Candidates for this office

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With early numbers in, incumbent Suzan DelBene is leading in the race for the state's 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Rep. Carolyn Eslick, R-Sultan, is leading in the race to keep her state House seat representing the 39th Legislative District, according to Tuesday's initial election results.

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Early election results Tuesday night show challenger Joe Lindquist holding a significant lead over incumbent Robbie Robertson in the race for Skagit Public Utility District commissioner.

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State Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, holds a slim lead in the race for a state House seat in the 10th Legislative District, according to Tuesday's initial election results.

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The race between incumbent state Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island, and challenger Dave Paul was close for a state House seat in the 10th Legislative District when initial election results were released Tuesday.

Skagit

Here's a quick look at how voting is going in Skagit County based on the Tuesday night tally. After a second count for the night, 12,517 ballots had been counted, and the next count is set to occur Wednesday afternoon.

Election Results

Skagit County Auditor

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Mike Urban (D) 18,423
43%
Sandy Perkins (D) 24,201
57%

State House District 39, Position 1

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Robert J. Sutherland (R) 33,399
57%
Ivan Lewis (D) 25,682
43%

Skagit Public Utility District, Position 2

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Joe Lindquist 28,963
68%
Robbie Robertson 13,674
32%

Skagit County Superior Court Judge, Position 2

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Laura Riquelme 24,473
54%
Rosemary Kaholokula 20,717
46%

State House District 10, Position 1

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Norma Smith (R) 37,803
52%
Scott McMullen (D) 34,669
48%

Skagit County Treasurer

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Bradley Whaley (R) 22,305
43%
Jackie Brunson (D) 29,252
57%

State Senate District 39

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Keith Wagoner (R) 34,971
59%
Claus Joens (D) 24,374
41%

State Court of Appeals, Division 1, District 3

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Tom SeGuine 88,210
48%
Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez 95,216
52%

State House District 40, Position 1

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Michael Petrish (R) 23,692
33%
Debra Lekanoff (D) 48,153
67%

U.S. Senate

Final

Candidate Votes Percentage
Susan Hutchison (R) 1,282,804
42%
Maria Cantwell (D) 1,803,364
58%

