Elections 2018

The Jefferson County Democrats voted with 2/3rds majorities to support the following candidates. After hearing these people speak, I can also support voting this slate of candidates and initiatives.  From an healthcare point of view, some of the positions have little or no impact. i.e. county clerk, assessor, etc.

  • Rebecca Glasgow – Judge – Court of Appeals Dist. 2
  • Ruth Gordon – County Clerk
  • Joe Nole – County Sheriff
    • While the Democrats have endorsed Joe Nole, I also feel that Sheriff David Stanko has done an outstanding job of fighting for healthcare issues for the jail population over the years of him being in office. I would not decide my vote simply on the issue of healthcare.  I have not been so supportive of the Stanko campaign’s use of Mr. Nole’s performance reviews. Having been employed by large corporations both as a manager and line staff, I am intimately familiar with the use and misuse of performance appraisals. The ones that Sheriff Stanko’s campaign have used are out of context and of little use for anything but creating a smear campaign that is out of the usual way that this county has conducted elections. There is so much positive work that Sheriff Stanko has done in his term of office that he could be promoting, rather than the use of a smear campaign that seems counterproductive and may backfire.
  • Jeff Chapman – County Assessor
  • Stacie Prada – County Treasurer
  • RoseAnn Carroll – County Auditor
  • Greg Brotherton – Jefferson County Commissioner (replacing Kathleen Kler)
  • Susan Owens – State Supreme Court
  • Sheryl McCloud – State Supreme Court
  • Derek Kilmer – Federal House of Representatives
    • Derek has done an outstanding job of supporting local healthcare issues.
  • Maria Cantwell – Federal State Senator
    • Maria has done an outstanding job of supporting local healthcare issues.
  • Suzanne Hayden for District Court Judge
  • State Sen. Steve Tharinger
    • Steve has done an outstanding job of supporting local healthcare issues.
  • State Rep. Mike Chapman
    • Mike has done an outstanding job of supporting local healthcare issues.
  • Mike Doherty for Clallam County Commissioner
  • Initiative 1631 – Carbon Emissions Fee (copied from Ballotpedia)
    • This web site supports voting yes for this initiative. We need to take more action to lower fossil fuels in the atmosphere. The fate of our children’s future is at stake, according to over 97% of the worlds climate scientists.
    • If passed, Washington would be the *first* state in the U.S. to enact a carbon fee.
    • A yes vote supports the initiative to do the following:
      • enact a carbon emissions fee of $15 per metric ton of carbon beginning on January 1, 2020;
      • increase the fee by $2 annually until the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals are met; and
      • use the revenue from the fee to fund various programs and projects related to the environment.
      • The initiative would enact a carbon emissions fee on large emitters of carbon based on the carbon content of fossil fuels sold or used in the state and electricity generated in or imported for use in the state. The fee would be $15 per metric ton of carbon beginning on January 1, 2020, and would increase by $2 per metric ton each year until the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals of 2035 are met and the 2050 goals are on track to be met. Revenue from the fee would go into three funds: (1) a fund for air quality and energy programs and projects, (2) a fund for water quality and forest health projects, and (3) a fund for investments related to communities.[1][2] Under Washington law, this measure is a fee and not a tax because the revenue cannot be spent on government expenses or public program; rather, it is dedicated to specific accounts related to investing in climate and environmental projects.
      • This initiative would likely increase the cost of petroleum products for all citizens in the state, but would balance that higher cost by investing the money into some projects that would specifically benefit low income communities.
      • It is being fought against by The Washington State Petroleum Association, especially Philips 66.
  • Initiative 1634 – Vote NO on this initiative.
    • This extremely confusing initiative is sponsored by huge grocery chains, to stop local governments from adding a tax on sweet drinks to offset the cost to public health by the growth of diabetes and other sugar related diseases. With diabetes now the number one disease in the U.S. and the numbers of people with it growing yearly, fighting it is becoming a financial burden on our healthcare systems. However, the grocery companies don’t care. They are fighting to keep anything that would raise costs to consumers and lower their profit margins. Just vote no on this initiative.
  • Initiative 1639 – Vote YES on this initiative
    • It’s time to do whatever we can to stop children from being killed by guns. A yes vote supports the ballot initiative to implement restrictions on the purchase and ownership of firearms including raising the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21, background checks, waiting periods, and storage requirements.
    • Vote YES on 1639
  • Initiative 940- Vote YES to support more training for police and hold police liable when deadly force is improperly used.

    • Washington Initiative 940, the Police Training and Criminal Liability in Cases of Deadly Force Measure
    • A yes vote supports the initiative to create a good faith test to determine when the use of deadly force by police is justifiable, require police to receive de-escalation and mental health training, and require law enforcement officers to provide first aid. The initiative states: “the legislature approved the initiative, thereby precluding an election on it, and immediately amended it according to negotiations with certain law enforcement agencies and the initiative’s sponsors. That move was struck down as unconstitutional on August 28, 2018, and the measure was ordered to be on the November ballot.” So the initiative is supporting the work of the legislature.
  • Advisory Vote 19 – Vote Yes to support oil spill response funding