DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
For many, district court is the first contact anyone has with the judicial system. This moment is crucial to our very faith in the American judicial system, perhaps more now than ever. When an individual looks to explain their perspective or circumstances, they are often embarrassed, indignant or feel that they have more to say about whatever brought them to stand in front of the judge that day. Our entire system of government is premised upon the belief that each of us gets to be heard. Regardless of the outcome, this moment needs to be one of respect and conscious care. The “system” must work. As a former attorney, a business owner and mother, I have sat in courtrooms where judges looked to humiliate and degrade. These experiences leave lifelong impressions, and not the ones that foster respect for the law or judicial system. In fact, these encounters tear away at the very foundations of our society.
Sarah Hayne, who is running for King County District Court Judge, comes from a real-person background and has consistently shown her compassion for her communities. Sarah has seen the judicial system from every angle and will adjudicate those before her with respect, humaneness and a passionate commitment to the rules all must abide. Her intelligence, life experience and fair-mindedness are exactly what we need in our judicial system.
Kate Riffle Roper
Many of us, when it comes to casting our ballots, may not necessarily pay much attention to the judicial candidates on the ballot. This election I want to bring your attention to one candidate, Marcus Naylor, who deserves your attention. Marcus is running for the open King County Northeast District Court Judge position. I have been a friend of Marcus now for over ten years. During this time I have come to know him very well and respect him so much for his honesty, integrity and compassion. We have taken some of the most memorable fishing trips of our lives together. It is rare that we have such an honorable and well-qualified candidate. Marcus has been practicing law for over 23 years in our state. For the last four years he has been a part-time judge. As a testament to his non-partisanship he is endorsed by both the King County Democrats and Republicans. Marcus has also earned the endorsement of many prosecutors, court staff, and judges including the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court. He has been rated “exceptionally well qualified” by the King County Bar Association. For more information about Marcus and his candidacy please visit marcusnaylor.com.
I’ve been involved in education advocacy in public schools for the past 12 years. As the parent of a child with autism, I’ve worked closely with families and schools to help students with disabilities. As an advocate for children in our foster care system, I help some of our most at-risk students get the support they need. And like so many parents, as the mother of three school-aged children I’m a committed volunteer, helping out in our schools whenever I can.
When I first met Andy Hill, I was immediately impressed by his smarts, his passion for helping others, and a problem-solving approach that puts what’s best for kids above politics. He understands the challenges our schools face. And he’s impatient, but in a good way, because that meant starting on his first day in office, Senator Hill was ready to tackle the big issues. He’s been unwilling to accept the same, tiresome excuses for past failures.
Most importantly, Senator Hill listens. When parents like me approach him with a problem, he tries to understand it from our perspective. If issues come up that directly impact our community, he asks us to share our views. That’s because he knows the value of ensuring every viewpoint has a seat at the table.
During his time in office, Andy Hill has made helping our most vulnerable a top priority. His VIP Act means that 5,000 people with disabilities and their families will receive respite care and supported employment. His Para-educator Development Bill will provide a career path for educators who provide over half of all instruction to students with disabilities. This issue is important to me because I’ve seen firsthand how these dedicated professionals have changed the lives of students with disabilities, including my own son. Thanks to Senator Hill, they will finally receive the support needed to do their jobs.
Elections are about choices. And in this election, for me, the choice is clear. I’m voting for Andy Hill because of his commitment to education and his passion for helping others. I hope you’ll do the same.
In the race for 45th District Senator, the best decision for voters is to reelect Senator Andy Hill.
Senator Andy Hill stands for education. He led the crafting of a budget that put $1 billion into public education – the most in recent history – without raising taxes. This budget reversed a 30-year trend in which education was chronically underfunded. With the budget, education spending growth now outpaced non-education spending growth 4 to 1. Furthermore, this budget also held the line on in-state college tuition for the first time in 27 years. Our students – our future – need this kind of leadership. Those who claim bipartisanship is dead should know that Senator Hill’s budget passed both houses with 89 percent of the vote in each chamber. It was because of this budget that Senator Hill received endorsements from both Stand for Children and the League of Education Voters – organizations that might not otherwise be expected to support Republican candidates.
Senator Hill was responsible for crafting the Vulnerable Individuals Priority (VIP) Act. This proposal ensures adequate funding into DSHS so that individuals with developmental disabilities can receive the help they need. This is much-needed assistance to over 4,000 individuals that need at-home care, and over 1,000 individuals that need assistance in finding employment. Again, this resolution passed the House and Senate with broad bipartisan support.
Senator Hill’s opponent, Matt Isenhower, offers little in comparison. He has a few talking points and scant experience to support himself. With Senator Hill, I know I am dealing with someone who truly cares about his constituents and all Washingtonians. His experience as a PTA dad, tutor, and soccer coach exemplify his concern for children in both the 45th District and Washington state. Senator Hill’s record of sponsoring bipartisan legislation shows that Hill is a pragmatist who truly cares about best representing all Washingtonians.
If you want honest leadership with real results in Olympia, then I encourage you to make the right decision and reelect
Andy Hill as our State Senator.
I support the homeowners of Greenbrier Heights who bought homes with backyards that unbeknownst to them were developed outside of the legal land parcels. The most common sense solution is that they retain ownership of all the property that they were led to believe was included in their lot when they bought it. The property lines should be redrawn in the homeowners’ favor.
My expectation of government is that it spend its money wisely by doing normal due diligence and oversight on the projects that it’s involved in. Call me a fiscal conservative. But let me point out that being fiscally conservative is not the same thing as being mean. If the City of Woodinville did not manage its contractor’s work in the Greenbrier Heights development then any responsibility regarding faulty property lines is the responsibility of the developer and the City. Does the City not write its contracts in such a way that the developer is held responsible for its work? There is nothing good about asking homeowners to vacate property which they were led to believe belonged to them and they call home. It’s just plain mean. And being mean is no way to represent the good-hearted people in this town.
The at best uncooperative behavior by City of Woodinville paid staff towards Woodinville’s small business and property owners has got to stop — from the top down. Too many of us in Woodinville have stories about how our city has made doing anything constructive here in Woodinville ridiculously difficult. This part of Woodinville is downright depressing to our local economy. Yet that behavior must be benefitting someone.
Perhaps the inability of City Council members to communicate with city staff below the executive is a factor in this dysfunction at City of Woodinville? Is this legal? It gives too much power to a few.
The brilliance of American democracy is in the checks and balances that create balances of power. For some reason we’re not benefitting from this on our local level.
Lake Leota Neighborhood, Woodinville