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City of Walla Walla

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. ...

Walla Walla City Council

Walla Walla City Council, Position #1

Riley Clubb

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Riley Clubb is running for Walla Walla City Council, Position 1. Clubb is the Director of Trilogy Recovery Community and has a bold plan on how to address the challenges facing the City of Walla Walla. Clubb is focused on making housing more affordable, supporting business owners, encouraging diverse economic growth, and protecting the natural treasures of Walla Walla. He also believes that the City of Walla Walla should prioritize ensuring that local elections comply with the Voting Rights Act.

Riley Clubb is challenging incumbent Jim Barrow, who has been an obstacle to progress on city council. Clubb is the best choice in this race.

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Walla Walla City Council, Position #2

Yazmin Bahena

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Elementary school teacher Yazmin Bahena is running for Walla Walla City Council, Position 2. Bahena was born and raised in Walla Walla and would bring a new energy to city council. She is aiming to build bridges between citizens and their local government as well as increase the number of public-private partnerships to create more family-wage jobs in Walla Walla. Bahena is also focused on improving the city's infrastructure, including fixing street lights, potholes, and roads.

Bahena is running against Walla Walla Quilt Guild President and retired computer cartographer Marilee McQuarrie. McQuarrie lacks Bahena's progressive vision and has made comments that demonstrate a lack of understanding about the need to adequately address local election reform. Yazmin Bahena is the clear choice in this race.

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Walla Walla City Council, Position #3

Devon Wootten

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Teacher Devon Wootten is running for Walla Walla City Council, Position 3. Wootten is prioritizing homelessness and affordable housing as well as the creation of more representative electoral system. Wootten aims to strenghten the Walla Walla economy and address the gaps in the city's comprehensive plan including investigating possible environmental protections for the Mill Creek watershed.

Wootten is opposed by Myron Huie, a human resource manager whose more traditional approach lacks Wootten's vision and positive energy. Devon Wootten is the better choice in this race.

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