Candidate Questionairres

Below are responses for the candidates running in this election.
Questions Robbie Robertson Bradley Whaley Joe Lindquist Debra Lekanoff Michael Petrish Keith Wagoner Claus Joens Mike Urban Sandy Perkins Suzan DelBene Carolyn Eslick Jeffrey Beeler Brian Luke Rick Larsen Susan Hutchison Maria Canwell Rosemary Kaholokuka Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez Laura Riquelme Jackie Brunson Dave Paul Norma Smith Scott McMullen Dave Hayes Eric Halvorson Robert J. Sutherland Ivan Lewis Tom SeGuine
Age 65 60 34 No answer given 51 57 55 46 62 56 68 49 45 53 64 59 53 42 43 53 50 66 55 52 47 58 29 57
Residence Mount Vernon Sedro-Woolley Mount Vernon Bow Anacortes Sedro-Woolley Marblemount Mount Vernon Anacortes Medina Sultan Sultan Lynnwood Everett Seattle Edmonds Anacortes Mount Vernon Mount Vernon Burlington Oak Harbor Clinton Mount Vernon Camano Island Monroe Unicorporated Snohomish County Sultan Bow
Occupation Retired after 36 years Banking Industry Career Owner, Café Burlington Financial Advisor Governmental Affairs Director, Swinomish Tribe Did not answer State Senator 39th Legislative District/Retired Naval Officer (helicopter pilot) CTE Business Education Teacher Assistant Treasurer for Skagit County and Small Business Owner Skagit County Chief Deputy Auditor US Representative, WA-01 State of Washington State Representative 39th District Small Business Owner of 30 years Grocery Department Manager Congressman for Washington’s 2nd District 20 years TV News Journalist KIRO (CBS) – Five Emmys; 10 years Executive Director, Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences U.S. Senator Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor for Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office Deputy Public Defender, Skagit County Skagit County Superior Court Judge Chief of Administrative Services, Sheriff’s Office Vice President Institutional Planning & Effectiveness, Skagit Valley College WA State Representative; Ranking Member - Technology and Economic Development Committee; Assistant Ranking Member - Capital Budget Firefighter/EMT Law Enforcement Accountant Biochemist, Cancer drug development, retired. Business Manager and Owner Attorney
Education Mesa College San Diego, The Ohio State University MBA School of Mortgage Banking, University of Alabama at Huntsville MBA School of Mortgage Banking, Numerous Bank Required Courses BBA Business Administration. Major Accountancy, Minor Economics BA Business Administration—Management Western Washington University BA, Business Administration/Finance, Central Washington University. MA (Candidate), Public Administration, Evergreen College. University of Zagrab| Fine Arts | Military Intelligence Journeyman Carpenter through Apprenticeship United States Naval Academy (BS Physical Oceanography); University of San Diego (MS Global Leadership) MBA Gonzaga University; BA EWU Mount Vernon High School, Skagit Valley College, Washington State University (Cum Laude, Major – Accounting), Washington State University (MBA – Finance) Bachelor of Science Degree in Economic Crime Investigation , Certified Fraud Examiner - 2002 to present, Currently working towards certification as a WA Elections Administrator BS, Reed College; MBA, University of Washington High School Some college M.A. in International Studies (Middle East focus) - University of Washington; B.A.s in History, Classical Studies, and Comparative Religion - University of Washington; Advanced Paralegal Certificate - Edmonds Community College. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington state and have a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Bachelor of Science, University of Florida; Certificate, National Security Forum, USAF Air University; Adjunct Professor, Seattle Pacific University Miami University of Ohio 1989: University of Texas School of Law, J.D.; 1987: University of Texas, B.B.A., Finance ATA – Paralegal, Skagit Valley College; BA – American Cultural Studies, WWU; JD, Gonzaga University School of Law; visiting student – Universidad de Guanajuato Facultad de Derecho Syracuse University College of Law; University of Massachusetts, Amherst Graduate Burlington Edison High School; Graduate University of Houston, Bachelors degree in Accounting; Graduate Leadership Skagit Class of 2013; Numerous governmental accounting and leadership classes Bachelor’s degree, Seattle University; master’s degree, Miami University (Ohio); doctorate degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign BA Theology, Puget Sound Christian College; Legislative Energy Horizon Institute Energy Policy Planning Program Graduate, 2013 Associates Degree High School Diploma, Everett Community College Criminal Justice, Wa. State Criminal Justice Center A.B., Classical, Gonzaga University Biochemistry degree from Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA Emergency Medical Technician Certification (Inactive), Firefighter I Equivalency High School 1978; BA Political Science, State University NY 1982; Juris Doctor (Law) Willamette University 1986; Masters Management/Business Administration, Willamette University 1986
Elected offices held Commissioner District 2 Skagit PUD Burlington Edison School Board Mount Vernon City Council Member (2005-present) (Chaired Parks and Recreation, Finance, Public Safety, Traffic Safety and Development Services Committees, served as Mayor Pro-Tem 2012 and 2016, City Council Representative to Northwest Clean Air Agency (2008-Present, Board Chair 2013 and 2017) City of Mount Vernon Representative to the Washington State Legislature Joint Water Supply Task Force (2018) None Trustee in Local Union 70 |Elected to Executive Board of Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, representing six western States: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Washington State Senator (current), Mayor City of Sedro-Woolley, Sedro-Woolley City Council PCO 114 Cascade Mount Vernon City Council, Skagit Fire District 3 Commissioner New to public office US House of Representatives, WA-01 Sultan City Counsil - six years, Sultan Mayor 2008 - 2017 Sultan City Council - 9 years None t is my privilege to serve as the Representative for Washington’s 2nd Congressional District. I’ve also served on the Snohomish County Council. Chairman, Washington State Republican Party, August 2013 to February 2018 WA State House, U.S House of Representatives, U.S. Senate None None Skagit County Superior Court Judge 2016; Skagit County Superior Court Judge 2017 - present Precinct Committee Officer None; first-time candidate 2008-Present, WA State Representative, Member South Whidbey School Board 1991-1995; President, South Whidbey School Board 1994 Mount Vernon City Council State Representative 10th Legislative District Pos. 2 2013-present None Precinct Committee Officer (PCO). None Previously Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney 2003 - 2007
Elected offices sought Commissioner District 2 Skagit PUD Skagit County Treasurer Skagit PUD Commissioner District 2 None No public offices previously sought Washington State Senator (current), Mayor City of Sedro-Woolley, Sedro-Woolley City Council None Skagit County Auditor Skagit County Auditor US House of Representatives, WA-01 State Representative Pos 2, 39th District City Council and Congressional WA-01 2nd Congressional District Representative for Washington’s 2nd Congressional District U.S. Senate (2018); King County Executive (2009) U.S Senate Skagit County Superior Court Judge Judge, Court of Appeals – Division I, District 3 Skagit County Superior Court Judge Skagit County Treasurer State Representative, LD 10, Position 2008-Present, WA State Representative, Member South Whidbey School Board 1991-1995; WA State Senator 2000, US Congress 2002 State Representative 10th LD Position 1 State Representative 10th Legislative District Pos. 2 This is my first run for office WA State House of Representatives; U.S. House of Representatives None State appeals judge
Community involvement Current Member Skagit Council of Governments, Washington State Department of Health Water Advisory Group, Chairperson Water Committee Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA), Member WPUDA Telecommunications Committee, Member WPUDA Government Affairs Committee. Past President WPUDA 2010, Past Executive Committee WPUDA (4years)2007-2011, Past Budget Committee (WPUDA 5 years), Past LaConner Kiwanis Member 1986-88, Past Conway Youth Soccer Coach 7 years, Past NW United Soccer Coach and Manager 7 years, Mount Vernon Citizens Patrol (Mt Vernon COPP's) 3rd Graduating Class, Past Member Board of Directors - Economic Development Association of Skagit County (EDASC) 1985-86, PUD Citizens Committee - Chairperson System Development Fund Review Committee 1984, Past Associate Member Skagit Board of Realtors - Associate of the Year Award 1984, Member Director Skagit Rainier Classic and National Softball Tournament - 114 team entries 1986-1989 Burlington Rotary, Sedro Woolley Rotary, Sponsor, Annual Toys for Tots Concert, 5 years Mount Vernon Planning Commission (2004), Mount Vernon School District Citizen’s Advisory Committee (2007), Skagit Rotary Foundation President (2012-Present), Summersun Montessori Board Member (2017-Present), Skagit Rotary Club Vice President (2018-Present) EPA National and Regional Tribal Operations Committee, Washington State and Tribal Water Quality Standards Roundtable Participant, Coast Salish Gathering Coordinator, Community Action of Skagit, Northwest Indian College Foundation, Skagit Democratic Delegate, Salish Sea Ecosystem Board and Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Summit Board. Volunteer Coach for the Anacortes Parks Department for boys and girls soccer & basketball | Anacortes Little League Baseball | Knights of Columbus & Lector at St. Mary Catholic Church in Anacortes. Sedro-Woolley Rotary (Paul Harris Fellow), Sedro-Woolley Eagles, American Legion George Baldridge Post 43, Former Board Member Sedro-Woolley Youth Football and Cheer, Founding Member of Denny Engberg Memorial Field, Volunteer announcer for high school wrestling events, Former Chair of Skagit Transit Board of Directors Concrete Economic Development Council, Concrete Lions Club, Captain with the Civil Air Patrol, St Martin & St Francis Episcopal Church Skagit Rotary Club (Past President), Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation (Trustee), Skagit Valley YMCA (Board of Directors), Mount Vernon Schools Foundation (Past President, Founding Member), Mount Vernon Planning Commission, Volunteer Firefighter/EMT, Eagle Scout I am working to establish Accessible Communities Advisory Committees (ACAC) across Skagit County, to improve access for disabled members of our communities in employment, places of public accommodation, transportation, housing, etc. The WA Legislature established Accessible Community Advisory Committees help communities be more welcoming and inclusive for persons with disabilities and to promote and provide equal access to the opportunities available to others. It is my hope that our participation in the ACAC program will enrich our communities, enhance the strength of the diversity of our communities and contribute toward the economic vitality of Skagit County. Because of my background and training in fraud detection and prevention, I have provided free workshops and seminars at local libraries, senior centers and civic group meetings, educating Skagit County residents about the prevention of fraud, elder abuse and financial exploitation of elders and vulnerable adults. I am the former President of the Skagit Elder Alliance, a former member of the Soroptimist of Anacortes and a former Board member of the Skagit Women’s Alliance and Network (SWAN). I’ve mentored students at UW Business School; been active in my church, serving as a board member. Volunteered with the PTA, Girl Scouts and YWCA, supporting transitional housing, job training and services to help families get back on their feet. Snohomish County Boys and Girls club – Boardmember 2009 – 2016, Everett Community College East county Advisory Board member 2009 - 2015, Snohomish County Law & Justice advisory committee member 2010 - current, Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce Board member 2006, Co-Chair and Board member of the Governor’s Small Business Improvement - 1999, Council for the State of Washington, Appointed by Govern Locke 2000-2003, Co-founder Sultan/Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce 1981-current, President and Founder of Sultan Food Bank 2000, Founder and Chair for VOA Sky Valley Family Support Center 1992, Timber Resource Council – Snohomish County 8 years Basketball Coach YMCA, AWANA Leader at Cascade Community Church, Board Member of U.S. 2 Safety Coalition, LEOFF Board Member for Snohomish County, PSRC Transportation Policy Board Member No response My parents were an important influence on me, encouraging me to be involved in my local community. Their encouragement continues to be a motivation for my service to our communities. Seattle Colleges Advisory Board; Mayor Nickels Good Neighbor Award; Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation; Seattle Symphony Chair; King County Elections Task Force-Ron Sims appointee; Salvation Army NW Board; Governor’s A+ Education Commission-Gary Locke appointee; Young Life Chair; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars-Presidential appointee; Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Trustee Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Honorary Council of Advisors; South Snohomish Chamber of Commerce, Former Board Member; Mountlake Terrace Friends of the Library; Alderwood Rotary, Former Board Member; Apollo Alliance, Founding Board Member I currently am on the SPARC (Skagit Preschool and Resource Center) Board, I am the Vice President for Fidalgo Island Rotary, I am the Secretary for AAUW (American Association of University Women), and I am the Youth Protection Officer for Rotary International, District 5050. Almost every year since 2011, I have volunteered as a mock trial evaluator at the YMCA Youth and Government’s Mock Trial Finals in Olympia. I am a proud graduate of Leadership Skagit, class of 2017. My group’s project was the renovation of Maiben House at Maiben Park in Burlington. We worked in conjunction with the Burlington Rotary and the City of Burlington to renovate this building. In the past, I have volunteered to provide legal services to military veterans (WSBA Call to Duty Day of Service), Native Americans (Native American Pro Bono Panel), and others (Skagit County Volunteer Lawyers). I have served as a panelist on a Take Back the Night event and at a Human Trafficking Conference. I have served on a number of boards and committees relating to my children’s events when they were school age. I was also very involved in the arts community in Whatcom County were I was a dancer, teacher, and board member of a performing dance group. member – American Bar Assn, WA Bar Assn, Skagit County Bar Assn, Latino/a Bar of WA, Washington Defender Assn, Washington Assn of Criminal Defense Lawyers; member – Skagit-Island Partnership for Transitions Solutions; member/current Secretary – AFSCME Local 176 PD; volunteer – Skagit County Law Day Free Legal Clinics & Latino/a Bar of WA Free Legal Clinic; parent volunteer – Bellingham School District (2008-2014), Mount Vernon School District (2014-present); past member/alumni mentor – WWU Chapter Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlán; mentor – high school and university job shadow (2010 – 2016); team treasurer – NW United Girls ’06 Classic team (2016-2018); past member – Board of Directors, Bellingham YWCA Currently: president of Madison Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (president 2016 - present; secretary 2014 - 2016); board member for Community Action of Skagit County (2016 – present), including service on Executive Committee, chairperson of Personnel Committee, and participant in Latino Advisory Committee; board member and scholarship chairperson for Skagit Women in Business; member of judges’ association committees; community outreach to students and youth groups. Past service: member of board of trustees for Mount Vernon City Library; provided legal services through clinics with the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program; president of public defender union; taught English as a Second Language classes through Community Action of Skagit County; volunteered with Skagit Immigrant Rights Council; coached soccer team for Mount Vernon Youth Soccer Association; volunteered for field trips and other programs with Summersun Montessori School and Madison Elementary School. Northwest Incident Management Team, Burlington Parks, Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Skagit Coach, Special Olympics, 4-H Leader, Served as treasurer for several Statewide and Local organizations I served two years on the Newark City Schools Board of Education and the Student Achievement Leadership Team, Construction Leadership Team, Newark City Schools Diversity Committee, and as the Newark City School’s government liaison. While living in Newark, I was active in Kiwanis and served for two years on the Newark Kiwanis Board of Directors. I also coached my children's youth soccer teams. I served on the Oak Harbor School District Budget Committee in 2009 and 2010. I have also served on the Board of Directors for the Oak Harbor Educational Foundation since 2009 and have been the President for the Oak Harbor Educational Foundation since 2016. Military and Emergency Medical Services family; Family, Church and Community Activities; Young Adult Mentor Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon, former board member of Skagit County Community Action and Skagit Transit Authory Board Board Member Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation, Youth football & Basketball Coach, Youth Ministry Missions My wife and I run a rescue farm at our home U.S. Air Force veteran; Boys and Girls club youth basketball coach; Children’s Hospital donor; Officer of a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization that awarded grants to youths; Snohomish County 4H Volunteer; Served my neighborhood in Snohomish, WA as a ‘Precinct Committee Officer’ (PCO). NAACP of Snohomish County, Sky Valley VOA Advisory Council, 39th LD Democrats Board of Directors and President, Skagit Valley YMCA; ongoing pro bono legal work; Big Brothers and Big Sisters; Literacy Volunteer
