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2017 VOTER GUIDE Your resource on SHBA endorsed candidates and ballot measures

Ballots must be postmarked no later than November 7th! Paid for by Spokane Home Builders Association PAC.

The mission of the Spokane Home Builders Association Political Action Committee is to support the building industry through rigorous political support of candidates and ballot measures that represent pro-growth and business friendly values. Our focus is to clearly define the choices facing voters this election cycle by promoting our endorsed candidates who understand and will fight for builder issues in elected office.

If you have any questions regarding SHBA Government Affairs, industry-related issues, or would like more information on the Government Affairs Committee please contact: Arthur Whitten 509-532-4990 ext 31

This publication is intended as an informational tool for members of the Spokane Home Builders Association.

2017 SPOKANE CITY GUIDE Spokane City Council District 1: Tim Benn, Open Seat Education: Spokane Community College, Associate Degree: Business, Marketing & Management Experience: Business Owner, Licensed Childcare. Chairman, Minnehaha Neighborhood Council Personal: Resides in Northeast Spokane; Wife Shannon; Three Children

Councilman Mike Fagan

Notable Endorsements: Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Spokane Association Realtors (SAR), Associated General Contractors (AGC),

Contact:; Phone: 509-218-1250 Opponent: Kate Burke - Legislative Assistant to Senator Andy Billig. Endorsed by Spokane Regional Labor Council, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Fuse Spokane and SEIU Local #1199

WHY WE SUPPORT HIM • Has a long history in Northeast Spokane as a homeowner and business owner making him well qualified to represent his constituency. • Opposes regulation mandates on businesses in the City of Spokane. • Supports much needed infrastructure reinvestment in Northeast Spokane to jump start economic development and housing opportunities.

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2017 SPOKANE CITY GUIDE Spokane City Council District 2: Andy Dunau, Challenger Education: Grinnell College, BA. New York University, Masters of Public Administration Experience: Spokane Parks Board 2011-2016. Executive Director, Spokane River Forum. President, Dunau Associates Personal: Resides in South Spokane; Wife and Three Children Notable Endorsements: Associated General Contractors (AGC), Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), Washington Hospitality Association, Spokane Association of Realtors Contact: Phone: 509-869-8568 Opponent: Breean Beggs- Appointed Councilmember, Former Executive Director of Center for Justice.

WHY WE SUPPORT HIM • His opponent supports the unconstitutional railroad restricting Proposition 2 which would hold taxpayers liable for a costly legal defense. • Intends to streamline city services saving businesses time and money. • Supports local code revisions to remove barriers to infill development.

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2017 SPOKANE CITY GUIDE Spokane City Council District 3: Matthew Howes, Challenger Education: Eastern Washington University, Business Degree Experience: Co-Owner, Adelo’s Pizza, Pasta and Pints Personal: Resides in Northwest Spokane; Wife and Two Children Notable Endorsements: Spokane Association Realtors, Washington Hospitality Association, Associated General Contractors (AGC). Contact: Opponent: Candace Mumm- Councilmember. Endorsed by Spokane Regional Labor Council, SEIU Locals #1199 and #775, and Council President Ben Stuckart

WHY WE SUPPORT HIM • Will bring a small business owner perspective to city hall. • His opponent supports costly new regulations on building such as mandatory fire sprinklers in residential structures. • He supports pro-growth policies that will allow new market based housing to be built in Northwest Spokane.

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2017 SPOKANE VALLEY GUIDE WHY WE SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING CANDIDATES The Spokane Valley Council saw three new members join their ranks through appointments in 2016. As a result, five of the seven positions are on Spokane Valley ballots this November. In the last year, the Spokane Valley City Council has overseen improving efficiencies at City Hall through a restructuring of city departments to make it simpler to interact with local government. The 2016 comprehensive plan update increased flexibility for future development by simplifying zoning designations, adjusting lot dimensional standards and opening additional options for ADU, cottage and other affordable housing varieties.

