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LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT

State senator


Jim Hargrove (D)

I was asked to explain why I am the best candidate for the position of senator for the 24th District. The following is my answer.

 

First, I have experience, serving the Olympic Peninsula in the Legislature for 28 years, and have used it to be effective for the people in my district and the State of Washington. I have focused my work on protecting and creating jobs, promoting programs that are proven to prevent crime and making government more efficient and effective. Some legislators never have had a prime-sponsored bill pass. I have had prime-sponsored bills pass in every one of my 28 years. In fact I have seen 37 prime-sponsored bills enacted in the past four years alone. My work also has resulted in the passage of economic development legislation that helps counties fund the infrastructure necessary for private business to create jobs. I also supported Unemployment System and Labor and Industries reforms that should save employers millions of dollars. Also, being a professional forester and chairman of the Western States Legislative Forestry Task Force has helped me be a voice for timber communities.

 

I also have a proven record of using data and research in seeking bipartisan solutions. In fact the Human Services and Corrections Committee which I chair has been the most bipartisan committee in the Legislature for more than the last decade. I have focused on helping children and families and preventing crime. This work has benefited citizens by lowering the crime rate in Washington. This is actually saving the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year because we have been able to close a juvenile prison and an adult prison because of this success.

 

I advocated for a bipartisan budget process for years and in 2011 and 2012 the State Senate passed bipartisan budgets.

 

But the above is only my statement. What do others think? In the past few years I have received awards for my legislative work from the Washington Conservation Voters, the State Homeless Coalition, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Washington State Medical Association, and the Washington Arms Collectors. This year alone I received awards for my legislative work from the Washington Forest Protection Association (timber industry), The Child Welfare Advocacy Coalition and for the third consecutive time was named Legislator of the Year by the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.

 

I have been endorsed by business (Association of Washington Business, Washington State Realtors) and multiple labor organizations (Washington Education Association, SEIU 925 and 1199, Teamsters Joint Council #28, Public School Employees and more). Public safety organizations (Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs and Washington State Council of Firefighters) also have endorsed me. See my website “hargroveforsenate.com” for a complete and up-to-date list of my awards and endorsements.

 

This is not to suggest there is not more work to do. We need to figure out a way to fund basic education without undermining public safety. Budgets are tight and we need to create more and better jobs while protecting our environment. I believe I am up to the challenge if I have the opportunity to continue to serve.

 


Larry Carter (I)

Two years ago, I ran for state representative. I believe that it was likely the most honest and clean campaign ever for that position. My slogan was, “I don’t want your money, I want your vote.” Never took a nickel from any individual, special interest group or company. After each debate folks would flock to my table to express their support. Most had never heard of me. No yard signs, no newspaper ads, no aired commercials. Of course I lost but I believe we garnered the respect of many good people throughout the district.

 

This year when I announced my candidacy for the state Senate as an Independent, I was formally endorsed by two of my previous opponents, one a Democrat and the other a Republican.

 

What is missing in our elected officials is leadership. Leadership is very different from management. We can be taught to manage. While in the Navy, I progressed through the rates (ranks?) to become a Command Master Chief where I was responsible for the morale and performance of 600 sailors. The No. 1 requirement for this position, aside from being an E-9, was leadership. An elected leader is passionate about getting to know and serving the electorate. A leader is out there working with the public and hosting town halls and meeting with the business leaders to learn what they need to create jobs. A leader acknowledges when mistakes have been made.

 

Currently there is no Independent in the Senate. I will be uniquely suited as an Independent and thick-skinned Master Chief to place myself between the two parties and form a coalition. By drafting like-minded senators from both parties we will control the vote on highly partisan issues because the coalition will vote as a block.

 

All three of our elected state officials represent the same political party and have done so for many years. Our senator has been in Olympia for 28 years. Only you can decide if you believe our state is headed in the right direction. Only you can stop the gridlock in Olympia. Only you can make it possible for me to make a difference.

 

 


State representative, Pos. 1


Kevin Van De Wege (D)
A firefighter, husband of a local school teacher and father of two young children, Kevin Van De Wege has a track record of effectively representing our community and its values by listening at home and leading in Olympia. He has fought to create family wage jobs, support small businesses, strengthen our schools, protect our constitutional liberties, champion performance-based budgets and reform our tax code.
Creating jobs, improving education and holding government accountable: Kevin Van De Wege is an independent voice for citizens who want solutions, not partisan politics, in Olympia.

 

 

Craig Durgan (I)
Duran did not submit a candidate statement for the Voter's Guide.


State representative, Pos. 2

 

Steve Gale (R)

The Olympic Peninsula is an incredible place to live and work but it is clear that that our state's regulations are limiting the potential of our local economy and our job market. We need to create a climate of responsibility of government to its citizens. We need to create an environment where government agencies are not a barrier to economic activity and investments which creates jobs. Our government has been heading in the wrong direction with an ever-increasing system of taxation, regulations and restrictions to the use of our lands and our liberties.

 

I believe that we must return the focus of our government to its core functions to provide for infrastructure for commerce and transportation, excellence in education and all aspects of public safety. At the same time we must stop the never ending, “Seek more revenue” agenda of the government in order to grow itself rather than allowing our economy to flourish without an overbearing government structure. We can restore our economy and the local job market by creating an environment which invites investment rather than deters it with regulations and taxes.

