2016 Elections

November Elections

  • President – Hillary Clinton
    • A good woman lost the electoral college after winning the popular vote by over 2 Million votes. A sham of Democracy. The depth of this loss is going to be not felt for at least 4 more years. We will look back at this, and probably wish we had all worked harder.

Here are the other candidates that I believe will do the most to benefit the environment in Jefferson County and the Olympic Peninsula. I’ve not shirked from putting the final results alongside their names. I think over all we’ve done a good job of calling this.

  • Senator, State of Washington – Patty Murray. Murray Wins. 
    • Senator Murray continues to do a superb job of being the senior Senator in the state. Her work on VA funding in the face of Republican obstruction, along with numerous environmental bill support allows her to easily gain our vote.
  • Governor – Jay Inslee. Inslee wins. 
    • Jay is the most devoted environmental governor we have ever had. He is leading the state forward in many key areas, such as Ocean Acidification, Global Warming issues, coal and oil train issues, and many others.  He’s on the correct side of almost all environmental issues. Maybe not always as far as we’d like, but he does have to work with the State House and Senate to get things done, along with convincing the public of the correct course.
  • 6th Congressional District – Derek Kilmer. Kilmer wins. 
    • Representative Kilmer has done a solid job of promoting environmental issues in his first term. He has proven his ability to fight for climate change and other important issues, though on thorny issues  closer to home  such as the Whidbey Island Naval Base jet expansion, and the Electronic Warfare Range on the west end of the Peninsula,  he has been too lukewarm about digging in and representing citizen concern over the military. There are serious environment issues that the expansion of the base and it’s operations raises, including whether it is even appropriate to continue to use this base as a staging location given the growth of the population around it since it was originally put in place. Remember that over tens of thousands of signatures were collected protesting this issue, yet Derek has not responded other than a small token effort. Derek’s middle of the road position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a difficult policy decision for him. We live in the State of Boeing and Microsoft, two companies that benefit from more free trade, creating tens of thousands of jobs, and much wealth for our State. Since the TPP is not yet complete, (though leaked copies have enflamed Democrats and Republicans like Trump alike) it’s understandable that Kilmer would want to wait and see how the final wording lands.  However, given other issues that he has worked on, and the lack of background in environmental issues from his opponents, we suggest to re-elect him.  We’re hoping that he will become more focused on correcting TPP (it’s unlikely he would work to defeat it), seriously questioning the Navy’s expansion plans, and listening to his constituents to a greater degree.  Any Republican elected will likely support TPP and the military wholeheartedly.
  • State Senator  District 24 – Kevin Van De Wege Kevin wins.
    • Kevin’s long time support of environmental protection is quite impressive. He came around on eliminating fire retardants in products in the State, being willing to listen to facts and change his opinion by thinking through the issues. Very rare in a politician these days. He now is the champion in the State House for banning fire retardants. Vote him into the Senate!
  • State Representative District 24 – Mike Chapman – Chapman Wins.
    • Mike Chapman has been doing heavy lifting in the highly contentious world of Clallam County politics. He has sided with environmental protection and convinced his constituents that he has their backs. Endorsed by the North Olympic Sierra Club.  Vote in Mike.
  • Jefferson County District 1 – Kate Dean. Kate Dean wins.
    • Kate has been a seriously committed community activist, both in our leading edge small farm community and in environmental issues. We highly recommend Kate to join our county commissioners. She is vying to replace long time commissioner and environmental supporter, Phil Johnson, who is retiring. We will miss Phil’s great intense devotion to wild salmon and fighting net pens in our county. I think that Tim Thomas is a decent person, but not of the same depth of experience that Kate brings to the job. At the recent MRC candidate forum, Tim had not even taken the time to review the web site for the MRC, and did not have a clue as to who we were and what we do. That’s what he said. That is inexcusable since we gave him over a week to prepare and he could have at least read the web site we spend so much time working on.  You have to bring more to the election than that. The candidate to vote for is Kate Dean.
  • Jefferson County District 2 – David Sullivan. David wins. 
    • David is uncontested, but could face a write in candidate if one appeared. Vote for him anyway, to ensure his re-election. He has done a good job of supporting citizen needs in health care, and supports environmental efforts when they arise.  He comes from a health care background, so he knows those issues well.
  • State Commissioner of Public Lands – Hilary Franz Wins.
    •  Hilary has been an environmental lawyer working at Futurewise, an NGO.  She also has an impressive list of endorsements, including State Senator Kevin Ranker,  Denis Hayes (of Earth Day fame). Ron Sims, along with local long time environmental activist Jerry Gorsline, who has worked with her and highly respects her ability.  
