Local voters’ guide to candidates and measures in Nov. 5 election

Local voters’ guide to candidates and measures in Nov. 5 election

The general election is coming up on November 5. Here are some things voters need to know, from registering to vote to candidate races to ballot-measure breakdowns.

Can you even vote?

Registering to vote is easy and you can do it online, by mail or in person.

Online – Click here. You will need a valid Washington State Driver’s License or ID card.

By mail – Print this form, fill it out and mail to your county elections office.

In person – Registration forms are available at county elections offices, all state agencies, city and town halls, public schools, public libraries and staffed fire stations.

Remember your deadlines

October 28 – Deadline to register to vote online or by mail.

*Curious to know if your ballot made it back to the elections office? Track your ballot here.

November 5 – Election Day. Your ballot must be submitted by 8 p.m.

A new law allows Washington voters to register in person on Election Day. You must do so at a county elections office.

The USPS is recommending that voters mail ballots one week before Election Day to account for any unforeseen events or weather issues and to allow for timely receipt.

Do your homework BENTON COUNTY – Voter Guide Candidate Races:

Benton City Mayor
Linda Lehman v. David Sandretto

Benton City Council Pos. 3
Ashley Morrison v. John A. Derderian

Benton City Council Pos. 4
Keila Gordon v. Connie Meredith

Benton City Council Pos. 5
Michelle McLeod v. Jake Mokler

Kennewick City Council Pos. 5 At Large
Chuck Torelli v. Chariss Warner

Kennewick City Council Pos. 6 At Large
Brad Beauchamp v. Ed Pacheco

Kennewick City Council Pos. 7 At Large
James (Jim) Millbauer v. Russel Del Gesso

Kennewick School District 17 Director No. 3
Ron Mabry v. Wende Carlisle

Kennewick School District 17 Director No. 4
Michael Connors v. James Langford

Kennewick School District 17 Director No. 5
Diane Sundvik v. Patrick (Pat) Mastale

Prosser City Council Pos. 4
Robert Elder v. Robert McGraw

Prosser City Council Pos. 5
Mary Ruth Edwards

Richland City Council Pos. 1
Bob Thompson v. Lillian (Randy) Slovic

Richland City Council Pos. 2
Brad Anderson v. Shir Regev

Richland City Council Pos. 5
Phillip R. Lemley v. Lisa Thomas

Richland City Council Pos. 6
Terry Christensen v. Kyle Palmer

Richland School District 400 Director No. 3
Rick Donahoe v. Matthew J. Bishop

Richland School District 400 Director No. 4
Kari Williams v. Jay Clough

Richland School District 400 Director No. 5
Jill M. Oldson v. Rama Devagupta

West Richland City Council Pos. 7
Ken Stoker v. Kate Moran

Fire District #1 Commissioner Pos. 3
David Jenkins v. Scott Carpenter

Fire District #4 Commissioner Pos. 2
Ralph Russell v. Garrett Goodwin

Port Of Benton Commissioner District 1
Roy Keck v. Bill O’Neil

Port Of Kennewick Commissioner District 2
Thomas Moak v. VJ Meadows

FRANKLIN COUNTY – Voter Guide Candidate Races:

Connell City Council Pos. 5 At Large
KaTrina Kunkel v. Ray H. Minor

Connell City Council Pos. 6 At Large
Shelly (Oelkers) Harper v. Jesse Mandler

Mesa City Council Pos. 1 At Large
Chiloe Chervenell v. Jim Cronenwett

Pasco City Council Pos. 5
Isaac (Ike) Myhrum v. David Milne

Pasco City Council Pos. 7 At Large
Zahra Roach v. Patrick Guettner

Pasco School District #1 Director Pos. 1 At Large
Donna Watts v. Scott Lehrman

Pasco School District #1 Director Pos. 2 At Large
Jesse Campos v. Steven Castellano

Othello School District 147 Director District 2
Rob Simmons v. Sharon Schutte

Othello School District 147 Director District 5 At Large
Roger R Durkee v. Miguel “Mike” Garza

Othello School District 147 Director District 4
Isauro (JR) Pruneda v. Lindsy Mollotte Prows

KITTITAS COUNTY – Voter Guide Candidate Races:

Legislative District 13 State Rep. Pos. 2
Alex Ybarra (R) v. Steve Verhey (D)

County Commissioner District 1
Cory Wright (R) v. Nancy Lillquist (D)

