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City of Wenatchee

General ELECTION: November 7th, 2017

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #16

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 16

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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

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 17

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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. ...
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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

Vote Maintained on Advisory Vote 18

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In addition to the legislation covered by 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. ...
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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. ...

Wenatchee City Council

Wenatchee City Council, Position #2

Ruth Esparza

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Ruth Esparza was appointed to the Wenatchee City Council in 2014. She works as an attorney with Northwest Justice Project, which provides legal counsel and aid to low-income individuals in Washington. Esparza is the daughter of a Latino farm family and values an inclusive community. She has focused her personal, professional, and civil work on supporting poor and marginalized communities. As a candidate, she is prioritizing responsible growth management and affordable housing. She works on the Chelan/Douglas County United Way Board, and was the 2008 recipient of the Wenatchee Valley Civil Rights and Social Justice Award. Her opponent is Adriana Farnsworth, who is not running a competitive campaign. Esparza is the best choice in this race.

Campaign Information

Wenatchee City Council, Position #4

Adam MacDonald

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Adam MacDonald is a history teacher at Wenatchee High School and an active member of the Wenatchee Education Association. MacDonald advocates for increasing development, especially affordable housing, protecting outdoor spaces like the foothills, and maintaining a culture of inclusion in the city.

MacDonald is challenging incumbent Keith Huffaker, who is a programmer for Westmark and a self-described "conservative voice". Huffaker has emphasized the need for frugality in the city government and has no progressive measures in his campaign.

MacDonald is the better choice in this race.

Campaign Information