In our home, politics and civic responsibility are important. I remember registering to vote way back when I was 18, and almost half a decade ago, my oldest excitedly did the same. The last presidential primary caucus even left us with 2 delegates in the house - for different candidates! We have a voting routine. Each of us, my husband Sam, daughter Amy, and I will take time with the hardcopy voters' pamphlet, spend some time researching the candidates online, carefully mark our choices, seal our ballot and then pass the booklet on the the next person. Then on Election Day, one (or all) of us will deliver our ballots to our drop box. Ultimately, whether or not we follow a specific routine or not is less important than the actual action of voting, but that left me wondering - do you have a voting routine in your home? Do you fill out the ballot the moment it's received? Wait until the last minute? Somewhere in between? Please share it with me!
As a veteran, leader and local volunteer, I possess the education, experience and dedication necessary to serve the best interests of our first responders as well as my fellow community members as your next Fire District 1 Commissioner. Remember to VOTE BRANDY DONAGHY for Snohomish County Fire District 1 Fire Commissioner #3! Every vote counts. Leave your ballot in your local drop box or send it by USPS. It must be dropped off or postmarked by August 1st. Thank you for your vote! To support my campaign, visit my donate page. All contributions are greatly appreciated. Checks can be mailed to the address listed on my contact page, payable to "Committee for Brandy Donaghy." If you have any questions at all, please reach out via email or Facebook. I'm happy to answer them.
There is a proposition on the current ballot that, if supported, will combine the Snohomish County Fire District 1 and the Lynnwood City Fire Department under a new body, the Regional Fire Authority. The RFA would allow for a more intuitive organization of physical resources across the entire area, and economy of scale. It would decrease the total expenses of the current organizations because there would not be a duplication of efforts and resources. This has been demonstrated already as there is already a limited sharing of some of the resources, and it has resulted in significant savings. The merge of the two organizations will also allow the continuation of joint training and a combination two groups of highly skilled personnel and ensure level quality standards across the organization. Finally, as the RFA is a separate entity from the city, it eliminates the possibility of competition between other city organizations dependent upon the same revenue pool. This means that the fire and emergency services will not need to suffer in the interest of a different organization. I recognize there are valid concerns against formation of the RFA, The most significant seems to be the shift in how fire and paramedic services are currently funded for those within the Lynnwood city limits, and some uncertainty as to how this will impact residents' taxes overall, since the RFA would be funded through a levy. As a homeowner, I can certainly empathize with this concern. And while it appears the city expects to decrease taxes to make up for the RFA levy, it is not entirely clear whether this will entirely make up for the new tax. That said, I do believe that the increase in efficiency, along with the decrease in taxes directly to the city will balance in a way that ultimately allows the residents of Lynnwood a net positive result. Ultimately, I support the creating of the RFA. I believe that it is in the best interest of the residents of the areas it would protect, as well as the Fire District and City Fire personnel.
I am a Navy veteran, parent, volunteer, active citizen and homeowner. I am a US Navy First Gulf War Era veteran with a service-connected disability. I worked on A-6 and F/A-18 aircraft, weapons system avionics and ordnance. I learned quite bit about those who choose to serve, and I have the utmost respect for those who choose to do so, whether in the military or other public service professions. Continue reading