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Shoreline and Lake Forest Park Election Guide 2012

The candidates, voting information and issues that will be affecting Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates.

Voting Information

  • Sample Ballot: To see the full state ballot, go to the Washington Secretary of State's website.
  • Polling locations: To find ballot drop-off locations go here and enter your zip code.
  • Register to Vote: You have to register to vote by Oct. 6. You can download the form here or register online here.

Races

STATE:

Governor

Rob McKenna (R); Jay Inslee (D); 

Lt. Governor

Brad Owen (D); Bill Finkbeiner (R)

Secretary of State

Kim Wyman (R); Kathleen Drew (D)

State Treasurer

Jim McIntire (D)

State Auditor

James Watkins (R); Troy Kelley (D)

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson (D); Reagan Dunn (R)

Commissioner of Public Lands

Peter J. Goldmark (D); Clint Didier (R)

Superintendent of Public Instruction (non partisan)

Randy I. DornRonald L. (Ron) Higgins

Insurance Commissioner

Mike Kreidler (D); John R. Adams (R)

State House, District 32

Position 1

Cindy Ryu (D); Randy Hayden (R)

Position 2

Ruth Kagi (D)Robert Reedy (R)

State House, District 46

Position 1

Gerry Pollet (D); Sylvester Cann (D)

Position 2

Jessyn Farrell (D)Sarajane Siegfriedt (D)

State Senate, District 46

David Frockt (D)

For information about state judicial elections go here.

NATIONAL

U.S. CONGRESS

District 7 (Shoreline and LFP)

Jim McDermott (D); Ron Bemis (R)

U.S. SENATE

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D); Michael Baumgartner (R)

U.S. PRESIDENT

Pres. Barack Obama (D); Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R); Gary Johnson (L) 

 

BALLOT ISSUES:

City of Shoreline Proposition 1

See King County voters pamphlet statements and pro and con arguments here.

The Shoreline City Council passed Ordinance No. 644 concerning the City of Shoreline’s acquisition and operation of water services of Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) within Shoreline west of Interstate 5.

The Ordinance would authorize Shoreline to acquire SPU water services in Shoreline without increasing projected rates. The $26.6 million acquisition in 2020 and $14.2 million in pre-acquisition improvements (without adjustment for inflation) would be financed by water rates in Shoreline’s new service area. The Ordinance would remove the current surcharge and utility tax paid by Shoreline customers to Seattle. Shoreline local control of rates, upgrades, and water supply for firefighting would replace Seattle control.

Approve campaignReject campaign

Referendum 74, Washington Same-Sex Marriage Veto Referendum: This bill would allow same-sex couples to marry, preserve domestic partnerships only for seniors, and preserve the right of clergy or religious organizations to refuse to perform, recognize, or accommodate any marriage ceremony.

Initiative 502, Marijuana Legalization: The proposed measure would legalize the production, possession, delivery and distribution of marijuana. The initiative would regulate the sale of small amounts of marijuana to people 21 and older. 

Initiative 1240, Charter Schools: The proposed measure would allow 40 public charter schools in the state over the next five years.

Initiative 1185, Washington Two-Thirds Vote Required to Raise Taxes: The proposed measure would require either two-thirds legislative approval or a vote by the people in order to raise taxes.

For other measures, look here

For Washington state political contributions and campaign finance information please click here.

Tom Jamieson October 03, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Patch should steer readers to official election information websites, but should not attempt to repeat official election information themselves, as they introduce an unnecessary point of error and do the Patch readers a disservice to the extent the information they provide is incomplete or incorrect. Shoreline Proposition 1 will serve as an illustration. The ballot title is missing, as are the explanatory statement, statements and rebuttals for and against the proposition, and the complete text of the resolution, which consists of the complete text of the ordinance in question. There is no link to the King County Election site, where all of this information is complete, accesible, and reliable. Many readers are apt to make their decision based on the Patch information alone. In the case of Shoreline Proposition 1, they would be misinformed, and may well make an unwise decision as a consequence. For example, they might be led to expect that the information provided by Patch is complete, whereas I have just shown it is not. Show the readers how to find the relevant information. Go ahead and including the supporting and opposing campaigns. Take a position pro or con if you like. But don't try to save the reader's an important step by condensing the information. Supplement and index information on the official sites, but do not tempt readers by offering your article as a substitute.
Tony Dondero (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Tom, I have included the link to the King County Prop. 1 information, which should take of this issue. Tony
Tom Jamieson October 03, 2012 at 06:12 PM
The issue is not missing links (or missing ballot titles, which you also included in your update) . Referendum 74 will serve as a second illustration. The ballot title is missing, as are the explanatory statement, fiscal impact statement, arguments for and against, and final passage votes for the State Legislature bill that this referendum petitions. The link provided for Referendum 74 is a link to an unauthorized wiki, not an official election website, yet you do not provide a disclaimer. This chain of unauthorized sources only compounds the problem. My point is not that the article contains errors. Many articles contain errors. My point is that the article ventures into territory it should rather avoid, precisely because it introduces the chance of error, where that risk is unnecessary. Reliable election information is important stuff. Your errors and omissions can have large consequences. The State and the County have addressed the election information requirement at great taxpayer expense. There is no value in intentionally or unintentionally undercutting their work, and potentially great harm in doing so.
Tony Dondero (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Tom, This wasn't intended to be comprehensive it is intended to be a "guide." If you want to expound more on your Patch blog feel free. As Plato, might say there might be a perfect form of a chair but everything we create is only an approximation. Same goes for election guides. Tony
Tom Jamieson October 03, 2012 at 06:55 PM
"close enough for government work," as they say.
Tony Dondero (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Tom: You are critiquing Patch, which is private sector enterprise not government.
Tu-Ha Nguyen October 05, 2012 at 09:28 AM
Right on!
Carol Solle October 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Don't forget Sharon Hanek, candidate for State Treasurer!
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:25 AM
Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 04:16 PM
"Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/ See if there is a clear winner to our Presidential Election 2012. Make a special note to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party Presidential candidates, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green), to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

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