• Leia Timm-McKenrick

  • Leia Timm-McKenrick is running for Bonney Lake City Council, Position 3. Timm-McKenrick currently works as a store manager; previously, she has worked in leadership positions in both retail and nonprofit development. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she is focused on making Bonney Lake an inclusive and welcoming place for all.

    Timm-McKenrick’s priorities for office include small business support, affordable housing, diversity and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and infrastructure. Specifically, she is campaigning to lower utility rates, invest in infrastructure upgrades, maintain public green spaces, and manage smart growth in Bonney Lake.

    Incumbent Dan Swatman is also in this race to remain in Position 3 where he has served since 2000. Outside of council work, Swatman has spent more than three decades at BP working as a systems engineer. Now, he is running on a sparse platform that favors business interests and police budget increases.

    Leia Timm-McKenrick is the best choice to bring progressive leadership to Bonney Lake City Council, Position 3.

    Leia Timm-McKenrick

    Leia Timm-McKenrick is running for Bonney Lake City Council, Position 3. Timm-McKenrick currently works as a store manager; previously, she has worked in leadership positions in both retail and nonprofit development.

    Leia Timm-McKenrick

    Leia Timm-McKenrick is running for Bonney Lake City Council, Position 3. Timm-McKenrick currently works as a store manager; previously, she has worked in leadership positions in both retail and nonprofit development.

  • 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
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  • Pierce County Charter Amendment 51 concerns Section 4.10 in the county charter which lists prosecuting attorney as a partisan office. If passed, this amendment would instead change the elected prosecuting attorney position to a nonpartisan office where candidates can't list a party affiliation.

    Support for this amendment doesn't fall along traditional partisan lines, with both Democrats and Republicans on each side.

    Supporters say making the office nonpartisan reflects the office’s role to administer justice fairly for all.

    Opponents say maintaining partisan labels provides greater transparency in elections and - given the stark, far-right trends in today’s Republican party - helps voters make an informed choice based on their values.

     

    While not clear-cut, we lean against this ballot measure to maximize transparency on the ballot.

    Pierce County Charter Amendment 51 concerns Section 4.10 in the county charter which lists prosecuting attorney as a partisan office. If passed, this amendment would instead change the elected prosecuting attorney position to a nonpartisan office where candidates can't list a party affiliation.

    Support for this amendment doesn't fall along traditional partisan lines, with both Democrats and Republicans on each side.

    Supporters say making the office nonpartisan reflects the office’s role to administer justice fairly for all.

    Opponents say maintaining partisan labels provides greater transparency in elections and - given the stark, far-right trends in today’s Republican party - helps voters make an informed choice based on their values.

     

    While not clear-cut, we lean against this ballot measure to maximize transparency on the ballot.

  • Lawyer Michael McCullough is running for mayor of Bonney Lake. Previously a county prosecutor, McCullough works in the King County Public Defense office and devotes his additional time to pro bono legal aid work. He is running for elected office for the first time to bring balance back to Bonney Lake by drawing on his legal experience in government and public service.

    McCullough believes that the biggest issues facing Bonney Lake are commercial overdevelopment, soaring utilities rates, and traffic congestion, all the result of inefficiently managed growth. Unlike his opponent, he doesn’t think local government should be run like a business, and he would prioritize community needs instead. In this race, McCullough is supported by the county Democrats.

    McCullough is challenging incumbent Neil Johnson, Jr who first became mayor in 2006 and served on city council since 2002. Johnson's primary priorities in this campaign are city development and beautification. As a self-described independent conservative who states that he wants to run the city like business, Johnson is not a progressive choice.

    We recommend McCullough for mayor of Bonney Lake because of his Democratic support and his community focus.

    Michael C. McCullough

    Lawyer Michael McCullough is running for mayor of Bonney Lake. Previously a county prosecutor, McCullough works in the King County Public Defense office and devotes his additional time to pro bono legal aid work.

    Michael C. McCullough

    Lawyer Michael McCullough is running for mayor of Bonney Lake. Previously a county prosecutor, McCullough works in the King County Public Defense office and devotes his additional time to pro bono legal aid work.

  • Leia Timm-McKenrick is running for Bonney Lake City Council, Position 3. Timm-McKenrick currently works as a store manager; previously, she has worked in leadership positions in both retail and nonprofit development. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she is focused on making Bonney Lake an inclusive and welcoming place for all.

    Timm-McKenrick’s priorities for office include small business support, affordable housing, diversity and inclusion, environmental sustainability, and infrastructure. Specifically, she is campaigning to lower utility rates, invest in infrastructure upgrades, maintain public green spaces, and manage smart growth in Bonney Lake.

    Incumbent Dan Swatman is also in this race to remain in Position 3 where he has served since 2000. Outside of council work, Swatman has spent more than three decades at BP working as a systems engineer. Now, he is running on a sparse platform that favors business interests and police budget increases.

    Leia Timm-McKenrick is the best choice to bring progressive leadership to Bonney Lake City Council, Position 3.

    Leia Timm-McKenrick

    Leia Timm-McKenrick is running for Bonney Lake City Council, Position 3. Timm-McKenrick currently works as a store manager; previously, she has worked in leadership positions in both retail and nonprofit development.

    Leia Timm-McKenrick

    Leia Timm-McKenrick is running for Bonney Lake City Council, Position 3. Timm-McKenrick currently works as a store manager; previously, she has worked in leadership positions in both retail and nonprofit development.