• VOTE MAINTAINED

    Vote Maintained to strengthen mental health crisis support

  • This spring, lawmakers passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1477 to expand the state’s crisis response system to include a new hotline dealing exclusively with mental health emergencies.

    Sponsored by Democratic legislators, the law will divert some calls away from 911 so that Washingtonians can get more specialized crisis responses. In addition, law enforcement officers no longer need to take on responsibilities associated with social workers. This will be funded by a tax of 30 cents a month on most phone services in October 2021 until a bump to 75 cents a month starting in July 2024. All revenue generated by the tax will go to crisis line-related expenses, including expanding hotline personnel during the community mental health crisis associated with the pandemic.

    Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 36.

    This spring, lawmakers passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1477 to expand the state’s crisis response system to include a new hotline dealing exclusively with mental health emergencies.

    Sponsored by Democratic legislators, the law will divert some calls away from 911 so that Washingtonians can get more specialized crisis responses. In addition, law enforcement officers no longer need to take on responsibilities associated with social workers. This will be funded by a tax of 30 cents a month on most phone services in October 2021 until a bump to 75 cents a month starting in July 2024. All revenue generated by the tax will go to crisis line-related expenses, including expanding hotline personnel during the community mental health crisis associated with the pandemic.

    Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 36.

  • Endorsed By: The Stranger
  • VOTE MAINTAINED

    Vote Maintained to balance our tax code

  • Washingtonians deserve an economy that works for us all. An essential part of that is a balanced tax code where everyone pays their share. Yet, Washington boasts the most upside-down system in the nation, where the state’s lowest-income earners pay 17% of their income in taxes while the wealthiest few pay just 3% of their income.

    This legislative session, Democratic lawmakers wrote and passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5096, which created a 7% capital gains tax on the sale of assets like stocks valued above $250,000. The tax is estimated to raise about $415 million primarily for child care and early learning - both services that became clearly essential to Washingtonians during the coronavirus pandemic.

    We know that good public schools, beautiful parks, and strong social services make Washington a great place to live. This long-overdue capital gains tax will go towards making sure that all Washingtonians pay their share in taxes and have the opportunity to thrive.

    Vote "Maintained" on State Advisory Vote 37.

    Washingtonians deserve an economy that works for us all. An essential part of that is a balanced tax code where everyone pays their share. Yet, Washington boasts the most upside-down system in the nation, where the state’s lowest-income earners pay 17% of their income in taxes while the wealthiest few pay just 3% of their income.

    This legislative session, Democratic lawmakers wrote and passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5096, which created a 7% capital gains tax on the sale of assets like stocks valued above $250,000. The tax is estimated to raise about $415 million primarily for child care and early learning - both services that became clearly essential to Washingtonians during the coronavirus pandemic.

    We know that good public schools, beautiful parks, and strong social services make Washington a great place to live. This long-overdue capital gains tax will go towards making sure that all Washingtonians pay their share in taxes and have the opportunity to thrive.

    Vote "Maintained" on State Advisory Vote 37.

  • Endorsed By: The Stranger
  • VOTE MAINTAINED

    Vote Maintained to close a tax loophole for insurance companies

  • In the most recent legislative session, lawmakers passed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5315, which creates a 2% tax on certain insurance premiums. In effect, the law would close a tax loophole for corporations with their own insurance policies, known as captive insurers, so that all insurance companies pay premiums taxes. It is estimated to generate around $53 million over the next decade.

    SB 5315 had bipartisan sponsorship and was passed nearly unanimously with only one vote of opposition between both houses. The legislation was requested by Democratic Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who wants to make sure that all insurance companies pay their share of taxes.

    Ensuring big corporations pay their share is an important step toward balancing our state's tax code. Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 38.

    In the most recent legislative session, lawmakers passed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5315, which creates a 2% tax on certain insurance premiums. In effect, the law would close a tax loophole for corporations with their own insurance policies, known as captive insurers, so that all insurance companies pay premiums taxes. It is estimated to generate around $53 million over the next decade.

    SB 5315 had bipartisan sponsorship and was passed nearly unanimously with only one vote of opposition between both houses. The legislation was requested by Democratic Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who wants to make sure that all insurance companies pay their share of taxes.