  • Washington State Auditor – Jeff Sprung has lost to Patrice McCarthy. However the combination of the two of their vote totals will crush the R candidate in November. Looking for Jeff to show up in another race in the future. A great person for participating in our government on our behalf. 
    • After meeting and talking to Jeff Sprung, I have decided that he represents the best choice for the State Auditor. A passionate advocate for many causes, and endorsed by Planned Parenthood, The Stranger and the Seattle Times, among others.
  • State Supreme Court
    • This is a key position in protecting challenges to our environmental laws. Over and over again the Supreme Court has taken a key role in deciding whether or nor our laws have been written appropriately. There is a campaign by right wing business interests, including Steve Ballmer from Microsoft, to spend huge sums to oust Charlie Wiggens. Show them that money won’t buy our elections.
      • Mary Yu – WINS
      • Barbara Madsen – WINS
      • and Charlie Wiggens.- WINS
  • Washington State Lt. Governor – Cyrus Habib – Habib wins. 
    • A dynamic speaker, and a person committed to supporting people of color in getting access to the vote.So glad Cyrus will be running for Lt. Gov.
  • Washington Secretary of State – Tina Podlodowski. Appears Podlodowski looses. 
    • Tina has worked a lot on key issues in this state. Since she retired from high tech she has fought for a lot of great causes, from Seattle City Council positions to many other causes. Read about her background on the link above.
    • Washington State Supreme Court
    • Charlie Wiggins
    • Under attack by the Republican right wing billionaire Kemper Freeman and Ken Fisher (along with one of the Seattle Mariner owners) for perceived lienicy in a child pornography case. Wiggins has been a staunch supporters of personal privacy and strict interpretation of laws involving search and seizure by police. We need a Supreme Court Justice who can support environmental efforts and Wiggins has shown himself to be fair and impartial in the face of unpopular by constitutionally correct rulings.
    • Mary Yu
    • Also up for re-election is Mary Yu.
  • Jefferson County PUD – Barney Burke. Loses.
    • Barney Burke, the incumbent, is being challenged (in November as they have just two candidates and don’t need a primary), by Jeff Randall. I don’t doubt Mr. Randall’s credentials. I like Mr Randall. But Mr. Burke has been a good voice on the PUD, he was the only one that had the foresight to call for changing the accounting system before conversion. The other commissioners did not listen and the PUD paid a high price in customer satisfaction and audit issues. Barney has also represented the PUD on the Energy Northwest board. For more on E.NW click this link. Barney’s campaign manager is Cindy Jayne, a very well respected environmental activist in the area, who has worked with Local 2020 on significant documentation of the issues of global warming on the North Olympic Peninsula. It says a lot  for Barney that she feels strongly enough about his abilities that she supports him. I would welcome Mr. Randall running against other PUD members, and would likely endorse him at that point.
  • Clallam County Commissioner District 2- Ron Richards. Lost.
  • INITIATIVES:
    • Initiative 1464 – Reforming Campaign Finance Laws – Vote YES. Probably losing. 
      • This would: create greater transparency and accountability, limit big money influence and empower voters. It is an achievable reform.
      • A bizarre coalition of supporters, from the League of Women Voters, Spokane City Council, a founder of the Seattle Tea Party, Democratic legislators, and the former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, all support this initiative. It is opposed by mainly a group of Republicans such as Slade Gorton and Rob McKenna, two people I have never trusted to do the right thing for individuals over industry.
    • Initiative 732 – Impose a carbon tax – Vote no/ Appears to have lost. 
      • A very hard thing to vote no on. Perhaps the most difficult decision I’ve faced since starting this web site in 2007.
        • I am basing my rejection of this very well intentioned initiative because it will significantly impact state tax revenues, by almost $800 Million over six years. A senior Democratic environmental leader in the State Senate clearly outlined to me and others that this initiative did not get backing from the majority of environmental organizations in the State. This is just at the point where we are attempting to find more money for education, and watching many environmental budgets shrink because of it. It does not actually change any of the huge pollution problems. It does not invest where we need to invest. This initiative is not supported by the Sierra Club, nor many unions for a good reason. We need to do this the right way, and get buy in from all the various groups, not just one or two. We need to pass an initiative that will support low income families, actually create clean energy jobs and not lower pollution. I do not see how this initiative does that, and am unwilling to support something just because we “need to get something done.”
    • Initiative 735 – Federal Constitutional Amendment – Rights belong to people, not corporations. – VOTE YES. Yes vote wins. 
      • To support the national efforts to overturn Citizens United.  A no brainer. But won’t change anything until later, when the Federal Congress takes it up. It’s a resolution to *urge* our Congresspeople to pass this .
    • Senate Joint Resolution 8210 – Vote Yes. APPROVED.
      • By-partisan support for shortening the redistricting process.
  • Sierra Club of Washington Endorsements. Complete State Listing. 
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