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KVI's John Carlson writes: Three Contests that Make a Difference

Even though this is an off-off year election, there are still dozens of contests for city and county councils, for school boards and utility,water and fire districts, a handful of legislative seats and a series of proposed tax increases (called levies). Time and more importantly, space do not allow me to dive into each contest, but here are three contests that will make a difference that KVI listeners should stop forward and make their voices heard:

King County Proposition One "Levy Lid Lift for Veterans, Seniors and Vulnerable Populations"

VOTE NO.

In 2005, voters opted to raise their property taxes a bit to pay for various services for veterans and "vulnerable populations." This year, not surprisingly, King County government decided to extend the levy, pending voter approval. They could have done so at the current rate and still received a raise because of skyrocketing property values. They could have even increased the tax RATE a bit and gotten even more.

But No. They decided to DOUBLE THE RATE. There's a word for that. It's called Greed. I don't like greed when I see it from people, corporations or unions. This time it's from government. There is no reason whatsoever for an increase of this rate. Send the government a message about Greed. Tell them no.

State Senate, 45th District (Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish).

Why does a legislative race have such import? First, it's the only competitive legislative race this year. And second, it will determine whether the Republicans continue to control the Washington State Senate, or lose control to the Democrats, who already control the House, the Governor's mansion, and, let's face it, the Washington State Supreme Court.

Republican Jinyoung Englund, an attractive newcomer is facing liberal prosecutor Manka Dhingra, who has already signaled her willingness to raise taxes and support heroin injection sites in King County. You're running in the wrong city, Manka. Seattle is 10 miles west. JINYOUNG ENGLUND for State Senate.

Seattle City Attorney

Yes, I know Seattle's electing a mayor this year (the winner will likely be, and ought to be, Jenny Durkan), but the second most powerful office in the northwest's largest city is City Attorney. It is the City Attorney who decides whether to help the police crack down on property crimes, like smash-and-grab car prowls, enforces drug laws, such as prohibitions on open-air drug use, and enforce domestic violence laws. The incumbent, Pete Holmes, has been an obstacle to improving all three. No surprise that Seattle now has more than 400 illegal homeless encampments, mostly populated by drug addicts, and the highest property crime rate in the country. Holmes, with two terms under his belt, owns these miserable results. Time for a change. Attorney Scott Lindsay, 39, would reverse direction and, while he's at it, remind the Seattle City Council that it does not have the legal authority to impose an income tax on the people of Seattle. Wow. A refreshing breath of sanity. Vote for SCOTT LINDSAY.


Kirby Wilbur's Ballot suggestions:

State

Advisory Votes

#16 Increase in food fish excise tax…..Maintain

#17 Expansion of B&O tax… …………..Repeal

#18 Compromise school levy swap…...Maintain

31st Legislative District

St. Rep. Pos. 2………………………Morgan Irwin

State Senator……………………..Phil Fortunado

45th Legislative District

State Senator……………….…Jinyoung Englund

48th Legislative District

State Rep. Pos. 1……..………Claran Dougherty

State Senator……………………Michelle Darnell

Court of Appeals

Div 1, Dist 1, Pos. 2……..…..Michael Spearman

King County

Prop 1: Lift Levy Lid……..……………………..NO

County Executive………………….…….Bill Hirt

County Sheriff………….……Mitzi Johanknecht

County Council

District 3……………………..……Kathy Lambert

District 9……………………………Reagan Dunn

Port of Seattle

Commissioner Pos.1 ………….. John Creighton

Commissioner Pos.3……….Stephanie Bowman

Commissioner Pos. 4……..….Peter Steinbrueck

Snohomish County

County Council

District 1...................................... Nate Nehring

District 4.................................. Marcus Barton

District 5............................................... Sam Low

Local races in the 45th district

City of Bothell

Council position 1..................... Jeanne Zornes

City of Kirkland

Council Position 1..................... Martin Morgan

Council Position 5…………………..….Amy Walen

Council Position 7…………………...…Jon Pascal

City of Redmond

Council Position 4…….…… Eugene Zakhareyev

City of Sammamish

Council Position 1……….………Mark Baughman

Council Position 3……..….…………Karen Moran

Council Position 5………...…..……....Chris Rose

Council Position 7……….………..John Robinson

City of Snohomish

Mayor................................................. John Kartak

Council Position 4.................... Swede Johnson

Council Position 6.................... Larry Countryman

Advisory Proposition 1 - No

City of Woodinville

Council Position 5...............................Gary Harris

Council Position 7…….………...….Bernie Talmas

Lake Washington Schools

Position 3……..…………….……Cassandra Sage

Northshore Schools

Position 1………………………………Brian Travis

Position 2………………..…………Sherry Krainick

Position 5…………………………….…Rob Taft Jr.

Woodinville Water District

Commissioner Position 1……………..Karen Steeb

Commissioner Position 5………....Nicole Griffiths

Local races outside the 45th

City of Bellevue

Council Position 2………..…….………Conrad Lee

Council Position 4…………..…Jared Nieuwenhuis

Council Position 5............................ Phillip Yin

Council Position 6………………...….Steven Fricke

City of Bothell

Council Position 3…..……….Rosemary McAuliffe

Council Position 5…………………..Jeremy Michel

Council Position 7………………..……Tom Agnew

City of Burien

Council Position 1…………………...Joel Manning

Council Position 3……………….…..Debi Wagner

Council Position 5…………………….Darla Green

Council Position 7…………………..Patty Janssen

City of Covington

Council Position 4……….….Joseph Cimaomo Jr.

City of Des Moines

Council Position 1…….…………….Matthew Pina

Council Position 3…………………Vic Pennington

Council Position 5……………………Traci Buxton

Council Position 7………………….Matt Mahoney

City of Kenmore

Council Position 2…….……Suzanne Greathouse

Council Position 4………………….Patrick O’Brien

Council Position 6……………….…….Carol Baker

City of SeaTac

Council Position 2………………..….Joel Wachtel

Council Position 4…………....………Pam Pollock

City of Tukwila

Council Position 3……………………Mark Larson

Council Position 5…………….…Dennis Martinez

Council Position 7…………..………..Laura Garris

Bellevue Schools

Position 5………………………..….Hugh Gladner

King County Fire District 16

Commissioner Position 1: ……….......John Buller

Northshore Utility District

Position 3…………………….……Edward Wiggins

Public Hospital District 1

Commissioner 1……………………Erin Aboudara

East Bellevue Community Municipal Corp.

Prop. 1: Continue Municipal Corp………..…..YES

Houghton Community Municipal Corp.

Prop. 1: Continue Municipal Corp……..…..…YES

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