Spokane City Council Archives

2015 Ballot Recommendations from Amber Waldref

I got this from Amber Waldref.  Please note that EWV has not taken a position on all these races.

Dear friends,Thank you for supporting me during my previous Spokane City Council campaigns. You are receiving this email if you are on my campaign email list. (If you don’t live in WA State, feel free to ignore!).

You should have received your WA General Election ballot by now. Please turn it in by Tuesday, Nov. 3rd! You can mail in your ballot or drop it at all Spokane Libraries or the Elections Office at 1033 W Gardner. Missing your ballot? Call 477-2320 during business hours.

People always ask me who I am supporting in an election. This is my attempt to provide you with my perspective. (If you don’t see a specific candidate or issue mentioned here, I haven’t taken a position).

Here are some thoughts — take them or leave them!

State Initiative 1366 – VOTE NO
City Council voted last week to oppose this initiative, which is sponsored by Tim Eyeman and tries to force the State legislature to put a 2/3 majority tax vote requirement on the ballot or cut sales tax. This is not the way to fix our tax system in WA State, plus the $8Billion sales tax cut would have a negative impact on many Spokane programs like the Medical School and other education investments, as well as affordable housing and mental health services.

State Initiative 1401 – VOTE YES
This seeks to help protect animals threatened with extinction by making it illegal to sell, trade, buy these types of animals here in WA State.

Statewide Advisory Measure #10, #11, #12, #13 – VOTE YES These measures are affirming majority decisions by the Legislature to: direct some oil taxes to pay for oil train spill response; clarify the marijuana excise tax; increase the gas tax to fund transportation projects; close tax loopholes to fund education.

Spokane County Proposition 1 – VOTE NO
I was initially enamored with the idea of expanding our County Commission from 3 to 5 elected members to ensure greater representation. However, I think the appropriate way to achieve this is by creating a Charter County that allows for electing by district and the creation of unbiased boundaries, which this Prop doesn’t do.




Spokane City Prop 2 and Prop 3 – Voter’s Choice
These are “advisory” measures that I did not support placing on the ballot, but the majority of City Council did to get “advice” from voters on Prop 1. I am personally leaving them blank since they have no real legislative impact.

City Council President: Ben Stuckart
Ben has been an active leader of the Council, strengthening the role of this legislative branch of the City. He has sponsored many progressive policies and has been a passionate supporter of the libraries, neighborhoods, and strategic use of public dollars for public good.

Spokane City District 1: Randy Ramos
Randy attended Rogers High School and is a recent grad of the Spokane Tribal College. Randy has a passion for improving housing and jobs. . . .

City Council District 2 – Lori Kinnear
Lori has been my legislative aide for 3 years. I know her well and I can personally attest to her experience getting work done for the citizens, her dedication to increasing public safety and neighborhood vitality, and her strong ethics.

City Council District 3 – Karen Stratton
Karen comes from a family dedicated to public service. After years of working in higher ed, for the State legislature and for several Spokane mayors, she was appointed to Council and has shown herself to be a thoughtful decision-maker who seeks out the input of business and citizens.

Spokane School District 81 Director Position No. 3
Jerrall Haynes

Spokane School District 81 Director Position No. 4
Paul Schneider

You may have a different perspective on some of these issues or candidates and I respect that. However you choose to vote, please take the time to complete and turn in your ballot by Nov. 3rd!

re: Mike Fagan . . . Can You Believe This!!!

 Condon Fagan Linked(1)

“A email went out yesterday inviting Spokane to attend a joint fundraiser for David Condon and Mike Fagan.  This is unprecedented.

A sitting Mayor is supporting a candidate who referred to Governor Inslee as a “lying whore”.

The Democratic Party does not condone this behavior and you shouldn’t either. This reflects poorly on Spokane, the Mayor’s office, and our City Council.
In addition to referring to the Governor as a lying whore, Mike Fagan’s business partner is being investigated for illegal money schemes.

Read about: Fagan’s Dubious Business Partner”

I got this from the Spokane County Democrats about Mike Fagan.

You are invited to Eastern Washington Voters’ 2015 annual membership celebration and meeting on Monday, Sept. 21, The Community Building Lobby, 35 W. Main, Spokane.  This event for EWV members, volunteers, and other dedicated progressives. Please bring guests! but confidential information will be shared so only the faithful please!

Come meet the 2015 and 2016 candidates (including Randy Ramos, Shar Litchy, and Joe Pakootas) and hear how your work is about to be showcased in the national political arena. I am of course referring to your unparalleled success at registering voters and using Help The Vote to turn them out.   We have been invited to Washington D.C. to present out work! Please save the date and RSVP.


5:00 PM to 5:30 PM: Meet the candidates, socialize, food and drink.
5:30 PM to 5:45 PM: Introduce candidates (Randy Ramos, Shar Litchy, and Joe Pakootas).
5:45 PM to 7:15 PM: Key note speaker, Joe Pakootas on “Native Americans in Politics” with special comments form Randy Ramos, updates on Eastern Wa. and our national work, and board elections.

FOOD: If you want to volunteer to bring a dish or drink to share, it is much appreciated. However, it is not required.

Randy Ramos Canvassing Blitz

RANDYJoin us on August 29 to door bell for Randy Ramos .  We will meet Saturday at 10 AM  at 824 E. Wabash.
Randy is running for Spokane City Council (District #1), and Randy believes in rebuilding our local economy with living wage jobs that empower workers.
Randy believes in building infrastructure that will allow Spokane to continue to be competitive.
Randy believes in rebuilding trust in a system that will serve, protect, and strengthen our communities.

Cadie MacDonald Olsen, “I live in his district and I believe he will effectively represent my neighborhood and the community of Spokane. He represents me because I, and my neighbors are interested in jobs, safety, diversity, family, and mutual respect.”