With Election Day inching ever closer, Tacoma Weekly takes a look at the people and amendments on city and county ballots. Learn more at www.piercecountywa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/73109/2018-General-Election-Local-Voters-Pamphlet.
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney
Mark Lindquist (prefers Democratic Party)
Current County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist is seeking re-election after being appointed by a bipartisan and unanimous Pierce County Council vote in 2009, elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Among high-profile cases he has worked on, these include convicting the Tacoma Mall shooter and he is currently prosecuting the 1986 murder of Jennifer Bastian.
Lindquist is chair of the United Way campaign, on the Tacoma Community College Foundation Board, City Club Board and Rotary. His educations achievements include University of Washington, University of Southern California and University of Puget Sound Law School.
Lindquist has also been noted for his work protecting seniors through his elder abuse unit, an improved domestic violence team and High Priority Offender program targeting “career criminals.”
Lindquist is endorsed by Democrats and Republicans, unions and business owners, firefighters, police officers, teachers, and community leaders like Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards and Puyallup Senator Hans Zeiger.
Mary Robnett (prefers Non-Partisan Party)
A professional prosecutor for going on 25 years, Mary Robnett is throwing her hat into the political arena for the first time. She is no stranger to handling high-profile cases, including the Zina Linnik homicide, the “Parkland Rapist,” and Edgewood’s “Craigslist murderers.” She rose to Chief Criminal Deputy, overseeing the Criminal Division and today works as an assistant attorney general in the Sexually Violent Predators unit.
Robnett’s education was at University of Puget Sound Law School and Weber State. She is endorsed by: State Auditor and former County Executive Pat McCarthy (D), former Attorney General Rob McKenna (R), former Prosecutor Gerry Horne (D), Pierce County Deputy Sheriffs Guild, Pierce County Corrections and Sergeants Guild, Tacoma Police Union, retired judges, police officers, attorneys, and taxpayers.
“I’m running to restore integrity and trust in the Prosecutor’s Office,” Robnett wrote for the Pierce County Voters’ Guide. “My pledge to you: To be tough, honest, ethical, and fair. I would be honored to earn your vote.”
Pierce County Auditor
Julie Anderson – (running unopposed)
Pierce County Council, District No. 1
Lorra Jackson (prefers Democratic Party)
With no elected experience behind her, Lorra Jackson is looking to change that in this election. Currently a Custom Compliance Analyst with emphasis in International trade and a former broker in the New York Financial District, Jackson intends to put her financial experience to work helping the County Council with budget management and more.
Jackson’s education resume includes the New York Academy of Art, Master of Fine Arts; University of Washington, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering; and Customs Broker License, Series 7 License. She has engaged in community service directing youth in creating public art and grassroots political action with Indivisible Puyallup, and has been a museum docent. Endorsements: Pierce County Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 726, Pierce County Central Labor Council, 25th District Democrats, 31st District Democrats, 2nd District Democrats, Pierce County Democrats and Pierce County Young Democrats.
Jackson’s issues of interest if elected to the County Council are unmanaged growth and traffic issues, building public parks and recreational facilities for youth, and fostering neighborhood relationships.
Dave Morell (prefers Republican Party)
A former Washington State Rep. for the 25th District, Dave Morell’s elected experience also includes Fire Commissioner for Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, and Pierce County Charter Review Commission. Morell is also a 35-year business owner (NGS, Inc. and Rock Creek Gardens) and he’s a graduate of Clover Park Technical College.
Morell’s community services is wide-ranging: Land use – South Hill Advisory Commission; Pierce County Airport (Thun Field) Advisory Commission; Flood Control Zone District advisory Board Member; Pierce County Parks and Recreation Board Member; Puyallup/Sumner Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee, and more. Among his endorsements are Pierce County Republican Party, Mainstream Republicans of Washington, U.S. Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8th), Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Orting Mayor Josh Penner, state representatives and senators.
A resident of Puyallup’s South Hill, his interests on the County Council will involve parks and recreation, affordable housing, land use, zoning and flood control.
“My plan is to keep taxes low and cut the red tape, focusing on public safety, transportation and jobs, making our community a safe and vibrant place to live and work,” he wrote for the Pierce County Voters’ Guide.
Pierce County Council, District No. 5
Marty Campbell (prefers Democratic Party)
A familiar face around Tacoma going back to when he owned Buzzard’s Compact Discs and Buzzard’s CDs & Video many years ago, Marty Campbell has remained active in communities. Elected to Tacoma City Council in 2010, he served until 2017 then term limits prevented him to run again.
