DECISION 2018: State Rep. Position 2 • Legislative District 7

Ferry, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane and Stevens counties



Mike Bell

(Prefers Democratic Party)

Age: 67

City/town: Nine Mile Falls

Why are you the best choice?

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Mike Bell

In 1971 I volunteered to serve our country as a Navy Corpsman. That healthcare background helped me immensely during my CPA career. For over 30 years I specialized in helping rural healthcare systems find the funds to keep caring for us, including those in Okanogan County.

Much of Washington State is recovering from the Great Recession. And yet, our district continues to fall behind. For decades, I’ve helped private companies and governments solve problems through sound business practices. I’m volunteering again to serve you and hope you’ll choose a proven problem-solver over a career politician.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

Two candidates have joined me in running to replace Joel Kretz. I’m not surprised. Kretz claims to represent you and me, but reports cashing well over half-a-million dollars from multinational corporations like pharmaceutical giants Eli Lilly and Pfizer while too many of my fellow Veterans and senior citizens must choose between medicine and groceries.

What’s worse, is Kretz reports spending his corporate handouts on himself for $700 shopping sprees, DISH, and $300 meals in Olympia. Not one dime reported for a charitable organization. I won’t take their money and I’ll donate my legislative salary to charitable organizations throughout our district.

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing

Corporate corruption of career politicians must end. I’ll lead by example and won’t take their money. This new way of serving allows for focus on everyday issues.

Among these are protecting and preserving local access to high-quality healthcare, investment in our students to reach their full potential, and innovative job-creation ideas that rebuild our roads and clear fire fuel from our forests.

My full professional resume can be downloaded read at www.MikeBell2018.com.

I’m a Veteran Navy Corpsman, recently-retired CPA and Business-owner and concerned grandpa. And, I’m working to earn your vote. Bring me your ideas for a better way.



Christine A. Ives

(No Party Preference)

Age: Not provided

City/town: Omak

Why are you the best choice?

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Christine A. Ives

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary studies with major in Public Administration, minors in Sociology and Anthropology from Heritage University. Associate Arts and Sciences from Wenatchee Valley College.

Experience: Worked as Paralegal/Spokesperson (member Colville Tribal Bar) with the Colville Confederated Tribes Legal Office, Colville Tribal Court, Paralegal/Spokesperson for Wynne Law Firm, Paralegal for Benjamin & Healey, LLC. (member of Puyallup Tribal Bar, near Joint Base Lewis-McChord), and U.S. Patent Law Offices of Ronald A. Anderson.

Received my degrees and immediately started working with Tribal Politics as an Intern and then onto my Paralegal field. I am a mother of a nine-year-old and have the aspiration to make our State's legislation reflect the needs of the people.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

I am a candidate running for office with no party preference. I’m a candidate who identifies with the Washingtonian culture. Who’s fiscally responsible and pro-free enterprise, but progressive on social issues and environment. I have the aspiration to make our States legislation reflect the needs of the people. My platform is Universal Health Care system and Public Education for all. Public Programs, Public Safety, Gun Rights and Safety, Agriculture, Civil Rights, Mental Health, face homelessness, and raise Teachers pay along with impressing School Safety'

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing

• Equal Educational for all races, nationalities, socioeconomical statuses

• Quality Healthcare Accessibility/Protected Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid

• DACA Protection/Citizenship Path

• Constitutional, Equal & Tribal Rights

• Environment – Water, Parks & Public Land

• Job Creation, Living Wage Minimum, Town Revitalization & Affordable Housing

We need to guarantee Equal Education regardless of citizenship. We have a valuable population of tax-paying DACA and immigrant labor that supports our diverse agricultural, hospitality and manufacturing industries, all of whom need a PATH TO CITIZENSHIP AND LEGAL OPTIONS to continue to remain beneficial to employers and contributing members in our district.

Our workforce and families, as well as our individual and senior population, needs access to local quality HEALTHCARE and prescription drug coverage that is affordable and, ideally, under a universal healthcare program. We all also need to know our SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE is protected, and MEDICAID is available – should something unfortunate temporarily befall them.

Universal healthcare, benefit security and paths to citizenship are a must. We can enjoy our ENVIRONMENT we live in by taking care and protecting our WATER, PARKS AND PUBLIC LANDS.

We also need to take special care and protect our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS (including the 2nd Amendment with some common-sense gun regulations), EQUAL RIGHTS (without discrimination and regardless of age, ability, faith, gender, orientation or income), and TRIBAL RIGHTS (honoring treaties and building mutually rewarding collaborations).



Joel Kretz

(Prefers Republican Party)

Age: Not provided

City/town: Wauconda

Why are you the best choice?

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Joel Kretz

As a member of the Washington State House of Representatives, it is my honor to work to uphold the principles of small government, lower taxes, economic freedom, traditional values and individual responsibility. As a small business owner, I know what it takes to create jobs. I will continue to make my top priority in the legislature supporting legislation that creates a positive economic climate to promote job creation. I have worked diligently to curb spending, reduce unnecessary expenditures, and scale back state expansion, resulting in savings of millions of taxpayer dollars. Proven results, not rhetoric.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

My experience and leadership position. When talking about experience, I’m not only talking about my 14 years of legislative experience, I’m talking about life experiences. I don’t need a map to find Okanogan county. I live here. I’ve sat across the table from many of you, listening to your stories and the challenges you’ve faced from state bureaucracies. When I talk about my leadership position, I’m talking about when there are top level negotiations between the House, Senate and the Governor’s office – I am at the table doing the negotiating. No rookie legislator can give you that kind of representation.

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing?

Urban legislators. Pick an issue – water, education, jobs, gun rights, private property rights, wolves… It all comes down to one thing, legislators from the big cities telling those of us who live in rural areas how to live. They’ve messed up their communities (drugs, crime, pollution, traffic) but insist on controlling our lives. So, educating urban legislators on Eastern Washington issues is, I believe, essential to getting things done for the people of the 7th District. I will continue to work for a responsible and accountable government that respects individual liberty, protects the family and stands up for the vulnerable.



Crystal Oliver

(Prefers Democratic Party)

Age: 34

City/town: Deer Park

Why are you the best choice?

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Crystal Oliver

I am eager to make a difference and have an impact on the world I live in. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and am pursuing a Graduate Degree in Public Administration. I’m an experienced manager, leader, and community organizer with proven success bridging the gap between policy makers and farmers. I care deeply for my community and feel called to increase my contribution to society through public service. I have the education, experience, and energy to create change in Olympia and advocate for my friends and neighbors in the seventh.

What sets you apart from your opponents?

My experience as a woman, mother, organizer, and licensed cannabis farmer provide me a unique perspective. My advocacy work over the last 5 years focused on protecting small independent farmers in rural Washington. I engaged extensively with the legislative and regulatory process and have a deep understanding of how small business owners and stakeholders are often kept out of the conversation in Olympia. I am most proud of the organizing work I did in Spokane County for reasonable land use ordinances which allowed 140 small businesses to open, creating 1,000 new jobs, and generating millions of dollars in revenue.

What is the biggest challenge your district is facing?

Access to quality, affordable health care is a huge concern. It’s no secret to anyone living in the United States that our health care system is in serious need of reform. We all instinctively know that our friends and family shouldn’t be forced into bankruptcy over medical issues we also know that health insurance costs that rise 50% year over year are not sustainable. Unfortunately, change is slow at the Federal level so it’s becoming clear that health care reform will be another issue where the State needs to take the lead.



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