SGGL 100 Questions Project

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We are now in the window of 100 Days until the November 2021 General Election and are posing 100 questions in 100 days to inform, challenge, and inspire community members to dig into issues important to all of us.

Keep checking what's added here and on Facebook, stay safe, and have fun.

Day 3, 10/29/2021

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Do you know about the CELEBRATION ALERT?

 

The SGGL is holding a Zoom Party on election night, Tuesday 11/2, starting at 7:30pm. We will be live streaming the Clallam County Auditor’s Election Results from http://clallam.net/Auditor/Elections.html.

 

We will also be hearing from the candidates and all of you as the returns come in and the results unfold. Everyone has been amazing and if we pull this election off, we will be making history.

 

Here’s the Zoom link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81117082938...

Meeting ID: 811 1708 2938

Passcode: 461134

One tap mobile

+12532158782,,81117082938#,,,,*461134# US (Tacoma)

+13462487799,,81117082938#,,,,*461134# US (Houston)

Day 4, 10/28/2021

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Did you know that as of yesterday October 27, only 31.3% of Sequim’s registered voters had submitted their ballots!

And what about eligible residents who haven’t registered yet? Is it too late?

The answer is: NO, it is not too late. YES, there is something you can do if you know someone who is:

  • A citizen of the United States;

  • A legal resident of Washington State;

  • At least 18 years old by Election Day;

  • Not disqualified from voting due to a court order; and

  • Not under Department of Corrections supervision for a Washington felony conviction.

These folks can register in person at Clallam County Elections department, located at 223 E 4th Street Suite #1, through 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Their vote could make the difference next Tuesday.

Day 5, 10/27/2021

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Did you know that there are only 5 days until voting closes on November 2?

 

Did you know that as of yesterday, October 26, only 28.6% of Sequim voters had submitted their ballots!

 

Is to too late to do anything to help the SGGL-endorsed candidates?

 

The answer is: NO, it is not too late. YES, there is something you can do.

 

Think about everyone you know who lives inside the Sequim City limits and is eligible to vote. Might there be anyone in your circle who is registered to vote and may NOT have voted yet?

 

If the answer to this last question is, MAYBE, you might be able to affect the outcome of the election by doing the following:

 

Call, text, email, or walk over to your friend(s) and ask them if they’ve had a chance to vote yet. If they say YES, offer a big thank you. If they say NO or NOT YET, let them know how important this election is and encourage them to VOTE TODAY.

 

 

If 100 SGGL supporters did this with 3 people each, those 300 votes could make ALL THE DIFFERENCE on November 2nd.

Day 6, 10/26/2021

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We can’t believe it’s only 6 days (and counting) until the election!

 

Did you know that this Thursday at 7pm, SGGL will be hosting its last SGGL Membership Meeting prior to the November 2 election?

 

Did you know that we have invited the SGGL-endorsed candidates, will be reflecting on our journey together over the last NINE months (can you believe it), and discussing election night events and beyond?

 

Please join us.

 

Here’s the Zoom info:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81117082938?pwd=SW9LWlJHQ1UzTC9oZi9UbjJuUDJrQT09

Meeting ID: 811 1708 2938

Passcode: 461134

One tap mobile

+12532158782,,81117082938#,,,,*461134# US (Tacoma)

Dial by your location

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Day 7, 10/25/2021

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Are you wondering how many voters have returned their ballots as of last Friday, October 22?

Did you know that Washington State Secretary of State’s Ballot Return Statistics are available to the public and can be accessed through the Clallam County Auditor’s webpage?


County Auditor page: http://clallam.net/Auditor/Elections.html


Ballot Return Statistics link: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/research/ballot-return-statistics.aspx


Did you know that if you have some basic Microsoft Excel skills, you can download the entire file of those who have voted in the state and then dig into county-specific and precinct-specific voter return statistics?

Here’s an example for the City of Sequim:

  • Sequim City Registered Voters: 5,937

  • Ballots Cast as of Friday, 10/22: 1,237

  • Percent of Voters who voted as of 10/22: 21%

Note: We will update these figures every few days between now and election day.

Day 8, 10/24/2021

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Do you want a new mayor for the City of Sequim?

Did you know that Mayor Armacost was elected to a two-year term in January 2020 and his term will expire in January 2022?

Did you know that if three or more of the five SGGL-endorsed City Council candidates win on November 2, a good governance group will make up the majority on the Sequim City Council and will have the power to decide who becomes the next mayor?

Day 9, 10/23/2021

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Like yesterday, we are posing a “100 Days” question a second time because of its importance:

Did you know that in Washington State, when a person is appointed to fill a nonpartisan vacancy (e.g. Sequim City Council), that person only holds the seat until the next election? And the person elected in that next election shall take office immediately? (RCW 42.12.070)

Translation: If Kathy Downer, Vicki Lowe and Lowell Rathbun win in 9 days, they will replace Sarah Kincaid, Mike Pence, and Keith Larkin at 2pm on November 23rd, 2021, when the election will be officially certified. If Brandon Janisse and Rachel Anderson win, they continue to hold their seats.

Day 10, 10/22/2021

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Because it’s important to remember some of the details of how the Sequim City Council races may play out, we are posing a “100 Days” question a second time:

How many SGGL-endorsed candidates need to be elected out of the five running for Sequim City Council to put the William Armacost faction in the minority? (multiple choice question)

a) All 5

b) 4 out of 5

c) 3 out of 5

d) None of the above

Hint: Check out the Day 80 Question at https://www.sequimgoodgovernanceleague.org/general-9 .

Day 11, 10/21/2021

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How much money did the SGGL PAC raise to support the SGGL-endorsed candidates in 2021?
 

What did the SGGL PAC spend that money on?
 

Who gave how much money to the SGGL PAC?
 

What is the current bank balance of the SGGL PAC?
 

For the answer to these questions, check out the SGGL PAC Financial Disclosure Reports in the SGGL PAC Library at https://www.sgglpac.org/general-7.

Day 12, 10/20/2021

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This week we learned a new term, “malinformation." Are you familiar with it?
 

Malinformation (noun): purposeful maliciousness in spreading incorrect information
 

We ask because of last week’s (October 13) letter to the editor in the Sequim Gazette where Pepai Whipple engaged in this type of activity.

Check out our response to this malinformation in the following image and today’s Letters to the Editor section of the Sequim Gazette.

