Small Business Says No To 4 Initiatives, 2 Justices

Date: September 16, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash., Sept. 16, 2016—Small business wants no part of four of the six ballot initiatives and two sitting State Supreme Court justices, according to a member survey of its largest and leading association.
In the final round of endorsements announced today, Washington SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the political action committee for the National Federation of Independent Business in the Evergreen State, recommended small-business owners vote ‘No’ on Initiatives 732, 1443, 1464, and 1501 (it took no position on Initiatives 735 and 1491), and it urged Main Street enterprises to reject state Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen in favor of Kittitas County Prosecutor Greg Zempel for the Position 5 seat, and also reject Justice Mary Yu in favor of Gonzaga Law Professor David DeWolf in the Position 1 contest.
In the Position 6 seat, there was a near tie between Justice Charles Wiggins (48 percent) and challenger David Larson (52 percent) on a ballot sent to NFIB members. SAFE Trust took no position on this race.
For the final state legislative endorsements, Washington SAFE Trust endorsed four candidates for open state House seats. They were:
  • LD 06, House Pos. 1 – Mike Volz
  • LD 16, House Pos. 1 – Bill Jenkin
  • LD 17, House Pos. 1 – Vicki Kraft 
  • LD 31, House Pos. 2 – Former Rep. Phil Fortunato
NFIB/Washington SAFE Trust has now endorsed 62 state legislative incumbents, challengers to incumbents, and candidates running for open seats. The entire list of SAFE Trust endorsements can be read here.
NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members nationwide, including 8,000 in Washington state. The power of the small-business vote is a mighty one. You can read about it at this online press kit, Quick Information About Main Street, Washington. Follow NFIB/Washington on Twitter at @NFIB_WA and the Washington state page of the NFIB website,  
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
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