Letter to the editor: The time has come for a new voice in Olympia

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Editor:

I am writing to ask you to vote for Jesse Salomon. In prior elections, I have endorsed very few candidates, because in our democracy each voter should make his or her own decision and cast their vote for the best candidate. In this election, I feel compelled to say it is unequivocally clear the time has come for us to have a new voice in Olympia speaking for us in the 32nd District in the State Senate. The time is now to remove an inert and laissez-faire incumbent by electing a candidate who is willing to work hard to move our district and state forward. For this reason I am endorsing Jesse Salomon.

This year, we have the opportunity to elect a new dynamic and responsive leader for our district by voting for Jesse Salomon. With almost seven years on the Shoreline City Council, Jesse has earned the respect of a long list of local leaders. He is known for collaborative and thoughtful decision making. That’s why he has been endorsed by the mayors of Shoreline, Lynnwood, Woodway and Edmonds; both district House Representatives, Rep. Cindy Ryu and Rep. Ruth Kagi; candidate for House Representative Lauren Davis; as well as many, many city council members, former mayors and local organizations and business people.

His entire career in public service and his campaign have focused on listening to the people of the district. Jesse does not take your vote for granted. He has knocked on over 12,000 doors and talked with voters about their concerns. Jesse is a leader who has a passion for people, and can work with many factions in our communities. Jesse and will work for the 32nd District in Olympia.

I urge you, please vote for Jesse Salomon for State Senate by Nov. 6.

Wally Webster II
Lynnwood

14 Replies to “Letter to the editor: The time has come for a new voice in Olympia”

  1. I have known both candidates for the senate race in the 32nd LD for many years – maybe 15 years. In all that time the candidate who shows up and tells us what is really happening, why certain votes went the way they did, supports public education, Medicare for all, women’s health care reality – not just a legal healthy abortion if the woman chooses, but all forms of reproductive health care. She support what is being done for climate ‘safety’, safe clean non-GMO food, a reasonable tax system in the state, and many more people oriented issues. I have known her to be fierce, honest, tell-it-like-it-is senator. Jesse on the other hand has come to one LD meeting this year, has not asked the LD for our endorsement, is engaging in a smear campaign against a sitting well-regarded senator – while Jesse and the contributors to his campaign like Monsanto/Beyer, realtors who want to see local zoning laws gone away, charter school organizations, big pharma, the insurance industry are busy sending out nasty fliers and spreading likes and innuendo about Senator Chase. Now, I wonder who exactly he will support if elected….surely not the best interests of the people of the 32nd LD. He has not listened to the district people. Yes he has knocked on a lots of doors – and from what I am hearing from some of those folks, he is saying very bad things about his opponent…against the very civility pledge that we require all candidates to sign here in the 32nd LD. Sorry Jesse, I cannot in good conscience support whatever it is you say you stand for because, frankly, I don’t believe you.
    Stephanie Harris, RN
    32nd LD 2nd Vice Chair
    Chair, candidate endorsement committee

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  2. The 32nd LD club ran by Maralyn Chase’s daughter for the last 10 years does not represent the Democrats of the 32nd district. This due paying membership club outcasts anyone who offer a different point of view. They should rename their civility pledge to a loyalty pledge. It’s fine to like, worship Chase but they need to learn how to be civil to people who don’t. Obviously some people like fierce, egotistical politicians, it’s not for me therefore I’m voting Jesse Salomon.

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  3. I live in Shoreline, and Jesse Salomon does not represent me, my family, or my neighbors. We spoke out against these giant rezones in Shorelie as did 95-98% of all Shorelinr taxpayers who provided feedback to the city council. He didn’t listen to us or respect our voices. Instead he voted on behalf of developers and realtors who contribute to his campaign. He’s all talk with zero self-sacrifice. He takes credit for anything good, and blames others for the bad. He wants road diets and bike lanes and tax breaks for rich developers. He told us all at multiple city council meetings that his own home would be rezoned, and it was not. New taxes are his answer to everything. He strikes me as a career politician who will say anything to move up the political food chain. When I asked him tough questions when he came to my door asking for my vote, he just walked away instead of answering. I’m sticking with Chase, at least she has the balls to own up to her mistakes. If Jease Salomon gets his way Edmonds and Shoreline will be the next Ballard. No thank you.