Campaign website robbie4water.com Facebook, Brad Whaley for Skagit County Treasurer www.joeforpud.com debralekanoff.com ww.michaelpetrish.com wagonerforsenate.com joens39.com ElectMikeUrban.com www.sandyperkins.com www.delbeneforcongress.com Eslick4state www.beeler4congress.com https://luke4congress.com/ www.ricklarsen.org www.Susan4Senate.com Cantwell.com RosemaryForJudge.com www.cecilyforcoa.com KeepJudgeLaura.com www.jackieb4treasurer.com www.votedavepaul.com votenormasmith.com www.scottmcmullen.org www.electdavehayes.com EricForThe39th.com www.sutherland4rep.com ElectIvanLewis.com www.tomseguine.com
Why are you running for office? For the last almost 18 years, I have shown through my proposals and votes, that I have no agenda other than to provide the best tasting, cleanest, and affordable water for the citizens of Skagit County. To best serve Skagit PUD and its ratepayers, the Commissioners need to be ready and willing to get their hands dirty today while preparing for the needs and demands of tomorrow. Over nearly two decades of service to the PUD, it has been a honor to be a part of the workforce whose staff engineers, operators and management develop and implement plans to advance our infrastructure and water quality while still remaining staunch protectors of the environment. If re-elected, the three biggest priorities for me will be to ensure the PUD continues to support the best in qualified and professional PUD employees such as the current workforce demonstrates at each level of the Utility, implementation of the 2018-2022 strategic planning initiative which will guide the decision-making process during the five year period, in three major disciplines; Customer Focused Services, Communication with the Public and Partners, and Internal Operations, Communication and Organizational Development, and addressing the financial needs of the next 10 year Capital Improvements Plan. I am running because of my depth of experience as a business owner and as a County Finance Director for the past thirty years managing the overall County Budget for two counties and a community college. I am running because I feel there are some critical things I can do to help our neighbors manage their property tax obligations as well as helping them keep their homes. I am also well experienced at finding efficiencies that will save taxpayer dollars. I am running because even though the Treasurers position has absolutely no policy making authority, it still requires a good manager. I have a proven track record in that regard. I am seeking the office of Skagit County PUD Commissioner because of my concern for this essential utility. Water rates have risen at an unsustainable rate. PUD Customers are now paying 48% more for water than they did 5 years ago! The conduct of the sitting District two commissioner during meetings has not been what I believe the citizens of Skagit County deserve from an elected official. It was reported the November 16, 2016 edition of the Skagit Valley Herald, “Commissioners have frequent shouting matches at public meetings…” I believe my conduct in the last 13 years on the Mount Vernon City Council has demonstrated that I value and respect citizens, city staff and fellow elected officials. First and foremost, I’m a Mom and have the honor being a community member of this beautiful place we all call home. I have served my entire 21 years of employment as a government servant to citizens. I chose to run because I want to re-build Community. I have witnessed political decisions that destroy the relationships between governments at the local, state, federal and international levels and have left citizens in critical situations. I am committed to rebuilding relationships and removing the barriers so we may unify our voices in the 40th district. We are the people of the Salish Sea, whether we call ourselves environmentalists, business and industry leaders, farmers, fishermen, grandmothers or advocates. I believe we live in the most beautiful district in Washington, from the lakes and mountains of Whatcom County to the powerful rivers of the Skagit, to the islands of the Salish Sea. The fundamental truths of this nation, its history and the basic understanding about our republic are no longer taught in most schools and universities; and sadly, are no longer are a requirement for graduation. The absolute contemptuous disregard for authority and the rule of the law at multiple levels by our civic leaders and many elected officials is threatening the Constitution and our Nation’s sovereignty. This must stop! We should be a country of law and order, we need to abide by our laws and enforce them. If they are bad laws we should change them as provided in the Constitution, not arbitrarily write new laws or pick and choose which laws we will follow; otherwise problems like lawlessness and anarchy will prevail. I simply could no longer stand idly by and watch these attacks happen, especially against energy and construction industries of which I am employed and against the working families I represent. I plan to be  working in Olympia to fix this debacle for the 40th District and our State. When I was appointed unanimously by the seventeen County Council members and County Commissioners of Skagit, Snohomish and King Counties, I was asked if I was committed to this responsibility and would I run to retain it. I answered yes, and I keep my promises. In the last legislative session, I learned the job quickly and was an effective force for good in the 39th LD, bringing home your hard-earned tax dollars for projects that are important to our communities. We got a lot done in 60 days but much remains to be done. I think I am the right person, with the right record of accomplishments and the right relationships in Olympia that would do our community the most good. I will work to represent all the people of the 39th District; Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and especially those too young to vote. After nearly four years in county government and working side-by-side with the Auditor's Office, I realized that my skill-set, education, and experience in business is ideal to bring growth, improvement, and help unlock the potential of the office to better serve our community. I have always felt a strong desire to serve my community and to share my unique skills and knowledge with the public. With 25 years of experience as an auditor and fraud investigator, and as a Certified Fraud Examiner and student of cybersecurity, my training and experience are extremely valuable in the Auditor’s office. I want to make our local government the very best it can be by protecting our elections, increasing efficiencies and safeguarding taxpayer dollars. I am running for Congress to stand up for the middle class. My father lost his job when I was a child, and we went through tough times as a family. I was only able to go to college because of financial aid, work-study programs, and student loans. That education, combined with hard work, gave me the foundation to build a successful career as a business executive and entrepreneur. I know what it is like to struggle, and I know how important public education and student loans were to opening the door of opportunity for my own success, as well as that of families across our country. I will continue my efforts to make college more accessible and affordable, such as lowering student loan interest rates and allowing students to refinance their loans. Every child deserves access to a high-quality education regardless of their parents' income or zip code and that starts with investments in early learning and K-12 schools. We must also do more to support employee training and expand apprenticeship programs to ensure we have a highly-trained, skilled workforce ready for the new jobs being created in today's changing economy. Finally, we must make smart funding decisions based on what gives our communities the best return on investment such as in infrastructure, innovative research and education – all proven job-creating investments. I believe the top priority of the citizens of the First Congressional District and across the country is creating good-paying jobs and building a strong economy that works for everyone. I’ll fight every day for policies that help Washingtonians get ahead: creating better schools and apprenticeship programs, ensuring equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage, making higher education more attainable, investing in infrastructure and protecting Social Security and Medicare for generations to come. After serving as Mayor for the City of Sultan during the recession, I felt that it was time to tackle some of the larger issues that are facing our citizens of Washington. Mental Health and Homelessness was a huge issue in 2008 and through partnerships and interventions, the encampment is now vacated. I learned that we didn't solve the problem, we only moved the problem. It takes cooperation and partnerships to attach the problem from may directions. I believe my collaboration and negotiating abilities are needed in Olympia. I am tired of the partisan bickering back in DC. I want to bring common sense back to politics so we can find common ground and make the hard decisions on the important issues, not blame the other side for not getting anything done. Immigration, health care, balanced budget, these are the things that need to be discussed and resolved, and if it takes stepping outside of party politics to make those decisions then we need to elect people who are interested in doing that, like myself. I am concerned about the national debt, a dangerous and expensive interventionist US foreign policy, jobs, and matters of freedom. Furthermore, I want a Libertarian presence in this race. Born and raised in Arlington, representing the 2nd District is a great privilege and honor. Each and every day I am guided by what I hear when visiting with students, families, veterans and small businesses at home – the challenges they face, and the opportunities they seek. And it all comes down to being a champion for them. I am running for Congress to bring middle class families better jobs and higher wages and give people the tools they will need to succeed in the 21st century - by investing in our transportation infrastructure, expanding access to STEM education and skills training, and ensuring the next generation of workers has the tools they need to compete in a global marketplace. Fighting for our middle class also means addressing the challenges Washingtonians face every day. I am committed to protecting access to affordable healthcare, fighting the opioid epidemic, and keeping this administration accountable for undermining our investments in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. We cannot allow these vital resources to be stripped from our communities. I believe if we invest our resources locally, give our communities the tools they need to thrive, and empower middle class families and workers, the result will be economic growth and a better future for all. If you feel the same – I ask for your support. Our people deserve better than an ineffective Senator seeking an undeserved 4th term. We need a Senator who truly cares about the concerns of this Washington, not the other. Unlike her, I’ve been in every county and corner of the state these last 5 years--and I’ve heard you! You are fed up with Seattle’s harmful policies which she accepts and supports--polices that jeopardize our future. You want a Senator who votes your pocketbook, not hers. You want big change now and so do I. In this election, I’m fighting for you. Fighting against a state income tax, and against reckless spending of your taxes. Fighting for children’s health, for public schools, for fair elections in King County. Unlike my opponent, I would have voted for working-family tax cuts, for our military, for the first woman to head the CIA. I will champion Washington’s farms that feed the world. I can bring home vital infrastructure dollars, which she cannot. I’ll be your voice. I’ll fight for you. Let’s win this together! I’m proud to represent the people of Washington state and the values we share. In the Senate, I’ve learned how to overcome partisan divides and gridlock to get things done for students, seniors, veterans, women and working families who make Washington their home. I’ve authored legislation to help bring prosperity to our state and nation. And I’ve fought to ensure that prosperity lifts us all up, not just a few. I believe in protecting the health of our families and the environment we live in. I believe in making smart long-term investments, like caring for our children and making education affordable. By working together, we can find real solutions to the problems and challenges facing our country — we can grow the economy, build clean energy jobs, protect the environment, provide educational opportunities for all people at all stages of life, protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and ensure that housing, health care and retirement remain affordable for working families. This position deserves an attorney with my years of legal experience. I have been an attorney for 28 years. I have been practicing in the Whatcom/Skagit areas since my family and I moved here in 1995. I have been serving and protecting the citizens of Skagit County as a prosecutor since 2007. I know the law and I know the issues in our community. I believe that our communities are best served by judges who are well-versed in the law and that represent the people impacted by the decisions they make. For that reason a diverse bench in terms of background and experience can provide a more robust analysis and application of the law to the issues before them. My work as a defense attorney, representing indigent persons accused of crime at the trial level, as well as my extensive history of community service, has prepared me to represent the communities of District 3 in this way. I currently serve in the position, which is where I believe I can make the most impact on how people receive justice through the courts. As a judge, I ensure everyone receives fair treatment in court while I apply my legal experience and the law to their cases. Justice is the reason why I went to law school. I wanted to help everyday people with their legal needs. This brought me into a career in criminal law, first as a prosecutor and then for more than ten years as a public defender. Through this work, I saw the impact the judiciary has on the interactions members of the public have with the legal system. Clients who experienced hearings or trials had completely different beliefs about the courts based upon how they were treated and whether they felt like they were truly heard. I saw that the way a judge issues her rulings makes a real difference in how people receive justice and feel about the process. I take a thoughtful approach when applying the law to cases, recognizing that the decisions I make have a lasting impact on real people’s lives. A hasty decision can lead to years of appeals, and potentially incarceration or other irreversible consequences in the meantime. In addition to applying the law, I ensure that people from all walks of life are treated fairly in the courtroom and given a real opportunity to be heard. Justice may be seen by some as an ideal, but it is something I work toward every day on the bench. I believe this is where I am doing the most good for the people of our community. I am running for office because the retirement of our current Treasurer creates an opportunity for me to serve the citizens of Skagit County in a higher capacity. This responsibility requires qualities I possess: trustworthiness, reliability and competence. These qualities are essential in running effective and efficient government. I have the integrity, experience, and education to protect the County’s assets. I am a lifelong resident of Skagit County and I have been serving the citizens of Skagit County for 26 years. I am proud of my career and proud of this County. I am running for state representative because I love my community, and I want to ensure that the ideas and ideals of our community are represented. I have proven experience in bringing people together and finding common ground in order to develop solutions for the toughest challenges. Our community deserves to be represented by a leader who believes that public goods are important and worth fighting for. What motivates me to run for office is to champion values that I believe are held by the vast majority of the 10th District, such as: supporting women's, minority, and LGBTQ rights; protecting the Salish Sea and our environment; ensuring our highly skilled workforce is provided a living wage and access to affordable housing; and offering families better access to community mental and behavioral health care. I am running to continue the important work of finding sustainable solutions to the many issues facing the people of the 10th district, including my bipartisan and successful work protecting your privacy, improving the mental and behavioral health safety net, improving our schools, making government more accountable, preserving agriculture and the magnificent beauty around us, and helping to forge an economic climate that helps our families prosper while encouraging private sector job creation. I am running to better represent the issues that are important to our district like education, transportation, public safety, family wage jobs, apprenticeship programs, and quality of life. I have been in public service most of my adult life. First as a member of the U.S. Navy and later as both a volunteer Reserve Police Officer and now as a fully commissioned full time law enforcement officer for the past 24 years. I have served as an elected State Representative for the past 6 years in the Washington State House of Representatives. My public service has taught me the importance of good public policy and the negative effects of poor policy. I am proud to report that I have been a positive influence on the state and the