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Snohomish 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. ...

Snohomish County Council

Snohomish County Council, District #1

Ray Miller

Democrat
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Ray Miller is a longtime community leader who is running for Snohomish County Council Position 1. Miller is a veteran and Tuskegee Airman who has dedicated his life to helping veterans return to civilian life through housing and health care services. He has served the community in many other capacities as well, including his roles as the Co-Chair of the Snohomish County Homeless Day Committee, Snohomish County Charter Review Commission for District 1, Snohomish County Human Rights Commission, and appointment to the Washington State Salaries Commission by Governor Inslee. Miller seeks to leverage his service as a mental health counselor to combat addiction and homelessness in Snohomish County, as well as balance new housing and development with rural areas.

His opponent, incumbent Nate Nehring, is a conservative who supports a range of policies from regressive taxes to cutting business regulations. Ray Miller's exemplary service to the community has earned him your vote for Snohomish County Council.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Snohomish County Labor Council, Snohomish County Democrats, The Young Democrats of Snohomish County

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Snohomish County Council, District #4

Terry Ryan

Democrat
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Terry Ryan is seeking re-election to the Snohomish County Council. He previously served on the Mill Creek City Council, as well as numerous community boards, including the Community Transit Board of Directors and the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Advisory Board. Ryan has focused strongly on addressing quality of life issues in the county including supporting pedestrian sidewalk improvements, senior center updates, and public safety investments to the Violent Offender Task Force and the Office of Neighborhoods. He is running against Republican Marcus Barton, whose campaign focuses on infrastructure improvements and public safety. Ryan is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Other: Snohomish County Democrats, Snohomish County Labor Council

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Snohomish County Council, District #5

Kristin Kelly

Democrat
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Kristin Kelly is running for the Snohomish County Council's District 5 position. A former Snohomish County Program Director at Futurewise and Snohomish County Charter Review Commissioner for District 5, Kelly is a well-known land use and conservation advocate in Snohomish County. She is currently working as the Smart Growth Executive Director for the Pilchuck Audubon Society. As a candidate, Kelly is focused on balancing environmental protections solutions with the need for sustainable development. Currently, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Lands Strategy and works to restore wildlife and salmon habitats along the Skykomish, Snohomish, and Stillaguamish River basins and estuaries. Kristin Kelly's vision for Snohomish includes supporting living wage jobs, preserving farmland, increasing affordable housing, and fully funding public health and education in the annual budget.

Kelly is running against Republican incumbent Samuel Low, who was elected to a one-year special term in this position. Low opposes transit options that keep the community moving and is backed by some of the most far-right members of the Republican Party. We believe Kelly is the best choice in this race because of her broad progressive support and experience with public policy.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Sierra Club - Snohomish Chapter, Snohomish County Democrats, Snohomish County Young Democrats

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Port of Edmonds

Port Commissioner, District #1

Angela Harris

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Angela Harris is running for Port of Edmonds, Commissioner District 1. Harris is a Senior Business Program Manager at Microsoft and would bring more than 20 years of budget management, leadership, and nonprofit adovacy to the role. She is running to increase engagement between the community, city council and the Port of Edmonds. Additionally, Harris aims to identify better solutions for storm water management, improve the Edmonds Marsh, and enhance the Edmonds shoreline.

Harris is running against incumbent Fred Gouge, who has served in the position since 1999. Gouge has responsibly managed the port's budget and played a key role promoting business development. Harris is the better choice in this race because of her broader support from progressive partners.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters
Other: Snohomish County Democrats

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Port Commissioner, District #5

Susan Paine

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Retired strategic city adviser Susan Paine is running for Port of Edmonds, District 5. Paine has experience serving on the Edmonds School Board and as a strategic adviser for City of Seattle. Paine aims to increase collaboration with the City Council and the community especially on matters related to the development of the waterfront. Paine is prioritizing environmental stewardship as well as finding funding to understand the long-term financial impacts for redevelopment proposals and addressing contamination remediation in the Port.