Ellensburg City Council Pos. 6
Stacey (Bankston) Engel v. Matt Anderson

Ellensburg City Council Pos. ​​​​​​7
Kristin Ashley v. Tristen Lamb

Ellensburg School District 401 Pos. 1
Meg Ludlum v. Mark Manning

Selah School District 119 Director Pos. 2 At Large
Dan Peters v. AJ Cooper

Roslyn Mayor
Brent Hals v. Doug Johnson

Roslyn City Council Pos. 1
Derek Gruber v. Jim G. Guerci

Roslyn City Council Pos. ​​​​​​2
Dave Tylor v. Geoff Scherer

Roslyn City Council Pos. ​​​​4
Jennifer Basterrechea-Atela v. Cathy Cook

Roslyn City Council Pos. ​​​​6
Tom Missel v. Doug Kilgore

Fire District #7 Commissioner 1
Robert Cernick v. Russ Hobbs

Hospital District 1 Commissioner 1
Liahna Armstrong v. Terry Clark

Hospital District 1 Commissioner 4
Jon Ward v. Roy Savoian

Water District #5 Commissioner 3
Terry Guilford v. Sonja Busby

Water District #7 Commissioner 3
Roger Swansen v. Mike Budschat

WALLA WALLA COUNTY – Voter Guide Candidate Races:

Walla Walla City Council Pos. 4 – East Ward
G (Ted) Koehler v. James Powell

Walla Walla City Council Pos. 5 – West Ward
Sharon Kay Schiller v. Susan Smiley-Nakonieczny

Walla Walla City Council Pos. 7 – At Large
Steve Moss v. Julian Saturno

Port of Walla Walla Commissioner District 1
Kip Kelly v. Peter Swant

Prescott School District #402-37 School Director District 3
Karen S Tonne v. Kevin Lee Chabre

Touchet School District No. 300 Director Pos. 5
Lincoln Short v. Thomas McMakin

Waitsburg School District No. 401-100 Director Pos. 5
Pam Chapman v. Randy Hinchliffe

YAKIMA COUNTY – Voter Guide Candidate Races:

Grandview City Council Pos. 4
Gaylord Brewer v. Joseph Jensen

Granger Mayor
Jose Trevino v. Julie M. Sharp

Granger City Council Pos. 5
Hilda Guzmán v. Israel Bustamante Luevano

Moxee City Council Pos. 3
Maravell A. Gonsioroski v. David S. Mullen

Selah City Council Pos. 4
Clifford Peterson v. Buffy Ibach

Selah City Council Pos. 5
Roger L. Bell v. Ellen Overby​​​​​​​

Selah City Council Pos. 7
Crispin Garza v. Russell Carlson

Selah School District #119 Director Pos. 2 At Large
Dan Peters v. AJ Cooper

Sunnyside City Council Pos. 5
Mike Farmer v. Julia Hart

Sunnyside City Council Pos. 7
Betty Lynn Garza v. Craig Hicks

Tieton Mayor
Dewane Ashbrooks v. Kenneth Mannin

Toppenish Mayor
Naila Prieto-Duval v. Randy Taylor

Union Gap City Council Pos. 5
David W. Matson v. David O. Hansen

Wapato Mayor
Keith Workman v. Joseph (JC) Wofford

Wapato City Council, Pos. 1
Timothy James Roa v. Chuck Stephens

Wapato City Council, Pos. 2
Jesse Farias v. Edwin Andrade

Wapato City Council, Pos. 4
Margaret Estrada v. Doug Milne

Wapato City Council, Pos. 5
Tony Guzmán v. Frances M. Ayers

Wapato City Council, Pos. 6
Judith Owens-Campos v. Rosemary “Rosie” Reyes

Wapato City Council, Pos. 7 At Large
Caroline Solis v. Karina M. Lara

Yakima City Council District 1
Eliana Macias v. Kenton Gartrell

Yakima City Council District 3
Patricia Byers v. Thomas B. Sund

Yakima City Council District 5
Soneya Lund v. Liz Hallock

Yakima City Council District 7
Holly N. Cousens v. Sarah Towell

Yakima School District #7 Director Pos. 5
Martha Rice v. Earl Steven Lee

Mount Adams School District Director District 2
Todd G. Spencer v. Shawna Young

Fire District #1 Commissioner Pos. 2
Phil Nelson v. George Town

Fire District #4 Commissioner Pos. 2
Patrick H. Nicholson, Jr. v. Les F. Riel​​​​​​​

Understanding the initiatives and measures

Initiative 976

I-976 could drop car tabs to $30. One side says drivers can save money, but the other side says it will make roads more dangerous. Anti-tax advocate Tim Eyman co-sponsored the bill. The Office of Fiscal Management said state and local governments, including Richland, could lose more than $4 billion in the next six years if the initiative passes.

Referendum 88

Referendum 88 deals with affirmative action. If passed, the referendum would allow the state to implement affirmative action policies in public employment, education and contracting.

Resolution 8200

If passed, Resolution 8200 would authorize the Washington State Legislature to pass bills addressing the succession of powers and duties of public offices during periods of catastrophic incidents that are considered emergencies.