Day 13, 10/19/2021

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Now that we are so close to the election, we want to try something different.

 

Do you have any experiences or photos you can share that make you feel hopeful about the upcoming election on November 2?

If so, please visit our Facebook page and let us know.

https://www.facebook.com/SequimGoodGovernanceLeague/posts/182585730714087

Day 14, 10/18/2021

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Most of us have been so busy thinking about and working to bring about a new City Council to Sequim that we may have lost track of the other four candidates SGGL has endorsed.

Can you name who they are?

Just in case, we’re reposting Day 25’s question.

Have you heard about the SGGL Candidate Endorsements for the Sequim School Board, the OMC Hospital Commissioners, and the Fire District 3 Commissioner Position 1?

The Sequim Good Governance League has endorsed the following Candidates running for election on November 2, 2021.

We have carefully studied each race and believe that these four individuals embody Good Governance and will represent ALL members of the community.

Thank you all for stepping forward.

Day 15, 10/17/2021

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Which former City of Sequim mayors wrote a Letter to the Editor in the Sunday October 17 Peninsula Daily News that stated, in part: “Currently the City Council majority lack the commitment or the integrity required to guarantee uninterrupted delivery of essential services. With your ballot in hand, we urge you to vote for Kathy Downer, Vicki Lowe, Brandon Janisse, Rachel Anderson and Lowell Rathbun for Sequim City Council.”

A) Candace Pratt and Dennis Smith

B) Dennis Smith and Ken Hays

C) Laura Dubois and Candace Pratt

D) Dennis Smith, Candace Pratt, Ken Hays, and Laura Dubois

Day 16, 10/16/2021

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We know you’ve all been waiting for the resurrection of our sign that was knocked down at 7th and Washington.

Have you seen it in its new home?

Do you recognize the location from the photos?

What do you think about how it’s been turned into a two-sided sign?

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Day 17, 10/15/2021

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Have you seen the quarter-page ad in this week’s Sequim Gazette on page A4?

Do you think it accurately reflects a call to vote for good government and these candidates are a shining light amidst the chaos?

Day 18, 10/14/2021

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This year’s political campaign has seen many negative comments and accusations on social media and, to a lesser degree, in the newspapers and radio. We have also seen the promotion of misinformation and possibly disinformation about SGGL and the SGGL-endorsed candidates.

The Sequim Good Governance League believes that there is NO place in our community for this type of written and verbal behavior. The SGGL Board has worked hard to walk the walk and talk the talk.

Be honest. How have we done?

Day 19, 10/13/2021

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What does transparency and good governance look like when it comes to financial disclosure during the political campaign season?

Read on…

The Sequim Good Governance League is a Sequim-based organization with a Sequim address. A separate entity, the SGGL PAC was set up to segregate political activity from the monitoring and education roles of the League. The SGGL PAC is also a Sequim-based organization with a Sequim address. This segregation is an example of good governance.

The SGGL PAC has received 58 donations for this campaign season. 1 donor lives in Carlsborg, 1 in Forks, 3 in Port Angeles, and 53 in Sequim. 33 donations are between $10 and $50. 21 are between $100 and $200. And 4 are between $250 and $499.

We have raised $4,979 from our generous donors. We are on track to spend $958 on printing, $360 on postage, $2,994 on advertising, and $320 on administrative costs.

Day 20, 10/12/2021

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How important is it to you that we bring good governance back to our community?

What is the single most IMPORTANT thing you can do with a couple of hours of your time to MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

The ANSWER is straightforward: The next week is critical for the door-to-door canvassing effort for the SGGL-endorsed Sequim City Council Candidates.

All hands on deck. Please contact Chris Walker to sign up. She can be reached at cwalker22654@gmail.com.

Day 21, 10/11/2021

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Have you seen the before and after photos of our SGGL-Candidates big sign that was torn down on 7th and Washington last Saturday?

Does anyone have a suggestion of where this beautiful sign can be resurrected?

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Day 22, 10/10/2021

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𝗦𝗚𝗚𝗟 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝘆 (𝟮𝟮 𝗱𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻)

Today’s question builds on yesterday’s question about getting enough votes to get our candidates elected. Specifically, we think that SGGL supporters need to shake the bushes to get several hundred people to vote who might not.

Have you heard about Vote-Tripling?

Vote Tripling is a simple process that can be done by anyone who knows three people who live in the Sequim City Limits and is eligible to vote in November. Here’s how it works?

Dan knows Joe, Joan and Jackie who live in Sequim, are registered voters, but don’t pay attention to politics and don’t always vote. Dan does two things with his friends between now and the election:

  1. Around the middle of October (like next week) Dan calls, emails or texts Joe, Joan and Jackie as ask them if they know about the election, know about the SGGL-endorsed candidates, and asks if they are planning to vote by November 2nd. Hopefully, they can get to a YES on all three questions.

  2. Near the end of October, Dan reconnects with his friends and asks them if they’ve filled out and submitted their ballot yet. If yes, he thanks them. If not, he encourages them to do so, because this election is sooo important.

 

That’s it!

If 100 SGGL supporters did this with 3 people each, those 300 votes could make ALL THE DIFFERENCE on November 2nd.

Question: Is this something you are willing to do in October?

Day 23, 10/09/2021

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Question: How many votes do the five good governance candidates for the Sequim City Council need to get elected?

Answer: There are 5,900 registered voters in Sequim’s 6 precincts. This election is going to be won or lost based on turnout. We’re expecting that those running against the SGGL-endorsed candidates will be energized because of their “freedom being taken away”. We’re also expecting that the non-extremist voter turnout might be low because it’s an off year.

With that in mind, if there’s a 50% turnout, we need 1,500 votes for our candidates to win. If there’s a 70% turnout, we need 2,100 votes to win. We think we need to get over 2,100 votes to have a margin of comfort, maybe even 2,500. This translates into shaking the bushes to get several hundred people to vote who might not.

Tomorrow’s question will discuss another way to “shake the bushes”.

Day 24, 10/08/2021

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We've been asking questions about what it means to practice good governance and expectations about elected officials. But what does it mean to be a good constituent and what expectations should our officials have of us?

Day 25, 10/07/2021

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Have you heard about the SGGL Candidate Endorsements for the Sequim School Board, the OMC Hospital Commissioners, and the Fire District 3 Commissioner Position 1?

The Sequim Good Governance League has endorsed the following Candidates running for election on November 2, 2021.