    Ensuring big corporations pay their share is an important step toward balancing our state's tax code. Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 38.

  • Endorsed By: The Stranger
  • Steven Hogan is running for mayor of Camas. Hogan works as a chief operating officer in recycled paper, wood, and steel and has served on Camas City Council for 16 years as well as mayor pro tem in 2014, 2017, and 2021. He currently serves on the council's finance and administrative committees and the city's economic development strategy committee.

    Hogan's campaign priorities include preserving Camas' parks and open spaces, bringing more housing for working people to the community, and strengthening partnerships with Camas Public Schools. He also wants to increase access to good-paying jobs and recruit large employers to bring their businesses to Camas. If elected mayor, Hogan would only support a community or aquatic center under the condition that taxpayers do not pay the full cost of such amenities.

    Hogan is running against Jennifer Senescu, the executive director of the Camas-Washougal chamber of commerce. Senescu's platform is full of language stoking fear about crime and public safety and prioritizing businesses over community members. Additionally, she does not bring the commitment to working families that Hogan has displayed.

    Hogan is the best choice in the race for mayor of Camas.

    Steven Hogan is running for mayor of Camas. Hogan works as a chief operating officer in recycled paper, wood, and steel and has served on Camas City Council for 16 years as well as mayor pro tem in 2014, 2017, and 2021. He currently serves on the council's finance and administrative committees and the city's economic development strategy committee.

    Hogan's campaign priorities include preserving Camas' parks and open spaces, bringing more housing for working people to the community, and strengthening partnerships with Camas Public Schools. He also wants to increase access to good-paying jobs and recruit large employers to bring their businesses to Camas. If elected mayor, Hogan would only support a community or aquatic center under the condition that taxpayers do not pay the full cost of such amenities.

    Hogan is running against Jennifer Senescu, the executive director of the Camas-Washougal chamber of commerce. Senescu's platform is full of language stoking fear about crime and public safety and prioritizing businesses over community members. Additionally, she does not bring the commitment to working families that Hogan has displayed.

    Hogan is the best choice in the race for mayor of Camas.

    Steven Hogan

    Steven Hogan is running for mayor of Camas. Hogan works as a chief operating officer in recycled paper, wood, and steel and has served on Camas City Council for 16 years as well as mayor pro tem in 2014, 2017, and 2021.

  • Marilyn Dale-Boerke is running for Camas City Council, Ward 1, Position 2. Dale-Boerke is the director of talent development for the Camas School District. If elected, her plans include environmental preservation, dedicating time to underrepresented groups including young people, and hosting listening posts at elementary or middle schools to hear from constituents. Dale-Boerke also wants to prioritize cleaning the waters of Lacamas Lake and promoting access to open spaces and parks among community members.

    Dale-Boerke is running against Gary Perman, a technology recruiter and the chair of International Electronic & Electrical Engineers (IEEE). Perman claims city council members have used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to "degrade" communications with the community. His platform is conservative and focuses on bringing his business experience to local government. Unlike Dale-Boerke, Perman does not offer specific commitments to hear from constituents despite criticizing the council for lack of communication. He also runs a political blog where he has actively promoted Republicans including Dino Rossi and Jamie Herrera Beutler.

    Dale-Boerke is the best choice for Camas City Council, Ward 1, Position 2.

    Marilyn Dale-Boerke is running for Camas City Council, Ward 1, Position 2. Dale-Boerke is the director of talent development for the Camas School District. If elected, her plans include environmental preservation, dedicating time to underrepresented groups including young people, and hosting listening posts at elementary or middle schools to hear from constituents. Dale-Boerke also wants to prioritize cleaning the waters of Lacamas Lake and promoting access to open spaces and parks among community members.

    Dale-Boerke is running against Gary Perman, a technology recruiter and the chair of International Electronic & Electrical Engineers (IEEE). Perman claims city council members have used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to "degrade" communications with the community. His platform is conservative and focuses on bringing his business experience to local government. Unlike Dale-Boerke, Perman does not offer specific commitments to hear from constituents despite criticizing the council for lack of communication. He also runs a political blog where he has actively promoted Republicans including Dino Rossi and Jamie Herrera Beutler.