Position 1: Mayor Rod Higgins Education: University of Idaho, BS, Finance Experience: U.S. Army Veteran, Mining Industry Executive, Financial Consultant Personal: Married With Two Adult Children Notable Endorsements: Spokane Association of Realtors, Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights Contact: Opponent: Chris Jackson- Doctoral Candidate at University of Ortega, endorsed by the Spokane Regional Labor Council

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2017 SPOKANE VALLEY GUIDE Position 2: Councilmember Caleb Collier Education: Grand Canyon University, BA History Experience: U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, AMR EMT, U.S. Postal Service Mail Carrier Personal: Married With Five Children, Appointed in June 2016 Notable Endorsements: Spokane Association of Realtors, Gun Owners of America Contact: Opponent: Brandi Peetz- Endorsed by SEIU Local #1199, UA Local #44, UFCW #1439

Position 5: Councilmember Pam Haley Education: BA Organizational Management, MBA Experience: Small Business Owner Personal: Married, Appointed in June 2016 Notable Endorsements: Spokane Association of Realtors, Sheriff Knezovich Contact: Opponent: Angie Beem-Endorsed by Spokane County Democrats

Position 7: Councilmember Mike Munch Education: West Valley High School Experience: Journeyman Carpenter, General Contractor Personal: Married With Three Children. Former SHBA member with Able Construction, Appointed July 2016 Notable Endorsements: Spokane Association of Realtors Contact: Opponent: Linda Thompson- Executive Director, GSSAC.

7th Legislative District Washington State Senate: Senator Shelly Short Education: Eastern Washington University Experience: Legislative Aide to George Nethercutt & Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Paralegal Personal: Resides in Addy; Married With Two Children Contact: BIAW Rating: 100% (2016) Notable Endorsements: NFIB Washington PAC WA State Farm Bureau WA Retail Association Spokane Association of Realtors


Vocal proponent on behalf of the building industry in favor of passing a permanent solution to the Hirst Decision. Senator Short voted for builder supported SB 5239 which would have reverted back to policy prior to the Hirst Decision.

• Her supportive votes and advocacy on behalf of the building industry should be retained. • As Chair of the Senate Local Government Committee has supported legislation easing Growth Management Act regulatory burdens on the building industry.

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7th Legislative District Washington State House of Representatives: Representative Jacquelin Maycumber Education: Bachelors in Biochemistry Experience: Legislative Assistant, Law Enforcement Officer, Biomedical Research Scientist Personal: Resides in Republic; Married With Three Children Contact: BIAW Rating: Released in 2017 Notable Endorsements: NFIB Washington PAC WA State Farm Bureau WA Retail Association Spokane Association of Realtors


In her freshman year, sponsored a bill that would expedite tax reassessments for properties negatively impacted by the Hirst Decision, highlighting the urban tax shift that results from decreasing property values in rural parts of the state.

• Has prioritized public policy to enhance rural economic development. • Has strongly supported bringing “Hirst Fix” SB 5239 to the floor of the State House of Representatives.

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Ballot Measure Guide Vote No: City of Spokane: Proposition 2 Prohibition of Oil & Coal Shipment by Rail History The Spokane City Council in 2016 introduced an ordinance and resolution that would have sent to the ballot a measure on administering civil penalties to owners of railcars carrying uncovered coal or crude oil through city limits. Following an opinion from the council’s policy adviser detailing the unconstitutional nature of the measure due to the interstate commerce clause, the City Council voted to remove the measure from the November 2016 ballot. Citizens, in fall of 2016, submitted a ballot initiative on the same topic and gathered the signatures necessary to qualify for the November 2017 ballot. City of Spokane voters will see Proposition 2 on their ballots this fall.

If Proposition 2 passes it will: •

Impose a civil penalty of $261 per rail car travelling through the City of Spokane carrying uncovered coal or crude oil. The measure also places distance restrictions on rail travel of these commodities from different locations such as schools and the Spokane River.

• Effectively ban the transport of fossil fuels through city limits by rail, forcing transport by more trucks on the highway.

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If passed, Prop 2 will cost taxpayers likely millions of dollars to defend the measure in court. Opinions from the City’s Hearing Examiner and Council Policy Adviser both have indicated the unconstitutional and unenforceable nature of the measure.

• Spokane must be a business-friendly community to continue to attract employers who create good paying jobs that boosts the local economy and market demand for housing. Prop 2 threatens to eliminate good paying jobs and damage our business competitiveness. • The local building industry relies on the free transport of goods through Spokane to continue to deliver services to homeowners throughout the region. •

Prop 2 will not improve rail safety in Spokane. The rail companies already utilize modern safety precaution procedures and the most efficient and environmentally friendly shipping methods.

Other organizations opposing Proposition 2 include Greater Spokane Inc., Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors, and the Spokane Association of Realtors.

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Spokane Home Builders Association 2017 Voter Guide  
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