good policies that I have initiated or have been a part of supporting. My work in influencing good policy is not complete, that is why am seeking another term as your State Representative. We have many crucial matters to address in the Legislature. First and foremost is the matter of addiction and mental health and it’s horrible effects on families and communities across our state. The Legislature has made substantial investments in prevention and treatment options, but we need to take a more complete approach to these matters by investing further in local law enforcement and human services resources to move people off the streets and into treatment and recovery. Additionally, our transportation infrastructure suffers from a backlog of deferred maintenance and repair needs. Delayed repairs become more expensive with each passing year. We must prioritize this matter in future Transportation Budgets. Pre-approved permit templates and multi-agency permitting g can reduce delays and unnecessary spending related to transportation infrastructure maintenance, repairs and construction. Lastly, we cannot lose sight of our Constitutional duty of fully funding basic education and demonstrating our commitment to education by putting it first and adopting priority based budgeting in line with our existing resources. I am running for re-election to focus on these matters as I believe that I will be most effective in addressing these priority issues in the Legislature. I believe it's time for real, effective representation in the 39th. We haven't had a seat at the table for big decisions in Olympia, even when it's our roads that are being discussed. That has to change. I want the 39th to work for every one of us, regardless of political party. We all live here. It's time for change so we can build the future together. I am very concerned about my children’s future here in WA State. I believe good and decent people must become more involved in the political process or things will continue to get worse (unlimited increases in taxation; traffic congestion; Property Rights violations; etc.). Only then can we make a positive difference for our children’s future by removing politicians that care more about political ideology than they do about our children’s future. Parents should be allowed to decide which school to send their kids, not bureaucrats. Education tax dollars earned by parents should be allowed to follow their child to whichever school parents choose, whether Public, Private, Charter, Home or Religious. We need to unclog our freeways, Highways and State Routes by adding additional lane capacity and by building bridges over railroad crossings and at busy intersections, removing traffic lights to keep the traffic moving. I’m calling for a freeze on property taxes, helping to create affordable housing options and to lessen homelessness. Property taxes should be frozen at the rate they were when the property was purchased, just like interest rates and mortgage amounts are. Simply put, politicians should help us create a better future, not make it more difficult. I am running for legislature because democracy requires taking action when you see a need. I believe the 39th LD has not been adequately represented in Olympia and I believe that too many of our politicians have become beholden to special interests, not their constituents. My top priority is to make Washington State a leader for our country in promoting a progressive stance on healthcare, human rights and equality and reforming our taxes to be less regressive. Because I am the most qualified person to fill the position of Judge in Division One of the Washington Court of Appeals because of my experience and background which includes 30 years of broad legal experience in and from a variety of key vantage points in all of the four counties within District 3 of Division 1 of the Court of Appeals. Experience in the legal system with a variety of cases is of vital importance once one realizes the function of the Court of Appeals. It is to review the decisions made by other judges in the various county courts, that is, municipal courts, county district courts, and county Superior Courts. Fifty percent of the cases reviewed by the Court of Appeals are criminal and 50% are civil. Naturally, the person best equipped to make such reviews is someone who is versed in and experienced with those cases. I am that person. My experience includes significant work in both civil and criminal law, and within each of those areas, working for both the plaintiff/prosecutor side and defense/defendant side of cases. For example I have worked for the last 11-12 years as a public defender for Skagit County representing poor and indigent defendants, many of whom have been minorities. During the same time I have continued to do some prosecution work. Before going into private practice in 2007 I was a prosecuting attorney for about 20 years. During that time I worked in family support cases, on juvenile justice cases and many criminal cases. I oversaw Skagit County's civil law division at the same time when I served as the prosecuting attorney. Since going into private practice I have represented many people pro bono on a variety of civil matters over the same time, providing them with access to justice that they would otherwise never have received. I have successfully prosecuted a variety of diverse cases including those involving personal injury, insurance disputes, civil rights cases, and employment cases. I have represented people before a series of Washington State agencies, including employers and employees, CPAs and medical practitioners. I have successfully sued banks for wrongful banking practices. I have practiced in Federal Court at various times over the years, most recently this year, in which I successfully secured a wrongfully withheld insurance payment held by a major national insurance company. This blend of experience and background allows me to come to this judicial position with a balanced and pragmatic approach to cases that I will hear, without bias; I will be able to be fair and neutral as a judge because of this broad and extensive experience. In addition to all of that, I have practiced appellate law, primarily before this (Division One of the Court of Appeals) court, repeatedly and consistently since 1990, some 29 years, handling many cases over that time period. Through those cases I have a very good understanding of appellate procedure and the appellate courts. I will not have to learn on the fly or on the job. I will hit the ground running. The other primary skill needed for a of a judge in the Court of Appeals is writing legal opinions. I have been deeply and continuously involved in legal writing and analysis over my 30 years of practice, and in fact going back to my law school days when I served on the law review. I am a skilled and proficient writer. District 3 of Division 1 of the Washington Court of Appeals is Skagit, Island, Whatcom and San Juan Counties. These 4 counties get only one judge on the Court for Division One. King County gets 7 and Snohomish County gets 2. The person who becomes the judge should represent these four counties. The experience I have described above has occurred in all four counties. I have served as a prosecutor in Skagit, Island and Whatcom Counties for many years during my career. I have additionally in private practice routinely worked on cases out of Island County. I have practiced law in all of the courts of the four counties. In addition, our family has lived here since 1990. I know the four counties and I know their legal communities. I am very able to represent them and the people of these four counties on the Court of Appeals.
What is the single biggest issue facing the candidate who is elected to this position? Simple answer? Being fiscally prudent, yet savvy, while still fulfilling current and future infrastructure needs and maintaining affordable rate levels for customers. The cost of maintaining a rapidly growing water infrastructure system puts stress on every part of the operation. As the population growth continues at its current pace so too will the cost of maintaining the system. Rising utility costs, aging infrastructure, increased rates, and keeping a highly skilled highly motivated workforce are all challenges that must be met. I believe that this department has been well managed for years, however there is always room for improvement and efficiency. During my career, I have performed or managed the functions of the department, so I will not have much of a learning curve. I look forward to the challenges presented. The biggest issue facing the winner of this election will be working with PUD staff to find efficiencies in the system. We can’t continue on the path of 8.5% increases in rates per year. New oversight of the PUD is needed. Access to education at all levels poses a significant challenge in the 40th LD. Education of our children (preK-12), young adults (18-24), and community members at all stages of life is an issue near and dear to my heart. As a working, single mom, I want to make sure that every person in the community has access to affordable, quality education. I believe that Kindergarten should be the next step in a child’s education not the first step. Children need access to early learning prior to beginning Kindergarten to ensure they are set up for success throughout their education. I also recognize the need for growth in technical skills education, and that not every high school graduate wants to pursue a traditional four-year college degree. Everyone in our communities should have access to affordable, high quality post-secondary education from technical and vocational training, to associates programs at community colleges, to higher education. These investments in education are an important step in strengthening our communities and growing our economy. The taking of water rights on private property of Skagitonians created by the disastrous Hirst "Fix" legislation which exempted Skagit County. In 2001 WA State established a Skagit Instream Flow Rule (Washington Administrative Code 173-503) that allocated no water for the EXEMPT WELLS in the Skagit River Basin. Not only was this ruling scientifically unfounded, it was also a direct violation of the 1996 Memorandum of Agreement that contained a specific clause to protect permit exempt water well rights. The WA State Dept of Ecology recognized this error and the omission of the clause in the 2001 ruling. In 2006 the Department reached an agreement with Skagit County to correct this error and omission. The Swinomish Tribe then sued Ecology for violation of the 2001 Rule and in 2013 the WA State Supreme Court decided in their favor. There are a couple of very daunting challenges. At the top of my list would be negotiating a return of water rights for landowners in the Skagit Basin. Second is solving the horrific traffic problems in Snohomish County associated with SR 522 and SR 2. Finding the money to fund the work that needs to be done then the votes to pass it without increasing taxes on the poor or working families. In the last session they voted to increase property taxes instead of closing corporate tax loopholes Integrity of Elections With the threat of outside interference in our elections, the biggest issue facing the County Auditor is to maintain the security and integrity of our election processes. I am currently working with our election department, the Secretary of State and the Department of Homeland Security to implement safeguards that will maintain election security. As a long-time student of cybersecurity, I have the skills and knowledge to maintain the integrity of our County’s elections. Jobs and the economy are the most pressing concerns of people in the 1st Congressional District and across the country. I know firsthand what it is like to struggle financially growing up and how much a job can be a source of economic stability and health as well as a source of personal pride. We must build an economy that works for everyone, where prosperity is widely shared and everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. In Skagit County it is the Elk crisis to the Highway 20 safety and to the farmers. In the Snohomish County it is capacity issues with Highway 522 and Highway 2. In the whole District it is lack of solutions to the Mentally Ill. The economy. I believe the biggest issue is our national debt, which will hurt future generations of Americans. The federal government will spend an enormous amount on interest on our debt in the coming decades. Furthermore, federal borrowing could raise the interest rates for households and businesses, which could reduce employment opportunities. The biggest issue I will face in Congress will be strengthening and expanding the middle class, and providing increased opportunities for the future workforce. A strong and vibrant middle class is the foundation of the American dream. I am committed not just to making that dream more accessible to anyone who’s willing to work hard and play by the rules, but to protecting it from the forces in Washington, D.C. that are trying to pull it apart. In the time since my campaign started, the major issues that have been raised range from the Supreme Court to catastrophic forest fires to immigration. For my views on key campaign issues, see “18 Reasons to Vote For Susan Hutchison” on my website at www.Susan4Senate.com/18-reasons But wherever I go, the biggest issue is that the people of our state are desperate for change. My mission is to ensure that our prosperity is shared, so I fight for things working families need, like access to education, apprenticeships, and job training, and making housing, health care, and child care more affordable. The single biggest issue facing the judge, as well as the justice system, is drug addiction. Substance use disorder is directly related to much criminal activity to include crimes against persons, property crimes, driving offenses, and illegal drug possession. Drug abuse and addiction also creates issues and burdens in the civil and family law areas, particularly when it comes to issues concerning custody and parenting of children. Substance use disorder also devastates families with overdose deaths. Mental health issues are often co-occurring issues which can be initially difficult to detect because drug use and abuse can disguise or conceal underlying mental health issues. Appellate judges are tasked with applying the relevant laws of the State of Washington to the facts of the cases before them. As such, the primary issues for this race are experience, integrity and work ethic. Public confidence in the judiciary is the biggest issue judges currently face. Many people believe that courts will not treat them fairly, that judges are partisan, or that the entire legal system is unjust. A fair court system is crucial to our democracy. It is where people turn if they need a divorce or to settle child custody issues. Superior Court also handles felony cases, which involve important rights of the defendant and public safety concerns. We hear lawsuits related to personal injuries, disputes over property and contracts, evictions, probates and guardianships, and protection orders. Additionally, Superior Court handles cases under juvenile law when children are accused of crimes or are removed from the home because of abuse or neglect allegations against their parents. These matters are all very serious and central to the lives of the people involved in them. Public confidence in the judicial system is what encourages people to file cases and to obtain the finality of a court order so they can move forward with their lives. The Treasurer’s Office oversees investments of over $700 million not just for the County, but for several taxing districts like fire, school, and hospital districts. This makes the single biggest issue finding investments that maximize return while minimizing volatility and risk. Safety, Liquidity and Return on investment are the main objectives of the County’s investment policy and I would not stray from that. Education is the single most important factor in creating social equality, promoting upward mobility, and improving people's lives. We must ensure that all of our children receive a high quality education, and ensuring that high-poverty schools are fully funded is an important step to meeting this goal. We must continue to ensure that educators have the resources they need to serve all of our students--regardless of which ZIP code they happen to live in. The greatest issue facing a Washington state legislator is understanding the complex inter-relationship of multiple state priorities and crafting sustainable budgets and thoughtful policies to address them meaningfully, without sacrificing another crucial priority. By way of example, while we were working on the continued and historic investment in education, it was imperative we also addressed significant shortcomings in public safety and mental health. My bipartisan efforts to build out and improve the state’s mental and behavioral health safety net required bringing together multiple stakeholders, House and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders from both the operating and capital budgets along with those who have policy expertise to caste a vision for providing community based services across the state. Co-laboring with a common goal in view, resulted in a historic Capital Budget investment in the mental/behavioral safety net across the state, with our five county region receiving more than twenty-two million to build out new capacity. Creating a sustainable and equitable funding source for education. The most significant issue that I intend to focus on will continue to be addiction and mental health resources for local jurisdictions. Fully funding education and fixing transportation without cutting basic services. Different issues affect different people, but some issues affect us all, like traffic congestion, unlimited taxation, and violation of our Rights (property, water, guns, etc.). We are not here to ensure the government does well. The government has been established by the people to ensure they do well by protecting their Rights and limiting its size and scope, and thus its level of taxation of its citizens. Politicians in Olympia need to be focused on solving important issues that negatively affect citizens. They need to fund these first (education, traffic congestion, etc.) and then prioritize the remaining issues, reducing waste in government by eliminating the remaining and costly lower priorities (e.g. heroine injection sites). Access to comprehensive, affordable healthcare. So many of our communities are overburdened by the cost of not only insurance premiums but copays and other associated expenses. Much of our community’s issues of mental health, drugs and homelessness are intertwined with access to comprehensive healthcare. We must vigorously pursue solutions to these issues as well as suicide rates, affordable housing, transportation, education and regressive taxation. However, without guaranteed comprehensive healthcare we lack the basic building block on which to move forward to solve these other issues. I would say making the transition from lawyer to judge, especially as to the requirement to be fair and neutral and unbiased. That ability comes from a having a true broad background. There is also technical requirements of the Court of Appeals, and especially from the standpoint of reviewing cases and then authoring opinions. As discussed above, I am especially ready and suited to fill this role.