 

I firmly oppose the Department of Ecology’s WRIA agenda to assign the right to charge people for new consumptive uses of water on their property to an independent third party non-governmental organization including the county, PUD and tribes. The Department of Ecology plans to create a system to charge people to do such things as plant a garden, drill a well, add a bathroom, build a home or put in a sprinkler system. The Department of Ecology also has expressed intent to restrict the outdoor use of water in some areas as well as to establish daily metered water limits in other areas. I believe this is an unacceptable constraint upon our liberties. We require enhanced legislative oversight of our state agencies and we must limit their ability to enact legislation which is adverse to our communities and citizens.

 

As your representative, I will work to eliminate waste in government and change the culture of government spending to ensure that the money we spend with our agencies actually results in value delivered to our communities. With my experience as a former small business owner, education in finance and economics, and training in Six Sigma and Lean Management, I hope to have the opportunity to help shape the future state of our government into a cost-effective provider of essential services, which does not otherwise limit our economic activity or our personal freedoms.

 

I believe we require a representative in government who is an advocate for the best interest of the communities in which we live and not a proponent of government at the expense of the people and our liberties. It would be my honor to serve as your representative for the 24th Legislative District, Position 2, and I respectfully ask for your vote.

 

 

Steve Tharinger (D)
We face many challenges on the Olympic Peninsula and as a state, whether it is funding for education, access to affordable health care or improving our economy to be able to create and sustain jobs. We have made some progress on these issues over the last two years but there is more work to be done.

In what has been one of the most challenging global recessions in a generation, family, federal and certainly the state budgets have been impacted. In Olympia last session, we were able to maintain funding for K-12 education and prevent the safety net from being shredded for the working poor.

 

I worked across the aisle to maintain critical funding for rural hospitals and helped with legislation to keep costs down for peninsula residents after a local health insurance provider left the local market. As a member of the Joint Select Committee on Health Care Reform, I will work on transitioning our medical service delivery system to a true health care system, so that we can control costs.

 

Two years ago, I stressed the importance of making capital investments to create jobs now and improve our infrastructure for future job growth. I am pleased to report that we have made over $30 million in capital investments in the 24th Legislative District from sewers and libraries to hatcheries and parks.

 

Progress has been made in government efficiency by streamlining forest practice permits, State Environmental Protection Act review and simplifying the storm-water permit for boatyards. These improvements were made with out increasing impacts to the environment.

 

Washington has a good school system but we need to make it even better; excellent schools assure a bright future for all of us. We have adopted core standards for early learning programs. The Legislature developed a multi-faceted Teacher/Principal Evaluation System that will go into effect in the 2013-2014 school year. In addition, we directed the Office of the Superintendent Public Education to develop open source course ware and texts that should save the state tens of millions of dollars on textbooks.

 

The McCleary decision has focused the Legislature on the need to increase funding for K-12. There are some efficiencies that will help us reach that goal, but I think we are going to have to come up with additional revenue by closing some out-of-date tax exemptions and reviewing loopholes in our tax structure that are not adding to the state’s standard of living.

 

We are more successful when we work together. I have a history of inclusive, accountable leadership in dealing with a broad array of issues from health care to natural resources. By focusing on pragmatic, not ideological solutions to problems, we can move the Olympic Peninsula and Washington state forward.

I would be honored to have your vote to continue to work for you in the Legislature.

 

 

COUNTY COMMISSIONER

 

District Pos. 2
Mike Chapman (N/A)

The Board of Commissioners always has worked to find bipartisan, common-sense solutions to the challenges we face. During the recession, we have preserved core services like public safety, transportation, parks and public health while living within our means. We have not implemented new taxes. Clallam County has no debt, the only county in the state that remains debt free. We have a balanced budget with healthy reserves in place. We take a conservative approach to budgeting by thoroughly examining how tax dollars are allocated. It is through this approach that Clallam County has achieved a fiscal record unequaled in the state of Washington. We maintain public safety as the primary function of county government. While funding for Law and Justice has increased significantly in recent years the Board of Commissioners has not considered a new sales tax increase, specifically for law and justice services, as allowed by state law. We have cut the budget as necessary in other areas to maintain public safety as a top priority in our county. By remaining debt free, with adequate reserves in place, and a balanced budget, Clallam County has avoided new tax increases. The county has proposed a sewer project for Carlsborg which has a rich history of economic activity. The county, PUD and City of Sequim are working together to install sewer services as required by state law. When the sewer project is completed we will see expanding economic opportunity in Carlsborg. We have put a financing plan in place that will not burden those who decide to hook up to the sewer and we will not force any property owner, who doesn't want sewer service, to connect. Ultimately individual property and business owners will determine the extent of the development and economic growth in Carlsborg. Concerning the Department of Ecology's proposed water management rule for the Dungeness Valley, the Board of Commissioners is working collaboratively to find solutions that protect senior water rights, maintain water for new use while avoiding permanent closure of new water use throughout the watershed. Local governments, irrigators, land owners, realtors, environmental leaders and the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe are working together with state legislators and Ecology to identify workable solutions which protect existing water rights while ensuring that water remains available for new residential, commercial and agricultural use. Without this collaborative approach we run the risk of a closed basin to new water use.

