On the second Monday of the month, at 6 p.m., the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County produces a KSER 90.7 radio program about issues of importance to the voters of Snohomish County. (If you can't get good reception on KSER 90.7 FM, try KXIR 89.9 FM Freeland.)
The last six months of this "Magazine on the Air" are archived here, for your listening. If you want to hear an older LWVSC program, email us, firstname.lastname@example.org, attention Michelle Valentine. You can purchase a CD of the program for $2 (production, handling, and mailing).
October is our ballot initiative/referendum review time in the election cycle. We lead off with our Centennial Minute featuring Linda Deziah Jennings. Next we hear the pros and cons from representatives of I-976 about motor vehicle taxes and fees, and R-88/I-1000 concerning affirmative action and remedying discrimination. We aired excerpts from the October 7, 2019, Candidates Forum held in the Drewel Building on the Snohomish County Campus. League moderator Lynn Carpenter introduced the three candidates for non-partisan County-wide offices: Treasurer position: Rob Toyer and Brian Sullivan; Sheriff position: Adam Fortney and Ty Tynary; Auditor: Cindy Gobel and Garth Fell. In the second part of the Forum the moderator introduced the three candidates for Snohomish County Council Position 2: Anna Rohrbough and Megan Dunn; Position 3: Willie Russell and Stephanie Wright. The forum lasted 2 hours.
League moderator Karen Madsen begins the program with the seventh in our series of Centennial Minutes, featuring a woman who made a difference in obtaining the right for women to vote in the United States. Next is Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel describing the new VoteWA.gov software update used across the state to improve the accuracy and security of our election process. Finally we hear about one of the important races in the Snohomish County General Election, 2019, County Council Position 2, with candidates Megan Dunn and Anna Rohrbaugh vying for that seat. The two candidates take questions on immigration, property rights, budgeting, the opioid epidemic, and other issues they'll face as newly elected County Council members.
League moderator Karen Madsen keeps us moving into the 2019 election cycle, hosting candidates from two races in Snohomish County. First we hear from Edmonds mayoral candidate Neil Tibbott. Candidate Mike Nelson was unable to participate in this program. We then hear answers to our questions for both candidates in the Marysville City Council Position 5 race: Kelly Richards and Jeffrey Seibert. We also pay tribute to our Magazine on the Air founding member Norma Bruns who passed away this summer, with words from her 'Norm's Notes' as well as remembrances from many other KSER-LWVSC team members."
We begin the 2019 election cycle programming with a two-part recording of the Snohomish County Council Districts 2 and 3 Primary Election Candidate Forum recorded on July 1, 2019, with League member Lynn Carpenter moderating. The forum was two hours long with questions from the League as well as from the audience. Hear District 2 candidates Megan Dunn, Anna Rohrbough, Jennifer Gregerson, Tyler Verda, Cecilia Wilson, Louis Harris, Sharita Burton, and Alex Lark, and District 3 candidates Willie Russell, Meier G. Lowenthal, and Stephanie Wright answer questions about homelessness in Snohomish County, the county budget, agriculture vs housing development, Paine Field, climate goals and more in this program. The candidates' challenges during the latter half of the second part make interesting listening!
This month we begin our year-long celebration of the 100th Birthday of the League of Women Voters with a program describing the decades-long efforts for women to win the right to vote in the United States on August 15, 1920. League member Phyllis Busch moderates panelists Vicki Roberts-Gassler, Rita Ireland, and Kay Dichter. Their stories focus on the period from 1848 to 1920, with suffragists moving Washington state along the road to the right to vote in 1910, only to lose it and regain it twice before final success.
As we begin the election cycle in Snohomish County and across the state, we open with two features to prepare ourselves. Brenda Belanos-Ivory interviews Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel about her department's responsibilities, focusing on the elections division. Filing week for candidates to declare their interest in an office happens every May. Lisa Utter then interviews Anne Murphy, lead librarian, information resources, at Sno-Isle libraries, who shares her lists of books on democracy, some reviewing the recent history of democracy in our country, others suggesting what the future holds for us.