adviser for City of Seattle. Paine aims to increase collaboration with the City Council and the community especially on matters related to the development of the waterfront. Paine is prioritizing environmental stewardship as well as finding funding to understand the long-term financial impacts for redevelopment proposals and addressing contamination remediation in the Port.

Paine is running against incumbent Steven Johnston, who was appointed to the position in May 2016. Johnston is focused on business development and supporting the Port's tourism industry. Paine is the stronger choice in this race because of her support from progressive partners.
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Statewide Ballot Measures

Statewide Ballot Measures

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure 16

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

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

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.