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2018 OLYMPIAN endorsements

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Welcome to The Olympian’s round-up of links to endorsements made by our Editorial Board for the 2018 general election.

You can find the online version of this piece posted on our web site under EDITORIALS and OPINION.

Please return regularly to this page because the round-up will be updated with each new endorsement that we post online or publish in print.

A final synopsis of endorsements will publish closer to the Nov. 6 election day in print after all of them have run.

Initiative 1634 — No

Voters should strongly reject I-1634. It is a deceptive measure aimed at blocking cities and counties from enacting taxes on sugary drinks, which Seattle did last year. But I-1634 backers — funded with roughly $13 million from out-of-state soda makers — are trying to fool voters into thinking this measure is needed to keep local taxes off food. As we note in our editorial: It’s unlikely that in Washington friends would let friends impose taxes on nutritious, raw foods.

INTERCITY TRANSIT Prop. 1 — Yes

South Sound voters should support Intercity Transit Authority’s sales-tax request for transit. If approved Proposition 1 increases the sales tax by 0.4 percent in most urban Thurston County areas. Though we describe the increase as a “big gulp,” it would let IT boost the number of rapid-transit routes, add more frequent pickups, and transform the region’s transit system to serve a growing population.

TUMWATER PARKS PROP. 1Yes

Tumwater voters should approve this two-step increase in property taxes. The first 45-cent increase can add about $1.5 million yearly for city parks maintenance, trail construction and recreation programs for all ages. Currently the city is not keeping up with demand.

Prop. 1 also gives the City Council authority to boost the property tax by another 30 cents in 2025, expanding the revenue stream to $2.5 million yearly. That would help pay for a community and senior center.

LACEY PARKS PROP. 1 Yes

This 47-cent property-tax levy for Lacey parks is modest enough to be very affordable. If approved it should help city leaders improve livability. Lacey has long been a community that seemed in a rush to grow rather than invest in amenities that make a place much nicer to live in.

10th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTDenny Heck

U.S. Rep. Heck has done a good job representing Olympia and the rest of the 10th CD over his first six years. Based on that performance, and a weak challenge from over-matched Republican newcomer Joseph Brumbles, the Democratic incumbent has earned another two years.

Stay tuned. And feel free to offer suggestions — emailed to Opinion writer-editor Brad Shannon via bshannon@theolympian.com — for making this feature more useful to you as a reader and voter.

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