How will you address this issue? My fellow Commissioners and I have collaborated with PUD management and employees to develop a 5-year strategic plan for the PUD. The 2018-2022 Five Year Strategic Plan is meant to establish PUD objectives in three main areas of Customer Focused Services, Communication with the Public and Partners, and Internal Operations, Communication and Organizational Development. This strategic plan is not a top down item but encompasses input, interaction and agreement by employees of each department within the organization, including management and Commissioners To properly determine what the most important criteria for the PUD, it was identified and corroborated by staff, operators, management and the Commission the top three items identified are: 1. Maintaining pace with continuing population growth and development. 2. Water sustainability 3. Asset management. Each of these items were discussed at length so that it was clear to all that everyone at the PUD was on the “same page” with what these items meant to the PUD. Skagit County faces many growth challenges, and this means that the PUD will experience those challenges as well. To meet those challenges, it is critical that the organization have a clear vision of where it is going and a commitment on how we intend to get there. I will also begin the preliminary preparations budgetarily for the next phase of Capital Improvement Projects. Securing low interests rates for project financing is crucial for the protection of ratepayers from unnecessary rate increases. When I helped the PUD secure a $10 million Capital Projects loan at a local community bank, that banking decision saved the PUD over $1.1 million in unnecessary bond council fees and other extraneous charges, at an interest rate 1.75% lower than the bond market. Through my leadership - diverse banking and finance expertise - and ability to look towards the future with a keen eye for project management and fiscal responsibility, I am proud to report that today the Skagit PUD is a $200 million gross asset Utility with a net asset position of about $160 million. When I was first elected in 2000, the Skagit PUD had a gross asset position of about $96 million. It is critically important that as one of three Commissioners with a fiduciary obligation to serve in the best interest of the PUD, I consider what is best for the PUD presently, while also giving equal consideration to the projections and growth forecasts provided by our local county commissioners. Surround myself with people who are smarter than I am and listen to them. First I will review and evaluate the timing and scope of the large capital projects that are being planned at Skagit PUD. Next I will review the most recently completed evaluation of Skagit PUD water rates compared to similar Public Utility Districts of similar size. We can and must continue to upgrade our water treatment and distribution system, but do it in a way that does not burden the ratepayers as they have been over the last five years. I will meet with our citizens and customers to listen to their concerns and ideas. I will openly communicate with them the current status and future needs of the Skagit PUD. As chair of the City of Mount Vernon Finance Committee I have set strategic goals and helped find the funding sources to achieve these goals. To carry on the work of the Honorable Representative Kris Lytton, I plan to create new opportunities for educational resources at every level by implementing the most recent initiatives passed by the legislature and developing planned paths of success for each community member looking to learn. This will include providing more consistent and sustainable levels of funding for public education in Washington to ensure our school districts, post-secondary educational institutions, and financial aid programs have adequate and stable funding. Refer to the law that has addressed this issue which was passed in 1945, RCW 90.44.050 “Permit Exempt Well” which states a domestic well for personal use of up to 5000 gallons a day does not require a PERMIT and implement it. I read the article in SVH edition, dated January 24, 2017 where you reported the statement made by Ecology spokeswoman Kristin Johnson-Waggoner, that the research done by the Department of Ecology and the U.S. Geological Survey using groundwater models show that the Skagit River had little in common with well levels in the area. This scientific research conclusion should remove the Skagit River Basin from the protected list. We are instead dealing with a legislature that is ignoring true science upheld by hydrogeologists and basic physics. Water flows downhill and will always seek the lowest point, whether it is on the surface or underground. Aquifers in Skagit County are much deeper than the river bottom and have no connection to the river nor adversely influence its instream flow. River water comes from saturated surface water originating from rainfall and snowpack, neither of which we are lacking here in the State of Washington. True science should explain the way things are and not promote conjectures. I was recently appointed as Co-Chair to the Joint Legislative Task Force on Water Usage which is tasked with developing solutions to our water rights and well drilling issue. I believe that puts me in an ideal position to work with all the stakeholders to come up with acceptable solutions that respect all parties’ interests. Regarding transportation, I am committed to working within my caucus and across the aisle to solve these issues. I have worked in good faith to develop a mutually respectful relationship with local government officials and leadership in the adjoining legislative districts. Success is dependent on working collaboratively with all affected parties, something for which I am well known. The state budget is about ½ education and ½ everything else. Olympia gave away about $10 billion in corporate tax loopholes the voters did not approve of. McCleary forced Olympia to raise funds to pay back loophole funds taken from education. They elected to raise property taxes instead of admit they gave away more money than they had to give. The taxpayers have already paid their share. Now it is time to close tax loopholes so corporations pay their share too. I hope to close 50% of the loopholes to fully fund all of government, not just education. Providing integrity of elections is becoming more and more of a concern nationwide. As Auditor, I would provide transparency and regular reporting to the voting public as to the processes in place to insure that our elections in Skagit County are secure.  In addition, I would provide the public a complete voters guide - not just an internet resource - for every ballot and every item on the ballot. More importantly, I will make sure each and every vote is counted so your voice is heard, election fraud is eliminated in our community, efficiency in tabulation is increased to the level of other counties around the state, provide information to the voting public in a manner that is complete and financially efficient, eliminate barriers that lead to voter suppression, and provide exceptional customer service. By accomplishing these tasks voter confidence can be achieved here in Skagit County. Our elections department and I are meeting and communicating with the Secretary of State and Dept. of Homeland Security on a regular basis, integrating best practices throughout the election processes and developing strategies for reducing the likelihood of threats to our election systems. We are working to ensure protections to our data and devices and are developing plans to resolve any potential incidents quickly and efficiently. I know what it will take to ensure that our nation and this region lead in creating high-wage 21st century jobs—great educational opportunities for our children and ongoing training for adults; a financial system that is fair, strong, and transparent; incentives that foster research, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and a health care system that works for everyone. I will continue fighting for these priorities in the other Washington. We also need real tax reform, not the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. H.R. 1 was a massive giveaway to the wealthy and well-connected. The law was written in haste behind closed doors, and every day we are seeing new issues with it. True tax reform cannot be done in a piecemeal fashion, and it cannot be done without considering how every element taken together impacts American families. I believe we should look at the law anew, and draw from the experience of 1986, when there were dozens of hearings, years of review and study, and bipartisan, transparent discussions about a holistic rewrite of the tax code. Armed with in-depth, fact-based analysis and input from our constituents, we should enact true reforms and rates that are in the best interests of the middle class – not corporate lobbyists. In order to strengthen the middle class and help struggling families, we must do more to create jobs and grow the economy. Whether it's helping our small businesses and local industries that can support good paying jobs for years to come, including aerospace, manufacturing, high-tech, sustainable agriculture, clean energy and health care, we must reward businesses that are creating family wage jobs and invest in the training and skills of our workers to prepare them for these jobs. To help families struggling to make ends meet, I fought and secured $200 million in job training funds to help low-income individuals receiving nutrition assistance get the skills and training they need to get a job. I’ll fight every day for policies that help Washingtonians get ahead: better schools, ensuring equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage, job creating investments in infrastructure, and I’ll support our seniors by protecting Social Security and Medicare. Since taking office last year I have been attending the Washington State Fish and Wildlife meetings with the farmers and the tribes. Through the meetings it has been determined that all of the parties of interest agree that the Elk need to be up in the forest but first the Elk with hoof rot need to be eliminated. The funding for Highway 522 to fix the hour glass needs to be in the budget of 2019 not in 2025. Highway 2 has never had funding for capacity. I am asking for money for the initial phase and plan in this years budget. After housing the homeless we still have the mentally ill walking the streets. I am proposing a Mental Health Justice Committee to be formed at the local levels to address the issues. The U.S. economy is on the right track with GDP over 4% and the stock market hitting new record highs. The economic policies put in place over the last two years has encouraged employers to expand payrolls and consumer confidence is at an 18-year high. We have made great strides in our economy and now it's time to plan for our future and keep our economy stable. Balancing the nation's budget should be the number one goal of Congress. Congress needs to stop the frivolous and unnecessary spending and pandering to lobbyists and get back down to basics, so our children and grandchildren aren't burden with additional debt, which now stands at $21 Trillion and counting. It's time for Congress to stabilize the gains we have made to sustain the growth and protect our elderly and most vulnerable by fixing our Social Security and Medicare programs before they run out of money. I will look for opportunities to cut domestic, foreign policy, and military spending. Furthermore, I will exhibit discretion in deciding whether to reduce taxes without any serious intent to cut spending. Our government must collect sufficient revenue to pay for the federal government and not overspend. To strengthen and expand the middle class, and bring good-paying jobs to Skagit County, I am working to build an economy that creates jobs by investing in infrastructure. In Washington state, transportation means good-paying jobs. I want to continue putting people to work building, repairing and maintaining our roads, bridges, and highways; and investing in our smaller ports like the Port of Skagit. To compete with a global marketplace, I am working to increase access to education and encouraging our students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Washington state has more STEM related jobs than any other state in the country, but we are failing to train and place our own students and workers into these good-paying jobs. To meet this demand, I am focused on investing in our community and technical colleges, and bolstering our commitment to apprenticeships. Protecting our middle class also means helping our communities address the pain of opioid addiction. Addiction is not a moral failing; it is a disease that deserves treatment and recovery for its victims. I am working to provide law enforcement with more training and the supplies they need to reverse overdoses. I am also pushing to make sure our communities can put federal resources into action for effective treatment and oversight through drug courts to aggressively fight this epidemic and reunite families. And strengthening the middle class means ensuring our veterans have access to the care they need. I am committed to making healthcare easier to access, and easing the transition from military service to civilian employment or educational opportunities. Issues are fundamental to our campaign. But as your Senator, my opinions are not enough. I will move words into actions, opinions into policies. Like you, I am weary of hearing politicians say “we must…” and “we should…”. My promise to you is WE WILL get it done. In this election, I’m fighting for you. Fighting against a state income tax, and against reckless spending of your taxes. Fighting for children’s health, for public schools, for fair elections in King County. In the Senate, I’ve authored legislation to help bring prosperity to our small businesses, state and nation. And I’ve fought to ensure that prosperity lifts us all up, not just a few. I will keep fighting for these priorities, and for Washington if elected. This issue needs to be addressed on a multi-entity level. No one entity, including the judicial system, can solve this problem. Our legislators need to adequately fund treatment and resources for those who suffer from addiction. Attorneys need to assist in providing options for treatment. The criminal justice system as a whole needs to have treatment, enforced treatment if necessary, as a tool in its toolbox. The treatment option needs to provide both services to and accountability for the addicted person. The treatment option in a criminal justice context needs to include justice and restitution for victims of the addict’s criminal activity. The court needs to have the resources available to offer treatment to those individuals who end up in court. As a prosecutor, I have been involved in a number of ways in addressing this issue. In the Whatcom County Prosecutor’s Office, I was the prosecutor in their inaugural Drug Court program. Skagit County has had a Drug Court since 1997. Drug Court as it was in Whatcom County, and as it is here in Skagit County, is a two year intensive treatment program for addicted people accused of certain crimes. If the person successfully completes the program, his/her criminal charges are dismissed. If the person does not, then he/she is typically convicted of their charges and then they serve their sentence in jail or prison. The Skagit County Drug Court has served almost 600 individuals since its inception. Another way that I am involved in addressing this issue is via my role as the litigation coordinator for the lawsuit that Skagit County has filed in federal court against the largest opiate pharmaceutical manufacturers. We filed this lawsuit because evidence shows that these manufacturers spread false information about the addictive nature of opioids and their effectiveness in treating long-term pain and this led directly to our country’s and Skagit County’s huge increase in opioid overdose deaths. I also address this issue in recommending sentencing alternatives with a treatment component, where appropriate. And I address this issue through an educational component; I make presentations to service clubs and other organizations and I have written about the issue in a local publication. As judge, I will support the Drug Court program. Where appropriate and in line with the law, I will consider sentences that include treatment where available and in line with holding offenders accountable. Additionally, as a judge, I would explore treatment court options similar to Drug Court but that would be available to non-felony offenders. I am also interested in fostering relationships with the tribal courts and their judges. I think there are some situations where, for example, a tribal member ends up in