The 2018 General Election will be held on November 6, 2018
Susan Hutchison – Susan is best known in Western Washington as a distinguished TV news journalist at the CBS station KIRO-TV, where she was a pioneer for women in the industry. Recognized as a caring viewer advocate for 20 years, she anchored the highest rated newscasts in Seattle, earning five Emmys for producing, writing, and reporting news and documentaries. While she moved a lot as a military daughter and wife, Susan and her husband Andy returned to the Puget Sound area as soon as they finished Marine Corps active duty. They have lived in the same Seattle neighborhood for nearly 40 years. In 2009, Susan ran for King County Executive placing first in the Primary. While the union-funded candidate prevailed, Susan is credited with inspiring positive changes by calling for much needed fiscal accountability and responsiveness to the needs of all citizens. She was was tapped by innovative software genius Charles Simonyi of Microsoft Word and Excel to lead his charitable foundation for a decade. Through the effective investment of the foundation’s resources, she had a lasting impact on education, arts and sciences in the Puget Sound region and around the world. Learn more!
Congressional District 1
Jeff Beeler – Jeff is a current Sultan City Council Member and has been serving for 9 years. Prior to that, he served on the PSRC Transportation Policy Board 2014- 2015 as the representative for Snohomish County and is currently the alternate. Jeff is has been a LEOFF 1 Board Member representing small cities in Snohomish County since 2016 and has been a small business owner for 30 years. He volunteered as a basketball coach for the Monroe YMCA and actively worked with the kids AWANA program at their church at Cascade Community Church. Jeff sits on the board for the US 2 Safety Coalition, and has for almost 10 years, where we have pushed for funding from the state to fix two of the deadliest highways in the U.S., US 2 and SR 522. Jeff is married with 3 kids, two biological boys, 20 and 17, and one adopted girl, 16, from Ethiopia. He moved to Snohomish County in high school and has lived in Everett, Mukilteo, Edmonds, and now in Sultan for the last 18 years. Learn more!
Congressional District 3
Jaime Herrera Beutler – Jaime has a deep appreciation for what makes Southwest Washington special, and has championed solutions back in Congress to make life better for this region’s residents. As your federal representative, she has held true to her core beliefs: lower taxes, limited government, and expanding opportunity. And she’s built a solid record of fighting for them every day in Congress. Jaime grew up in Southwest Washington. She graduated from Prairie High School, where she was a member of the Prairie’s women’s basketball team. Some of her favorite childhood activities included 4-H, fishing at Battle Ground Lake on opening day and swimming in the Lewis River. Jaime attended the University of Washington, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She later served as a Senior Legislative Aide for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane) and was her lead advisor on health care policy, education, veterans’ and women’s issues. In 2007, she was appointed to serve as a State Representative to Washington State’s 18th Legislative District by Democrat and Republican County Commissioners from Clark and Cowlitz Counties. She was reelected by 60% of the voters in 2008, and served in that position until being elected to Congress in 2010. Learn more!
Congressional District 4
Dan Newhouse – A 3rd generation Yakima Valley farmer, businessman and conservative Republican, Dan Newhouse gets results for Central Washington. Dan was elected four times to the Washington State House of Representatives and served from 2003 to 2009. In the Legislature he was known as a pro-jobs conservative problem solver. Recognized by the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Association of Washington Business for his commitment to pro-growth policies, Dan will bring the same set of values with him to Congress. From 2009 to 2013 Dan served as Director of Washington State’s Department of Agriculture helping promote the state’s abundant agricultural resources and encouraging the next generation of family farms. Dan has two adult children, Jensena, Devon and his wife Halley. The Newhouse family operates a 600-acre farm near Sunnyside where they grow hops, tree fruit, grapes and alfalfa. Learn more!
Congressional District 5
Cathy McMorris Rodgers – Cathy is the highest-ranking Republican woman in Congress – a position she uses to work for Eastern Washington priorities including agriculture, rural health care, hydropower, and veterans. Cathy believes new technologies can make life better for all Americans and transform government, making it more open and efficient. In 2012, Cathy was chosen by her colleagues to be House Republican Conference Chair; she previously served as Conference Vice-Chair from 2008 to 2012 and Congressional liaison to Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign. Washington’s 5th District first elected Cathy to Congress in 2004, and was re-elected with over 60 percent of the vote in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Learn more!
Congressional District 8
Dino Rossi –Dino Rossi is a third generation Washingtonian. The grandson of a Black Diamond coal miner and the son of a Seattle public school teacher and a beautician, Dino grew up in Snohomish County with his six siblings. There was a lot of love in the Rossi household, but not a lot of money. Dino worked his way through college, taking jobs in construction and as a janitor waxing floors at the Space Needle to make ends meet. He graduated from Seattle University with a Business degree and went on to a successful career in commercial real estate where he met his wife, Terry. As a State Senator, Dino has proven that it’s possible to be fiscally conservative with a social conscience. He’s received wide praise from Republicans and Democrats alike for his ability to bring people together from all walks of life to solve problems for Washingtonians. As Chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Dino crafted a bipartisan balanced budget that erased a massive deficit without raising taxes while still protecting seniors, people with developmental disabilities, and our state’s most vulnerable citizens. Learn more!
YES on Initiative 1634
WHY? Washington state does not tax groceries but a loophole allows local governments to do so. I-1634 would ensure that our groceries – foods and beverages that we consume every day – are protected from any new or increased local tax, fee, or assessment. The rising cost of living makes it harder for families to afford the basics. Special interest groups across the country, and here in Washington, are proposing taxes on groceries like meats, dairy and juices – basic necessities for all families. I-1634 would prevent local governments from enacting new taxes on groceries. Higher grocery prices don’t hurt the wealthy elites but crush the middle class and those on fixed incomes, including the elderly. Source, Yes! To Affordable Groceries. Learn more!
NO on Initiative 1631
WHY? Initiative 1631 would impose a carbon tax of $15 per metric ton of CO2 emitted in Washington state, increasing by $2 per year plus inflation, to over $40 per metric ton in about ten years. Taxpayers would see the cost of the initiative primarily at the gas pump, in home heating costs, and on their electricity bills. This translates to between $234 and $305 for the average household in the first year, increasing to $672 and $877 per year after ten years. The largest portion of the cost would come from a 14-cent-per-gallon gas tax that would increase by about two cents per gallon each year. The initiative calls the tax a “pollution fee,” but it would use existing laws on gas taxes and other energy taxes for enforcement, so the effect on taxpayers would be a tax. Source, Washington Policy Center. Learn more!
NO on Initiative 1639
WHY? Under the initiative, young adults age 18-20 would be prohibited from exercising their Second Amendment rights to buy semi-automatic modern sporting rifles. The measure also would classify popular .22-caliber rimfire semi-auto rifles as “assault weapons,” and there would be a $25 fee to do registration paperwork, which opponents consider a tax on the exercise of a constitutional right.Source, Second Amendment Foundation. Learn more!
Under Bloomberg’s proposed Washington law, semi-automatic rifles or handguns of any type would be subjected to onerous new restrictions and taxes, thus discouraging their possession and lawful use. If the proposal passes in November, individuals who wish to acquire a semi-automatic rifle will also have to waive the confidentiality of their medical records. Source, NRA-ILA. Learn more!
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