Election Central

As a member of the construction industry you understand that candidates elected this November will have a long-term impact on business and on the states economy as a whole. This page of our website is intended to help AGC members gain insight into candidates views and to keep up-to-date on the election process. Among the items you will find here are voting scorecards for all State Legislature incumbents and a list of candidates supported by BUILD PAC the commercial construction industrys political action committee. Well work hard to keep this updated; if you have any suggestions drop a line to Jerry VanderWood AGC Communications Director.

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Federal Races

Compare McCain and Obama on AGC Legislative Priorities
AGC of America compares presidential candidates based on AGCs legislative priorities. View a side-by-side look at the candidates positions on taxes energy infrastructure immigration and more. Click AGC Presidential Comparison.

Congressional Candidates Receive AGC of America Support
These congressional candidates from Washington State have received contributions from the AGC of Americas political action committee (click name for campaign websites):

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Gubernatorial and Other Statewide Elections

AGC Endorses Dino Rossi for Governor
The Board of Trustees of the AGC of Washington voted to endorse former Senator Dino Rossi for Governor. Read complete article.

View video statements prepared for AGC members by the two candidates:

McKenna Reed and McIntire Endorsed by BUILD PAC
For Attorney General BUILD PAC endorses Rob McKenna. Visit McKennas campaign website. For Secretary of State BUILD PAC endorses Sam Reed. Visit Reeds campaign website. For State Treasurer BUILD PAC endorses Jim McIntire. Visit McIntires campaign website. For Lieutenant Governor BUILD PAC endorses Brad Owen.

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State Legislature

BULD PAC Endorsements
For a complete list of candidates endorsed by BUILD PAC click here.

How Did Your Legislator Vote? AGC Develops Scorecard
To see how all individual members of the State Legislature voted on issues important to AGC click AGC 2008 Vote Record.

Candidates Complete AGC Survey
Read candidate responses to AGC Questionnaire covering topics such as infrastructure funding environmental regulations vesting rights and more.

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Local Races

BUILD PAC Endorsements in County City Port Races
For a complete list of candidates endorsed by BUILD PAC click here.

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Ballot Measures
Statewide

Initiative 985. Tim Eymans measure would open high-occupancy vehicle lanes to all traffic during specified hours require traffic light synchronization increase roadside assistance funding and dedicate certain taxes fines tolls and other revenues to traffic-flow purposes. AGCs Government Affairs Councils Position: Neutral

Support campaign: www.reducecongestion.org
Oppose campaign: www.no985.org

King Pierce and Snohomish Counties

Proposition 1. This measure would expand and coordinate light-rail commuter-rail and (beginning 2009) express bus service and improve access to transit facilities in King Pierce and Snohomish Counties and authorize Sound Transit to impose an additional five-tenths of one percent sales and use tax and to use existing taxes to fund the local share of the $17.9 billion estimated cost (includes construction operations maintenance interest and inflation) with independent audits as described in Resolution R2008-11 and the Mass Transit Guide. AGCs Government Affairs Councils Position: Neutral

Support campaign: www.MassTransitNow.org
Oppose campaign: NoToProp1.Org

King County

Initiative 26 King County Charter Amendment 8. County Charter amendment to make the offices of County Executive Assessor and Council nonpartisan. The initiative also establishes a nonpartisan Council districting process. I-26 improves voter choice creates greater competition and allows the Executive and Councilmembers to focus on the issues rather than partisan politics. It reads Shall the King County Charter be amended to make the offices of King county executive King county assessor and King county council nonpartisan and to establish the nonpartisan selection of districting committee members? AGC Board of Trustees: Support

Support campaign: http://www.bettercounty.org/
Oppose campaign: http://www.noinitiative26.org/

Seattle

Proposition 1 concerns increased property taxes for six years for Pike Place Market. If approved this proposition would fund seismic safety energy-saving and other basic infrastructure improvements at the publicly-owned Pike Place Market last renovated in the 1970s as provided in Ordinance 122737. It would authorize regular property taxes higher than RCW 84.55 limits allowing collection of up to $12500000 in additional taxes in 2009 (up to $73000000 over six years). Taxes collected in 2009 would be limited to $2.16 per $1000 of assessed value including approximately $0.10 of additional taxes. AGC Government Affairs Council has taken no position.

Support campaign: http://www.supportourmarket.org/

Proposition 2 concerns increased property taxes for six years for parks purposes. If approved this proposition would fund acquiring developing and restoring parks recreation facilities cultural facilities green spaces playfields trails community gardens and shoreline areas; all as provided in Ordinance 122749. It would authorize regular property taxes higher than RCW 84.55 limits allowing collection of up to $24250000 in additional taxes in 2009 (up to $145500000 over six years). Taxes collected in 2009 would be limited to $2.60 per $1000 of assessed value including approximately $0.19 of additional taxes. AGC Government Affairs Council has taken no position.

Support campaign: http://keep.seattleparksforall.org/

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How You Can Help

Help BUILD PAC Help You!
In addition to keeping informed of industry issues studying candidate positions and voting you can influence the election by contributing to BUILD PAC the commercial construction industrys political action committee. Help BUILD PAC support state and local government candidates that support your industry. Click here for details.

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Election Dates and Top 2 Primary

August 19 Primary Election Will Use New Top 2 Rules
The primary election will be the first to use the Top 2 rule - the top two vote getters move on to the general election regardless of party affiliation. This applies to partisan races including State Legislature Governor and partisan county offices such as County Commissioner. For info click Top 2 Primary on the Secretary of States website.

August 19 - Primary elections day for all candidates. Ballot initiative I-26 will also be on this ballot in King County

November 4 - General election

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