August 2018 Newsletter


Action Item:

This week’s number one action item is easy! Vote. Vote in your primary. Remind your friends and family to vote in the primary. Post on social media to vote in the primary. Show people that the ballot this year does not require a stamp!

This month our featured candidate who is running a close race to flip a seat in the State House (where we hold a slim 2-seat margin) is Bill Ramos in legislative district 5 (Issaquah, Maple Valley, Carnation.) We recently hosted an event for him and were very impressed. Below is more about Bill. With only three months until election day, consider giving to his campaign today.

Meet Bill Ramos

Many politicians understand the value of door-knocking, but see it as a form of labor. Bill Ramos just loves it. He smiles and bounces a little on his toes as he talks about how energized he feels when he meets people in his district, which includes the booming suburbs of Issaquah, Snoqualmie and Maple Valley.

Ramos has a long history of service for his community. He is an Issaquah city council member, and before that worked for the US Forest Service in California and Washington, as well as for the US Department of Transportation, where he helped tribal groups gain access to essential transportation services.  He is also a small businessperson, running a transportation consulting business.  Ramos has lived in the district for more than 20 years.  “I have a good feel for needs of rural folks as well as small city folks,” he says.

Ramos clearly has an interest in transportation, and his district is facing many of the most difficult challenges of economic growth. He understands the need to think regionally with such issues: no one municipality can solve the issue, and his government experience has made him ready to deal with the many interested parties that need to work together to get things moving. He is also ready to keep pushing on school funding, “There is still a lot of work to do to get some good stable funding for education so we’re not always battling it out. We don’t want to have school districts laying off people in June and rehire in September because they don’t know if funding is coming. So much wrong with that it’s not even funny.”

Bill’s pragmatic optimism and tireless campaigning is important for another key reason: when his supporters are mobilized, they will also turn out voters for the winner of the Democratic  primary in congressional district 8  (Dave Reichert’s old seat). Not only can we flip a valuable state house seat if Ramos wins, but with his success, we can help do so at the federal level too.

So support Bill Ramos today with your dollars or time by visiting his website here.

And if you are looking for general phone banking or canvassing opportunities, consider checking out our partners at Code Blue WA here.

Your friends at Friends of Washington

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