As your county commissioner I have a proven track record of supporting balanced budgets, ensuring that the county remains debt-free with appropriate reserves in place without raising new taxes. I have had the privilege and honor to serve as your county commissioner. If re-elected, I will work tirelessly to continue building on my record of conservative budgetary practices, support of transportation and infrastructure projects and improved public safety. These issues are of utmost importance to maintaining the high quality of life we all enjoy in Clallam County. I am grateful for your past support and I ask for your vote again.

 


Maggie Roth (R)

I am not a professional politician but a representative of my community; however I have the experience necessary to make good decisions on behalf of the constituents.

 

I have made it a point to study the current issues of five years and research in order to be informed and able to add to the debated discussions. I will be able to make good choices and vote pro or con on an issue before the commissioners.

 

There are some issues that I do not have information on because it was a discussion that was made in an executive session, as you, I am a citizen. Therefore I won't have that information; however as your commissioner I will have that information and be part of those meetings and at that time I can make a qualified decision.

 

I am competent to manage the county's resources wisely; able to accept the benefits and responsibilities of local control. I will equally share the responsibilities with the commissioners in Districts 1 and 3. This is a full-time job, the people deserve full-time commissioners.

 


COUNTY JUDICIAL

Superior Court judge, Pos. 1

 

Erik Rohrer
Judge Erik Rohrer’s background and experience make him the best qualified candidate for the open Superior Court position:

Judge Rohrer is the candidate with experience as an elected judge.

 

Judge Rohrer is the candidate with significant experience presiding over Superior Court matters as a commissioner.

 

Judge Rohrer is the candidate with experience representing individuals and businesses as an attorney in private practice.

 

Judge Rohrer is the candidate who opened the Olympic Peninsula’s first Attorney General’s Office.

Judge Rohrer is the candidate with significant trial experience.

 

Judge Rohrer is a three-time elected Clallam County District Court judge. He has served as a judge since 2001.

 

His court has handled over 20,000 cases over the past 11 years. Not a single one of his decisions has been reversed on appeal.

 

Rohrer is also a Clallam County Superior Court commissioner. He has presided over hundreds of superior court matters during his 11 years as a commissioner.

 

Judge Rohrer has been an attorney in Washington for over 25 years. He earned his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University and a law degree from Willamette University College of Law.

Judge Rohrer’s legal background includes experience in private practice, representing individuals and businesses, as well as in the public sector, representing the State of Washington.

 

He has extensive trial experience in courtrooms across the state, including personally litigating over 75 jury trials and countless bench trials — critical experience in a “trial court” such as Superior Court.

 

As an attorney in private practice, he handled business law, personal injury/insurance law, family law, criminal defense, trusts and estates and other “general practice” matters.

 

In 1991, after being hired as an Assistant Attorney General by former Attorney General Ken Eikenberry, Rohrer opened the Olympic Peninsula’s first Attorney General’s office. He served as lead attorney and manager of that office for 10 years.

 

Judge Rohrer is endorsed by numerous community leaders and organizations, including: Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens, Supreme Court Justice Faith Ireland (Ret.), Superior Court Judge Gary Velie (Ret.), District Court Judge Rick Porter, District Court Judge Jill Landes, Quileute Nation Chief Judge John Doherty, Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, Commissioner Jim McEntire, Sheriff Bill Benedict, the Clallam County Democratic Party and the Clallam County Republican Party.

 

Judge Rohrer is very active in the community, currently serving as board member (former chair) of the Peninsula College Board of Trustees, chair of the bipartisan Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee and board member of the Peninsula Trails Coalition. He has previously been president of the boards of several other organizations, including the Forks Chamber of Commerce and the Forks Hospital Foundation.

 

Erik Rohrer was born and raised in Washington and is currently 54 years old. He lives in the West End of the county with his wife of over 20 years, Cari, who teaches at Forks Middle School.

 

He has longstanding ties to Clallam County — his great-grandfather homesteaded near the Elwha River in the 1890s and his parents taught school in Port Angeles in the 1950s. www.ElectJudgeRohrer.com


 

Christopher Melly

I have been practicing law for 34 years, nearly 10 years longer than my opponent. During my career, I have been a prosecutor (25 years), District and Superior Court commissioner and county land use/shoreline hearing examiner. The bulk of my career has been in Superior Court, a court of general jurisdiction.

 

As a prosecutor, I represented all of the elected officials for Clallam County — commissioners, administrators, sheriffs, judges, prosecutors, treasurers, auditors, assessors, community development directors – and all of the appointed officials such as the directors of the Road Department, Public Works, Environmental Health, Health Officer and the like. My practice areas were exceedingly broad: bankruptcy, family, contracts, property, elections, Indian country, death penalty, dams, landfills, copyright, free speech, forests, zoning and a host of other areas. Significantly, I was legal adviser to the judges and defended them when they were sued in either state or federal court. I have tried misdemeanors, felonies and civil cases in both District and Superior Court; appeared before administrative agencies such as the Growth Management Hearings Board and the Shoreline Hearings Board and handled 30-35 cases before the Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court, including a death penalty case. I have the honor of having been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in the context of that death penalty case.

 

My opponent has spent nearly half his career in District Court, a court of limited jurisdiction, addressing traffic citations, small claims, misdemeanors and low value civil cases.

 

I was appointed Chief Deputy Prosecutor in 1988 by elected Prosecutor Dave Bruneau and reappointed in 2000 and 2004 by his successors, Chris Shea and Deb Kelly. In that role, I prepared the budgets and addressed personnel, information technology and library issues, among others.