We have carefully studied each race and believe that these four individuals embody Good Governance and will represent ALL members of the community.

Thank you all for stepping forward.

Day 26, 10/06/2021

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Can you believe there are only 26 days until the November 2 election?

Are you sitting on pins and needles about the five Sequim City Council races?

Do you have a couple of hours to spare to help ensure a good governance majority on the Council?

Participating in phone banking may be just the ticket. This involves making phone calls to registered voters inside the Sequim city limits AFTER the ballots have come out. You will only be calling folks who haven’t yet voted, encouraging them to vote. Simple. Easy.

If you’re interested, email us at sequimgoodgovernanceleague@gmail.com and we will connect you up with the phone banking team.

Day 27, 10/05/2021

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Last night we hosted and watched the panel discussion with the five SGGL-endorsed City Council Candidates: Kathy Downer Position 2, Vicki Lowe Position 3, Rachel Anderson Position 4, Brandon Janisse Position 5, and Lowell Rathbun Position 6. 

Quite frankly, we were blown away by what a new City Council majority would look like – thoughtful, intelligent, diverse, respectful – the list is long.

Question: Do you believe that elected officials should be held to different standards, both professionally and personally, than what we’ve experienced from some members of the current Sequim City Council?

(P.s. Keep an eye out for the announcement of where you can watch a recording of the event.)

Day 28, 10/04/2021

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Do you have 90 minutes late this afternoon (5:30-7:00pm) to tune into what might be the most exciting Sequim City Council election-related event of the season?

SGGL supporters have generated an amazing list of forward-thinking questions for the candidates. You won’t want to miss this.

How to Attend? ZOOM!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86234160518?pwd=ZHFUa3Z5RWlTeU1rT0s0V2F1Y0R1dz09

Meeting ID: 862 3416 0518
Passcode: 498607
One tap mobile
+12532158782,,86234160518#,,,,*498607# US (Tacoma)
See you there.

Day 30, 10/02/2021

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Today we are continuing our dive into how YOU can help get good governance candidates elected.

Would you like to meet the Next City Council Majority?

What? The SGGL is hosting a City Council Candidate Panel next Monday, 10/4 from 5:30-7:00pm.

What's Different? We're bringing the next Sequim City Council majority together in person (virtually) to showcase their experience, integrity, honesty, transparency, and fairness.

How You Can Help #1? Send us a question to ask the candidates. Respond to this email with your insightful, thoughtful question... or two.

How You Can Help #2? Invite a friend... or two.

How to Attend? ZOOM!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86234160518?pwd=ZHFUa3Z5RWlTeU1rT0s0V2F1Y0R1dz09

Meeting ID: 862 3416 0518

Passcode: 498607

One tap mobile

+12532158782,,86234160518#,,,,*498607# US (Tacoma)

See you there.

Day 29, 10/03/2021

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Today the Peninsula Daily News reported that Governor Inslee visited the North Olympic Peninsula, meeting with community leaders including Dr. Allison Berry. During the visit the governor stated that he might consider a proof-of-vaccination mandate statewide similar to the one Dr. Berry rolled out here.

https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/state-may-consider-measures-implemented-on-peninsula/

What do you think about the job Dr. Berry is doing to protect ALL citizens, businesses, schools, and healthcare facilities on the Peninsula?

Day 31, 10/01/2021

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QUESTION: What are the three most important issues facing the City of Sequim?

(We ask because SGGL is compiling questions for the Monday, 10/4, 5:30pm SGGL-Endorsed Candidates Panel that we are holding on Zoom.)

QUESTION: Can you turn one of your important issues into a question and email it to sequimgoodgovernanceleague@gmail.com?

(Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Monday, 10/4, 5:30pm-7:00pm.)

Day 32, 9/30/2021

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Today we are continuing our dive into how YOU can help get good governance candidates elected.

Things are heating up and with only 3 weeks left before ballots start arriving and there is a tremendous need to talk to as many potential voters as possible.

Did you know that we are participating in a door-to-door canvassing effort for the SGGL-endorsed Sequim City Council Candidates, organized by Chris Walker who can be reached at cwalker22654@gmail.com?

The door knocking blitz starts on Sunday October 3rd from 10am-2pm, with several more to follow.

This Sunday folks will meet at Carrie Blake Park, social distance and masked, to team up in twos and go over messaging.  Everyone will then hit the streets with a list of areas you will cover and literature for all 5 candidates.

Door Knocking and speaking to voters is proven to be the best way to gain support for candidates and is informative as well as fun!

We can do this! We have 5 All Star Candidates = NEW Mayor

Day 33, 9/29/2021

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Did you know there is a League of Women Voters Candidate Forum TONIGHT for the Sequim City Council candidates?

 

While SGGL will be holding a panel with our endorsed candidates on October 4, tonight's event is a forum where you can hear the positions of all the candidates (with the exception of Pence, Kincaid and Ness who declined to participate).

 

Here is the zoom information:

 

CANDIDATE FORUM #2: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th | 6:00 to 8:00 PM

 

Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82582378983?pwd=dk5XUTNvcW8rNHRESE9PVWY3bFBmZz09

 

SEQUIM CITY COUNCIL

 

Candidates for Position 2 are:

 

• Kathy Downer – Confirmed

• Sarah Kincaid – Declined

 

Candidates for Position 3 are:

 

• Vicki L. Lowe – Confirmed

• Mike Pence – Declined

 

Candidates for Position 4 are:

 

• Rachel Anderson – Confirmed

• Daryl Ness – Declined

 

Candidates for Position 5 are:

 

• Brandon Janisse – Confirmed

• Patrick Day – Confirmed

 

Candidates for Position 6 are:

 

• Lowell Rathbun – Confirmed

• Keith A Larkin – Confirmed

Day 34, 9/28/2021

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Today we are continuing our dive into how you can help get good governance candidates elected.

Do you have an hour or two on a Saturday in October to hand out SGGL-candidate 4”x9” rack cards to city residents at the Sequim Farmer’s Market?

This will provide important visibility for the candidates and a chance to interact directly with community members about the importance of voting for good governance in Sequim.

If you want to help, please email sequimgoodgovernanceleague@gmail.com.

Day 35, 9/27/2021

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During this last week of September, we are digging into questions about how to get good governance candidates elected. See Day 41 for the complete list.

Did you know that YARD SIGNS are known as political mushrooms because they pop up in yards and street corners during the campaign season?