Paine is running against incumbent Steven Johnston, who was appointed to the position in May 2016. Johnston is focused on business development and supporting the Port's tourism industry. Paine is the stronger choice in this race because of her support from progressive partners.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club

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City Races and Ballot Measures

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

City of Bothell

Bothell City Council, Position #3

There are two good candidates in this race: Rosemary McAuliffe and Vicki Somppi. McAuliffe has decades of progressive experience and leadership in the state capitol, while Somppi is running a thoroughly progressive campaign.

Rosemary McAuliffe

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Rosemary McAuliffe is a former Washington state Senator who retired this year after representing the 1st District for 24 years. McAuliffe is prioritizing preserving parks and green spaces, including the creation of new parks and securing grants for the Friends of North Creek Forest. She will also focus on a smooth rollout of Proposition 1, the Safe Streets & Sidewalks levy, that Bothell residents voted on last year, and working with the North Shore School District to continue her good work on comprehensive education.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Other: King County Democrats, 45th District Democrats, King County Young Democrats

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Vicki Somppi

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Vicki Somppi is a principal at an architecture firm. She volunteers with the Boy Scouts and has worked for decades with the Landmark Preservation Board to preserve historical landmarks. Somppi's campaign is focused on smart growth, environmental sustainability, affordable housing, and maintaining a responsible budget. She'd like to see tree cover maintained, have developers accept vouchers that make houses more affordable, improve the city's multi-modal transportation system, and save the Shelton View Forest.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Bikes
Other: 1st Legislative District Democrats, King County Democrats, Snohomish County Democrats

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Bothell City Council, Position #5

Liam Olsen

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Liam Olsen is running for Bothell City Council Position 5. Olsen is a civil engineer who has also worked with the Bothell Landmark Preservation Board since 2010. If elected, Olsen wants to protect Bothell's open spaces, develop more parks, and improve access to multiple modes of transportation.

Olsen is running against Jeremy Michel, who has no website or campaign info available. Olsen is the best choice in this race.

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Bothell City Council, Position #7

Aaron Moreau-Cook

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Aaron Moreau-Cook is a Senior Engineering Manager at Microsoft. He is the Chair of Bothell’s Safe School Walk Routes Taskforce. Moreau-Cook is seeking reforms to housing, including increasing aging-in-place services, improving affordable housing options, securing affordable housing for workers making less than a living wage, and preventing Section 8 discrimination. If elected, he supports applying for federal and state grants to preserve forested areas, restoring wildlife habitats, implementing safe sidewalk plans, and adding bikeways to Bothell.

He is running against Thomas Agnew, who was elected to the council in 2009 and is running on a platform of public safety, fiscal responsibility, infrastructure improvement, bringing a Boys and Girls Club to Bothell, and the environment.

Moreau-Cook is the best choice in this race because of his broader support from progressive advocates.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Bikes
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington

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City of Edmonds

Edmonds City Council, Position #1

Kristiana Johnson

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Kristiana Johnson is running for re-election to Edmonds City Council, Position 1. She has worked as a city and regional planner for King County and the City of Bellevue. Her campaign focuses on protecting the city's cultural history, local waterways, and the Edmonds Marsh. On the council, Johnson voted to extend a ban on crumb rubber following public concern over negative environmental and health consequences on the Woodway Campus.

Johnson is being challenged by Josh Thompson, a legislative aide to Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright. Johnson's proven track record on balancing environmental protections with economic growth has earned her a second term.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club

Edmonds City Council, Position #2

Mike Nelson

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Council member Mike Nelson is running for re-election to Edmonds City Council, Position 2. During his two years on the council, Nelson has passed legislation to reduce gun violence, commit Edmonds to 100% renewable energy to fight climate change, and was the lone vote against cuts to fire and emergency medical services. Nelson's priorities for his next term are affordable housing, making Edmonds more inclusive, and enhancing protections for our wetlands and streams. Nelson is running unopposed and deserves your vote.