Benton County Fire District #1 –​​​​​​​ Proposition 2

The district wants voters to approve a $3 million bond to improve its fire department and buy a new fire engine. If approved, the maximum tax rate is estimated at $0.10 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. The bond would be repaid from this annual property tax levy over 20 years.

Easton School District #28 – Proposition 1

The district wants voters to approve a tax to improve school facilities. It would levy the following excess taxes on taxable property within the district:

Estimated Levy Rates / $1,000

Collection Year Assessed Value Levy Amount

2020 $0.59 ​​​​​​​$340,000
2021 $0.59 ​​​​​​​$340,000
2022 $0.59 ​​​​​​​$340,000
2023 $0.59 ​​​​​​​$340,000

Prescott Joint Park and Recreation District – Proposition 1

The district wants voters to approve a levy to go toward maintenance and operation expenses. It would levy the following excess taxes on taxable property within the district:

Estimated Levy Rate / $1,000

Collection Year Assessed Value Levy Amount
2019/2020 $0.33 $123,000

Toppenish School District #202 – Proposition 1

The district wants voters to approve a levy to improve school facilities, including building a new gym at Toppenish High School. It would levy the following excess taxes on taxable property within the district:

Estimated Levy Rates / $1,000

Collection Year Assessed Value Levy Amount

2020 $2.50 ​​​​​​​$1,665,000
2021 $2.50 ​​​​​​​$1,665,000
2022 $2.50 ​​​​​​​$1,665,000
2023 $2.50 ​​​​​​​$1,665,000
2024 $2.50 ​​​​​​​$1,665,000
2025 $2.50 ​​​​​​​$1,665,000

Union Gap – Proposition 1

Voters are being asked whether the city shall be annexed to be part of the Yakima County Rural Library District.

Waitsburg Park and Recreation District – Proposition 1

The district wants voters to approve a levy to finance operations. It would levy the following excess taxes on taxable property within the district:

Estimated Levy Rate / $1,000

Collection Year Assessed Value Levy Amount
2019/2020 $0.10 $15,000

Umatilla County Special Election
County Charter Amendment to Change Law Enforcement Department to Sheriff’s Office
County Charter Amendment to Change Method of Election
Riverside Fire Protection District #7-406
Echo Fire District
Hermiston School District
Milton-Freewater Ambulance Service Area Health District 7-791
Formation of Milton-Freewater Valley Ambulance District
Advisory votes

There are 12 advisory votes on the ballot. They are non-binding and won’t change anything. Advisory votes allow voters to give a symbolic “yes” or “no” to revenue bills recently approved by the Legislature. The thought behind advisory votes is that lawmakers may see how voters feel about certain taxes (detailed below and in the voters guides) and perhaps send tax increases to the voters as a future referendum. This has not happened to date with the previous 19 advisory votes over the last 11 years.

Advisory Vote No. 20: Second Substitute House Bill 1087
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The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, an additional wage premium for long-term care services, costing an indeterminate amount in its first ten years, for government spending. Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?

Advisory Vote No. 21: Engrossed Third Substitute House Bill 1324
The legislature extended, without a vote of the people, the business and occupation tax for extracting, manufacturing, and selling timber and timber-related products, costing $21,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending. Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​

Advisory Vote No. 22: Substitute House Bill 1652
The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, retail sales tax on architectural paint by adding an assessment to the purchase price, costing $6,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending. Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​

Advisory Vote No. 23: Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1873
The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, a tax on the sale, use, consumption, handling, possession, and distribution of vapor products costing $178,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.​​​​​​​ Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Advisory Vote No. 24: Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 2158
The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, an additional service and other business and occupation tax for certain specified business activities, costing $2,253,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.​​​​​​​ Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​

Advisory Vote No. 25: Substitute House Bill 2167
The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, an additional business and occupation tax for certain specified financial institutions, costing $1,036,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending. Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​

Advisory Vote No. 26: Substitute Senate Bill 5581
The legislature expanded, without a vote of the people, application of the state tax code to certain remote sellers, marketplace facilitators, and others, costing $1,051,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending. Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Advisory Vote No. 27: Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5993
The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, taxes on petroleum products, costing $2,760,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.​​​​​​​

Advisory Vote No. 28: Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5997
The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, sales and use taxes on certain nonresidents by limiting the exemption applicable to them, costing $313,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending. Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Advisory Vote No. 29: Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5998
The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, the real estate excise tax on certain sales of real property, costing $1,747,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.​​​​​​​ Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​

Advisory Vote No. 30: Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6004
The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, the business and occupation tax on certain travel agents and tour operators, costing $28,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.​​​​​​​ Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Advisory Vote No. 31: Engrossed Senate Bill 6016
The legislature increased, without a vote of the people, the business and occupation tax on certain international investment management services, costing $367,000,000 in its first ten years, for government spending.​​​​​​​ Should this tax increase be repealed or maintained?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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