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City of Vancouver

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. ...

Port of Vancouver

Port Commissioner, District #1

Don Orange

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Don Orange is a small business owner who has lived in Clark County for 30 years. As a community advocate, Don has fought for working families and government accountability. Orange has also been a dedicated opponent of the dirty and dangerous Tesoro-Savage project, which would be the largest oil by rail terminal in the country. Orange is committed to standing up for the community’s public health and safety, and creating clean energy jobs through the Port of Vancouver that protect the Columbia River and Clark County for future generations of families to enjoy.

Orange is running against conservative Kris Greene. Due to a quirk in campaign finance laws, Port of Vancouver candidates can accept unlimited campaign donations, and Greene has taken full advantage of that. As of October 17, Greene had accepted a staggering $370,000 from the same oil companies lobbying the Port of Vancouver in favor of the export terminal. In addition, leaked documents from his former campaign strategist show that oil companies were largely calling the shots on Greene’s campaign.

Greene’s massive conflicts of interest and support for this dangerous oil terminal should raise concerns for voters across the political spectrum. Don Orange is the clear choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters
Social Justice: OneAmerica Votes
Other: Vancouver Firefighters Local 452

Campaign Information

City of Vancouver Mayor

Vancouver Mayor

Anne McEnerny-Ogle

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Anne McEnerny-Ogle has been a Vancouver councilmember since 2013, and is currently Mayor Pro Tem. She has a long record of service to community causes such as Daybreak Youth Services and the Assistance League. As a councilwoman, McEnerny-Ogle has been an advocate for better transportation options through development block grants and green spaces like the Shumway Neighborhood Park. McEnerny-Ogle is running against conservative Steve Cox, who has proposed cutting funding for local homelessness services and first responders. McEnerny-Ogle deserves your vote for mayor of Vancouver.

Campaign Information

Vancouver City Council

Vancouver City Council, Position #1

Scott Campbell

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Scott Campbell was the former president of the Washington State Recycling Association and a civic community leader. Unfortunately, he passed away in September after an extended battle with cancer.

Campbell will still appear on the ballot along with Maureen McGoldrick, a former computer programmer who is running a low-profile campaign with no social media, website, interviews, or available campaign info.

If Campbell wins, the current members of the Vancouver City Council will appoint a replacement for him. Given that McGoldrick is a largely unknown candidate, we recommend a vote for Campbell to start this replacement process.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Vancouver Firefighters Local 452

Campaign Information

Vancouver City Council, Position #2

Alishia Topper

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Alishia Topper was elected to the city council in 2013. Topper is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Vancouver Public Schools, and serves on the affordable housing task force. Topper has emphasized the continued need for more affordable housing and housing reform. She points to her efforts to give people more leeway in housing regulations to avoid eviction and homelessness, including making it illegal to discriminate based on income. Topper's campaign also focuses on investing in infrastructure and an educated and skilled workforce.

Her opponent, Justin Forsman, is a far-right libertarian who is proposing a local currency, cutting businesses regulations, and "keeping the Constitution first." Topper is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Campaign Information

Vancouver City Council, Position #3

Linda Glover

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Linda Glover is a former elementary school principal and current Executive Director of the nonprofit Gifts For Our Community. She has served on numerous boards, including Vancouver’s Downtown Association, Learning Avenues Childcare Centers, and the Fort Vancouver National Trust Board of Trustees. Her campaign focuses on working through the structural deficit that makes funding for parks and service departments unsustainable, streamlining the permitting process for small businesses, providing affordable housing and homelessness services, and protecting natural resources. Glover would be a no vote on the Tesoro-Savage Oil Terminal and a yes on public bathrooms downtown.

Glover is facing Michelle Beardshear, a Senior Customer Service Representative with Clark Public Utilities. As a physically disabled woman, one of her campaign's top priorities is equal access, ensuring that those with physical disabilities can have barrier free access to the city. Beardshear's campaign also includes detailed priorities such as securing long-term funding for new officers, forming an effective partnership with the county, and implementing bus-on-shoulder practices to reduce commute times.

Beardshear, however, would support the oil terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver. With her experience and platform, Glover is the better choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Vancouver Firefighter’s Union Local #452

Campaign Information