The Fall 2018 Election Post

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It’s time to Vote, Election Day is Nov 6th.


If you are registered to vote, you should have received your ballot by 10/25 (Thursday). If you did not receive it please contact the San Juan County Elections Office. Phone: 360-378-3357. Talk to Carlys or Camolyn.

Voter’s Guide (PDF)

Voter’s Guide (online version)

Sample Ballot

Looking for rules about political signs? Try MRSC “Regulating Non-Commercial Temporary Signs During Election Season

Contact your PCO or a party leader if you have questions: 


Election Observers Needed

November 1, November 6, at 9 a.m.  and November 7 at 11 a.m.

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SJC Republican Party Endorsements


US Senator: Susan Hutchison (prefers Republican)

40th Leg State House: Michael Petrish (prefers Republican)


I 940: Police Training and Criminal Liability — vote NO

I 1631: Carbon Emissions Fee: — vote NO

I 1634:  Prohibit Local Taxes on Groceries measure  — vote YES

I 1639:  Changes to Gun Ownership and Purchase Requirements — vote NO

Proposition 1:  Affordable Housing Real Estate Excise Tax — vote NO

More information on Initiatives is available from the 10/3 newsletter found here. Sorry about the website formatting, the emails don’t convert very well — but the information is there.


Now for the harder races: Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney…


The number one question party leadership gets asked is the sheriff and prosecuting attorney. The SJC Republican Party has endorsed none of the candidates. Anybody who tells you there is a clear conservative choice is just wrong.

There are many Republicans who feel strongly about each of the candidates. After the debate last Saturday those who were present discussed each of the races. This was one that generated a lot of airtime.

The Opioid crisis. The handling of a bad apple police investigator. Abby Finney’s wrongful death. Facebook time. Sheriff’s guild endorsements. Photoshopped candidate photo. Political signs. Police dogs. Lying to the council. If you have been following the local news you know how each of these issues have impacted BOTH contests. I’m not going to lay them all out.

Bad things happen in this world, some of them because of other people — that’s why we have a Sheriff and a Prosecuting Attorney. Here’s the biggest question: do you think each challenger (Nick Power and Jeff Asher) would have done a better job in dealing with each controversial issue?

If you do, then vote for change. If not, don’t.

You can read what some other conservatives are saying below.


… And Now for the Down Ballot Races


These are not official endorsements of the Republican Party. Few people have strong feelings about these candidates, but I asked some people to help me do research and here is what we got.

Judicial Court of Appeals Div. 1, District 3:  Tom Seguine  

Tom is the former chairman of the Skagit County Republican Party, but he is also very qualified.

  • Over 28 years Practicing Attorney in northwest Washington.
  • 17 years as Prosecutor in Skagit, San Juan, and Whatcom Counties.
  • 10 years private practice, mixed litigation of civil and criminal cases.
  • Litigated close to 50 appellate matters since 2007 in private practice.

Read more about Tom in the voter’s guide or on his website here.

District Court Judge:  Steve Brandli 

His opponent Carolyn Jewett is very young. She’s endorsed by the democrats. As one Republican said, “she still uses experiences from college to answer questions.” That said, she was relatively nice when I emailed with her, I’m not saying she’s a horrible person, just that she’s liberal and maybe too young for this job.

Steve Brandli is:

  • 55 years old
  • Graduated University of Washington School of Law, top 5% of class
  • 12 years practicing law in San Juan County
  • Former Deputy Prosecutor for San Juan County District Court
  • 10 years in private practice handling civil and criminal cases
  • 2 years as a public defender

Read about Steve in the voter’s guide or on his website here.

WA State Supreme Court Position 8 –

Honestly, Nathan Choi is going to get votes from Republicans because he is right wing and not funded by the left, but he does seem “out there” to me.

From HIS website: “It has recently been brought to Nathan Choi that he is being called a conspiracy theorist.  Nathan Choi stands by his position that the Titanic was intentionally sunk so that the “Creature from Jekell Island” would be enacted.  That creature being the Not so Federal Reserve.” 

Read about Nathan in the voter’s guide or on his website here.

On the other hand, his opponent is a current Supreme Court justice on one of the most wildly left-wing courts in the country. He is funded by the left.

Read about Steve in the voter’s guide or on his website here.

So, not great. This is why our state keeps having crazy court rulings.


