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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Seattle Medium’s 2013 General Election Endorsements

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Nov. 5, voters will officials decide on who and what will govern and represent the citizens in local and states wide issues. Before the voters are Initiatives, Propositions, Advisory, Charter Amendments and Candidates. The Seattle Medium Newspaper editorial staff has followed most of these Ballot Issues and Candidates very closely, therefore, we recommend the following Initiatives, Propositions, Advisory, Charter Amendments and Candidates for your considerations. Although, every item and issue is important to voters and they will have an impact on you regardless of whether you vote or not, we strongly urge you to return your ballot as soon as possible whether you agree with our recommendations. One race of extreme importance is the person that will be Mayor for the City of Seattle for the next four years. We have studied, followed and interviewed both candidates, based on frames of reference we urge Seattle voters to keep incumbent Mayor Michael McGinn. We believe that McGinn will be a Mayor for all the people as it is reflected in his administration and his campaign, unlike his opponent. There is a reason that most relevant civil rights leaders, most credible Black ministers, most ethnic minority community leaders as well as other neighborhood and community leaders across Seattle are supporters of Mayor McGinn. Furthermore, there is a reason the Downtown establishment and Seattle Police Guild are supporting Mayor McGinn’s opponent; famed civil rights Attorney Lem Howell stated it well, “when the downtown establishment and the police guild offer their support for a mayoral candidate, caveat beware…Voters Beware for we know who will be in control of Seattle and that will not be good for us”, we agree.

Martin Luther King, Jr. County:

Executive – Dow Constantine

Sheriff – John Urquhart

King County Council, Dist. 1 – Rod Dembowski

King County Council, Dist. 3 – Kathy Lambert

King County Council, Dist. 5 – No Endorsement

King County Council, Dist. 7 – Pete von Reichbauer

King County Council, Dist. 9 – Reagan Dunn

Charter Amendment No. 1

County Department of Public Defense Shall the King County Charter be amended to create an appointed office of county public defender, a department of public defense, and a public defense advisory board, and require the executive to consult with the county public defender on the executive’s bargaining with employees of the department of public defense?

YES

King County Proposition No. 1

Medic One – Emergency Medical Services Renewal of Existing Levy

YES

COURT OF APPEALS DIVISION NO. 1, DISTRICT NO. 1

Pos. 3 – James R. Verellen

Port of Seattle”

Commissioner, Pos. 1 – John Creighton

Commissioner, Pos. 2 – No Endorsement

Commissioner, Pos. 3 – Stephanie Bowman

Commissioner, Pos. 4 – Richard Pope

City of Seattle:

Mayor – Mike McGinn

City Attorney – Peter Holmes

City Council, Pos. 2 – Richard Conlin

City Council, Pos. 6 – Nick Licata

City Council, Pos. 8 – Mike O’Brien

Charter Amendment No 19.

This measure would require the election of seven City Councilmembers by district and two from the City at-large. Residency must be established 120 days before candidate filing. Every decade a commission would re-draw districts to bring the smallest district’s population within one percent of the largest. Councilmembers elected in 2013 and at-large councilmembers elected in 2015 serve 2-year terms. Thereafter, all councilmembers serve 4-year terms with district positions running together and at-large positions two years later.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes

Proposition No. 1

If approved, this proposition would publically fund campaigns for Seattle City Council. Candidates who raise 600 individual contributions of at least $10 qualify for the program. Contributions up to $50 to qualifying candidates are matched 6 public dollars for every dollar, up to $210,000. Participating candidates may only spend $140,000 in the primary and $245,000 overall, except when an opponent spends more. Approval authorizes six years of additional property taxes, with $2,000,000 (approximately $0.0164/$1000 assessed value) collected in 2014.

Should this proposition be approved? Yes

City of Tukwila:

City Council, Pos. 5 – Joe Henry Duffie

City Council, Pos. 7 – De’Sean Quinn

City of Kent:

Mayor – Suzette Cook

City Council, Pos 6 – Bailey Stober

Seattle School District:

Director, Dist. 4 – Sue Peters

Director, Dist. 5 –  Stephan Blanford

Director, Dist. 7 – Betty Patu

Voters Initiatives & Advisories

Initiative No. 517

This measure would set penalties for interfering with or retaliating against signature-gatherers and petition-signers; require that all measures receiving sufficient signatures appear on the ballot; and extend time for gathering initiative petition signatures.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes

Initiative 522

This measure would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, and seeds and seed stocks, if produced using genetic engineering, as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale.

Should this measure be enacted into law? Yes

Advisory Vote No. 3 (Substitute Senate Bill 5444)

The legislature eliminated, without a vote of the people, a leasehold excise tax credit for taxpayers who lease publicly-owned property, costing approximately $2,000,000 in the first ten years, for government spending.

This tax increase should be: Repealed

Advisory Vote No. 4 (Senate Bill 5627)

The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, an aircraft excise tax on commuter air carriers in lieu of property tax, costing approximately $500,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.

This tax increase should be: Repealed

Advisory Vote No. 5 (Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1846)

The legislature extended, without a vote of the people, the insurance premium tax to some insurance for pediatric oral services, costing an amount that cannot currently be estimated, for government spending.

This tax increase should be: Repealed

Advisory Vote No. 6 (Second Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1971)

The legislature eliminated, without a vote of the people, a retail sales tax exemption for certain telephone and telecommunications services, costing approximately $397,000,000 in the first ten years, for government spending.

This tax increase should be: Repealed

Advisory Vote No. 7 (Engrossed House Bill 2075)

The legislature extended, without a vote of the people, estate tax on certain property transfers and increased rates for estates over $4,000,000, costing approximately $478,000,000 in the first ten years, for government spending.

This tax increase should be: Repealed

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