Did you know that YARD SIGNS have been demonstrated to increase name recognition and voter turnout?

Have you put up any YARD SIGNS, WINDOW SIGNS, CAR SIGNS, or MAGNET CAR BUMPER STICKERS yet?

If you need signs, please write us at sequimgoodgovernanceleague@gmail.com or contact the candidates directly at https://www.sequimgoodgovernanceleague.org/candidates

Day 36, 9/26/2021

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All of the Sequim City Council Candidates have spoken about the problem of lack of housing. Sarah Kincaid and other candidates supported by Donnie Hall have a solution: “We really need to look at our fees. I think that’s a drawback for a lot of people in building.” https://www.sequimgazette.com/news/election-2021-city-council-position-2-candidates-talk-mat-transparency/

We believe this is another example of “building better community for the FEW” (only the developers) because there is little evidence that lowering building fees is ever passed along to the consumer in the form of lower purchase or rental prices.

Are we missing something here?

Day 37, 9/25/2021

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How important is a strong local free press to good governance?

Are you subscribed to the Sequim Gazette and the Peninsula Daily News?

https://www.sequimgazette.com/subscribe/

https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/subscribe/

What other sources of local news do you support?

Day 38, 9/24/2021

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Do you believe that empathy is an essential good governance quality for an elected official, especially during a pandemic?

Do you believe this includes understanding all of the perspectives of our neighbors regarding masks, vaccinations, business challenges, and more?

Did you know that in 2019 (before the pandemic began), a psychologist at the University of British Columbia published the “The Psychology of Pandemics” where he predicted just about everything that’s been unfolding in the last 19 months?

Check out this article about the book and let us know what you think. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/mental-health/wondering-why-society-went-off-kilter-during-the-pandemic-it-was-all-predicted-in-this-book/

Day 39, 9/23/2021

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Today’s question addresses registering to vote in Clallam County.

 

Question 1: Are you 100% certain that you are registered to vote?

Click on this link to double check: https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

 

Question 2: After you’ve checked your voter registration status, what do you do if they have the wrong name or address?

Click on the same link and update your information: https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

 

Question 3: What do you do if you’re not registered yet?

Click on this link to the Clallam County Auditor to learn how to register online, by mail or in person. http://clallam.net/Auditor/RegistertoVote.html

 

Question 4: What’s the deadline for registering to vote in Clallam County (and Washington State)?

October 25, 2021 if you’re registering online or by mail; November 2, 2021 by 8pm (voting day) if you’re registering in person.

Day 40, 9/22/2021

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What do you think of the following idea?

One or more good governance Sequim City Councilors propose an alternative resolution to the destructive and chaos-producing one passed on Monday 9/13/21, where the new resolution actually promotes the health and safety of local residents and economic security of local businesses?

See our question of the day 49 for an example of what we’re suggesting:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/225532569154960/posts/379563083751907

Day 41, 9/21/2021

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What can YOU do in the next 41 day to help fix the Sequim City Council?

 

IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:
#1: Put Candidate Signs in Your Yard or a Friend's Yard.

#2: Make a Donation to SGGL.

 

IN OCTOBER:
#3: Hand Out 4" x 9" Candidate Endorsement Cards

#4: Door to Door Canvassing for the five City Council Candidates.

#5: Phone Banking with the Clallam County Democrats.

 

For details on how to help: https://mailchi.mp/59f8b1c1da2f/what-you-can-do-to-help-fix-the-sequim-city-council

Day 42, 9/20/2021

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Are you as concerned about the outcome of the upcoming election as we are?

Are you among the 97% of the population who are NOT political activists but still want to do SOMETHING?

Did you know there are six different types of “changemakers”, covering the gamut from extrovert to ambivert to introvert?

Did you know that The Story of Stuff people have a seven-question quiz that may help you figure out the best way for YOU to make a difference?

Take the quiz here: https://action.storyofstuff.org/survey/changemaker-quiz/

And then tell us about what you discovered.

Days 44 and 43, 9/18-19/2021

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Did you know that our social media director and board member, PJ Harris is moving this weekend and we are giving her a couple of days of rest?

Day 45, 9/17/2021

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What do you think of the following idea?

One or more good governance Sequim City Councilors propose an alternative resolution to the destructive and chaos-producing one passed on Monday 9/13/21, where the new resolution actually promotes the health and safety of local residents and economic security of local businesses?

See our question of the day 49 for an example of what we’re suggesting:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/225532569154960/posts/379563083751907

Day 45, 9/17/2021

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Did you know that Sequim City Council Candidates Rachel Anderson, Kathy Downer, Brandon Janisse, Vicki Lowe and Lowell Rathbun have all been endorsed by the Sequim Good Governance League, Sequim Education Association and Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe because they…

  • practice open & transparent governance

  • unite, not divide our community

  • protect the health and safety of citizens

  • represent the diversity of our community

  • seek solutions to affordable housing

  • support our business community

For more information: https://tinyurl.com/SGGLCandidates

Day 46, 9/16/2021

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We are dumbfounded. Can someone explain to us why in the world the Sequim City Council majority of Keith Larkin, Sarah Kincaid, Mike Pence, and William Armacost would undermine the healthcare workers in our community, bring chaos and disruption to an already overwhelmed local restaurant industry, undermine our public health officials, mislead residents into thinking that they have rescinded Dr. Berry’s order within the city limits, and threaten the lives of vulnerable members of our community?

Day 47, 9/15/2021

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Do you know what a PAC is? It's a political action committee. What does it do? It is a political committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates.

 

Now, did you know that Sequim Good Governance League has a PAC? Yes! We are committed to doing our part to get our endorsed candidates elected. https://www.sequimgoodgovernanceleague.org/candidates

 

Learn all about it here: https://www.sgglpac.org/

Day 48, 9/14/2021

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Did you know we have a page on our website dedicated to informing you about the candidates Sequim Good Governance League endorses?

 

There is a brief summary about each candidate and links to their websites. https://www.sequimgoodgovernanceleague.org/candidates

 

Please copy the link and share it. We are all ready to have #goodgovernance in Sequim! Thank you!

Day 49, 9/13/2021

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Today’s question is connected to the controversial City Council Resolution R2021 Expressing Support for our Small Businesses and Essential Workers’ Individual Rights.

Question: What do you think of SGGL’s edits to reflect what a City Council practicing good governance should be considering during the time of COVID?