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Edmonds City Council, Position #3

Adrienne Fraley-Monillas

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Adrienne Fraley-Monillas is running for re-election to Edmonds City Council, Position 3. She has supported the environment in her two terms as councilmember through her commitment to keep coal trains out of the waterfront. Fraley-Monillas has also supported Edmonds' Safe City Resolution and hopes it will lead to sanctuary city status. She is president of the Snohomish County Health District, as well as a volunteer at the Edmonds Senior Center. Her opponent is Al Rutledge, a perennial candidate. Fraley-Monillas is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters
Reproductive Freedom: Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii
Economic Justice: SEIU 775, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Other: Snohomish County Democrats

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City of Everett

Everett Mayor

Judy Tuohy

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City Council President Judy Tuohy is running to become the Mayor of Everett. Tuohy is the executive director of the Schack Art Center and has served on several community organizations, including the board of the Washington State Arts Alliance and the Snohomish County Tourism Board of Directors. Her campaign priorities include improving public safety, combating the opioid crisis, reducing homelessness, and creating jobs in Everett. Tuohy has earned the endorsement of Brian Sullivan, who came in a close third in the primary election, as well as many local progressive organizations.

Tuohy is running against Cassie Franklin. Franklin has worked with organizations like the Puget Sound Runaway and Homeless Youth Collaboration, the Families Matter Vision Council for United Way of Snohomish County, and the Statewide Coordinating Committee on Human Trafficking. Franklin has earned the support of some organizations like NARAL and Planned Parenthood. However, local advocates have expressed concerns about her campaign team's ties to conservative state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, who has been an outspoken opponent of marriage equality and raising the state minimum wage. This has raised doubts about her commitment to implementing progressive policies.

Tuohy has earned the most support from our progressive partners and is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Economic Justice: SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
Other: Snohomish County Democrats, Snohomish County Labor Council, Everett Firefighters local 46, Boeing Aerospace Machinists Lodge 751, Teamsters Local #38, National Women's Political Caucus.

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Everett City Council, Position #1

Paul Roberts

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Paul Roberts is running for his fourth term on the Everett City Council. He serves as Chair of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency Board and on the Sound Transit Board. Roberts has worked to expand Everett's job opportunities, update the city's master shoreline plan, and protect the estuaries of the Snohomish River. During his tenure, Roberts also worked with the Association of Washington Cities Center for Quality Communities to increase the number of green jobs in the city.

His opponent, Lee Dart, is the publisher of an online Everett news site. Dart's campaign is mostly focused on term limits for city council members and public safety. Roberts' experience makes him the better choice for this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Sierra Club
Economic Justice: Teamsters Joint Council 28, UFCW 21
Other: Snohomish County Labor Council

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Everett City Council, Position #2

Alex Lark

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Alex Lark is running for Position 2 against incumbent Jeff Moore. Lark has worked for Senator Patty Murray as well as former Congressman Brian Baird. Currently, Lark is an Everett Planning Commissioner and the philanthropy manager for Housing Hope, a nonprofit that provides services to help the homeless and make affordable housing a reality. Central to Lark's campaign is his desire to increase affordable housing by encouraging diverse housing stock in Everett, developing a sweat equity home ownership program, and creating a nonprofit land trust to decrease mortgage costs. He also supports expanding the embedded social worker program and fully staffing the fire department.

His opponent, Jeff Moore, has sat on the city council since 2009 and is the Everett School District Executive Finance Director. He voted yes in favor of the controversial aggressive begging ordinance, which makes panhandling a misdemeanor that could result in jail time for people experiencing homelessness. Lark is the more progressive choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro-Choice Washington
Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington
Other: Snohomish County Democrats

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City of Mukilteo

Mukilteo Mayor

Jennifer Gregerson

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Jennifer Gregerson is running for re-election for Mayor of Mukilteo. Gregerson is a qualified, proven leader who has served on the Mukilteo City Council since 2004. She led the fight to bring homegrown paramedic services into the Mukilteo fire station and is known for working against commercial air service. Gregerson has led the first efforts to invest in the city's Paine Field defense fund and is determined to ensure that the waterfront is accessible and green.

She is running against Dan Matthews, who wants to streamline local government and focus on public safety. Jennifer Gregerson is the best choice in this race because of her proven track record in delivering results on the issues that matter.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Snohomish County Labor Council

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Mukilteo City Council, Position #2

Bob Champion

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Aerospace scientist Bob Champion is running for re-election to Mukilteo City Council Position 2. He is currently the city council president and serves on the National League of Cities Information Technology Steering Committee as well as the Association of Washington Cities’ Federal Committee.

Champion is running against Peter Zieve, who is the CEO of Electroimpact and a dedicated Trump supporter who donated $1 million to the president's campaign. He also created an anonymous postcard mailing campaign to oppose plans to build a local mosque.

