Initiatives, candidates on tap at campaign forums

A series of campaign forums for ballot measures and elective offices is planned at First Christian Church in Olympia.

Most of the events start at 5:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning next week with a session on Initiative 1098, the income-tax proposal for high-earners. Former state lawmaker Don Carlson is organizing and leading the sessions, as he has in past years. The church is at 701 Franklin St. S.E.

Here is the schedule:

 • Initiative 1098, Sept. 13: Alice Woldt of the Washington Association of Churches will speak in favor; two opponents have been invited. The measure would impose an income tax on people earning more than $200,000 and couples earning more than $400,000; it also would reduce state property taxes and give a business-tax credit to small enterprises.

 • Initiative 1053, Sept. 20: Tim Eyman, the sponsor, will speak in favor; opponents have been invited. The measure would reinstate a two-thirds majority vote requirement for legislative tax increases, or require a public vote.

 • Initiative 1107, Sept. 27: Speakers will be named later. The measure would repeal about $300 million in new state taxes that are set to be collected over the next three years on soda pop, bottled water, some candy and some food products that had received preferential tax rates due to a court ruling.

 • 22nd Legislative District candidates, Oct. 4: State Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, is set to discuss issues that lie ahead for the Legislature in 2011-13. Also scheduled to appear are position 1 candidates Jason Hearn, a Lacey Republican, and Chris Reykdal, a Tumwater Democrat; and position 2 candidates Sam Hunt, the Democratic incumbent from Olympia, and Chris Ward, an Olympia resident who has stated “no party” preference.

 • 3rd Congressional District, Oct. 13: Democrat Denny Heck of Olympia and Republican Jaime Herrera of Camas have been invited.

 • Thurston County candidates, Oct. 18: County commission candidates including Democratic incumbent Karen Valenzuela and Republican challenger Pat Beehler; sheriff’s candidates Debra Mealy, Democrat, and John Snaza, independent; and treasurer candidates Shawn Meyers, Democratic incumbent, and Tom Nelson, Republican.

 • A general discussion is set for Oct. 25.

For more information, call 360-456-8331.