Other professional experience: Salishan Community Association Manager; Pierce County Regional Council; Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health, Vice-Chair; Public Safety, Human Services and Education Committee, Vice-Chair.
While on Tacoma City Council, Campbell worked for better wages, growing the city’s economy and balancing the budget, compassionate immigration, homelessness and human trafficking policies, among other areas.
Over the years Campbell has served on boards and commissions, including: Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, Chair; Cross-District Business Association, Chair; Environ- mental Services Commission; Tacoma Arts Commission.
If elected to County Council, he plans to help entrepreneurs turn vacant neighborhood storefronts into successful local businesses that create family-wage jobs, prioritize supporting our schools, improving safety response times and reducing traffic congestion; more funding for mental health care and substance abuse treatment and prevention.
Endorsements: Congressmen Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck; Mayor Victoria Woodards; Current and Former Senators Steve Conway, Jeannie Darneille, and Rosa Franklin; Representatives Laurie Jinkins, Jake Fey and Christine Kilduff; Councilmember Rick Talbert and many organizations, including local teachers.
Justin Van Dyk (prefers Republican Party)
A lifelong Pierce County resident, Justin Van Dyk’s elected experience includes Executive Board Member for Community Health; Tacoma Charter Review Commission; South End Neighborhood Council; and Pierce County Precinct Committee Officer, District 5.
Other professional experience: NEXT, founder and president; Pierce County Business Solutions, owner; and LVL Graphic Design, vice-president. His community service record ranges from being founder of Clean Wapato, to volunteering for the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and at numerous food banks across Pierce County.
“During my years in office in Pierce County I’ve fought for lower taxes and even voted to lower political salaries given to elected officials. My time has been focused on job growth in the Puget Sound area,” Van Dyk wrote for the Pierce County Voters’ Guide. Additional areas of activity involve government taxation of businesses and residents, combatting graffiti, business development and stopping drug activity.
Pierce County Council, District No. 7
Derek M. Young (prefers Democratic Party)
Previously serving four terms on Gig Harbor City Council, Young currently serves on Pierce County Council, sitting on all four committees and vice chair of Public Safety, Human Services and Budget. He represents Pierce County on a dozen external boards and commissions, chairing the National Association of Counties Behavioral Health Subcommittee, and co-chairing the Washington State Association of Counties Legislative Steering Committee. He is a member of Gig Harbor Rotary and Chamber of Commerce.
Among his accomplishments on County Council, Young convened the Opioid Task Force and voted to sue big pharmaceutical companies. In addition, “I’ve consistently voted to protect our way of life by safekeeping our shorelines and rural lands. I’m the only candidate in the race that supports higher construction impact fees, having sponsored bills for schools and parks. Our residents don’t want to subsidize growth,” he wrote for the Pierce County Voters’ Guide.
Young is endorsed by nearly 40 current and former elected officials including U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck and Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor.
David Olson (prefers Republican Party)
David Olson’s elected experience reaches back to 2013 on the Peninsula School Board, District 5, a position he still holds, and also includes a seat on the Pierce County Charter Review Commission, District 7 (2016). A retired U.S. Navy officer and former defense contractor, professionally Olson is currently a business banking officer.
Olson is also active in community service as a Greater Gig Harbor Foundation Board member; World Trade Center Tacoma Board member; President-Elect, City Club of Tacoma; Vice President, Hilltop Business Association and on the Gig Harbor Rotary. His previous service was as a board member with the Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH Food Bank; Junior Achievement; Habitat for Humanity and regional director of the Drug Education for Youth Program.
“As your County Council member, I pledge to support family-wage jobs, advocate for small businesses, fight burdensome new taxes that squeeze our residents and businesses out, and transparently manage the County budget,” Olson states in the Pierce County Voters’ Guide. “When it comes to traffic, homelessness, housing and growth, we cannot tax our way to a solution. It’s me for new leadership that’s committed to fighting for working families and small businesses.”
Olson is endorsed by Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Sen. Jan Angel (WA-26), Dick Muri (WA-28), business and labor.
Pierce County District Court
In the race for Pierce County District Court, just two of the eight positions on the ballot have contested races. The other six candidates are running unopposed.
Pierce County District Court, Position No. 3
An attorney with 24 years of experience working as a pro-tem judge, former deputy prosecutor and in private practice, Lizanne Padula is a domestic violence prosecutor; continuing legal education instructor; and former reserve police officer. She earned a “superb” rating from the Avvo Legal Resource Organization and is a small business owner. She has garnered extensive experience in virtually every area of law practiced in the District Court.
Out in the community, she has provided extensive pro-bono legal work for unrepresented populations and has served underprivileged youth though the non-profit organization Threads of Change, among other volunteerism.
