The Municipal League of King County
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Seattle, WA 98104
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2010 Board of Trustees 2010 CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRE
Kathy Elias, Co-Chair FOR NON-JUDICIAL CANDIDATES
The Municipal League of King County requests every candidate who participates in the
Gabe Meyer, Co-Chair
Mike Repass, Treasurer
candidate evaluation process submit background information prior to his/her interview with
Laraine Volkman, Secretary
a candidate evaluation committee. The questionnaire is the basis of the League’s research
and interview process. The League’s ratings are non-partisan; they are based on standards of
Involvement, Effectiveness, Character, and Knowledge, all of which have been developed and
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A copy of this questionnaire will be provided to Candidate Evaluation Committee members to
help them prepare for your interview. Candidate responses, except the confidential section, will
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Mary Gates, The Municipal League requests the following materials from candidates. Please check to make
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certain you have sent in your:
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Philanthropy Planning Services Resume (education, employment, and professional activities)
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Office of the Attorney General Sent by: Email US Mail Fax Not Sending
Lauren Kuester, Constituent Newsletters and other publications
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Candidate Evaluations Chair Note: Electronically submitted questionnaires are strongly preferred. All materials can be
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emailed to email@example.com. They can be processed and made available on-line far more
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Rodney Wendt For non-electronic submissions, please print clearly and legibly and return the application as
soon as possible in order to allow the committee the greatest amount of time to prepare a
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complete report on your skills and experience.
Greg Wong If you have not yet been contacted to schedule an interview, or if you have questions about the
candidate evaluation program, please contact the League office at 206-622-8333.
Staff If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in the candidate evaluation
process, please contact the CEC Coordinator at the League office.
Candidate Evaluations Coord.
A League volunteer Candidate Investigator is waiting to receive your
questionnaire to begin his or her work. Please complete and return the
questionnaire to the League office at your earliest convenience.
Please have your materials to us no later than June 15th, 2010.
Email the completed questionnaire and other materials to:
2010 Candidate Questionnaire
BASIC CANDIDATE INFORMATION
1. Name as it will appear on the ballot
First Name Middle Initial or Nickname Last Name
Jillian Jill England
2. Office sought (include office, jurisdiction, position/district number):
36th District Legislature Position 2
3. Are you the incumbent? Yes No
4. How long have you resided in this district/city?
10 + years, since 1998
5. How long have you resided in King County?
10 + years, since 1995
6. Is the office sought partisan or nonpartisan? Partisan Nonpartisan
7. If partisan, please indicate party:
Campaign Name: Jill England for 36th District Legislature AKA Elect Jill England
Address: 656 NW 86TH ST
Campaign Phone: 206) 427-2620
Campaign E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaign Website: www.electjillengland.org
1. Beginning with the most recent position, please list public offices you have held. Include positions on
appointive boards or commissions.
Public Office Elective or Dates Held Leadership Role (if any)
Never held public office
2. If you ran for public office but were not elected, please list those races below:
Office Title Year of Run
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In this section, we are seeking responses that reflect the four ratings criteria: involvement, effectiveness,
character, and knowledge. These are defined as follows:
Involvement: What has the candidate done previously in family, neighborhood, community, volunteer
work, employment or public life to suggest readiness to accomplish challenging objectives? How do
these activities demonstrate readiness for the challenges unique to the office sought?
Effectiveness: Has the candidate demonstrated promise of being productive in the office sought? Has
the candidate shown the ability to work with other people?
Character: Do the candidate's personal traits show the ability to take on the responsibilities of
campaigning for and holding the public office she or he is seeking? Is the candidate a leader,
participant or observer? Is the candidate trustworthy, reliable and candid?
Knowledge: Has the candidate demonstrated the willingness and ability to learn and adapt? Does the
candidate understand the duties and challenges of the office sought? Does the candidate have a firm
grasp of the issues important to his or her constituency and their potential effects?
1. In one page or less, why are you running for this office? (Note: the interview committee will be given a copy
of this statement before your interview; at the beginning of your interview you will have the opportunity to
expand on this statement in any way you wish.)
I’m very passionate about our country and our state. I’m fiscally conservative and believe
that high taxes take away the incentive for people to create productive businesses and grow
I believe that the legislature should not hide and then push pension fund obligations off into
the future, thus making the problem worse. We need to find ways to reduce our obligation
through early payouts or similar programs and fully fund the remainder of the amounts we
The sales tax is a regressive tax in that it hurts low income people by taxing them at the
higher percentage of their earnings. However, an income tax with a sales tax would be a
disaster to local small businesses. We could follow Oregon’s model and have no state sales
tax and an income tax but even with an income tax the state would run into a problem with
revenues as you can see in Oregon’s budget problems today. The only way to fix our budget
problems is to find ways to cut the budget and to do it now rather than later when the problem
will be worse.
Besides the declaration of independence and the constitution I believe in three pillars of
A true civil government where laws and justice are equally applied and not extreme.
A true social life where a stable family with kids is the building block for the next
A true religion where people can admit their faults be humble in the face of creation
and regardless of who they are can strive to be better people tomorrow.
These ideas are not my own I take them from Martin Luther (of the reformation) and they are
as applicable today as they were 800 years ago.
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2. Describe your most important personal characteristics or traits as they relate to the office you seek.