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEQUIM, WASHINGTON, DOES HEREBY RESOLVE TO:

1) to stand in strong support of the people in the City of Sequim and anyone else in the County, and the State that believe their health is being jeopardized by extremists pushing anti-vaccination misinformation, and

2) stand in strong support of all our state workers, educators and healthcare workers whose lives are being put at risk by extremists pushing anti-vaccination misinformation, and

3) stand in strong support with our restaurant/bar owners who are following the science behind the pandemic and Dr. Berry’s proof of vaccination order so their restaurants can operate at full capacity and regain financial viability, and

4) condemn any form of discrimination towards any person following the science behind the pandemic and Dr. Berry’s efforts to keep our entire community safe.

 

P.s. Here’s a link to Mayor Armacost’s version: https://tinyurl.com/SequimCC1

Day 50, 9/12/2021

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Time for a reality check…

Has Dr. Berry, Governor Inslee or President Biden turned to tyranny and an illegal power grab?

Can the government mandate vaccines?

Across history, repeatedly, and overwhelmingly, the United States Courts have said yes to vaccination mandates!

But don’t take our word for it. Check out this ten minute special report video from Ari Melber if you want the straight legal analysis.

The bottom line: “If someone else tells you this is definitely unconstitutional or not the American tradition, they’re either lying to you or don’t know what they’re talking about.”

https://www.msnbc.com/the-beat-with-ari/watch/ari-melber-can-joe-biden-make-you-get-vaccinated-scotus-has-upheld-sweeping-mandates-for-a-century-120618565612

Day 51, 9/11/2021

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Where were you on 9/11/2001?

 

What’s one way this tragic, brain-searing event changed your perspective on life?

 

What’s one thing you can do today to acknowledge and recognize those who were injured or lost their lives on that day and in the 20 years since then in actions related to 9/11 (Americans, Afghans, Iraqis, and others)?

 

How have 9/11-related actions by the US leadership made more safe or less safe over these last 20 years?

 

How are recent actions by the Sequim City Council making us more safe or less safe in 2021 and beyond?

Day 52, 9/10/2021

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Good governance requires careful deliberation in the hiring of a new Sequim City Manager. That includes both the City Council and SGGL members not rushing to judgment about the four finalist candidates.

 

Have you read the resumes of the four finalists? What stands out most for you?

 

https://sequimwa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1169 Note that Patrick Comiskey has withdrawn from contention.

 

Did you participate in yesterday’s Virtual Public Reception for Sequim City Manager Candidates? What are your main takeaways about the four candidates?

 

Do you agree with the SGGL Board that this hiring process is a politically motivated rush by a group of Councilors who are afraid of losing their majority on the City Council in November and an example of self-serving, irresponsible governance?

Day 53, 9/9/2021

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Do you know about the two upcoming City Manager hiring events?

 

September 9 Virtual Public Reception for Sequim City Manager Candidates

Are you interested in meeting and posing questions to the Sequim City Manager Candidates this evening, Thursday September 9th, 6:00-7:30pm via Zoom?

 

The public is invited to a virtual reception via Zoom to meet the candidates for the Sequim City Manager position on Thursday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting can be joined by going to https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81744790068 or by calling 1-253-215-8782 and using Meeting ID: 817 4479 0068. The reception will include a brief introduction to the candidates followed by break out rooms where residents can converse with individual candidates.

 

https://www.sequimwa.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=1743

Day 54, 9/8/2021

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The Peninsula Daily News reported today that 8 of the 10 Sequim City Council Candidates will be participating in the League of Women Voters virtual forum on September 29, from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

 

The PDN also reported: Office-holders Sarah Kincaid, Position 2, and Mike Pence, Position 3, declined to participate. Kincaid said she’s attended previous League forums “they are not my cup of tea with too many ‘gotcha questions.’” Pence said he’s not participating because he had the understanding the forum was in Port Angeles and not conducted by local people.”

 

Since this is the only legitimate full-candidate forum being held that is open to the public, how do you think the public will be able to hear responses from those not participating and how would their lack of participation affect your vote?

 

Do you have friends, relatives or neighbors living in Sequim who may be undecided?

 

Would you be willing to ask three of them how Kincaid and Pence’s reasons for not attending the forum will affect their vote?

Day 55, 9/7/2021

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"We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic." (Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization)

 

Does this sound too close to home if you happen to be listening to the Clallam County Commissioners’ COVID Public Comment this morning?

 

What suggestions do you have for protecting our community from misinformation?

 

https://ethicalleadership.nd.edu/news/how-to-stop-the-spreadof-misinformation/

Day 56, 9/6/2021

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Question: In a Council-Manager form of government (see Note below), what is the single most important job of the City Council?

 

Answer: Hiring a City Manager who is responsible for hiring and supervising all city staff and administering the affairs of the city.

 

Question: Did you know that interviews with five City Manager candidates are scheduled this week, September 9 and 10?

 

Question: Did you know that the candidates were told that if any of them are uncomfortable traveling to Sequim due to the extremely high rate of COVID spread in the community, they could choose to interview virtually rather than in person.

 

Question: Do you think the rush to proceed with interviewing City Manager candidates this week is good governance in light of having an extremely competent interim City Manager (Charisse Deschenes), 56 days to the election, and a pandemic that’s getting worse by the day?

 

Note: The council-manager form aims to improve public services and make them more efficient by introducing professional management and removing politics from the day-to-day administration. This is based on the model of a business with a board of directors that appoints a chief executive officer; another familiar public example is the school board-superintendent relationship. https://tinyurl.com/SGGLnote1

Day 57, 9/5/2021

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Have you seen today’s Peninsula Daily News Sunday Editorial, “Join in fighting common enemy”?

 

What do you think of their leading paragraphs?

 

“The enemy isn’t Dr. Allison Berry or Dr. Anthony Fauci. It isn’t Tucker Carlson or any of the others who argue against health mandates. The enemy is a deadly virus. It isn’t a political issue. It isn’t a conspiracy. It isn’t an excuse for anything else. None of us want it to be here, but however it came about, here it is. We have to deal with it.”

 

And what do you think of their ending paragraphs?

 

“So the mandate that came into effect on Saturday has been met with great relief by many. Far from hurting business, we believe that the mandate will ensure businesses flourish. Because there are more vaccinated people than unvaccinated on the North Olympic Peninsula. And now we can go out.”

