2018 Ballot

ELECTION 2018 VOTER’S GUIDE

Scroll down for Candidate information. The League neither supports nor opposes any candidate or party but if you want to see who is running, who supports them, and recent news about them, use the links below.

The League of Women Voters does take positions on issues. Read on for LWV stance on 2018 ballot issues.

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The Links

  • Vote Smart‘s mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to all Americans. Incumbents and candidates with a legislative history have their voting records linked below. Reviewing a candidate’s voting history can tell you a lot about them.
  • The LWV asks all candidates to complete a questionnaire describing themselves and their candidacy. If completed, we will link to the candidate’s responses at Vote411.org. After clicking on the candidate’s photo/name, you will need to scroll down the page to see their responses.
  • Please note that when candidate did not respond with links to their campaign site, information about them was linked from nonpartisan sites such as Ballotpedia.
  • PDC is the state agency tracking campaign spending for local and state office. FEC is the federal agency tracking campaign spending for federal office. Be sure to follow the money.
  • In the News: after a google search of the candidate’s name, the most recent news article – if any – was selected for linking. These are updated monthly until election.

For an overview of all 2018 Washington State Ballot Measures, go here.  

League Position 

Ballot Issues

 

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Support Initiative 1631 – A fee on Carbon Dioxide Emissions in Washington – Vote YES

If passed, this measure would charge pollution fees on sources of the greenhouse gas pollutant carbon dioxide, and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote renewable energy, and address climate change impacts, with the oversight of a public board.

Read more here and here. For a complete analysis on how this measure compares to previous attempts, go here.

Follow the $$$

For Initiative: a broad coalition

Against Initiative: 1) oil companies pay >$8 million to kill it. 2) Business

 

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Initiative 1634 – Taxes on Groceries

Funded by soft drink companies to prevent municipalities from creating a soda tax similar to one adopted by Seattle. This measure would prohibit local government entities from imposing any new tax, fee, or other assessment on grocery items. It would not prevent the state from imposing taxes on groceries. This is a bit of a Goliath vs David battle with FOR supporters spending over $8 million and AGAINST supporters spending less than $1000.

A Yes vote approves this initiative. A No vote opposes this initiative.

Read more here and here.

Follow the $$$

For Initiative: Soft drink companies spend >$13 million

Against Initiative: Healthy kids coalition

 

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Support Initiative 1639 – Safe Schools, Safe Communities – Vote YES

With increased public support for stricter gun laws after the Parkland and Mukilteo school shootings, this initiative incorporates several gun safety measures – all of which League positions support – under the umbrella of increasing public safety.

Read more here and here.

Follow the $$$

For Initiative: Safe Schools coalition spends >$4 million

Against Initiative: 1) NRA  2) SOS coalition

 

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Support Initiative 940 – De-escalate Washington – Vote YES

This measure would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health, and first-aid training, and provide first-aid; and change standards for use of deadly force, adding a “good faith” standard and independent investigation.

Read more herehere and here.

Follow the $$$

For the Initiative: De-escalate Wa (coalition of minorities, unions, ACLU, others)

Against Initiative: Coalition for Safer Wa (police org)

 

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Advisory Vote No. 19

The legislature expanded, without a vote of the people, the oil spill response and administration taxes to crude oil or petroleum products received by pipeline, costing $13 million over ten years for government spending.

For: Vote to Maintain

Against: Vote to Repeal

 

Read more about 2018 Washington State Ballot Initiatives and Advisory Vote here and here.

School Bonds

Ellensburg

The Ellensburg School District has a $59 million bond request on the November ballot to construct, expand, and renovate elementary schools.

Ellensburg population continues to grow. So must its schools. In part due to the McCleary decision, residents can vote for this bond without increasing what they currently pay in property taxes for schools. It’s a win/win for children and tax payers. Read more here. Watch 4-min. video here. Visit ESD website here.

Kittitas Valley Fire Rescue Proposition 1

Kittitas County Fire Protection District 2 – Multiple Year Levy Lift

The Proposition authorizes the District to restore its regular property tax levy to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for 2019, including annual increases thereafter.

Read more here, here and here.

Ballot

Candidates

Followed all the links below and still need help deciding? Check out: How to pick a candidate

City

No city positions contested in 2018.

County Government

County Assessor

  1. Mike Hougardy (R), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

County Auditor

  1. Jerry Pettit (D), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

County Clerk

  1. Val Barschaw (R), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

County Commissioner District 3

  1. Brett Wachsmith (R), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

County Coroner

  1. Nicholas (Nick) Henderson (R), Campaign $$ – no information filed, LWV Questionnaire, In the News
  2. Rick Tuckness (R), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

County Prosecuting Attorney

  1. Greg Zempel (R), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

County Sheriff

  1. Gene Dana (D), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

County Treasurer

  1. Amy Cziske (R), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

County PUD #1 Commissioner #2

  1. Shan Rowbotham (N), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

Courts

County District Court – Upper

  1. Darrel Ellis (N), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

County District Court – Lower

  1. Paul Sander (N), Campaign $$, LWV Judicial Questionnaire, and LWV Candidate QuestionnaireIn the News, FB page.
  2. Dovie Sigle (N), Campaign $$, LWV Judicial Questionnaire and LWV Candidate Questionnaire, In the News, FB page

State Supreme Court Justice Pos. 2

  1. Susan Owens (N), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

State Supreme Court Justice Pos. 8

  1. Nathan Choi (N), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News
  2. Steve Gonzalez (N), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

State Supreme Court Justice Pos. 9

  1. Sheryl Gordon McCloud (N), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

Court of Appeals, DIV III, District 3 Judge Position 2

  1. Rob Lawrence-Berrey (N), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

State Government

District 13

Senator

  1. Judy Warnick (R), Campaign $$, Vote Smart, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

Representative Position 1

  1. Tom Dent (R), Campaign $$, Vote Smart, LWV Questionnaire, In the News, FB Page
  2. Jesse Hegstrom Oakey (D), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

Representative Position 2

  1. Sylvia Hammond (D), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News
  2. Matt Manweller (R), Campaign $$, Vote Smart, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

U.S. Congress

Senator

  1. Maria Cantwell (D), Campaign $$, Vote Smart, LWV Questionnaire, In the News
  2. Susan Hutchison (R), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

District 8

  1. Dino Rossi (R), Campaign $$, Vote SmartLWV Questionnaire, In the News
  2. Kim Schrier (D), Campaign $$, LWV Questionnaire, In the News

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