In recent weeks, The Daily Herald editorial board interviewed selected candidates, as well as ballot-measure proponents and opponents, to help us decide whom and what to endorse for the Nov. 6 election. We recorded some of these sessions and present them all here for your convenience.
U.S. House, District 1
Candidates for House of Representatives in the 1st Congressional District of Washington: incumbent Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene and Republican challenger Jeffrey Beeler.
U.S. House, District 2
Candidates for House of Representatives in the 2nd Congressional District of Washington: incumbent Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen and Libertarian challenger Brian Luke.
I-1631, carbon-emission fee
Initiative 1631 would impose a fee on certain carbon emission.
Proponents speaking here are Becky Kelley, president of the Washington Environmental Council, and Steve Garey, a Washington BlueGreen Alliance volunteer, on behalf of the Yes on 1631 campaign. Opponents are Dana Bieber, spokesperson for the No on 1631 campaign, and Billy Wallace Jr. of the District Council of Laborers in Washington and Northern Idaho.
I-1634, grocery tax ban
Initiative 1634 would ban local taxes on groceries. Participants were proponents Pete Lamb of Teamsters Local 174 and Jim Desler of Yes on Affordable Groceries, and opponent Dr. Jim Krieger of the University of Washington School of Public Health.
I-1639, on gun safety
Initiative 1639 would toughen background checks for people buying semi-automatic rifles, increase the age limit to 21 for buyers of those guns and require safe storage of all firearms.
Proponents speaking here are Paul Kramer, citizen sponsor of Initiative 1639, and Rebecca Johnson of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility.
Opponents of Washington Initiative 1639 speaking here are Keely Hopkins, Washington state director for the National Rifle Association, and Phil Watson, chairman of the Save Our Security/No on 1639 campaign.