Champion is the much better choice in this race against Zieve.

Mukilteo City Council, Position #3

Sarah Kneller

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Sarah Kneller is running against Tony Markey for Mukilteo City Council Position 3. Kneller is a broadcasting producer and a member of Mukilteo's Long Range Financial Planning Committee, which aims to create a two to five year financial sustainability plan for the city. Kneller's goals include destigmatizing mental health and drug addiction issues, funding the city's Drug Enforcement Task Force, and working with the school board to add emotional and mental wellness to the K-12 curriculum.

Kneller's opponent, Tony Markey, is a outpatient clinic manager. His campaign is centered on fully funding public safety, fiscal responsibility, and how community development projects impact the city budget. Kneller is the progressive choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Social Justice: Equal Rights Washington

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City of Snohomish

Snohomish Mayor

Karen Guzak

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Former mayor Karen Guzak is running for the new strong mayor position. Earlier this year, she resigned from her 7 years as mayor when Snohomish voted to move to a "strong mayor" form of government. This will be the first strong mayor election, which means that the officeholder will be directly elected by voters instead of the city manager role of a "weak mayor" chosen by fellow members of the city council. If she is not elected to the mayor position, Guzak will remain on the city council.

Guzak owns a local yoga studio. She also works with the local Committee for Strategic Planning, Snohomish County Tomorrow, the Snohomish Womens’ Network and Snohomish Giving Circle.

Guzak is running against semi-retired contractor John Kartak. Kartak was one of the biggest proponents of Proposition 2, which moved Snohomish to a strong mayor system. He states that his campaign is about "small-town values" and government transparency, but offers little in the way of progressive policy. Guzak is the best choice in this race

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Snohomish City Council, Position #3

Jason Sanders

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Jason Sanders, a manager at Puget Sound Energy, was appointed to the Position 3 seat earlier this year. He is the former chair of the Economic Development Committee, and has focused his campaign on economic issues and public safety.

Daryl Ferguson, a real estate broker, has no website and does not appear to be running a competitive campaign.

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Snohomish City Council, Position #4

Tom Merrill

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Tom Merrill is a member of the city's open government committee, which reports recommendations to the city council for communication improvements between citizens and the city. He has also served on the Shoreline Community College Curriculum Advisory Board and as a United Way volunteer.

Merrill is running against Swede Johnson, a retired engineer and former conservative city councilmember. Johnson was called out during his last term in 2008 over an offensive email image he sent to the rest of the council that disparaged Mexican immigrants. Merrill is the best choice in this race.

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Snohomish City Council, Position #5

Linda Redmon

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Linda Redmon is the co-owner of a clinical psychology practice. She supports promoting tourism, holding issue-based and small format town halls, increasing walkability, and working with other levels of government and local organizations on homelessness and addiction.

Redmon is running against Bob Dvorak, the former Executive Director of the Snohomish Senior Center. He has volunteered at several local institutions, such as the Kiwanis, Grow Washington, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Chamber of Commerce, but hasn't advanced any specific campaign goals. We believe Redmon is the better choice in this race.

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Snohomish City Council, Position #6

Eric Reyes

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Eric Reyes is running against Larry Countryman for Position 6. Reyes has spoken about solving the city's homelessness issues as a large portion of his campaign; he supports Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary's suggestions of non-arrest solutions and a drug takeback program to battle the opioid epidemic. Pending the marijuana advisory vote this November, he would support marijuana in the city for the tax revenue.

Larry Countryman is the owner of a bed and breakfast who and former city councilmember who leans conservative. In his run for council in 2015 he was against the levy to support local parks and opposes marijuana shops in the city limits. He also opposes high-density housing.

Reyes is the more progressive choice in this race, however, he has also had legal issues. As reported by the Everett Herald, Reyes had a charge of domestic violence that was dropped in 2015, and a DUI charge in 2009.

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Snohomish City Council, Position #7

Lisa Caldwell

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Lisa Caldwell is the marketing director for a senior living facility and a former Snohomish Rotary Club president. She is running against real eastate broker Steve Dana, who is an outspoken Trump supporter. Caldwell is the better choice in this race.

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