Padula is endorsed in this election by judges at every level, from municipal courts to Washington State Supreme Court.
Tim Lewis is a certified judge pro-tem with eight years judicial experience. He is also a senior deputy prosecutor, leading the Felony Division and handling some of the most serious cases in the county.
Lewis says he views the law as public service and volunteers his time to provide legal aid to veterans, and help alleviate hunger in communities. His community service: Habitat for Humanity; Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County supporter, Youth Soccer Coach, Volunteer Legal Services, Veterans Law Clinic, Lawyers Helping Hungry Children, Tacoma Community College Foundation, and a Tacoma-Pierce County Minority Bar Association Law Day volunteer.
Endorsements include elected officials like Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier and Washington State Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Pierce County legal officials, 26th, 29th and 30th Legislative Democrats, the Pierce County Republican Party and more.
Pierce County District Court, Position No. 6
Karl Williams has served as Pierce County District Court Judge Pro Tem for 22 years. He also serves as Judge Pro Tem for Fife, Puyallup and Ruston. He has practiced law for 30 years with trial experience in both criminal and civil cases. He serves as Youth Protection Officer for Rotary District 5020 and he chairs the District Court Liaison Committee and volunteers for the Bar Association free legal clinics. Williams is the only candidate in this race who has received the highest rating of “exceptionally well qualified” by the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar, Washington Woman’s Lawyers and Pierce County Minority Bar. He has been endorsed by members of both political parties as well as numerous judges, commissioners, prosecutors and attorneys.
A Pierce County deputy prosecuting attorney for 22 years and current assistant chief criminal deputy, John Sheeran is also a former felony division chief. He is the current elected fire commissioner (Chair 2017) of West Pierce Fire and
Rescue, past president of the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorneys’ Association and past president of the Public Safety Employees Insurance, Inc., which provides disability insurance to law enforcement officers.
His bipartisan endorsements include fellow prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and judges Jeanette Lineberry, Kevin McCann, Grant Blinn, Steve Rosen and Patrick Oishi, among many others.
Tacoma Municipal Court
In the races for three positions on Tacoma Municipal Court, only one involves two challenging candidates.
Derek M. Smith
Derek M. Smith has presided over thousands of municipal cases as a pro tem judge, with experience as both a prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney in municipal courts. He received his education at Seattle University School of Law, graduating J.D. Cum Laude, and University of California, Davis, with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations.
Smith and his wife are active in the Tacoma community and volunteer with Tacoma Public Schools, Sherman Elementary PTSA, Family Housing Network and Sound Outreach.
Smith is endorsed by more than a dozen of his fellow municipal court judges across the state.
Smith has more than a dozen judicial endorsements and many community endorsements.
Dwayne L. Christopher
Dwayne L. Christopher has been a pro tem judge and attorney for 19 years, having served in private practice, in-house counsel and associate counsel capacities. He is a trustee of the
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and judicial assistant to Judge Brian Tollefson.
In community service, Christopher is president of Palmer Scholars; a high school and college mentor with the Merle Palmer Minority Scholarship Foundation; YMCA volunteer; March for Babies; MESA Program; Tacoma Rescue Mission; Paint Tacoma Beautiful; City Club Tacoma; and recipient of the 2017 United Way Live United Award and Service to Diversity Award 2016.
Christopher’s education includes Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctorate; a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Morehouse College; Wilson High School; Baker Junior High; Life Christian Academy and Birney Elementary.
Christopher is endorsed by 17 Pierce County and Tacoma judges, Sen. Jeannie Darneille, and Reps. Laurie Jinkins and Steve Kirby, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards, County Executive Bruce Dammeier and numerous other leaders and elected officials.
Pierce County Charter Amendments
Amendment No. 48
If approved, will change the county budget cycle from an annual (one-year) cycle to a biennial (two-year) cycle commencing Jan. 1, 2020.
Amendment No. 49
If approved, will streamline and clarify procedures for filing and processing initiative, agenda, referendum and charter amendment petitions by adding new definition sections; adopting mandatory form and style requirements for petitions; clarifying the computation of procedural time periods and the number of signatures required to validate a petition; eliminating the requirement that the filing officer and the Prosecuting Attorney confer with initiative petitioners; and by making other minor technical corrections
Amendment No. 50
If approved, will require the County Council to fill vacancies in partisan elective offices by appointment from a list of three people submitted by the County central committee of the major political party represented by the official in office immediately prior to the declaration of vacancy. If this official was elected from a non-major political party, or stated no party preference, vacancies must be filled in the same manner as nonpartisan offices