Local Elections Are Serious, Too

Democracy Depends on You

Local governments manage many different services, and decisions made at the local level will directly affect your life. In fact, local governments can impact nearly every aspect of your life – so who is elected, what decisions are made, and how services will be delivered should matter to you. Your vote is your voice in these arenas.

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Primary Ballot Due by 8pm Tuesday!

Primary Ballot Due by 8pm Tuesday!

Haven’t voted yet? You have less than a week to get your completed primary ballot back to the county auditor.

If you (or your friends & family) need more information on your choices before you vote, check out our 2019 Primary Voter’s Guide. We even include links to our Candidates Night primary forum recordings.

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Commissioner candidates debate; watch on ECTV2

Candidates for District 1 county commissioner spoke for about an hour Tuesday, July 23 at Ellensburg City Hall. Laci Harrison, Nancy Lillquist and Cory Wright discussed a variety of issues before an audience of 72 at the forum sponsored by the Kittitas Valley League of Women Voters and the Ellensburg Public Library.

Moderator of the forum was Charli Sorenson.

The top two vote-getters at the Aug. 6 primary will go on to the general election in November.

Watch the forum at ECTV2 here.

Read the story at the Daily Record website here.

Find out more about the candidates and the primary at our Voter’s Guide.

Why the Census is important

Lisa McLean
state OFM

Counties and cities already are gearing up to ensure that no one goes uncounted in the April 2020 Census, Lisa McLean told a crowd of about 30 at Hal Holmes Center on March 29.

McLean, coordinator of the state Complete Count Committee at the Office of Financial Management, said the federal government hopes to collect 60 percent of census responses electronically, either by computer, tablet or smart phone.

Washington received over $16 billion in 2016 based on census figures, so an accurate count is essential to the state’s ability to get a fair share of federal and state funding, McLean said.

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2019 Election: Who’s Running For Office?

2019 Election: Who’s Running For Office?

There are 65 positions to be decided this fall and 87 candidates.

Make no mistake, running for elected office is a big deal. In many cases, the elected position confers no monetary reward even though it demands a sacrifice of time, dedication, goodwill, and integrity.

Let’s look first at the uncontested races. (Click here to view all filed candidates and positions -excluding write-in candidates). If you are looking for the 2019 Voter’s Guide, click here.

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