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  4. Mr. Wally Webster II’s demands a refutation. Here’s my message:

    Please don’t hold “13000 doors knocked” as the singular measure of effort or interest by a candidate running for office.

    Representatives Ryu, Kagi, Peterson, Ortiz-Self and Senator Lias would be found equally lacking if you did. Look instead at their record to see if it aligns with your values. (I added the 21st LD Democrats here specifically for Mr. Wally Webster II’s benefit because they are in his legislative district, whereas Chase and Salomon are not. )

    Perhaps you are unaware that a Washington State legislator who is accountable to their constituents is legally prevented from campaigning or receiving campaign funds while the legislature is in session. Apparently not the case for a City Council member or Mayor in Washington. They campaign all the time.

    Perhaps you are unaware that during the months the legislature is not in session they continue to serve. Senator Chase has been tireless in her support of the 32nd and the rest of the state, because what she does will benefit all of the state. This requires working with colleagues in the State Senate as well. I believe most have endorsed her and you can verify that on her website and theirs. She is fierce, and that quite frankly is what we need women in the legislature to be. I have added a link to a lengthy list documenting her 17 years of accomplishments serving Washington state at the end of my post (research by others using easily accessible public records). I hope you read it.

    Finally, perhaps you are unaware of the funding sources of Mr. Salomon’s campaign or do not care. Special interests from outside Washington state are pouring significant amounts of money into Salomon’s campaign. Why? Why would a corporation that poisons crops for Agri-business under the guise of increasing productivity while killing healthy soils want Salomon to win? Why would WA State Realtors PAC be supporting him? Why would our state chapter of the national Stand for Children PAC be supporting him? Those two PACs combined have spent nearly $80,000 on his campaign. Critical thinkers need to think seriously about these questions and resist being swayed by the immense amount of money that is paying for Salomon’s ubiquitous yard signs and other publicity, most of which is negative and untrue. Senator Chase has earned the right to continue working for the 32nd Legislative District. Don’t be deceived. Vote. Vote Chase.

    Carol McMahon
    Lynnwood

    Chase record:
    https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/Maralyn%20Chase%20sponsored%20cosponsponsered%20bills.pdf?token=AWzwVIzhpAVlqHlzyMlZiRwq3uicOU5QgNqgulaP3djK6hruhexTDg0ENk2v5j4tgloHp7RcEP1zg3JY_sU-fUJkRE1niYhwHegTFm3WjTGyKyopGPYV_Jk4X2K48QzZji275IG_zodJJOO44rpmhLR6eu8Lhwk6p_E6Ctz_z1Bo764F7h3u4-tEZnUdnrZtuTPuqUR_zAdI967Sxvuwj2BAW7-hJi-zIxvVlCLol7a4Qw

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  5. I expect about another 8 to 10 pro-chasers to respond. I’m really over this small group of devoted Chase supporters speaking on behalf of “the people” and being a thorn to the Democratic party. There are just too many lies and conspiracy theories that they push to point out. It just simple , people think Chase sucks at her job and they are flipping out because there is a lot of truth behind it. Rather then take accountability for her last 17 years in office, she plays the blame game and her small group of supporters just cheer her on. Grow up and take responsibility.

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  6. I’m not so much pro-Chase as I am anti-Jesse. He’s a horrible representative of the Shoreline taxpayers. He’s in the pocket of developers and realtors.

