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There are many timely issues that directly impact the homebuilding industry—critical areas regulations, design review guidelines, sprinkler requirements, impact fees, permitting processes, and so on. These issues aren't just impacting builders and developers, they affect those working in related fields, from realtors to concrete pourers and from window installers to plumbing supply companies. Ultimately, these issues affect our entire regional economy.

Our association is very active in voicing our concerns about housing and growth management issues. However, the association is only as strong as its members: the more members who participate, the more likely it is that our voices will be heard.

These issues create new opportunities for members to become involved in creating positive change. One of the most important ingredients of a successful association is an active membership that is willing to have its voice heard by the public and by our elected officials. The accomplishments that can be realized through strong, grassroots efforts of our members are limitless.

Here are some ways you can make a positive difference for housing:

VOTE

Given the importance of county and local issues to our members and the fact that every vote truly does make a difference, elections represent a golden opportunity for the homebuilding industry to elect housing-friendly candidates in King and Snohomish counties. Throughout the year, we evaluate elected officials at the city, county, and state levels to determine how they line up with our industry. Each election cycle, our political action committee, the Affordable Housing Council, interviews candidates, determines their degree of support for our industry, and publishes a list of recommended candidates. Your vote in support of MBA-endorsed candidates will go a long way toward affecting the outcome of these critical races.

2017 Affordable Housing Council Endorsed Candidates
November 7 General Election
Jurisdiction Position Candidate
Legislative District 45 State Senator Jinyoung Lee Englund (Republican)
King County Executive Dow Constantine
King County Council District 1 Rod Dembowski
King County Council District 3 Kathy Lambert
King County Council District 5 Dave Upthegrove
King County Council District 7 Pete von Reichbauer
King County Council District 9 Reagan Dunn
Snohomish County Council District 1 Nate Nehring (Republican)
Snohomish County Council District 4 Terry Ryan (Democrat)
Snohomish County Council District 5 Sam Low (Republican)
City of Auburn Council District 6 Larry Brown
City of Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus
City of Bellevue Council Position 2 Conrad Lee
City of Bellevue Council Position 4 Jared Nieuwenhuis
City of Bellevue Council Position 5 Phillip Yin
City of Bellevue Council Position 6 Lynne Robinson
City of Black Diamond Council Position 2 Melissa C. Oglesbee
City of Black Diamond Council Position 4 Erin Rose Stout
City of Bothell Council Position 3 Rosemary McAuliffe
City of Covington Council Position 4 Joseph T. Cimaomo, Jr.
City of Covington Council Position 6 Fran Hollums
City of Des Moines Council Position 1 Matt Pina
City of Des Moines Council Position 7 Matthew Mahoney
City of Edmonds Council Position 2 Mike Nelson
City of Everett Council Position 1 Paul Roberts
City of Everett Council Position 2 Jeff Moore
City of Everett Council Position 3 Scott D. Murphy
City of Federal Way Council Position 2 Bob Celski
City of Federal Way Council Position 6 Martin A. Moore
City of Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell
City of Issaquah Council Position 1 Christopher Reh
City of Issaquah Council Position 3 Justin Walsh
City of Issaquah Mayor Paul Winterstein
City of Kent Council Position 4 Toni Troutner
City of Kent Mayor Jim Berrios
City of Kirkland Council Position 1 Jay Arnold
City of Kirkland Council Position 2 Tom Neir
City of Kirkland Council Position 3 Penny Sweet
City of Kirkland Council Position 5 Amy Walen
City of Kirkland Council Position 7 Jon Pascal
City of Lake Stevens Council Position 1 Kim Daughtry
City of Lake Stevens Council Position 2 Gary Petershagen
City of Lake Stevens Council Position 7 Marcus Tageant
City of Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith
City of Marysville Council Position 2 Donna M. Wright
City of Marysville Council Position 4 Michael Stevens
City of Mill Creek Council Position 4 Brian Holtzclaw
City of Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas
City of Mountlake Terrace Council Position 4 Kyoko Matsumoto Wright
City of Redmond Council Position 2 Byron Shutz
City of Renton Council Position 1 Randy Corman
City of Renton Council Position 2 Armondo Pavone
City of Sammamish Council Position 1 Jason Ritchie
City of Sammamish Council Position 5 Rituja Indapure
City of Sammamish Council Position 7 Pam Stuart
City of Seattle City Attorney Scott Lindsay
City of Shoreline Council Position 1 Keith A. McGlashan
City of Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson
City of Stanwood Council Position 7 Judy Williams

 
Don't forget to register to vote or reregister after having moved or changed names after the last election in which you voted!

CONTRIBUTE TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COUNCIL

Members are encouraged to contribute to the Affordable Housing Council of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. Contributions are used to help pay for our public policy program, which elects and retains candidates friendly to the housing industry, while sweeping no-growth incumbents out of office. This money allows us to maintain and grow political and policy gains and counters increasing regulations by helping to elect decision makers who support homeownership and our industry. It also goes to defray the costs of lobbying efforts and research projects that help to make the industry's case before officeholders and policymakers.

USE YOUR VOICE

Communicating with elected officials reminds them that MBA members are watching the issues affecting the homebuilding industry. This could include participating in face-to-face meetings with elected officials, testifying before a local council or board, or sending an email to your elected officials asking for their support on a housing issue. Find your elected officials.

You can find more information on how to get directly involved on our Advocacy blog or through our email newsletters. Members are also invited to participate in any of our Builder Councils: the Housing Policy Committee, the Residential Builders Council (covering King County and most of its cities), the Seattle Builders Council, and the Developer-Builder Issues Council (covering Snohomish County and its cities).

PRIMARY CONTACTS PROGRAM

Strengthening our relationship with Olympia

We, like you, wanted to ensure our industry’s voice was ever-present in Olympia. This is why we created the Primary Contacts Program, a coordinated grassroots effort designed to connect you, our members, with your state legislators.

Your participation is vital to this cause. Become a Primary Contact and make a difference.

No candidate authorized this ad. It is paid for by Master Builders Assc of King & Sno Counties – Affordable Housing Council, 335 116th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004. Top Five Contributors: Master Builders Assoc., Best Plumbing Group LLC, Eastside Business Alliance, Rental Housing Assoc. PAC, Village Life Inc.