    Dale-Boerke is the best choice for Camas City Council, Ward 1, Position 2.

    Marilyn Dale-Boerke

    Marilyn Dale-Boerke is running for Camas City Council, Ward 1, Position 2. Dale-Boerke is the director of talent development for the Camas School District.

  • Jennifer McDaniel is running for Camas City Council, Ward 3, Position 2. McDaniel previously served on Washougal City Council for nine years before moving to Camas.

    If elected, she would prioritize restoring the community's confidence in city leaders through communication, improving and maintaining public parks and open spaces, and addressing infrastructure issues including ADA access to sidewalks. McDaniel also wants to bring more affordable housing to the community and ensure families and senior citizens can keep living in Camas. Her affordable housing proposals include targeted re-zoning for multi-family and mixed-use housing and promoting Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

    McDaniel is running against Leslie Lewallen, a former King County deputy prosecuting attorney. Lewallen serves as a legal advisor to the Dorothy Fox Safety Alliance. Her campaign platform is emphasizing replacing the Crown Park Pool and creating a citizens advisory board to manage the health of Camas's public parks and spaces. Additionally, Lewallen has been critical of the crucial police accountability legislation passed in the Legislature this year and does not seem open to public safety reforms supported by community members.

    McDaniel is the best choice in the race for Camas City Council, Ward 3, Position 2.

    Jennifer McDaniel is running for Camas City Council, Ward 3, Position 2. McDaniel previously served on Washougal City Council for nine years before moving to Camas.

    If elected, she would prioritize restoring the community's confidence in city leaders through communication, improving and maintaining public parks and open spaces, and addressing infrastructure issues including ADA access to sidewalks. McDaniel also wants to bring more affordable housing to the community and ensure families and senior citizens can keep living in Camas. Her affordable housing proposals include targeted re-zoning for multi-family and mixed-use housing and promoting Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

    McDaniel is running against Leslie Lewallen, a former King County deputy prosecuting attorney. Lewallen serves as a legal advisor to the Dorothy Fox Safety Alliance. Her campaign platform is emphasizing replacing the Crown Park Pool and creating a citizens advisory board to manage the health of Camas's public parks and spaces. Additionally, Lewallen has been critical of the crucial police accountability legislation passed in the Legislature this year and does not seem open to public safety reforms supported by community members.

    McDaniel is the best choice in the race for Camas City Council, Ward 3, Position 2.

    Jennifer McDaniel

    Jennifer McDaniel is running for Camas City Council, Ward 3, Position 2. McDaniel previously served on Washougal City Council for nine years before moving to Camas.

  • Incumbent Corey McEnry is a public high school educator and a parent of a current Camas student running for re-election for Camas School Director in District 1.

    McEnry is proud of the district's efforts to create a safe and flexible environment for students to learn during the pandemic. He notes that the district has experienced virtually zero COVID transmissions thanks to health protocols. If re-elected, he will continue to support five days of in-person learning with remote options, following all laws on safety and public health, and providing emotional and social support for kids, staff, and families. McEnry also strongly believes that the district should continue pursuing equity so that all students, no matter their race, socioeconomic background, ability, or gender, can thrive in Camas schools. He will continue to diversify school programming and pathways to graduation and support professional development for staff while engaging with families and promoting digital access for school board meetings and more.

    McEnry's challenger in this race is Ernie Geigenmiller, a Republican precinct committee officer and journalist who says that he is running to keep politics out of schools but is supported by the League of Conservative Women Voters. In a recent candidate forum, Geigenmiller focused on the idea that schools are doing too much and need to go "back to basics," an idea at odds with the fact that many students need greater support right now. For example, Geigenmiller states that schools "cannot do everything" to support homeless students and should rely on nonprofit organizations, while McEnry says that first students in need should be identified, and then schools should provide for students through the community resource center - whether that be food, technology, and more. Geigenmiller's stance on following health mandates is unclear from his website, but his endorsements and statements seem to show that he would be a conservative school board member.

    We recommend McEnry in this race for his experience and care for all students in Camas.

