Eastern Washington Voters’ Past Achievements
It has been ten fun years advancing progressive candidates and issues in Eastern Washington. We are quite proud of what we have been able to help achieve, and are looking forward to making Eastern Washington a more progressive place in the decades to come. It is not easy work, and we encounter nay-sayers all the time. We just carry on.
2011 to 2014
Expanding the Progressive Base of Voters in Eastern Washington
We are building a capacity for voter registration and engagement to generate enough new progressive voters to shift the balance of power in Spokane County. So far we have
- Turned in 4,700 voter registration forms over the last four years from targeted Democratic and Progressive individuals.
- Turnout to vote about 45% in 2012 who were registered by us and on the active voter rolls within Spokane County and 76% of the votes were for Democrats.
Jay Inslee vs. Rob Mckenna for Governor
We did much of our voter registration work in 2012 while talking to voters about Democratic candidate for Governor, Jay Inslee. We had face to face conversations with about 5,000 registered voters and talk to them about Jay’s plans to build a working Washington. By doing so we helped Jay Inslee defeat Rob McKenna.
Republican Matt Shea, Spokane Valley’s 4th District Representative, Pulled Gun on Motorist
It is sad when someone has to be afraid for their life, but it is even sadder when someone has to be afraid of bodily harm from an elected official that holds the public trust. This was the case last November. Republican State Representative Matt Shea, Spokane Valley 4th Legislative District, pulled a loaded handgun on another motorist in the City of Spokane. Leroy Norris of Spokane County had to flee for this life. Matt Shea was cited for two violations of state firearms law in the road rage incident. The Spokesman Review has a copy of the Police Report on Matt Shea. He is an angry bully with a long string of behaviors including wife abuse, restraining orders, and intimidation that make him unfit to represent his constituents in Washington State House of Representatives.
Matt Shea’s Domestic Abuse
Republican Matt Shea also has a record of treating women like possessions to be bossed around. His ex-wife Lisa Shea has given some pretty scary accounts of what it was like to live with the guy. Shea made his ex-wife walk on his left side and made her give the inheritance from her father to him. Women are over one-half of the State of Washington population. It is really simple politics. If Matt Shea cannot treat women with respect, then he does not deserve to be re-elected to the Washington State House of Representatives.
2011 Achievements by Eastern Washington Voters
There were some setbacks in 2011, but that should not overshadow our accomplishments. Eastern Washington Voters registered a ton of voters and turn a great many of them out to vote. This is partly why we elected five new progressives to office in Eastern Washington during 2011:
- Ben Stuckart, President of the Spokane City Council.
- Tom Kammerzell, Whitman County Port Commissioner.
- Mary Wissink, Water District Commissioner in Spokane County.
- Tom McGarry, Fire District Commissioner in Spokane County.
- Deana Brower, Spokane School Board
That was pretty decent for what others were calling a bad year for Democrats and progressives.
2010 Achievements by Eastern Washington Voters
We made it through the election year, but the results were brutal. We don’t have much to look back on. However, the first wind farm built in the Spokane-Pullman corridor was exciting to us since we help elect Pat O’Neil a key supporter of the project two years prior.
Wind farms are coming to Whitman County: Thanks to Commission Pat O’Neill and Eastern Washington Voters
It is a full circle. Commercial wind energy is coming to Whitman County in the spring of 2012 thanks to Commissioner Pat O’Neill, Eastern Washington Voters, and others. Back in 2010 at annual Pullman membership meeting in June (see picture below), Whitman County Commissioner Pat O’Neill talks about the new commercial wind ordinance.
First Wind is the renewable energy company that opened an office in Oakesdake, WA, and intends to have an wind farm in operation in Whitman County very soon. First Wind has received a permit to install wind turbines on the ridge 1/2 mile east of the rest stop on Hwy 195, which is in the Thorton/Rosalia/Oaksdale area of Whitman County. Avista has already built the new substation to the energy to the electricity grid.
Pat is not the only one who was glad. We all were. We were even happier that Eastern Washington Voters helped elect Pat in a very close race in 2008. It was Pat who lead the charge to get the commercial wind ordinance passed in the county.
2009 Achievements by Eastern Washington Voters
With a dedicated group of volunteers, we won five out of seven campaigns. We helped distribute by hand 14,000 pieces of literature, organized four sign-waiving events to more than 40,000 motorists, and coordinated dozens of letter-to-the editor submissions. Here were the results. Specifically, we helped with
2008 Achievements by Eastern Washington Voters
- We helped elected Pat O’Neil in a very close race to the Whitman County Commission through 2,000 direct mailings and helped to facilitate another 5,000 mailings. Pat is the first Democrat to win the seat in almost two decades, and he has been importantly in passing a commercial wind power ordinance that has resulted in the first wind farm to be located in the corridor between Spokane and Pullman. It is owned by First Wind.
- We helped re-elected Gov. Gregoire by distributing “by hand” over 11,000 pieces of literature,
- We helped elect challenger Peter Goldmark to the Commission of Public Lands by distributing “by hand” over 4,000 pieces of literature, and
- Also, we did a bit of work to help elect challenger John Driscoll to the State House from the 6th Legislative District in another very close race.
2006 Achievements by Eastern Washington Voters
- We helped pass I-937 for renewable energy by coordinating the collection of 3,000 signatures and distributing “by hand” over 4,000 pieces of literature.
- We helped challenger Bonnie Mager win a Spokane County Commission seat in a very close race through door belling and sign-waiving.
- We helped defeat I-933 by distributing “by hand” over 3,000 pieces of literature. We also help film a TV commercial using crop art. One of our members, Aaron Flansburg, used his combine to write “No I-933” in his barley field near Palouse Washington, while it was filmed from a helicopter. The footage was made into a popular TV advertisement that was played over and over on the West side of the State of Washington. The “No on I-933 campaign said that the TV ad tide for our side. You can watch a video of it here. I-933 would have required state and local government to pay developers to follow zoning laws and environmental protections.
2004 Achievements by Eastern Washington Voters
Eastern Washington Voters distributed “by hand” over 5,000 handbills about Gov. Gregoire. She won by 129 votes, and has since signed into law expanded children’s health care, and green building standards.