Day 58, 9/4/2021

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Knowing that irresponsible governance divides community, we are stunned at Mayor Armacost’s video statement posted on Twitter yesterday pledging to fight what he termed unconstitutional vaccine mandates: “I’ve been working with my council, we are going to have a resolution specifically dealing with this mandate to keep our businesses afloat.” “And I’m not going to roll over because some people want to control us and take away our rights.”

 

https://twitter.com/sequimt/status/1433670736598634502?s=27

 

Note that this came one week after his public statements on Coffee with the Mayor: “I follow the rules from our health official Dr. Unthank.” (Dr Berry) "I will follow the advice of the medical professionals who are experts in their fields."

 

We also learned today from Undersheriff Ron Cameron that “Today’s numbers were over 1000 per 100,000. A reporter pointed out that’s one in ten that have COVID. Wow. That is the worst in the State.”

 

https://www.facebook.com/clallamcountysheriff/posts/4721483294529497

 

Question: What would the good governance model suggest an elected official should do to demonstrate they are here for all constituents?

 

Question: What can you do today to let your friends and neighbors know about the importance of being kind to already overworked restaurant staff?

 

For more background information, check out: https://clallam.app.box.com/s/u04ngif8xe3pdi98stda4skwp09jse4k

 

https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/hundreds-protest-vaccine-proof-order/

Day 59, 9/3/2021

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What do you think of City Council Candidate Lowell Rathbun’s questions for his fellow City Council Candidates?

 

Are you vaccinated and do you wear a mask in public? Will you urge your fellow unvaccinated citizens to get vaccinated, and urge all of us to wear a mask in public and to comply with the governor’s indoor mask mandate?

 

What do you think of Lowell’s answer?

 

Yes to all of the above.

https://tinyurl.com/SGGLevent3

 

And what questions would YOU like to ask Lowell and other candidates this evening, Friday 9/3, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Civic Plaza?

Day 60, 9/2/2021

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Did you attend our first Candidate Meet 'n' Greet this past Tuesday?

Don't want to have FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)?

Join us this Friday at Civic Plaza from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. for one-stop shopping to pick up candidate literature and signs and ask questions of the candidates! Masking is strongly encouraged. Whether you can make it or not, we have an "ask" for you - please share this event in your social media groups and on your own page to help get the word out!"

Day 61, 9/1/2021

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Welcome to September. Have you seen today’s SGGL letter to the editor in the Peninsula Daily News, “No Appearance of Fairness”?

 

https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/letters/letter-no-appearance-of-fairness/

 

Did you know that 30% of the households in zip code 98382 (Sequim) subscribe to the Peninsula Daily News and 23% to the Sequim Gazette?

 

Did you know that if two dozen SGGL members wrote a single letter to the editor about the upcoming election, we could see three letters each week in the newspapers and reach many voters who know nothing about the SGGL-endorsed candidates?

The word count is limited to 250 words. 

 

The link to write an LTE to the Gazette is sequimgazette.com/submit-letter/

 

The link for the PDN is peninsuladailynews.com/submit-letter

 

Did you know that there are tons of articles on how to write an effective letter to the editor?

 

https://www.aclu.org/other/tips-writing-letter-editor

 

https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/writing-effective-letter-editor

Day 62, 8/31/2021

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What are you doing on this last day of August 2021, between 5:00 and 6:00pm?

 

Do you have an interest in meeting some of the SGGL-endorsed candidates, ask question, pick up yard signs and literature, sign up to volunteer, and learn other ways to help bring good governance back to the Sequim City Council?

 

If the answer to the above two questions is YES or MAYBE, consider coming to the 𝗖𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁, 𝗚𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗮𝘆𝗯𝗲 𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗢𝘂𝘁 𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁 at the covered picnic table area at Carrie Blake Park across the parking lot from the Guy Cole Center.

 

https://fb.me/e/2MbCF1qDT

Day 63, 8/30/2021

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Speaking of good governance, did you know that the Clallam League of Women Voters is an amazing nonpartisan organization that never endorses or opposes political parties or candidates, but is political?

Did you know they have a Mission of empowering voters and defending democracy? And a Vision of a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate?

And did you know that the League Is planning on having one of their world-famous Sequim City Council Candidate Forums at the end of September (details to follow)? And will be looking for great questions from the community to ask at the Forum?

For more information, check out https://lwvcla.clubexpress.com/

Day 64, 8/29/2021

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How do you prefer to get your information on candidates?

 

A. Their websites

B. Candidate forums

C. The Voters Guide

Day 65, 8/28/2021

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Good Governance builds community, irresponsible governance divides community. Irresponsible governance also wastes taxpayer dollars. Keeping that in mind, how much is it costing Sequim taxpayers to replace the former City Manager, Charlie Bush? (multiple choice question)

a) $1,500 - $2,500

b) $15,000 - $25,000

c) $150,000 - $250,000

d) $1,500,000 - $2,500,000

Note: Look at tomorrow’s Question of the Day for the answer.

Day 66, 8/27/2021

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Name this dynamic SGGL-endorsed candidate:

“I’m Committed, Compassionate, and Community Oriented!!”

"I am running for city council because I feel that there isn’t enough representation for low-income and young families in our area.”

“Our country has been so divided and I believe it’s past time for us to come together to make Sequim better.”

“We may not see eye-to-eye, but we can still respect each other.”

“We may disagree, but we can agree that we love Sequim and we want what is best for the community."

Hint: https://tinyurl.com/Sequimguess1

Day 67, 8/26/2021

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Did you know that the SGGL is hosting six SGGL-endorsed candidate events between now and the election on the following dates?

  • Thursday August 26, 2021 (this evening), 7:00-8:00pm, Zoom: Candidate Updates at the SGGL Monthly Membership Meeting.

  • Tuesday, August 31, 5-6pm, Carrie Blake Park: Candidate Meet-Greet-And-Maybe-Help-Out Event at the picnic table across from the Guy Cole Center before the Concert in the Park.

  • Friday, September 3, 5-6pm, Civic Center Community Plaza: Candidate Meet-Greet-And-Maybe-Help-Out Event to coincide with the First Friday Art Walk.

  • Thursday September 23, 2021, 7:00-8:00pm, Zoom: Candidate Updates at the SGGL Monthly Membership Meeting.

  • Early October, Date and Time to be Determined, Zoom: SGGL-endorsed Candidates Panel.