Let’s Hear from Some Conservative Voices —


Cindy’s Picks


Editor: From Orcas Island, Cindy is one of our great thinkers and researchers. Here are her thoughts:


General Election 2018
US Senate:  Susan Hutchison
US Rep:  Brian Luke
40th Leg. District Position 1:  Michael Petrish
Judicial Court of Appeals Div. 1, District 3:  Tom Seguine
Prosecuting Attorney:  Nick Power
Sheriff:  Ron Krebbs
District Court Judge:  Steve Brandli

I 940:  NO
I 1631 NO!!
I 1634 Yes!
I 1639 NO!!
Proposition 1:  Affordable Housing Real Estate Excise Tax – NO!!! 

Long Answer:

US Rep:  Brian Luke – Not really endorsing the Libertarian, but way better than gone extremist Rick Larson.  Seems he no longer feels the need to appear to be a moderate.  Democrats are working on taking the House so they can impeach Trump.  They will do anything to get those proceedings started, even though President Trump has done an amazing job with international relationships, bringing jobs back to the US and strengthening our economy.  We need to keep the D’s from being in charge of the House!

Judicial Court of Appeals Div. 1, District 3:  Tom Seguine  Tom Seguine is not an activist judge…he will rule impartially as he has always done.  His opponent seems to be working to change the laws through judicial activism.  This is not the way our Constitution, both state and federal, is set up.  Vote for Tom Seguine to maintain our Constitution and the law of the land.

Prosecuting Attorney:  Nick Power?  Randy Gaylord’s office does not want to prosecute drug offenders, to the point where they would not even consider the case on Lopez until the Lopezians got involved and insisted.  Nick Power is a wild card….having done many things that have angered both conservative and liberal county citizens.  Would it be worth it to get rid of one for the other? We will never know unless we try, and we know what we will get if we don’t.  I recommend a vote for change!!!

Sheriff:  Ron Krebbs Ron has done an excellent job the past 4 years, gaining the respect of deputies and undersheriffs and county citizens alike.  There is some fuss in the newspapers about some disgruntled former employees and some emotional distress, but Ron is, as one citizen of the county put it, the best sheriff we have had in years!!!  So true.  Uzek Susal, well known for his straight up work on Orcas, verified in the Islands’ Sounder that 22 of the people who know the sheriff and work for him, endorse Ron Krebbs.  One endorsed his opponent…probably himself.  Vote for Ron Krebbs to keep a really great sheriff.

District Court Judge:  Steve Brandli  this is such an open and shut case it should not even be a contest.  If you look at their experience, Steve Brandli has all of the necessary experience that is needed to be a qualified judge.  His opponent is fresh out of college and currently employed by the very agency who will be coming to her for cases, the county Prosecuting Attorney’s office.  This is an easy pick, vote for Steve.

Minnie’s Picks


Editor: Minnie Knych is another respected Republican, from SJI

The San Juan County Republican Party made ballot recommendations for the initiatives and some of the races.  Here, I have added my recommendations for some of the other ballot items.  Some of these are questionable and can be argued either way.  Some were difficult “hold your nose” and mark the ballot votes.

I1631 (Carbon Emissions)  – VOTE NO

I 1634 (Prohibits taxation of raw or processed foods in groceries) VOTE YES

I 1639 (Firearms)  VOTE NO
(This is another gun grab designed to dilute the 2nd Amendment)

I 940 -(Law Enforcement)  VOTE NO
(If this passes, it will create confusion and compromise pubic safety)

Advisory Vote 19 – VOTE- REPEALED
The WA State Legislature increased the tax without the consent of the people.

Senator – Susan Hutchison

US Representative – Brian Luke (Libertarian)
(Due to the top 2 jungle primary in our state we have a D and an L as the final candidates.)

WA State Rep District 40 – Michael Petrish

WA State Supreme Court Position 8 – Nathan Choi – he is non partisan – the incumbent, his opponent is not.

Court of Appeals – Tom SeGuine

SJC Prop 1 – VOTE NO NO NO – yet another tax

SJC Prosecuting Attorney  – [no selection]

SJC Sheriff –  this is a difficult one.  I will vote for Jeff Asher.
(I like Ron Krebs as a person  but I am not happy with his stand on sanctuary county issue and we really need to do more to combat the illegal drugs in our community.)

SJC District Court Judge – VOTE Steve Brandli
(I believe he will be impartial and that he knows the law.)

A Prayer for Christians to Vote

Courtesy of Sandra Frinell

“Dear Father, I do not take lightly what You have done for our nation. I appreciate not only the right but the privilege I have to vote. I pray that I, as well as others, will use that privilege wisely, seeking Your will as we consider the qualifications of those for whom we are to vote”

Pray for Our Nation, by Keith and Megan Provance