I am a software designer and my analysis and implementation skills are very good.
I’m more than willing to admit mistakes and look for and accept better ideas from others.
I’m a private pilot and that has taught me to make decisive designs and take decisive action to
avoid serious consequences.
I’m not afraid to take calculated chances. Typically in software development there are safe
and then there are risky projects, you want to work on the risky projects because that is
where there is the most reward, for the developer, for the manager, and for the company.
I’m not a natural leader so I am always looking for new leadership ideas and methods. My
leadership training will never be complete.
I believe I make friends easily, even with people that have polar opposite political view points.
Ultimately any problem is not about the root cause or finger pointing it’s about leadership and
cooperation in the solution.
3. Please describe, in sufficient detail, one to three accomplishments or contributions of which you are most
proud. These examples should illustrate skills and capabilities you think apply to the office you are seeking.
These accomplishments may have occurred at any time in your personal, professional, or public life.
I installed as lead engineer a Unix based internet news server in support of Microsoft’s
Windows server 2000 release in 1999/2000. It saved the beta program for that product and
kept the software release on schedule. After that I parlayed my 6 month contract into a 1 year
contract by making myself useful in other areas of the beta software program as a developer
thus paving the way for my current career in .Net development when before I was strictly a
Unix environment developer.
While unemployed in 2001 I spent my time in statistical research on photographs of Mars. I
made contacts with other researchers and found some very interesting geographical changes
that had not been identified by other scientists. Together with Efrain Palermo and a real
planetary geologist we created a paper and presentation of the papers findings to the Mars
society at Stanford University in California. The research was later confirmed by scientists
specializing in Mars geology.
In 1989 for the Department of Agriculture HOPS lab in Yakima I created an accounting system
based on journaling software I designed in collage. I worked with changing specifications
and needs to produce a system that ran billing at the lab through 2001. I upgraded it once to
a Unix based box in 1991. To get this second contract I moved the software in advance to
Unix and upgraded it at my own expense anticipating the need for the new system. I believe it
saved the state quite a bit of money vs. other software development options.
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4. Please list or describe current and past activities in the community in which you have acquired skills that
relate to the office you seek. Include your role in the activity and the year(s) in which you were involved.
Involvement consists of many areas such as family, neighborhood, community, employment, or public life.
In 2002 I was assistant treasurer of a private club in Seattle. Duties included keeping the
books and attending monthly administrative meeting.
In 2008 I became PCO for my precinct (2517) for the republican party. Attend meetings etc.
In 2001 I volunteered my time and effort and studying Martian geological anomalies because
there was work to be done. This was done without compensation. The work was presented to
and published by the Mars society. My statistical analysis work on this paper was its corner
A long time ago in High school I participated in the Key club, a high school club sponsored by
the Kiwanis club of Lakewood. I believe this taught me valuable civic skills that I took for
granted at the time yet still use every day.
5. Please describe the duties of the office you seek. Which are the most important duties and why?
1. Voting for/against bills
2. Communication with residents in the 36th District.
3. Collaboration with Legislature to create bills that solve real problems.
Imagine that these form a pyramid with voting at the top and communication and
collaboration at the two lower vertices.
Casting a ballot is the easiest. The most difficult is collaboration with other legislatures and
listening, not just talking to constituents back home.
Peer collaboration is done in committee meetings and hearings where changes to the law are
debate often in an open forum with members of the public testifying for or against a change.
My purpose in Olympia would be not to disrupt the politics as usual but to persuade and
collaborate with others to get things fixed and keep the things that are working from being
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The following information is for League use only. It will not be published on the League’s website.
Campaign Manager’s Name: NA
Candidate’s Daytime Phone: (206) 427-2620 cell anytime
Candidate’s Evening Phone:
This information is for League use only. It will not be published in any format.
If you have not previously provided the League with references, please list references you would like us to
contact who can speak to your involvement, effectiveness, character, and/or knowledge. Please name at least
one from each of the following three categories:
Name of Colleague Daytime Phone Home Phone
Art Robinson (253) 964-3387
Cordell Swannack (206) 876-2180
Name of Supervisor/Committee Daytime Phone Home Phone
Glen Avery (206) 286-1498
Name of Employee/Member of a Daytime Phone Home Phone
Committee You Chaired
1. Have you ever been arrested? Yes No
If yes, please explain.
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If at all possible, send your response to the Municipal League electronically as an email attachment, or insert it
into an e-mail message (email@example.com). Mail and fax numbers are listed below. If the League has not
contacted you to schedule an interview, please call the League office at your earliest convenience.
Don’t forget to send the following to the Municipal League: a resume, a photo, campaign literature, and, if you
are an incumbent, constituent newsletters and other materials. Please use the check-off list on the cover sheet
of this packet to indicate which items you have sent.
A League volunteer Candidate Investigator is waiting to receive your questionnaire to
begin his or her work. Please complete and return the questionnaire to the League
office at your earliest convenience.
Please have your materials to us no later than June 8, 2010. May 28th is
Email the completed questionnaire and other materials to:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND GOOD LUCK IN YOUR CAMPAIGN!
THE MUNICIPAL LEAGUE OF KING COUNTY
810 Third Avenue, Suite 224 Phone: (206) 622-8333 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seattle, WA 98104-1614 Fax: (425) 671-0506 Website: www.munileague.org
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