 

In 2005, I was appointed District and Superior Court commissioner by Judges Porter, Williams and Wood. I was additionally appointed the county hearing examiner by county commissioners Chapman, Doherty and Tharinger. I have presided over criminal and civil calendars in both courts, as well as therapeutic courts such as drug court and DUI court.

 

Not only do I have the experience essential to be an effective Superior Court judge immediately, I have the requisite style to advance the interests of justice in Clallam County. Court personnel, attorneys, probation officers, spectators and even criminal defendants have told me that I am fair, calm and treat everyone with respect and dignity.

 

Between 2009-2011, on average, only 3 percent (109) of the cases annually filed have gone to trial in Clallam County. Fully 3,524 cases (97 percent) are resolved without trials. Therefore, given the inconsequential numbers of trials conducted annually, the voters should not focus on procedural experience. Indeed, the Administrator of the Courts publishes scripts for judges to use in court. Rather, the voters should focus on the substantive law experience of the candidates. The breadth of my experience set forth above makes me the preferred candidate to resolve the other 97 percent of cases.
Please visit my website: www.MellyforJudge.org.

 

 

Superior Court judge, Pos. 2
George L. Wood
Wood is running unopposed.

 

 

Superior Court judge, Pos. 3
S. Brooke Taylor
Taylor is running unopposed.

 

 

DISTRICT 2 COURT OF APPEALS

 

Judge, Pos. 2
Thomas Bjorgen

We live under a magnificent principle in this country: the rule of law. We aren't subject to the whim of kings, but to law we have developed ourselves. Although not perfect, under our law everyone has the right to fair and equal treatment. Everyone has the protection of those constitutional rights which make this land something to be proud of.

 

We need judges, then, who will decide on the basis of legal principle; not politics and not special interests. We need judges who will observe proper judicial restraint and not intrude on legislative authority. We need judges who will remember that justice underlies all these principles; and that justice is not justice if it depends on who you are, whom you know or how much money you have.

 

These goals demand judges with broad, diverse legal experience. I've been practicing law for over 30 years. I began as a state Assistant Attorney General, served as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and am now a partner in a law firm. My appellate experience is extensive. I wrote briefs for the State of Washington in three cases in the United States Supreme Court and argued cases in the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, federal District Court, the Washington State Supreme Court and the Washington Court of Appeals.

 

I've represented individuals, nonprofits, businesses, the state, cities and counties. I've also served as a mediator, helping people find common ground and to settle their disputes outside court. In private practice I also serve as a hearing examiner for a number of cities and a county. A hearing examiner is a type of administrative law judge, making decisions in disputed cases in the areas of land use and permitting. You don't need to rely on my telling you I'll be fair and impartial. The over 150 decisions I've made as hearing examiner give you proof of it.

 

More than legal experience, judges also must have real world experience to know how their decisions will touch the world outside the courtroom. In my younger years I worked the orchards and warehouses of the Yakima Valley. Later, I was a park ranger at Mount Rainier and a public schoolteacher in Norway. I've served on the boards of nonprofits, volunteered for years at a homeless kitchen, helped establish a legal clinic and donated many hours of free legal services.

 

I've been endorsed by many judges, including two retired Chief Justices of the state Supreme Court. Judge Armstrong, who just retired from this position, also has endorsed me, stating that I am far and away the most qualified candidate to succeed him. I have the highest rating, AV Preeminent, from the leading national attorney rating service. Washington Women Lawyers has rated me as "exceptionally well qualified" for this position and the Kitsap County Bar Association voted me the best candidate for this position.

 

As your judge on this court, I would do my utmost to serve the principles of justice stated above. I ask for your vote.

 

 

Pam Loginsky

The Court of Appeals is our state’s second most important court, but most voters have never heard of it. You can have confidence that Pam Loginsky has the legal experience and commitment to the law and constitution required to serve. Pam Loginsky is one of Washington’s most respected appellate attorneys, arguing before the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals over 100 times, making her the best qualified candidate to serve on the Court of Appeals. She also has extensive trial experience, arguing over 1,000 cases at all levels of the judicial system.

 

Loginsky has been rated “exceptionally well qualified” by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers and the Washington Association of Prosecutors. She also is endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans.

 

Loginsky’s endorsements range from former Justices Bridge, Guy, Smith and Ireland, the Chief Judge of Division III of the Court of Appeals, Judges Robin Hunt, Stephen Holman, Kalo Wilcox and Victoria Meadows, to the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, WACOPS, 22 current and former prosecutors, and attorneys from every area of the law.

 

Pam Loginsky believes in judicial restraint. She will uphold the law and constitution as written. She is a recognized expert in criminal procedure and has a profound knowledge of the law and constitution. As a former prosecutor, she has prosecuted serious crimes and protected our communities from crime. We can trust her to fairly and competently serve on our state’s second most important court.


STATE

 


U.S. Rep

 

Bill Driscoll (R)

America is such a great country that I’m truly blessed to have grown up here. As a young man, I was inspired by Ronald Reagan and joined the Marines. I’ve lived abroad and traveled extensively. I served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s an honor to be an American.