  • Thursday October 28, 2021, 7:00-8:00pm, Zoom: Candidate Updates at the SGGL Monthly Membership Meeting.

Mark your calendars!

Day 68, 8/25/2021

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Are you eligible to vote in the Sequim City Council races? If not, why are you interested in helping elect the SGGL-endorsed candidates?

(Note: We’re asking because we want to compile a list of reasons to use in our campaign materials.)

Day 69, 8/24/2021

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Today’s question is a bit of a brain teaser. Good luck with it.

Background: When the Sequim City Council calendar was approved in January 2021, there were no meetings scheduled in August. That has been the tradition so that staff and council can schedule vacations well in advance, knowing they won’t miss meetings.

Accordingly, the August 23 meeting was cancelled “to accommodate vacations,” but an Aug 26th special meeting was added to narrow down the list of City Manager candidates. This was done even though the Mayor knew that Councilors Janisse and Ferrell could not attend due to work and vacation, respectively. Councilor Ferrell’s repeated requests to postpone the meeting until he returned were ignored.

Question: Do you consider this action collaborative, collegial and good governance? If not, why do you think the August 26th meeting wasn’t postponed?

Day 70, 8/23/2021

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Today’s two-part question digs into one aspect of helping elect the SGGL-endorsed candidates – Lowell Rathbun, Vicki Lowe, Brandon Janisse, Kathy Downer, and Rachel Anderson.

Question 1: What do you think about the idea of placing a couple large (4’ x 8’) SGGL signs in well-trafficked locations asking people to vote for our good governance candidates?

Question 2: Do you have any suggestions for well-trafficked locations where the property owner would be interested in letting us put up such a sign?

Day 71, 8/22/2021

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Who is the only candidate for Sequim City Council that is actually running for reelection (as defined by: they’ve already been elected to City Council) and has consistently demonstrated good governance behaviors and actions?

https://www.facebook.com/Reelect-Brandon-Janisse-Sequim-City-Council-2021-103303801616593/

Day 72, 8/21/2021

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Mistakes happen. Even elected officials can have less-than-perfect moments. It’s how they handle it afterwards that speaks to their character. What action by our elected officials do you feel were questionable in the past year and how do you think their response could have demonstrated leadership, professionalism, and good governance?

Day 73, 8/20/2021

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One of the SGGL-endorsed candidates has deep roots in the community, having descended from both pioneer family and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and has lived in the Sequim area for 50+ years. This candidate has decades of experience working in health and social services administration and policy development and is on the Washington State Women’s Commission and the City of Sequim’s Planning Commission.

Two questions:

  1. What is the candidate’s name?

  2. What was the name of the grocery store/gas station at Fifth and Washington Streets that the candidate started working at when she was eleven years old?

For a hint: https://tinyurl.com/sgglpeek

Day 74, 8/19/2021

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How can an elected official demonstrate nonpartisanship that shows a willingness to be receptive to all constituents?

Day 75, 8/18/2021

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Which SGGL-endorsed Sequim City Council candidate is a retired nurse; a three-term member of the Marietta Ohio City Council; a member of the Sequim Planning Commission; has deep city councilor experience with the bread and butter issues of policing, fire, water, sewer, streets, traffic, storm water, local businesses, and bike paths; has a great description of why we need some serious changes on the City Council; and, if that’s not enough, can teach you CPR and First Aid?

No cheating, but do check out this website: https://committeetoelectkathydowner.com/.

Day 76, 8/17/2021

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Today we start a deep dive into the five SGGL-endorsed candidates.

Have you had a chance to read Lowell Rathbun’s fabulous and comprehensive July 14, 2021 post entitled “Priorities for Sequim”?

Do you think the eight priorities Lowell has identified reflects our community’s needs? Any additions?

  • Restore good governance to Sequim city council

  • Address the affordable housing crisis

  • Increase the delivery of human services

  • More broadband

  • Combat climate change

  • Identify and reduce systemic racism

  • Diversify Sequim’s economic base

  • Protect the environment

Read the full story at: https://rathbunforcouncil.weebly.com/posts.html

Day 77, 8/16/2021

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Today’s four-part question is based on the assumption that good governance includes ensuring the safety of everyone in the community.

 

Are you aware that starting Monday, August 16, 2021, a universal masking mandate will go into effect for all indoor spaces in Clallam and Jefferson counties including government facilities, schools and all businesses including restaurants?

 

Did you know that City Council Members need to disclose if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 if they are attending a public meeting or place where masks are required?

 

Is knowing the COVID-19 vaccination status of the City Councilors important for the safety of the community?

 

Has anyone made a formal request to the Sequim City Clerk, Sara McMillon, asking the COVID-19 vaccination status of the seven Sequim City Council Members?

Day 78, 8/15/2021

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What is one thing you can do today, tomorrow, next week or next month to help engage those who may have different political views than you in order to promote the idea that good governance builds community and irresponsible governance divides community? (multiple choice question)

a) Have open hearts and minds

b) Listen respectfully and openly

c) Look for common ground

d) Acknowledge our common humanity

e) Find issues to work together on

f) Some of the above

g) All of the above

h) Something else (please specify)

Day 79, 8/14/2021

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What do you think are the top 3 ways to connect with Sequim voters about the SGGL slate of endorsed candidates?

  • Yard Signs

  • Door to Door Canvassing

  • Newspaper Ads

  • Facebook Ads

  • Handing out Flyers at Public Events

  • Letters to the Editor

  • Meet the Candidate Events

  • Something Else (please specify)

Day 80, 8/13/2021

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Did you know that in Washington State, when a person is appointed to fill a nonpartisan vacancy (e.g. Sequim City Council), that person only holds the seat until the next election? And the person elected in that next election shall take office immediately? (RCW 42.12.070)

Translation: If Kathy Downer, Vicki Lowe and Lowell Rathbun win in November, they immediately replace Sarah Kincaid, Mike Pence, and Keith Larkin. If Brandon Janisse and Rachel Anderson win, they continue to hold their seats.

The answer to Day 81’s Question of the Day: 3 out 5 SGGL-endorsed candidates need to be elected to the Sequim City Council in November to put the William Armacost faction in the minority.

Day 81, 8/12/2021

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How many SGGL-endorsed candidates need to be elected out of the five running for Sequim City Council to put the William Armacost faction in the minority? (multiple choice question)

a) All 5

b) 4 out of 5

c) 3 out of 5

d) None of the above

Note: Look to tomorrow’s Question of the Day for the answer.