    Incumbent Corey McEnry is a public high school educator and a parent of a current Camas student running for re-election for Camas School Director in District 1.

    McEnry is proud of the district's efforts to create a safe and flexible environment for students to learn during the pandemic. He notes that the district has experienced virtually zero COVID transmissions thanks to health protocols. If re-elected, he will continue to support five days of in-person learning with remote options, following all laws on safety and public health, and providing emotional and social support for kids, staff, and families. McEnry also strongly believes that the district should continue pursuing equity so that all students, no matter their race, socioeconomic background, ability, or gender, can thrive in Camas schools. He will continue to diversify school programming and pathways to graduation and support professional development for staff while engaging with families and promoting digital access for school board meetings and more.

    McEnry's challenger in this race is Ernie Geigenmiller, a Republican precinct committee officer and journalist who says that he is running to keep politics out of schools but is supported by the League of Conservative Women Voters. In a recent candidate forum, Geigenmiller focused on the idea that schools are doing too much and need to go "back to basics," an idea at odds with the fact that many students need greater support right now. For example, Geigenmiller states that schools "cannot do everything" to support homeless students and should rely on nonprofit organizations, while McEnry says that first students in need should be identified, and then schools should provide for students through the community resource center - whether that be food, technology, and more. Geigenmiller's stance on following health mandates is unclear from his website, but his endorsements and statements seem to show that he would be a conservative school board member.

    We recommend McEnry in this race for his experience and care for all students in Camas.

    Corey McEnry

    Incumbent Corey McEnry is a public high school educator and a parent of a current Camas student running for re-election for Camas School Director in District 1.

  • Endorsed By: Washington Education Association
  • Incumbent Erika Cox has served on the Camas School Board in District 2 since 2018. She has chaired the city of Camas' Salary Commission, served as president of Prune Hill Elementary PTA, volunteered on the Dorothy Fox Elementary PTA executive board, and served on the Citizen's Advisory Committee to the school board.

    Cox is running for re-election to continue to prioritize health, equitable opportunities for students, and engagement with the community. Under her experienced leadership, Camas students and families currently have the option of remote learning as well as safe, in-person education.

    Her opponent is Jeremiah Chevrolet Stephen, an insurance agent and former oil and pipeline operations planner. Both Stephen and fellow candidate Geigenmiller are campaigning on taking politics out of schools, but both are supported by the League of Conservative Women Voters, with Stephen being promoted on a Clark County Republican Facebook page. Stephen says that he is running because of "inappropriate" content in schools, which he provides no additional context on. He does not believe that equity programs can help students who are struggling and would provide "equal opportunities" for students - a notion which many researchers, education advocates, and teachers have said only exacerbates the issue and puts students of color, low-income students, and homeless students further behind.

    We recommend Erika Cox for Camas School District Director in District No. 2.

    Incumbent Erika Cox has served on the Camas School Board in District 2 since 2018. She has chaired the city of Camas' Salary Commission, served as president of Prune Hill Elementary PTA, volunteered on the Dorothy Fox Elementary PTA executive board, and served on the Citizen's Advisory Committee to the school board.

    Cox is running for re-election to continue to prioritize health, equitable opportunities for students, and engagement with the community. Under her experienced leadership, Camas students and families currently have the option of remote learning as well as safe, in-person education.

    Her opponent is Jeremiah Chevrolet Stephen, an insurance agent and former oil and pipeline operations planner. Both Stephen and fellow candidate Geigenmiller are campaigning on taking politics out of schools, but both are supported by the League of Conservative Women Voters, with Stephen being promoted on a Clark County Republican Facebook page. Stephen says that he is running because of "inappropriate" content in schools, which he provides no additional context on. He does not believe that equity programs can help students who are struggling and would provide "equal opportunities" for students - a notion which many researchers, education advocates, and teachers have said only exacerbates the issue and puts students of color, low-income students, and homeless students further behind.

    We recommend Erika Cox for Camas School District Director in District No. 2.

    Erika Cox

    Incumbent Erika Cox has served on the Camas School Board in District 2 since 2018.

  • Endorsed By: Washington Education Association