 

Today though, our country is confronted with a challenge which has the potential to destroy us if we don’t act decisively. This enemy isn’t Al Qaida or the Taliban. It's not China or Russia. It's our national debt and annual deficit. We must come together as a country and rally ourselves to address it in a pro-active and decisive manner. Our federal debt now exceeds 100 percent of GDP, the last time it reached this level was World War II.

 

Many of your remember the 1980s when interest rates hit 17 or 18 percent. In 2012, 6 percent of our federal government’s spending will be interest on our debt. Despite having an average interest rate of only 1.7 percent, we will still pay $256 billion. In 2017, our government projects the share of our federal government’s budget which will be required to be spent on interest will double to 12.4 percent despite an assumed interest rate of only 2.6 percent. If those projections are wrong, and interest rates climb to just 4 percent, we will have to pay over $800 billion in interest – and it will amount to 18 percent of projected federal spending. If this occurs, we will be borrowing to pay our interest.

 

As the father of two young children, I am committed to ensuring we do not handcuff their generation with a burden of excessive debt. This is why I am running for Congress. It will take strong, bold leadership to bring our country together to fix our budget crisis but we can absolutely get this done.

 

As a Republican, I believe strongly that we must bring our spending in line with reality. If achieving those reductions in spending required increasing revenues, I would support that – but only if linked directly to concrete spending cuts. Simply raising taxes, as my opponent proposes, will simply fund ongoing growth in spending.

 

As a combat veteran, I believe strongly that we must have a strong national defense – but we must only use our military when in our national defense. We must not casually risk American lives overseas. I will work tirelessly to ensure the federal government honors its commitments to our veterans.

 

For 20 years I have worked in the forest products field and promoted the export of Washington state goods – mostly to Asia. People – not big government – create lasting job growth. My years in business have shown me the real impact the federal government has on jobs. The harmful effect of thoughtless regulations and insufficient federal support for infrastructure needs like roads and highways has taken its toll on the district. I understand just how important the responsible management of federal timber lands is to our local area and will work to improve the management of and access to federal lands.

 

Thank you very much and I appreciate the opportunity to run for Congress in the 6th District.

 

 

Derek Kilmer (D)
I’m Derek Kilmer, and I’m running to become the first Clallam County native to serve in Congress.

• Fighting for middle-class families

 

There are too many people in Washington, D.C., who don’t understand what middle-class families are going through. I understand the challenges folks are facing because I’ve lived them.

 

Politicians in D.C. are talking about cutting Social Security and Medicare. I have a grandmother who is 102 years old – who has depended on Social Security and Medicare to be able to live with dignity.

 

Politicians in D.C. are talking about cutting financial aid to our college students. I was the youngest of three kids and my parents were teachers. I was only able to go to college with the help of financial aid.

• Working for jobs

 

I grew up in Port Angeles when the timber industry was struggling. I saw the parents of my friends lose their jobs and close businesses. As a consequence, I’ve dedicated my life to helping people get to work and helping small businesses succeed.

 

After graduating from Port Angeles High School, I went to college and graduate school and studied public policy with a focus on economic development. Then I worked in the private sector advising businesses as a consultant for McKinsey & Company. I’ve spent the past decade working professionally for the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, a nonprofit focused on helping small businesses grow.

 

I’ve met with hundreds of business owners, listened to their needs and helped them create jobs. I’ve taken that experience to Olympia, where I currently serve in the state Senate, and I’ve made a difference for our small businesses.

 

I’m running for Congress because we need to get this economy moving again. I don’t want our region’s top export to be our kids.

 

We need policies to help small businesses get access capital. Tax and regulatory policies shouldn’t stifle their growth or encourage them to move jobs overseas. We need higher harvest levels to support timber jobs. We should support vocational training and our local colleges so employers can find the skilled workers they need.

 

• Working together

 

I’m the only candidate in this race with a record of working across the aisle to find solutions to the problems that Congress has been unable to solve. This year I passed a bipartisan jobs bill to fix roads and build schools. I’ve brought together Republicans and Democrats to pass a constitutional amendment to reduce debt. I was part of a bipartisan coalition this year to cut waste, make reforms and balance the budget. Unlike Washington, D.C., we actually balanced the budget.

 

I am proud that folks like Lynn Kessler, Kevin Van De Wege, Steve Tharinger, Mike Doherty, Mike Chapman and Ken Hays and organizations like the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs and the Association of Realtors are supporting my campaign. They know I’ll fight to cut through the partisan bickering and focus on delivering real results.

 

We need to get folks back to work — and get Congress back to work, too.

 

 

WA State Governor
Jay Inslee (D)
Inslee did not submit a candidate statement for the Voter's Guide.

Rob McKenna (R)
McKenna did not submit a candidate statement for the Voter's Guide.



WA State Lt. Governor

 

Brad Owen (D)

Owen did not submit a candidate statement for the Voter's Guide.

 


Bill Finkbeiner (R)

The gridlock and the partisan bickering in our state's capitol is unacceptable. As lieutenant governor, Bill Finkbeiner will work with both political parties to encourage a more cooperative, less partisan and less lobbyist-influenced government.

 

Bill Finkbeiner has the experience to succeed. He served 14 years in the Legislature, including a term as Senate Majority Leader, before returning to private business. Now, he's bringing his business and political experience forward to push change through the marbled halls of the capitol.