Day 82, 8/11/2021

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Should any Sequim City Councilors who have attended the Sturgis 2021 Motorcycle Rally (10 days and nights of riding, food and music for 700,000 Harley riders) quarantine themselves upon return and make a special effort to promote vaccinations and mask wearing?

Day 83, 8/10/2021

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At the August 9, 2021 Sequim City Council Meeting, William Armacost was appointed by a vote of 4 to 3 to be the City Council Representative to The Jamestown S’Klallam Healing Clinic‘s Community Advisory Committee. With the recent memory that Mr. Armacost was a strident opponent of the MAT and a member of the SOS Group, do you think this is a positive move that will support community members with substance use disorders?

https://jamestownhealth.org/

Day 84, 8/9/2021

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What is the background of Charisse Deschenes, the current City of Sequim Interim City Manager? (multiple choice question)

a) Bachelor’s degree in park and resource management from Kansas State University

b) Master of business administration degree from Benedictine College

c) Completion of the Senior Executive Institute from the Weldon Cooper School of Public Management

d) Completion of the Northwest Women’s Leadership Academy

e) All of the above

Day 85, 8/8/2021

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Who is credited with the quote: You can tell a bully from a leader by how they treat people who disagree with them.

 

a) Richard M. Nixon

b) Miles Davis

c) Charlie Bush

d) An unidentified Sequim City Councilor

Day 86, 8/7/2021

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What do you think would happen if the Republican Party announced that it was going to organize and host a Presidential Debate between the candidates to be held at the White House? Bonus Question: Why do you think SGGL is posing such an odd question?

Day 87, 8/6/2021

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Which Sequim City Councilors earned an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership (CML) from the Association of Washington Cities in 2021? (multiple choice question)

a) Rachel Anderson

b) Brandon Janisse

c) Both Rachel and Brandon

Note: No cheating by going to this website: https://wacities.org/events-education/cml-program/cml-recognition

Day 88, 8/5/2021

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Did you know that appointed Sequim City Councilor Keith Larkin’s stated priorities are…

"The first job of Local Government is public safety.  Radical groups such as Antifa and permanent homelessness are two perils to our rural lifestyle.  We must be able to meet them head on by leveraging all resources in Sequim and surrounding jurisdictions."

How do these align with what issues you think are important for the Sequim-Dungeness Valley?

Day 89, 8/4/2021

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How would you describe to a new community member how the Jamestown S’Klallam Healing Clinic is an example of good governance? (Hint: Check out https://jamestownhealingcampus.org/)

Day 90, 8/3/2021

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Today is Primary Day (please vote) and there are now exactly 90 days until the General Election. What is one thing you will do over the next 90 days to help ensure that the next Sequim City Council is firmly behind good governance, both in word and deed?

Day 91, 8/2/2021

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As a follow-up to yesterday’s question and thinking about our belief that good governance builds community and irresponsible governance divides community, can you share any instances you’ve seen over the last year or so in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley that fit the definition of “good governance”?

Day 92, 8/1/2021

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At SGGL, we believe that good governance builds community and irresponsible governance divides community. Can you share any instances you’ve seen over the last year or so in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley that fit the definition of “irresponsible governance”?

Day 93, 7/31/2021

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There has been so much going on over the last two years in our community and the nation in general that it’s hard to make sense of which way is up and which down. What thought provoking questions do you think are important to pose during the 100-day period leading up the November 2021 elections to help the electorate make informed decisions?

Day 94, 7/30/2021

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SGGL has been pointed to as being largely in support of left-leaning candidates, with the exception of Brandon Janisse.

How would you reach out to friends and family who might be on the right-hand side of the political spectrum to show them that good governance is important across the political spectrum?

How can SGGL reach out to encourage voting for the good governance candidate, regardless of party?

Day 95, 7/29/2021

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What value do you place on candidate forums? Do you attend all that you can, no matter what organization is hosting or are you selective and why?

Day 96, 7/28/2021

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Did you know that the Sequim zip code 98382 covers 224 square miles from Diamond point down to the Buckhorn Wilderness and over to McDonald Creek?

That “greater Sequim” (zip 98382) has 30,000 residents, 8,000 of whom live within the city limits (27%), and that all 30,000 community members pay taxes that supports the city’s $33.5 million annual budget?

And that decisions made by the Sequim City Council affect everyone in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley?

Day 97, 7/27/2021

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Building on the Day 99 question about the Council-Manager Form of Government (where the City Manager is responsible for all day to day operations and it violates state RCWs for to mayor or city councilors to interfere in those operations)…

Can anyone explain why Keith Larkin is currently leading and directing the effort to hire a new city manager when it violates state RCWs for City Councilors to interfere in day to day operations and the Sequim Human Resources Department is more competent, professional and experienced to perform this task?

Day 98, 7/26/2021

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Why was Sequim's previous City Manager, Charlie Bush, fired/forced to resign?

a) Charlie led with grace; he listened to all community members; he worked to make Sequim a compassionate, inclusive, and creative community; and he initiated the Year of Kindness proclamation?

b) Charlie did NOT impose his personal agenda on the City of Sequim nor it’s people in our beloved successful community and was the ultimate professional wrapped in kindness?

c) Charlie cared about the youth voice in our community and started the Sequim Youth Task Force which brought multiple agencies together to address the needs of our youth from things for youth to do in Sequim, to addressing the needs of our youth experiencing housing instability or homelessness?

d) Charlie meticulously acted in the best interest of our community, acting with the highest of ethical standards in all matters including legal and regulatory issues related to the new Healing Campus?

e) Or if none of the above, why do you think he was fired/forced to resign?

Day 99, 7/25/2021

Did you know that the City of Sequim has a Council-Manager Form of Government where the City Manager is responsible for all day to day operations and it is illegal for the mayor or city councilors to interfere in those operations? https://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=35A.13.120

Day 100, 7/24/2021

Why is today, July 24, 2021, considered Day 100 in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley? (multiple choice question)

  1. The first Irrigation Festival in Sequim began 100 days ago, 100 years ago.

  2. For the first time in recorded history, there will be a lunar eclipse every day for the next 100 days.

  3. The November 2021 election will take place 100 days from now.

For the answer and more info about what SGGL is up to, click here to see the July 24th Blog Post.