Indivisible WA-4 is pleased to announce the Indivisible WA 4 Tri-Cities Voters Guide – 2017 General in Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, and West Richland, WA.
Ballots will be mailed October 20 and are due November 7. We encourage you to vote.
Indivisible WA-4, a non-partisan group of Tri-Citizens ensuring constituents are heard, informed and represented at the federal, state and local level, is providing this Voter Guide as a public service, to promote informed democracy in the Tri-Cities. This is the second Tri-Cities Voters Guide, and has been prepared fully through volunteer efforts.
Based on our experience and feedback received from the first Voter’s Guide we produced for the 2017 primary elections, we’ve made some improvements that we are excited about. We are especially pleased that a hard-working team of volunteers from the community was able to translate portions of the Voter’s Guide into Spanish, including all of the candidate responses for Pasco races. We have also added brief descriptions of the responsibilities of each office at the beginning of the Voter’s Guide. And, we improved our process for contacting candidates, resulting in a much better response rate; the vast majority of candidates returned responses to our questions, and we are pleased that this will make our Guide even more informative for voters!
The questions posed to candidates were developed by Indivisible WA-4, with input from local groups and residents, in an effort to reflect the values and concerns about our city councils, schools, ports and sheriffs common to most Tri-Citizens. The Voter’s Guide is meant to augment the information provided in the Benton County and Franklin County Voter Pamphlets, where candidates seldom address the same set of issues currently affecting our communities.
Persistent efforts were made to ensure that all candidates contacted and had ample opportunity to participate in this Voters Guide including emailing questionnaires to all candidates, and following up in person or with phone calls. Volunteers used the email and phone contacts provided by the candidates when they registered to run for office. Candidates whose responses are not included either informed us that they chose not to respond, or did not respond after at least three attempts to contact them.
All candidate responses received by September 22, 2017, are included in this Guide. Candidates’ answers have been copied and pasted into this Voters Guide exactly as written. Candidates’ experience and background statements are excerpted from the Benton County Voters Guide, and were lightly edited to ensure consistent formatting.
Ballots are due November 7. We encourage you to vote.
Additional sources of information about 2017 general election
Washington Secretary of State
The deadline for online or mail registration was October 9, but you can still register in person until October 30 to receive a ballot for the 2017 General Election.