 

Some of the reforms are simple, like getting rid of the aisle that separates Republicans and Democrats on the floor of the Senate. Other changes – like reducing the number of partisan staff and limiting the influence of lobbyists – are more complicated; but all will make Olympia more open to citizens and less beholden to special interests.

 

Bill Finkbeiner has won support from both Democrats and Republicans. His endorsements include The Everett Herald, The Olympian and The Walla Walla Union Bulletin. He’s also been endorsed by Washington Conservation Voters, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, Service Employees International Union 775 Northwest, Attorney General Rob McKenna, NARAL, Sen. Slade Gorton, Secretary of State Sam Reed, Michael Heavey and Larry Springer.

 

Bill Finkbeiner was the youngest Senate Majority Leader in the history of the Washington State Senate. As Leader, he worked for bipartisan solutions that addressed long-term challenges without raising taxes.

He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 at the age of 23, representing the Kirkland-Redmond area where he grew up. He left politics in 2006 to help start up a company that now operates in 14 states and has hired over 1,000 people — more than 100 of whom live in Washington. He also has done consulting work for large companies, such as Microsoft.

 

Now Bill's running for lieutenant governor to change the culture of politics in Olympia and to encourage bipartisan solutions to the state's long-term challenges.

 

Bill worked in the private sector while in politics, including work as a contractor for Microsoft from 1995-2000. He earned an Executive MBA from the University of Washington.

 

Bill, now 42 years old, is an entrepreneur specializing in sustainable development. He wants to bring the skills from his business background into politics to help the Legislature focus on priorities that create opportunity for our children and grandchildren.

 

Bill is a lifelong resident of Washington and resides in Kirkland with his wife, Kristin, and their two children.

 


Secretary of State
Kim Wyman (R)
Wyman did not submit a candidate statement for the Voter's Guide.

 

 

Kathleen Drew (D)

As a former state senator and policy advisor to the governor, I’m the only candidate with statewide experience, who understands how to work with legislators on both the sides of the aisle to get things done.

 

As a state senator, I authored our state’s Ethics in Public Service law and served on the Commission on Government Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform. I helped build our higher education branch campus system to increase access for students across our state and to clean up Puget Sound. I have a history of bipartisan collaboration, both as a legislator and as an appointed official. I bring 25 years of experience working on issues important to Washington residents and have worked with people in every area of our state.

 

As your next Secretary of State, I am the only candidate committed to:

 

Increasing voter information by printing a Primary Election statewide voters pamphlet, a bill I sponsored in the state Senate.

 

Expanding voter participation by increasing ballot drop box locations; pushing for Election Day voter registration; and advocating for pre-registering 16- and 17-year-olds to vote when they get their drivers’ licenses, automatically registering them to vote when they turn 18.

 

Seeking results over politics. In the Governor’s Office, I worked with both Democrats and Republicans in a bipartisan fashion to streamline the state’s procurement process and worked to help make it easier for overseas military voters to cast their votes.

 

I’m the only pro-choice woman running for statewide executive office. I will stand up for voters’ rights, women’s rights and marriage equality. I ask for your vote.Endorsed by: U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Congressman Norm Dicks, Clallam County Commissioner Mike Doherty, Rep. Steve Tharinger, Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, former Rep. Lynn Kessler, Sequim Mayor Ken Hays, Sequim City Council member Laura Dubois, Port Angeles City Council member Sissi Bruch, former Washington State Supreme Court Justices Robert Utter and Faith Ireland, Washington State Labor Council, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, NARAL Pro-choice Washington, American Federation of Teachers, Washington Conservation Voters, Washington Anglers for Conservation PAC, and many more.

 

WA State Treasurer

Jim McIntire (D)
In these tough economic times, Jim McIntire has been a tireless advocate for the safety and security of public funds, government transparency and smart, long-term investing to safeguard our tax dollars.

As Treasurer and chairman of the State Finance Committee, Jim has been a consistent voice for accountability, helping the state finance job-creating investments for transportation projects and capital improvements for schools, universities and parks. Jim has helped limit state debt to ensure that sufficient resources will be available for future needs and implemented reforms that saved $1.3 billion in interest payments during these difficult economic times.

 

As our State Treasurer since 2009, Jim has kept our needs and priorities in mind: He made sure public deposits were kept safe in the wake of the Wall Street crisis, worked with homebuyers to provide foreclosure-prevention counseling and consistently invested in capital improvements for schools, universities and parks.

 

In addition to serving as Treasurer and a five-term state representative for the 46th District, Jim has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors as an economist, University of Washington faculty member and fiscal policy advisor to former Gov. Booth Gardner.

 

Jim McIntire is endorsed by Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, House Speaker Frank Chopp, former Gov. Booth Gardner, more than 20 county treasurers, including Clallam County Treasurer Selinda Barkhuis, and dozens of legislators across the state.

 

For more information about Jim and to learn more about his commitment to lead our state forward, visit www.JimMcIntire.com.

Sharon Hanek (R)

Like many of you I have concerns over the management of our state dollars. I have watched Olympia at work and I have asked our leaders questions on why certain decisions were being made. This discussion led me to make the decision to step out of my private sector life and run for this statewide position to oversee our state’s checkbook, investments and funding decisions.

 

As we enter a new administration for Washington state I believe it is time to have a professional accountant at the leadership of the Office of State Treasurer. I will combine my early years of CPA experience and current position as a tax advisor with conservative fiscal values to lead Washington state into fiscal soundness.

