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Kitsap County

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. ...

City Races and Ballot Measures

Depending on where you live, you may have the below races on your ballot.

City of Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island City Council, District #3, South Ward

There are two good candidates in this race: Matthew Tirman and Theodore (Ted) Jones. We lean toward Tirman because of his support from our progressive partners.

Matthew Tirman

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Businessman Matthew Tirman is focused on ensuring that Bainbridge Island retains its local character while balancing the need for sustainable and environmentally friendly growth. Tirman's progressive vision for Bainbridge includes adding more bike lines, advocating for family-friendly affordable housing policy and strenthening the city's relationship with Kitsap County transit to ensure that are mass transit options are available to seniors and those who lack access to reliable ground transportation.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington

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Theodore (Ted) Jones

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Jones is passionate about climate change and supports environmental proposals that enable Bainbridge Island to sustainably develop. Jones also advocates for phrased-in increase in the island's minimum wage to ensure that workers on the island are able to afford housing.

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City of Bremerton

Bremerton Mayor

Greg Wheeler

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Greg Wheeler has served two terms on the Bremerton City Council representing District 4. He is an outspoken advocate for sustainable development and the creation of family wage jobs throughout the city of Bremerton. Wheeler is a proponent of fiscal responsibility, advocates for more transparency in the mayoral office, and supports efforts to make Bremerton a welcoming city for all residents. As revenue and the city's population continue to increase, Wheeler wants to focus on roads and infrastructure as priorities. While Wheeler has articulated his progressive vision for the City of Bremerton, he takes a regressive stance on the B&O tax, stating that he would like to phase out of the B&O tax and increase the B&O tax exemption as the city grows.

Wheeler is running against incumbent mayor Patty Lent. Lent has served as mayor since 2010 and has played a major role in ensuring that Bremerton grows at responsible rate while providing adequate services for residents. Both Lent and Wheeler advocate for policies that address the need for affordable housing and jobs in the city. Wheeler is a strong choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Economic Justice: UFCW 21

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