Skagit County Superior Court. Treatment options would be appropriate but it may be more appropriate for services to be made available to that individual through his/her tribal community. I do not believe that our court system currently has the kind of relationship where that kind of referral can be, or is, made. My experience as a trial attorney committed to the rule of law and our constitutional principles, including promoting access to justice for historically marginalized communities, is critical. My entire legal career has been committed to serving traditionally underrepresented communities and, as such, I am intimately familiar with the impact of court rulings on not only the litigants in a given case, but their families, employers and the community. As a full-time Deputy Public Defender for Skagit County, I am able to manage a felony caseload efficiently while still ensuring exceptional representation for each individual client. The most immediate thing a judge can do is to fairly hear cases and make rulings based upon the law. This is the central role of a judge, and one that I take very seriously. In that, I also strive to treat everyone in court with dignity. I manage the court’s time while also allowing people the opportunity to be heard, and to truly listen before delivering a ruling. The courtroom process and all of the preparation that goes into a ruling are essential to people knowing that they were treated fairly in court. Judges are also responsible for administration of the court, through which I have focused on providing more access to people with financial and language barriers. I will continue to do this. We also run therapeutic courts and set conditions on cases for people struggling with mental health and addiction. My work as a public defender certainly deepened my understanding of those issues, which I continue to learn more about so the court can be more responsive to evolving services, research, and community needs. A judge should be connected with the community she serves. I will continue to be an active and involved member of Skagit County, staying in touch with people from all walks of life. I have spoken to various student groups in schools and other organizations about the legal system. This outreach, which will continue after Election Day, has broadened my perspective on public perception of the courts and helped shape young people’s understanding of what happens in court. By knowing my community and continuing to remain intellectually curious about ways to improve our court system, I will be able to ensure that Superior Court remains independent while adapting to evolving legal needs of the people of Skagit County. The visible efforts I put into making fair rulings and engaging with the community should enhance the public’s confidence in a just and impartial judiciary. Based on the evolving market conditions and instability in international trade, I would follow the County’s investment policy, utilize the County’s third party investment advisors and take a responsible approach to investing. I’m dedicated to partnering with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure our schools are fully and equitably funded to support the development of a 21st century workforce. We must ensure that the residents of the 10th District get the right training for the jobs of tomorrow, and I support investments in learning institutions that will result in development of top-tier research facilities and careers in renewable energy. With each of the important priorities identified by the people of my district, including making housing more affordable, protecting them from impulsive government spending and tax increases, data privacy, thoughtful conservation and championing our agriculture and small business economic base, I will continue to bring together those whose lives are personally impacted with the expertise to craft sustainable solutions, and then tirelessly advocate for their successful implementation. By supporting or proposing legislation to reform our regressive tax system by closing loopholes. During the 2018 legislative session I sponsored legislation that resulted in a diversion center pilot program in Snohomish County that included required reporting back to the legislature regarding jail recidivism, detox and treatment and housing success for program participants. Additionally, the Legislature made significant investments through the Capital and Operating budgets regarding prevention and treatment of addiction. This is a great start, but to be truly successful in addressing addiction and mental health and addressing the street level negative impacts on our community we must dedicate additional resources to enforcement and first responder resources along with human service resources. I propose greater investments in our local community law enforcement to address street level addiction and partnerships between first responders and human services personnel to address mental health community engagement. This will be the most effective way to address those people suffering addiction and mental health at the local levels. That will take going through the budget line by line to find and eliminate waste, making sure every penny is put to maximum use. That's what I do for my clients as an accountant, and it's what I'll do for us as a legislator. We need politicians in Olympia to create a prioritized ‘top-down’ budget. Education, transportation, hospitals, police and firefighters are at the top. If the tax dollars start to run out, then lower priorities need to be re-evaluated for effectiveness and then decided whether or not to continue funding them (like pay raises and bonuses for government bureaucrats, heroine injection sites, etc.). One of my goals will be to locate those within government that can help create a top-down budget for all to see. Let the citizens decide whether government needs to expand, remain the same or shrink, based on priorities, just like they do at home with their own personal budgets. I intend to work on the establishment of universal healthcare: comprehensive quality healthcare for all in Washington State. I will address it by bringing all the experience I have described here to the position, a natural progression from the work I have been performing for the last 30 years.
Why should voters choose you? As a three term Commissioner, the citizens of Skagit County have reaffirmed their trust in my work and leadership as their PUD Commissioner by continuing to endorse me with their vote. I am seeking reelection because the demand for knowledge and understanding of the intricacies of water and utility management comes at a time when that expertise is critical for the protection of our natural resources from major growth, encroachment by developers, state agencies, and state and federal mandates. Now is not the time to have inexperienced hands at the helm of your PUD. Experience, proven success, extensive knowledge in water system policy, and an open and honest recognition of all the intricate and complex issues confronting the future of utility services in Skagit County, is needed now more than ever before to ensure the quality of Skagit PUD systems are maintained for years to come. My record of accomplishments over these last 17.5 years speaks to my qualifications as candidate for Skagit PUD Commissioner District 2: transparent protection of the Utility’s assets, unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship, and prioritizing the long-term sustainability of Skagit PUD and the needs of our Skagit County residents. I have 30 years of experience directing a variety of departments. During that time, I served five years as the finance director of Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Michigan and a combined 12 years as finance director for Skagit County and St. Joseph County in Michigan. I ask for your vote in 2018 for PUD Commissioner because I have shown that I can work well with all stakeholders in local government. As a city council member I have been a part of some of the largest Public Works projects in Mount Vernon’s history; the floodwall and Skagit Riverwalk construction as well as a 37 million dollar upgrade to the city’s wastewater plant. My experience in local government makes me uniquely qualified to hit the ground running at Skagit PUD and bring civility and professionalism to PUD meetings that has been lacking in recent years. With my 20 years of governmental service, I understand the value of collective action and negotiating to get work done. My experience in government affairs has provided me with the ability to bring folks to the table, be respectful and open to discussion, and ensure we move towards solutions that achieve our goals. In the past 20 years my career has been focused on helping those around us build healthy, safe, and prosperous communities. I am a strategic leader who gets it done with hard work and commitment, working to ensure that you have a representative in Olympia who will effectively serve you and your family. I am a community builder who has the unique ability to work effectively with different levels of government. This allows me to bring voices together to address a challenge, determine a solution and implement a realistic plan that benefits all parties. I am committed to the strength of our communities and believe we all have a role to help this place be sustainable. I am the individual that most Americans would prefer to have in public service with whom they can relate with: one who respects the rule-of-law; one who is not a career politician but one who comes from a background built on the foundation of hard work, family life, faith and tradition. As the “Citizen Legislator” I promise to be the voice of the people: to uphold law and order; to defend property rights, reduce taxes and eliminate needless government regulations on individuals and businesses. I have a long record of accomplishments that hinge on my ability to work as a team. Teamwork that resulted in a new jail in Skagit County after 12 years of failed attempts; teamwork that resulted in local control of the SWIFT Center at the former Northern State Hospital after over 40 years of failed ideas, and teamwork in Olympia that brought back millions of dollars of your tax dollars for local projects like the Helping Hands Food Bank, Skagit County Veterans’ Park, Skagit County YMCA, Central Skagit Library District, emergency funds for the collapsed roadway in Lyman, and money for behavioral health improvements in our local communities, to name only a few. The 39th District has suffered from one party rule for more than 15 years. Four of the past five years Olympia had a Republican legislative majority with all three 39th District positions filled by Republicans. Yet somehow residents of the 39th lost out on women’s rights, water rights, property taxes, mental health, drug addiction, and salmon habitat. I teach in Concrete where football is a way of life. In football, when a team can’t move the ball in four consecutive downs, the other team gets the ball. This is what needs to happen in the 39th district. I believe that our community should hold elected officials to a higher standard, and that's why I have been completely transparent with my resume since day one of this campaign.  I have over 25 years experience as a small business owner, accountant, and auditor. For the last four years, I have worked in government finance for Skagit County and understand activities of income, expenses, budgeting, and reporting.  My proven leadership in business, government, and with community organizations has prepared me to serve you as Skagit County Auditor. I am endorsed by more than 35 current and former elected officials – both Democrat & Republican as well as Non Partisans, 5 organizations – including the Teamster’s that represent my current coworkers and those individuals in the Auditor’s Office, and many members of our community. Nearly 200 individuals have contributed to my campaign and I have taken absolutely no money from any special interest groups. As the current Chief Deputy Auditor, I am the candidate who has the experience and knowledge to immediately address the needs of the Auditor’s office and our community. With a background in cybersecurity, I will make the security of our elections my top priority. I will cultivate and maintain relationships with the public so that the Auditor’s office is transparent and open and I will take the elected office of Auditor to greater levels of efficiency and success. I believe that if you are willing to put in the time to research and understand an issue, and listen to colleagues on the other side of the aisle, people seek your feedback as they look for solutions to problems. I bring a unique voice to the nation’s capital, with more than two decades of experience as a successful technology entrepreneur and business leader in the private sector. My depth of experience and focus on achieving concrete results allows me to break through congressional gridlock and get things done. I take on a wide range of challenges both in Congress and in the First District. When the I-5 Bridge collapsed in May 2013, I fought to secure emergency funding to immediately rebuild the bridge and help ensure that the Skagit Valley stayed open for business. And in the aftermath of the mudslide in Oso, I worked to ensure the federal government did everything possible to help victims, their families and all those affected by one of Washington’s worst natural disasters. I was also able to pass legislation to save the Green Mountain Lookout – something important to the economic recovery of the area devastated by the slide. I've been named a Champion of Main Street Businesses by the Washington Retail Foundation and Tech Legislator of the Year by the Information Technology Industry Council. I've received the Distinguished Community Health Advocate Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) for my work to expand access to care for our nation’s most vulnerable communities. I was also awarded the President’s Award from the NAACP for my work on behalf of veterans and their families. Currently, I serve on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees. I am at the forefront of debate on taxes, health care and retirement security. I fought against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and their tax plan that helps millionaires and special interests more than middle-class families and future generations who will be burdened with the debt. I will oppose all attempts to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits, all of which help millions of families. I have a proven track record of getting results and will continue working to find solutions for the people of Washington state. The voters should choose me because I can spend the time that is needed for this position. It is more than a job to me, it is my passion to find solutions to the problems of the citizens of Washington. When the city of Sultan was having some issues I stepped up and was elected to the city council. I have made a difference because I chose not to complain but do something. Our city has made great progress and now I want to take that type of leadership back to DC and get things done. First, I believe that we must look at what country we are leaving to the next generation of Americans. Should it be one riddled with debt or one that leans towards a sound fiscal footing? Second, I am a rational thinker that believes that you can compromise with others without giving up on your principles. Third, I believe that government cannot always solve our problems, sometimes that needs to be left to us. Fourth, I will look out for our soldiers and not foolishly send them into harm’s way. Born and raised in Arlington, my family has called Northwest Washington home for over 100 years. Growing up as one of eight kids I learned the values of listening, hard work and taking care of your neighbors. I take those values to work with me every day. I have listened to the working families, students, small business owners, seniors and veterans across the 2nd District and understand their hopes and fears for the future. This term alone I have visited 24 classrooms, held 17 town halls and eight forums for seniors, veterans and transportation leaders. I work hard on your behalf and have a proven track record of standing up, and delivering, for Skagit County. I successfully passed comprehensive and bipartisan legislation that provides long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration. In Washington state, general aviation contributes $3.6 billion to our economy and support more than 30,000 jobs. This bill improves aviation safety, addresses workforce needs by preparing students for aviation technical jobs and advances vital research in the field. I have been a tireless advocate for bolstering the Impact Aid program to help our school districts that serve military and Native American families to make up for lost property tax revenue. I protected funding for specialty crops to help our farmers. And I helped secure a $1.375 million grant for Skagit Transit to help with new buses and bus facilities. If re-elected, I will continue my work to expand opportunities for the middle class, and make sure the next generation of workers in Skagit County have the tools needed to succeed in the workforce. Unlike my opponent, I would have voted for working-family tax cuts, for our military, for the first woman to head the CIA. I will champion Washington’s farms that feed the world. I can bring home vital infrastructure dollars, which she cannot. I’ll be your voice. I’ll fight for you. Let’s win this together! In the Senate I have worked to put partisanship aside and work members with both parties to find real solutions to help make Washington more affordable, and to make our workers and businesses more competitive. I worked with Republicans to pass the first increase in affordable housing in a decade and helped put the Export-Import Bank back in operation, enabling US companies to sell airliners overseas. I also worked with both parties to get a $2 billion-dollar increase in funding for wildfire prevention. I worked in a bipartisan way to create the first federal tax incentive for training and apprenticeship programs, so