 

Olympia’s solution has been to balance the budget by increasing taxes and fees and borrowing more money but I will strive toward a more self-sufficient Washington. I believe that when Washington businesses grow, jobs will grow and Washington state’s revenues will grow. Until then we need to have a good transparent financial reporting system so that strategic cuts can be made to reduce spending without hurting communities.

 

I now ask for your vote to preserve our fiscal future, your vote for accountability, your vote to put me, Sharon Hanek as your next State Treasurer.


State Auditor
James Watkins (R)

At a time when government resources are scarce, demand for services high and family budgets are at a breaking point, the only way we’ll be able to fund our shared priorities is by making government more efficient and effective, and working to restore trust in our government. Now, more than ever, we need a strong, independent State Auditor focused on driving good, effective government. And instead of blindly cutting budgets, policy makers should value the work of the State Auditor’s Office and look to the State Auditor to help identify opportunities that will make government more efficient and effective while preserving critical services.

 

Brian Sonntag said earlier this year that I am “particularly well-qualified based on his experience and background to advance the State Auditor's Office and be an independent advocate for taxpayers."

I am the only candidate running for State Auditor who does performance audits and assessments for a living. In the 23 years since I earned my MBA, I’ve done over 150 performance audits and engagements, working to make organizations – government and private sector – more efficient, more effective and more accountable. We need more of that in Olympia.

 

The auditor’s job – and this election - is about performance, not politics. The Legislature and governor are elected to set public policy – the job of the State Auditor is to make sure that whatever that policy is, the peoples’ money is spent effectively.

 

Open government is integral to a transparent, accountable government. I believe passionately about public access and open government – about the need for government to be responsive and accountable to its citizens. That means treating every person equally and with respect, without regard to sex, race, national origin, cultural background, or language, and in accordance with state and federal laws. I will work to promote open and good government across the state and in the halls of the Legislature in Olympia.

 

I have been endorsed by a diverse coalition of Democrats and Republicans ranging from the mainstream Republicans of Washington to the Pierce County Young Democrats. From business and labor groups ranging from the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington to the Washington Farm Bureau PAC; every major newspaper that has endorsed so far in the primary or general election; local elected officials across the state; and more. My “Good Government” message and qualifications are well received on both sides of the aisle.

 

I have been married to my wife, Ashley, for 27 years and we have two teenage children. I'm a certified cave diver, member of the Cascade Bicycle Club and am an avid cyclist and motorcyclist. For more information: Friends of James Watkins, PO Box 2213 Kirkland, WA 98083 - www.WatkinsForAuditor.com - www.FactCheckTroyKelley.com - 425-390-4348.

 


Troy Kelley (D)
Kelley did not submit a candidate statement for the Voter's Guide.


WA State Attorney General
Reagan Dunn (R)
Dunn did not submit a candidate statement for the Voter's Guide.

 

 

Bob Ferguson (D)

I am a fourth-generation Washingtonian, husband and proud father of our 4-year-old twins, Jack and Katie.

 

My great-grandparents homesteaded on the Skagit River in the 19th century near Marblemount. My great-grandfather started a meat market in Everett, which my family ran for generations. They passed on to me the values of hard work, frugality and independence. As the son of a public school teacher and a Boeing employee, I bring middle-class values and independence to the office of Attorney General.

 

After graduating from the UW and law school, I served as law clerk in Spokane for Chief Judge Nielsen of the Federal District Court of Eastern Washington and Judge Bright of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. I then worked as a litigation attorney at Preston, Gates & Ellis, one of Washington’s leading law firms, where I represented businesses and taxpayers.

 

I have a record as a leader and reformer on the King County Council. I was chosen by all eight of my colleagues – Democrat and Republican – to serve as council chair and lead the legislative branch of the council, managing a staff of more than 100 employees. I have chaired the Budget Committee three times, producing bipartisan, balanced budgets each time. And I have twice chaired our Law and Justice Committee.

 

The most important quality we want in an Attorney General is independence. I’ve demonstrated that independence. I went against my party and risked my seat to eliminate four elected council positions and save taxpayers money. Politicians often talk about reducing government – I have actually done it.

 

As Attorney General, I will reform government while protecting families, children, seniors and small businesses from dangerous criminals and powerful special interests. I will prosecute sexual predators to the fullest extent of the law and have a detailed plan to crack down on gangs. I will take on powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. I will fight insurance companies that wrongfully deny coverage to hardworking people. I will run the strongest consumer protection division in the country.

 

I have a record of protecting taxpayers and eliminating government waste. I balanced the county budget, pushed government to buy used furniture to save money and return part of my salary each year.

 

I will create a Veterans Division in the Office of Attorney General, which will help Washington veterans access their benefits and deal with unique consumer protection challenges they face.

 

I am endorsed by Washington Conversation Voters because they know I will prosecute polluters and force the federal government to clean up Hanford. I am endorsed by Planned Parenthood because they know I’m pro-choice and always will stand up for a woman’s right to choose. Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, elected prosecutors, sheriffs, firefighters and law enforcement officials statewide endorse me because they know I am the best candidate to improve public safety.

 

I have been endorsed by 14 county prosecuting attorneys, 10 past presidents of the State Bar and three former State Supreme Court Justices.