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    1. I apologize Noah, I didn’t mean to lump you in with the 32nd LD club. Your post said “me, my family and my neighbors”, that I think is appropriate. These ex-politicians or wannabe politicians of the 32nd ld love to talk on behalf of the people. I disagree that 95 plus percent of people who spoke up agreed against the rezoning, there are a lot of people who agree with you but also a lot who also favored the rezoning. Once a person is elected, they have an obligation to act on how they said they would in a campaign and take into consideration public comment, not just follow only the people who have the time to attend meetings. The majority of the people only speak up by voting and don’t have the time to go to city meetings, we will see Nov 6th how the majority feels. As for everything else, the way you feel about Salomon is the way I feel about Chase, so to each their own. Thanks for the feedback, happy voting!

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      1. Elizabeth, 95-98% of all of the feedback was anti-large-rezone (in person, submitted for public comment, or even the survey that the Shoreline City Council paid for but never published because the majority said they wanted Shoreline to stay single-family homes). I attended as many of the meetings as I could or watched the videos, and most of the time when somebody spoke in favor of the rezones it was from a special interest group outside of Shoreline or some bicycle club in Seattle. Jesse directly lied to people about the rezones. I just read on Facebook and confirmed by looking through the public records that Jesse voted for 12 year tax complete property breaks for developers in the rezone areas. That means everyone else has to pay for those tax breaks. I’m not sure if you are in Shoreline or Edmonds, but Jesse has not represented the citizens who elected him. While part of me would be glad he’d be out of Shoreline financial decision making, I dread thinking what he would do in the state legislature.

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  7. To the OP: Why, in two years, have I never seen Mr. Salomon attending 32nd LD meetings? I have never seen him involved with a discussion, voting on a resolution or endorsement, even making an announcement, or making himself available in any way. Why should I think he cares about representing the people of the district?

    I also find it very concerning that he has accepted money from corporate members of ALEC. I don’t understand why, unless he is more interested in their agenda than in ours.

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    1. Maybe he cares about representing the people of the district as a whole, instead those who attend just 32nd LD party meetings?

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  8. Senator Chase’ lifelong positive commitment to our democracy … through participation … is self evident! We are all so fortunate to have her as a leader in our community! Senator Chase has my vote. I concur with the content of Stephanie Harris’ letter … in its entirety.
    Eve Wellington
    PS The multiple / negative ads re Senator Chase … received in my Edmonds PO Box from the opposition supporters … are not only disgusting, but beneath the dignity of the LD32 populace!

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  9. Now the mid-term elections are over I would like to address concerns that the 32nd Legislative District Democratic Organization is a dues paying club. It is an organization whose structure is based on the number of precincts in the district, just as the 21st Legislative District Democratic Organization (LDDO) does. All LDDOs have precincts and PCOs. The organization is open to everyone, it is not a clique or a club, it does require dues in order to pay operating costs among other things. Membership is granted to individuals who are Democrats. Even Salomon, Davis and Ryu are/have been 32nd LLDO PCOs. PCOs are elected at midterm and reorganization takes place with the new PCOs in December of the year they are elected. This year will see new PCOs as a result and they will take on their responsibility this December. An elected 32nd LDDO Democratic Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) is automatically a member, with specific responsibilities. More about these responsibilities can be found online at the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC). There is also a 32nd Legislative District Republican Organization, with membership open to Republicans. We establish platforms, provide guidance and resolutions to elected leaders (mayors, councils, directors, boards) including our very progressive environmental resolutions, endorse candidates or even appoint state Representatives to hold office until a special election. This will happen in Arizona with the Republican gentleman who passed away a few weeks ago – the Republican PCOs in his legislative district will have that responsibility. If someone is ready to learn more and to serve, these organizations are a good starting point. Our next general meeting is November 14.

    Carol McMahon
    Lynnwood

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  10. Thank you Carol, if you would like to address my concerns, it would be addressing why members of political parties run as “Prefers Independent Party”. There are seated City Council members who are part of the 32nd LD club who ran against true independents and lost. In additional to being deceitful, I think it is an unfair to have a true independent run against an “independent” who is backed by a political party. These members of the 32nd LD party get the advantage of free printed press, free labor of doorbelling, distributing campaign material and much more. These true independents would not want to seek either endorsement of a democrat or republican party because they want to remain independent. So why does your club allow your members to run as Independents when they are strong Democrats?

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