young people can get skills that lead to a job. Skagit County citizens have the right to have a judge with deep knowledge of the law, of the rules of the courtroom, and of the rules of evidence. I have that knowledge through my 28 years in the courtroom, including my work in the Court of Appeals. Skagit County citizens also deserve a judge who will treat every one who comes to court with dignity and respect and with fairness. I believe I have that reputation in the community. Skagit County citizens deserve a judge who will impartially follow the law. As a prosecutor, I am charged with seeking justice. That means that I look at the evidence in a case, I examine the law, and I apply the law to the facts at hand in making charging decisions and resolution decisions. I perform these functions in an impartial manner. I have the commitment to this community that voters deserve. This is reflected in the community organizations that I serve in. For my work in the community, I have received the Paul Harris Fellowship (Rotary), the Brigid Collins Community Achievement Award, and the Skagit County Child and Family Consortium Linda Nelson Community Champion Award (shared). There are three other current Superior Court Judges. Two out of these three sitting judges are endorsing me. Of the District Court Judges, only one is endorsing a candidate in this race, and he is endorsing me. I am supported by past and present sheriffs and police chiefs, line officers, and the Fraternal Order of Police. I am also broadly endorsed by victim advocates, elected officials of both parties, other judges who know me and my work, professionals with whom I have worked, attorneys, and citizens in the community. My work product and professional reputation demonstrate my commitment to service. I am honored to be endorsed by Judge Mary Kay Becker, whose impending retirement is creating the vacancy at the Court of Appeals which my opponent and I are seeking to fill. Additionally, I am endorsed by many other judges and attorneys within the District, including current and former Judges in Skagit County where I practice on a daily basis. Those endorsements are important because these judges have seen my work, watched my interactions with clients and opposing counsel and believe that I am the best candidate to serve as the next judge at Division I of the Court of Appeals. I am rooted in the communities of District 3, having been raised and educated in three of the four counties (Island, Skagit and Whatcom). I actively engage in service outside of the courtroom, but also contribute to our local legal community by mentoring newer attorneys, engaging in important dialogue and policy development with jail leadership, and helping with in-house trainings on important developments in the law. My judicial experience, well-rounded background in the law, and record of treating people from all walks of life with dignity are what distinguish me as a candidate. While I am the incumbent, I did not take a traditional approach to the bench. I began my legal career at the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office, where I worked regularly with law enforcement and understanding the importance of public safety. This perspective was balanced by the more than ten years I spent serving as a public defender, representing clients struggling with the issues faced by people all around Skagit County. I worked with hundreds of clients over the years, learning more about the issues that led them to the court system, including mental illness, addiction, domestic violence, and poverty. I speak Spanish and directly represented many people who had language and cultural barriers as well as immigration concerns. I recognize the havoc left in the wake of criminal activity and other bad acts. I also understand that the role of a judge is to treat everyone in court fairly and see the humanity of everyone who appears in court. Every time I am on the bench, I recognize that I am making important decisions for the lives of people in this community. I have extensive criminal trial experience from my time as an attorney. As a judge, I have heard a wide range of motions and trials regarding family law, juvenile cases, evictions, protection orders, and various civil lawsuits in addition to felony cases. My judicial experience has broadened my knowledge beyond criminal law to the many other cases we regularly hear in Superior Court. This is why I have been endorsed by over 50 current and retired judicial officers here in Skagit County and across the state. My role as a judge is to be fair and neutral. I do not choose favorites or allow politics to come into play in court. I am committed to volunteerism and outreach to remain connected to the people I serve and the community that is my home. This is what I do every day and why I am the right fit for Skagit County Superior Court. Voters should choose me because I am invested in my community and I possess a high level of integrity. I have the experience and education to protect the County’s assets. I have a wealth of institutional knowledge and great working relationships across all of the departments in the County as well as other local agencies. I am a lifelong resident of Skagit County and I have a strong desire to serve my community and provide the best customer service to our citizens much like my grandfather did when he served as the Treasurer of Island County. I have met personally with thousands of citizens across the 10th District: I’ve seen their successes and challenges, I’ve taken the time to hear about their concerns, and I now have a better understanding of their needs. Above all, our citizens want to feel represented by their government, a government for the people, and that is what I will do for the 10th district as their legislator. It is an honor to serve as your state representative. By listening and learning from our neighbors and friends, I’ve had the privilege of crafting significant solutions, leading to an extensive track record of legislative successes across a spectrum of issues. I remain committed to give you my best every day, and to do so in a way that inspires and encourages respect and civility in the public square of ideas. I believe my experience as a firefighter/EMT, Air Force veteran, Mount Vernon City Council member, union secretary/ treasurer, have prepared me for this opportunity. With the endorsement of our neighboring district (40 th L.D.) Jeff Morris, and our U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen, I will be a part of a very knowledgeable and experienced team. I have been in public service most of my adult life. I am dedicated to my local communities and making a positive difference in people’s lives both as a law enforcement officer and State Representative. I have been successful in engaging my community members and representing my constituents through common sense policy and bring issue stakeholders together to get the best results on issues that build community. I have the experience that it takes to return to Olympia and fight for your interests and rights, I intend to do just that! It's time for change. I'm asking to represent you, not a political party. I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do what's best for the 39th District. Sometimes my party will disagree. That's the job. I’m not a politician. I’m a father, a veteran, a scientist. I care deeply about my children’s future here in WA State. When I served as a veteran of the armed forces, I served all Americans. When I was developing cancer therapies here in the Puget Sound, I did so for all Americans. If elected, I will continue serving all Washingtonians regardless of their political leanings. I believe parents should decide what is best for their children, not bureaucrats. I believe we are being over-taxed and over-regulated and this trend needs to be reversed. I believe government is here to serve us, not the other way around. Government isn’t the solution to our problems; government all too often is the problem, and this too needs to be reversed. Reducing red-tape for small business development; limiting taxes on the middle-class and the working poor; protecting our Rights, including our Right to ‘keep and bear arms’, our property Rights and our water rights; reducing traffic congestion; and allowing greater choices in education are some of my top concerns. And I believe they are the concerns of many fellow voters here in the 39th Legislative District as well. Voters should vote for me because I believe in affordable healthcare for all, I believe our children should have access to quality education from cradle to career without going into debt and I believe in abundant family wage jobs and the ability to retire with dignity in our own homes. Voters should vote for me because I will put the hard-working families of the 39th ahead of party politics, ideology, and special interests. Voters should choose me because I am the only candidate who offers this combination of background and experience for this position. I am the person best equipped to fill the seat and similarly represent the four counties of District 3.
What sets you apart from your opponent? As the demand for greater utility resource management continues to increase, and the technology in water filtration, treatment, storage and distribution advances, elected PUD Commissioners must have a clear understanding and knowledge of the water industry with relation to the needs of Skagit PUD and its ratepayers. It is important for the Commissioner to know what processes Skagit PUD employs throughout the system to ensure the water brought into your home is as clean, pure, and great tasting as possible. Skagit PUD has consistently met and exceeded those efforts during my tenure as Commissioner, and I attribute a lot of that success to the continued education that has been offered to me and my fellow commissioners. The opportunities available for Commissioners to collaborate and network with water experts, engineers, and other elected officials from across the state on various new ways to filter, store, and deliver water in the cleanest and most efficient way possible is an incredibly beneficial tool to not only keep our utility relevant and competitive, but to also ensure that the PUD is represented by invested and engaged individuals who are also focused on providing efficient, quality services while remaining fiscally responsible. As an active board member of the Washington State Department of Health Water Advisory Group, I am humbled by the opportunity to provide input and perspective to the Department of Health while engaging in educational dialogue with fellow members, a very talented broad-based group of water purveyors and consultants from across the State. My work with the Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA) has provided phenomenal leadership training, policy making education, legislative involvement at the State and Federal Level, as well Commissioner Training via the WPUDA Education Committee. These trainings are water-centric, but also focus on critical telecommunication training as well. The education provided, and the knowledge obtained, is critical information that I was able to use and refer to during the long process of forming SkagitNet LLC between Skagit PUD and the Port of Skagit County. This union will ensure completion of wholesale high speed fiber from Anacortes to Concrete, and provide connections very much needed for those citizens, businesses, law enforcement, fire and medical providers in our rural and underserved areas of Skagit County. With financial support from the County Commissioners, the State Community Economic and Revitalization Board (CERB), and a keen interest from the Governor's Office, SkagitNet is the first LLC in the state between two public entities to jointly combine resources and efforts to build out a county telecommunications backbone. The Skagit PUD is best served by Commissioners eager to learn, listen, and collaborate. Continuing education is a Commissioner’s responsibility, necessary for the advancement and security of the Skagit PUD. Actively looking for opportunities to learn and collaborate with peers demonstrates a commitment to serve in a capacity that leaves no room for self-serving agendas. I feel confident that I have led by example and demonstrated this type of leadership during my time as your Commissioner. I was elected with no agenda other than making the Skagit PUD the best possible and our successes thus far speak to the reasons why I remain the clear choice to continue serving as your Skagit PUD Commissioner for another term. I don't think this should be an elected position because there's no policy making power. The problem is, I've worked with a lot of elected officials, and most of them are not really qualified. I have lots of experience with government accounting — more so than either of the other candidates. I bring a fresh perspective to the PUD, but I also have 13 years working in local government and with some of the largest Public Works projects in Skagit County. My experience in working with utilities outside of just water will provide a new perspective to the board. The City of Mount Vernon operates a wastewater, solid waste and surface water utility as well as Skagit County’s largest municipal fiber optic network. I am also the only candidate in this race who owns property served by Skagit PUD. As someone with more than 20 years of service to our communities working to bring all parties to the table and address a wide array of issues, I will come to Olympia with the experience needed to be an effective legislator. Whether it is working to protect our environment and natural resources, invest in public education, address the housing affordability and homelessness crisis, or provide holistic solutions to mental health and substance abuse in our communities, I have been working hard to strengthen our communities. My direct experience has been developing, engaging, and implementing policy, laws and regulations in Olympia and in Washington DC. I am not only the person on the ground, but I am the person at the keyboard and on the phone. The best part of my job is the ability to work with the community and value each role everyone has and what they bring to the table. I am a strong believer in leaving egos at the door and coming together to find a way to achieve a goal and, for you all, it is to respect and honor you by doing what is right. Coming from a family of Croatian immigrants and refugees, with a strong American law enforcement family background, I am cognizant of what it takes for such families to become legal citizens of the United States. I am well suited to help the State of Washington participate in the enforcement of our federal immigration laws. My early experience in commercial fishing instilled in me the importance of self-reliance, team work, and being a good steward of our natural resources. I will support sound solutions for current environmental challenges without impeding economic growth and / or raising taxes. Rural Americans make better stewards of their environments than career politicians do. The water crisis in Skagit County is one example of the numerous bureaucratic nonsense that only serve to provide employment security for elected and unelected public officials. From 1995 to 2001 I was a civilian contractor to NATO & US Military in Bosnia. Working with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), I helped investigate and capture war criminals. Facilitated in meetings which brought about the much-desired Dayton Peace Accords amongst the warring nations (Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia) ending the war in the region. I also assisted the C.I.A. mission there to successfully remove Jihadi fighters from the former Yugoslavia. This intense firsthand experience will prove invaluable in addressing the security issues we face today in our nation, state, and schools while protecting the rights guaranteed under the US and Washington State Constitutions. I am also endorsed by a former primary opponent and life long Democrat Tom Pasma.  He has taken a tremendous amount of ridicule, insults and personal attacks for simply stating the facts about my qualification and commitment to the the citizens of the 40th Legislative district of the State of Washington.  He has simply stated that I am the best candidate in this race.  