 


WA State Commissioner of Public Lands
Clint Didier (R)
Didier did not submit a candidate statement for the Voter's Guide.

 

 

Peter J. Goldmark (D)

Peter Goldmark began his education in a one-room schoolhouse at Duley Lake near Okanogan. He graduated from Okanogan High School in Okanogan and in 1967 received a degree from Haverford College near Philadelphia. After receiving his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1971, he traveled to Harvard University for a postdoctoral fellowship in neurobiology.

Following his marriage in 1972, he moved back to Okanogan with his wife, Georgia. Together, they raised their five children on the family ranch. Sadly, Georgia succumbed to cancer in 2003.

 

Goldmark has had a lifelong involvement with agriculture, science, education and public service. Included among his public service positions are the following:

 

• Director of Agriculture for State of Washington, appointed by Gov. Lowry in 1993
• Chairman of the Governor's Council on Agriculture and the Environment in 1994-1996
• Governor's Council for a Sustainable Washington in 2002-2003
• Governor's Council on Biodiversity in 2004-2005
• Founding board member and past Chairman of the Board of Farming and the Environment, a unique coalition of farmers, ranchers and conservationists founded in 1999
• Board of Regents of Washington State University, 1996-2005; President of the Board in 1999-2000
• Board of the Washington State University-University of Washington William D. Ruckelshaus Center, 2003-present
• Okanogan School Board, 1998-2005
• Wildland firefighter, Okanogan County, Fire District No. 8, 30-plus years
• Commissioner of Public Lands, 2009 to present
Goldmark maintains a small scientific research facility at his ranch and has published scientific articles in national and international journals. He currently maintains a wheat-breeding program at his facility and has recently released new varieties for Washington wheat farmers.
In 2008, Goldmark led a successful race for Commissioner of Public Lands in Washington State. He is remarried and lives in Olympia with his wife, Wendy.

WA State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Randy I. Dorn
Dorn is running unopposed.

 

 

WA State Insurance Commissioner

 

Mike Kreidler (D)

Mike Kreidler is a strong and independent voice willing to stand up to powerful industry interests as the state’s top advocate for insurance consumers. In his first three terms, Mike Kreidler saved consumers over $300 million in auto and homeowners’ insurance by cutting excessive premium rates proposed by insurance companies. His free advocacy program helped consumers recover over $160 million in wrongfully delayed or denied claims.

 

The people of our state deserve quality, affordable health insurance. Mike Kreidler has worked tirelessly to make sure that insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to those of us with health issues. Mike is fighting for legislation that will stop non-profit health insurers from stockpiling excess profits. He will continue working with consumer, business and legislative leaders to make health care reform a reality and bring hope to the 1 million men, women and children in Washington who have no coverage today.
Mike Kreidler is a proven leader who has served the people of Washington with dedication, fairness and hard work. That’s why he’s consistently earned endorsements from consumer, labor, business, retiree, educational and health care organizations and individuals across our state. Please join them by keeping Mike Kreidler as your Insurance Commissioner.

John R. Adams
Adams did not submit a candidate statement for the Voter's Guide.



STATE JUDICIAL

Supreme Court Justice, Pos. 2
Susan Owens
Owens did not submit a candidate statement for the Voter's Guide.

 

 

Douglas W. McQuaid
McQuaid did not submit a candidate statement for the Voter's Guide.

 

 

Supreme Court Justice, Pos. 8
Steve Gonzalez
Gonzalez is running unopposed.

 

 

Supreme Court Justice, Pos. 9

 

Sheryl Gordon McCloud
Biographical Information
Legal/Judicial Experience: Extensive trial and appellate experience; hundreds of arguments to the Washington State Supreme Court and other appeals courts. Teaches Supreme Court advocacy to law students and practicing lawyers.

Other Professional Experience: Service on Supreme Court committees and statewide and national organizations promoting meaningful access to the judicial system. Obtained significant court rulings establishing our right to courtrooms open to public and press, pregnancy disability leave, and fair mortgage practices.
    
Education: J.D., University of Southern California Law Center, Editor, Southern California Law Review; B.A., State University of New York,
cum laude
    
Community Service: Gynecological Cancer Foundation and youth art and sports activities while raising two sons

Candidate Statement

Supreme Court Justices must be people who appreciate the effect of their decisions on ordinary people. As a former union member who is married to an educator and is the mother of two, Sheryl McCloud understands the concerns of women and working families and will bring that connection to the Supreme Court.

For 28 years, Sheryl has been defending our Constitutional rights in the Washington Supreme Court and other appellate courts and is the best qualified candidate for this position. Lawyers nationwide seek her expertise and advice.

Sheryl McCloud has a proven record of commitment to communities of color and a long history of providing free legal assistance to those who lack the ability to pay -- those who would be without meaningful access to justice without her help. In one of her first volunteer cases, she helped successfully defend a woman’s right to pregnancy disability leave in the U.S. Supreme Court. She’s not a career politician, but an experienced appellate lawyer who will bring to the court an unparalleled depth of experience.
                    
Endorsements: King County Democratic Central Committee; James Bible;
Rev. Dr. Carey Anderson (of First AME Church); Larry Gossett; Estela Ortega;
NARAL Pro-Choice Washington; others at www.mccloudforjustice.com    

 

 

Richard B. Sanders

Sanders did not submit a candidate statement for the Voter's Guide.





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