September 13, 2016 by David Dehlendorf
At its meeting on September 10 in Friday Harbor, the San Juan County Democrats (SJCDs) voted to endorse the following candidates and ballot measures in the Washington State general election on November 8, 2016. Only candidates who requested endorsement were given consideration. Under the by-laws of the SJCDs, voting on endorsements was limited to its Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs).
Candidates Bill Watson, Cyrus Habib, and Tina Podlodowski attended in person to request endorsement. Patty Murray and Kevin Ranker were represented by members of their election staff.
Candidates – Endorsements Were Approved For:
- Bill Watson for San Juan County Commissioner – San Juan Island Residency District
- Hillary Clinton & Tim Kaine for President & Vice President of the United States
- Patty Murray for U.S. Senator
- Rick Larsen for U.S. Representative – 2nd Congressional District
- Kevin Ranker for State Senator – 40th Legislative District
- Kris Lytton for State Representative – 40th Legislative District
- Jeff Morris for State Representative – 40th Legislative District
- Jay Inslee for Governor
- Cyrus Habib for Lt. Governor
- Tina Podlodowski for Secretary of State
- Bob Ferguson for Attorney General
- Pat McCarthy for State Auditor
- Hilary Franz for Commissioner of Public Lands
- Erin Jones for Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Mike Kreidler for Insurance Commissioner
- Barbara Madsen for Supreme Court Justice Position #5
Initiatives to the People – “Yes” Votes Were Approved For:
- Initiative Measure No. 1433 – Increases state minimum wage, requires employers to provide paid sick leave, etc.
- Initiative Measure No. 1464 – Creates campaign-finance system, allows residents to direct state funds to candidates, restricts lobbying employment by certain former public employees, etc.
- Initiative Measure No. 1491 – Allows police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing firearms access by persons exhibiting mental illness, violent or other behavior indicating they may harm themselves or others.
- Initiative Measure No. 1501 – Increases the penalties for criminal identify theft and civil consumer fraud targeted at seniors or vulnerable individuals, etc.
Initiatives to the Legislature – “Yes” Votes Were Approved For:
- Initiative Measure No. 732 – Imposes a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, reduces the sales tax by one percent, increases a low-income exemption, etc.
- Initiative Measure No. 735 – Urges the Washington State congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations, and constitutionally-protected free speech excludes the spending of money.
Advisory Votes to Legislature – “Maintained” Votes Were Approved For:
- Advisory Vote No. 14/House Bill 2768 – To maintain or repeal an insurance premium tax previously approved by the legislature for some stand-alone family dental plans.
- Advisory Vote No. 15/Second Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2778 – To maintain or repeal certain limitations on the retail sales and use tax exemptions previously approved by the legislature for clean alternative-fuel vehicles.
Proposed Amendment to the State Constitution – “Approved” Vote Was Approved For:
- Senate Joint Resolution No. 8210 – Requests the voting public to approve a state constitutional amendment previously approved by the legislature concerning state legislative and congressional redistricting. This amendment would require the state redistricting commission to complete redistricting for state legislative and congressional districts by November 15 of each year ending in a one, 46 days earlier than currently required.
The above endorsements will be republished in mid-October at the time voters receive their ballots and voters guide.