I will work on behalf of all who live in,  work in and pay taxes here our district. Experience, attitude, and accomplishments. Even though I am the freshest face in Olympia, I am the only candidate that has ever been in the State Senate. That gives me a huge advantage in effectively representing our people. I did well in Olympia for you and I am personally endorsed by every Senate Republican, every mayor in Skagit County, Representative Dan Kristiansen, Representative Carolyn Eslick and former Representative John Koster. My unique life experience from growing up in the Skagit Valley, to my 23-year naval career, to my service in the local community and local government provides me the insight to effectively represent our rural and small city interests. I hear other candidates talk about going to Olympia to “fight.” I can tell you that I am not in Olympia to “fight” anybody because, while it may sound good in a speech, it is an ineffective strategy. I am there to work collaboratively to develop common sense solutions that are good for our citizens, our state and our great country. I am not a career politician. I have enjoyed the past 7 years of public service as a high school teacher. I have 20 years of corporate finance experience with Ford Motor Credit Company. I spent 7 years at World Headquarters in Dearborn Michigan managing projects that developed new solutions to complex problems. The voters are every bit as smart as the candidates. I intend to put more control of government into local hands with local votes, not Olympia’s. I have more years of public service and more years of financial experience than my opponent. Where the biggest problem in Olympia is the budget, this is important. Where my opponent has been chasing money and cutting deals with major players to fund his campaign, I am running a grass roots campaign funded by the voters and dues-paying union men and women who live and work here. I am working to earn your vote instead of buying it. The only people I am responsible for representing is you, not special interest groups. Senators pass laws and enforce them. If Olympia is taking advantage of you, you might need someone capable of teaching college by day, and winning a bar fight at night. I am that person. I believe the voters deserve more than vague statements, but rather they should expect full disclosure from their elected officials. My honesty and transparency about the details of my work history, education, experience, and community involvement during this election means you can trust me to be honest and transparent about your elections, accounting, recording, and licensing activities as your Auditor. I am the current Chief Deputy Auditor and office manager for all four departments in the Auditor’s office (Elections, Accounting, Licensing and Recording). On a daily basis I am receiving on-the-job training to be the next Skagit County Auditor, which will make the transition seamless and efficient. With 25 years of experience as an auditor and fraud investigator, my experience and knowledge will be essential to the success of all four departments in the Auditor’s office. I am endorsed by WA State Auditor Pat McCarthy and the current County Auditor Jeanne Youngquist, as well as many other local leaders and citizens. I am the only candidate for Auditor endorsed by the Skagit County Democratic Party. Today, too many families are suffering from the same financial instability my family felt. That's why I’m fighting to give everyone the opportunity to succeed. We need to expand economic opportunities by raising the minimum wage, ensuring workers have paid sick and family leave, and closing the wage gap once and for all. I have a proven track record of getting beyond the partisan bickering and successfully working on issues important to First District voters – things like addressing the opioid crisis, protecting health care, boosting medical research funding, creating an innovative pilot program to help those on nutrition assistance become self-sufficient while receiving help, and supporting vital job training and apprenticeship programs. I am committed to passing a farm bill that helps our farming communities, while addressing the trade issues our farmers face due to the ongoing impact of tariffs. I know what it will take to ensure we expand our community’s middle class while creating the opportunities of the 21st century. That means creating educational opportunities for children and giving adults the training they need to find good-paying jobs, having a financial system that is fair and strong, investing in a system that fosters research, innovation and entrepreneurship, and fighting for high quality, affordable health coverage for all. By doing these things, we can build an economy that works for everyone. My experience in Business, twenty years owning the Dutch Cup Restaurant in Sultan, Washington, my experience in City government, a total of 16 years, and my experience in supporting social services, I am founder of the Sultan Food Bank and the Sky Valley Community Resource Center Family Support Center set me apart from my opponent. I'm a middle class small business owner. I'm not a multi-millionaire. When Congress makes decisions, I feel the effects just like the rest of the middle class. I haven't succumbed to the party line. I plan to limit my terms to three elections so as not to become part of the swamp. First, my educational background includes the study of the Middle East and nuclear non-proliferation issues, which is important with America’s current foreign policy challenges. Second, I am concerned about the long-term consequences of the national debt. Third, I am concerned that the United States has become the World’s Policeman. Fourth, I come with a good foundation in the US Constitution. I believe that I am the best candidate to represent Washington’s 2nd Congressional District. I have a proven record of delivering results for the district. I have a long and proud history of calling the 2nd District home. And I have a plan for our future. But you don’t have to take my word for it. I am proud to have endorsements from End Citizens United, Sierra Club, the Washington State Labor Council, the National Organization for Women, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility Victory Fund, the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington, the National Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trade District Council #5, LiUNA Washington and Northern Idaho District Council of Laborers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, the Snohomish County Democrats, the Skagit County Democrats, the Island County Democrats, the Whatcom County Democrats, the San Juan County Democrats, and over 50 local elected officials across the 2nd District. Maria Cantwell is a D.C. insider, detached from the interests of the people of our state. The current culture in D.C. is corrupted by lobbyists and special interests. Cantwell has been a politician for 25 years. She is no longer a servant to the public, but to the influences of the D.C. swamp. It’s time to exert term limits on Cantwell. But don’t take my word for it, take hers, when 18 years ago she went after the incumbent for this Senate seat saying: “It’s time for a change. The issue is longevity in office.” I agree that Cantwell should not have a 4th term. I’m running a positive campaign based on ideas and solutions. The length and nature of my experience sets me apart from my opponent. I have been an attorney for 28 years and I have been working here in this area (Whatcom/Skagit) since 1995. I believe that my opponent moved here and commenced her legal career with the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office in 2004. I believe that she left less than two years later to become a deputy public defender. She was initially appointed by the governor to a judicial position in 2016. She lost the election to maintain that position because Skagit County voters chose Judge Svaren who had far more experience than my opponent. The governor then reappointed my opponent to the next judicial position which opened in 2017. This is the position currently up for election. In terms of the nature of my experience, I have written and argued many appeals. I believe my opponent has no such experience. In my current position, I supervise and train the attorneys in my office, I have a close relationship with law enforcement and frequently advise them, I create and carry out policy, and I carry my own full-time felony caseload. An additional factor that sets me apart from my opponent is in who endorses each of us. This position is nonpartisan. I strongly believe that a judge must be a judge for the entire county, and not just one end of the political spectrum. Those who endorse me include people across the political spectrum. I do not believe the same can be said of my opponent. The partisan officials and political organizations who endorse my opponent are all of the same political party. I enjoy broad support across Skagit County, regardless of political party. My experience, my endorsements, and the nonpartisan nature of my campaign is what sets me apart from my opponent. We have different work histories and backgrounds. Experience absolutely matters, but it is not simply a question of the quantity of one’s experience…the quality of that experience is perhaps even more important to consider. I believe that answer is best found by reviewing endorsements from within the legal community by judges and attorneys who have had opportunities to observe the work of the candidates. The voters of Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan Counties should review our websites, endorsements and voters guide statements to decide who they would like to have represent them at the Court of Appeals The judicial experience, perspective, and enthusiasm I bring to Superior Court set me apart from my opponent. Like me, my opponent is a hard-working woman with a strong background in criminal law and trials. Although these cases are typically what makes the news, Superior Court handles more than just criminal cases. In addition to handling and trying criminal cases, I have also served as a Superior Court judge for a total of almost two years. She does not have judicial experience. In my time as a judge, I have heard hundreds of motions and many trials covering the broad spectrum of cases handled in Superior Court. In addition to my on-the-job experience, I have over 75 hours of training designed specifically for judges. My opponent lacks this depth of experience. We have had three Superior Court judges retire since 2015, prompting an appointment process, where the Governor’s office requested applications from interested attorneys. My opponent and I went through this lengthy application and vetting process, including interviews, writing samples, references from judges, attorneys, opposing counsel, community members, and bar associations. We went through the same process, resulting in my appointment to the Superior Court bench. I have met other judges who were appointed by the Governor. Many are former prosecutors, others have civil litigation or family law backgrounds, and some have prior judicial experience. I would not classify any of them as partisan. What all of these judges have in common is that they have significant legal experience, a calm demeanor, and dedication to ensuring a just legal system. The appointment process should not be the only factor in guiding voters, but the extensive vetting of our qualifications - both our resumes and our interpersonal skills - should be an important consideration in who is better suited for the bench. The position is also about more than traditional experience, which I have as an attorney and a judge. It is also about heart. I have dedicated my entire legal career to serving the people of Skagit County. My time representing hundreds of criminal defendants as a public defender gave me the experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds, including many individuals who actively struggled with mental illness, chemical dependency, and poverty. My clients could count on me to know the law and represent them while also treating them with dignity. That was also something witnesses, from crime victims to police officers, could expect. Everyone who comes into contact with the court system deserves to be treated with dignity. I have been putting that into practice my entire career. I have the balanced perspective, diverse experience, and enthusiasm for justice that we need to keep on the bench. Integrity, competence, and reliability have been and will continue to be the cornerstones of my public service. I would draw on these strengths to ensure that the citizens receive the excellent service they deserve. I have a variety of experience working in the County, mostly in leadership roles. I understand the importance of the Office of the Treasurer and I will be a working Treasurer, not just a manager. I have worked with our financial system for over 20 years and know it intimately. I love to learn new things and I will be a fresh set of eyes in the Treasurer’s Office. I take great pride in being innovative and improving service to our citizens. I will serve the taxpayers of Skagit County with effective, efficient, and careful management of our County’s resources. I have been endorsed by Congressman Rick Larsen, Representative Jeff Morris, Representative Kris Lytton, the current Sheriff and the two previous Sheriffs (my employers) and several other people and organizations. First and foremost, I am dedicated to representing the people of the 10th District. I understand how important it is to protect our environment while continuing to diversify our economy. I know how important it is for you to have access to quality healthcare and reliable transportation. I’m committed to protecting our farmlands and ensuring our skilled workers earn a living wage. My opponent’s voting record shows that his views differ significantly, and--while he may claim to work with his colleagues in a bipartisan manner and vote moderately on many issues--his record does not reflect the values of our district: My opponent believes in conversion therapy and voted against banning this mentally abusive and inhumane practice. I believe in equality. My opponent sees no problem with the ability to convert weapons into semi-automatic modes and did not vote to ban firearm accessories known as “bump stocks”. I believe in common sense solutions that represent the views of the citizens of the 10th District. My opponent voted against an increase to the minimum wage and equal pay opportunity act. I support a fair and living wage for all. My opponent voted against 4 bills aimed at protecting the environment that all passed with strong bipartisan support. I support the development of a green economy that protects our beautiful district and enhances agro-tourism. My opponent has not done enough in the past 6 years to confront the opioid crisis, increase affordable housing options, put an end to homelessness, and provide access to much needed mental and behavioral health resources. I have developed plans and will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to introduce and support legislation to address all of these issues. I am conversant with all the significant issues in our district and work effectively with those in our communities who have knowledge of impacts to find solutions. I have sponsored ground-breaking state legislation that have become law, benefitting not only my constituents but all Washingtonians. In doing so, I’ve proven my ability and willingness to work effectively with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to tackle challenges with sustainable solutions across the policy continuum: from improving our communities’ behavior/mental health safety net and schools, to data privacy, conservation, protecting small businesses and making government more accountable. My opponent has not accurately represented the values of our district. Unlike my opponent, I will vote for funding for our schools and protecting our quality of life. I am your State Representative in the 10th Legislative District. As mentioned before I have served my communities as a police officer for the past 24 years and a State Representative for the past 6 years. I have the experience, influence and resources to hit the ground running and focus on the priorities that will improve and maintain your qualities of life. I focus on public safety, education, housing and transportation issues. These are matters that effect every family in our state and I will continue to bring common sense policy that best represents the needs of the families and community members of the 10th district. My opponent voted against transparency in government, something I can't get my head around. If I represent you, then you have the right to know how I'm approaching that job. It may not always be convenient, it may take time and effort, but none of that excuses reducing transparency. She has reasons for her vote, and I'm sure she believes reducing transparency was the right thing to do. I would have voted much differently. I am a well-balanced individual, having volunteered to serve in the US Air Force and later earning my degree in biochemistry from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. My opponent has done neither. I believe people should be empowered to make choices for their own lives. My opponent believes government bureaucrats should pick and choose what is best for the citizens by redistributing (stealing?) tax dollars from one group (middle-class families) and giving it to another group (their constituents). I believe our ‘one-size fits all’ antiquated education system is failing too many of our kids and that parents should have greater educational choices. My opponent believes throwing more money at a broken system is the answer. I believe a ‘true’ free-market approach to affordable healthcare will best serve citizens whereas my opponent believes a huge government bureaucracy, one that rations care and decides who deserves what treatment is best. I believe we need to unclog our roads and highways by adding additional lane capacity and building bridges where needed. My opponent will side with his Party to continue to create an environment where people will be forced out of their cars and into government transportation systems. I stand apart from my opponent in my unwavering belief that healthcare is a human right and insurance companies should not profit from access to comprehensive healthcare. I stand apart from my opponent in my belief that unions and laborers are the future of the economy and supporting them is the best way to ensure that everyone has family wage jobs and can retire with dignity. I stand apart from my opponent in my belief that ‘right to work’ is meant to undermine the protections that keep our workers safe and prosperous. I stand apart from my opponent in my belief that spending on infrastructure and education is not an expense but an investment. Finally, I stand apart from my opponent because I know that promising ‘no new taxes’ is a falsehood meant to make a promise that is not possible to keep. My opponent does not have the same qualifications and credentials. In virtually all salient categories, her experience is substantially and significantly less than what I have described above for myself. Most importantly, my opponent's background as a lawyer is significantly limited in that it includes slightly more than ten years of practice, during which time my opponent's practice has been almost all criminal defense, with very little private practice, very little civil practice, and no known appellate practice. It arguably is one dimensional. My experience is multi-dimensional.
As mentioned above, judges in the Court of Appeals are responsible for reviewing results and outcomes from a variety of cases. Experience is very important, hopefully obviously. Especially at this level, the person who is conducting that review should not be learning on the job. I will not have to learn on the job.

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