One factor I use when determining who to support for public office is campaign contributions using the Public Disclosure Commission website, www.pdc.wa.gov. A strong campaign is built on support from those at all income levels and from many individuals across the local community and beyond. It shows that a candidate is well-rounded, has achieved a network of support through relationship and trust-building, and that folks are willing to invest in the candidate because the candidate has demonstrated an investment in them.
I also pay close attention to personal loans and self-funding. It can create the illusion that a candidate has community support when in reality, it’s coming from their already deep pocketbook or outside special interests with no sense for the community’s needs. All it does is feed into their continued work to maintain and gain power and uphold the status quo.
I ask our local voters to pay close attention to the Everett City Council, District 2 race and consider who they believe has their best interests in mind based on their donor base.