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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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candidate evaluation program, please contact the League office at 206-622-8333.
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questionnaire to the League office at your earliest convenience.
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Please have your materials to us no later than June 8, 2010. May 28 th is
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2010 Candidate Questionnaire
BASIC CANDIDATE INFORMATION
1. Name as it will appear on the ballot
First Name Middle Initial or Nickname Last Name
Eleanor V Walters
2. Office sought (include office, jurisdiction, position/district number):
State Representative, Position 1, LD 39
3. Are you the incumbent? No
4. How long have you resided in this district/city?
5. How long have you resided in King County?
6. Is the office sought partisan or nonpartisan? Partisan
7. If partisan, please indicate party: Democratic
Campaign Name: Committee to Elect Eleanor Walters
Address: PO BOX 2022
City/State/Zip: Granite Falls/WA/
Campaign Phone: 360-863-3699
Campaign Fax: NA
Campaign E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaign Website: www.eleanorwalters.com
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)
2. If you ran for public office but were not elected, please list those races below:
Office Title Year of Run
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 am running because I believe the 39th District needs a more effective voice in Olympia, one that is
willing to work across the partisan divide to break gridlock. The state of Washington is facing
enormous economic challenges. The 39th LD needs someone who works more effectively with other
legislators, who listens longer and harder to constituents and who is willing to take off the partisan
blinders to deliver legislation that serves the needs of the people.
This is not the time to stick to party ideology. We need long-term solutions. We need to expand
revenue streams while keeping the tax burden down. We need roll up our sleeves when examining
financial statements, budgets, audit reports when considering budget cuts; cuts that won't hurt those
who can least afford to be hurt. We need to protect our environment, our water sources, our open
lands, our salmon spawning grounds.. We must make certain that educational opportunity exists for
all age levels and for job retraining believing that education is the way out of poverty. We must focus
on expanding our economic base, seriously developing alternatives to an oil driven economy.
I have built my resume for legislative work with a background in public as well as business
administration and law. The education and knowledge has served me well as I worked as a
manager, a teacher, a legal assistant, and in Indian country with the tribal ordinances and tribal
customs. I learned and respected peacemaking as an alternative form of conflict resolution.
I have the aptitude to learn a new industry - Internet technology and telephony – as I set up
domains with engineers, web designers and with the Washington Utilities and Transportation
Commission office in Olympia.
My experience and legal training in public administration, contract management, negotiation and
alternative dispute readied me for working with opposing parties. There is no excuse for the
legislative paralysis we saw in Olympia during the last session. It's time for change in the 39th LD.
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2. Describe your most important personal characteristics or traits as they relate to the office you seek.
One important trait I bring to the table that is sorely lacking in Olympia: The ability to listen. Not the
kind of listening that looks for a chance to put my personal agenda in play, but listening for
opportunities to work together. Cooperation hasn't exactly been a buzzword in the legislature lately,
but it doesn't have to be that way.
As mentioned earlier, I have an extensive background in negotiation. That means listening to what
everyone wants, expanding the area of interest so that many alternatives are available, followed by
good old hard work to create a win not just for us, but for the entire state. Our previous legislature
spent 30 days in a special session at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars over what was left to be a
few minor differences in the budget. Finally, the governor had to threaten major cuts across the board
to motivate the chambers to work together. It shouldn't take such drastic threats to get action in
Any effective legislator has to put her own feelings aside sometimes to achieve an outcome that
works for everyone. I not only realize this, I live by it. We can't just blindly follow a political ideology
when making policy and expect that we'll accomplish anything. The days of blind allegiance need to
end. That gets said by many candidates every cycle, but a look back at last session's debacle proves
the point. We can't afford that partisan bickering again.
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.
1. I'm proud of my daughters. They are accomplished young women, and raising them was
challenging but rewarding. I did my best to instill them with the values important to me:
Empathy, listening, and putting yourself second when there's work to be done. At the same
time, I taught them to stand up for themselves when needed and to never be shy about
expressing an opinion. I am so proud of who they are!
2. I've helped many opposing parties sort out their differences through negotiation. Every time a
dispute ended with both participants feeling they won, it was a victory for me. There's
something very rewarding about bringing people together. That's a skill I will really put to use
3. I managed airline agents who went from union management to a deregulated non-union
environment. This change management required perseverance, diligence, listening and
delivering, fair decision-making, knowledge and good leadership skills.
The same skills were need at Starbucks Corporation when working with over 1000 vendors,
hundreds of employees and an IT team to design and implement an electronic contracting
system for service contracting over a two year period.
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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.
1973-79 Instructed adult students with mental/physical disabilities at Oregon
Community Colleges through GED/Adult Education Dept. while in college and 1st year
1979-83 Chaperoned groups of mentally challenged travelers for a friend who was a
business associate in Astoria Oregon and who owned a travel agency with her
husband and partner.
1982-83 Sold advertising space in a local publishing company during December
Holiday Season, contributing to local business, churches, special events.
1984-87 President, board member of the League of Women Voters of Anchorage.
Conducted gubernatorial debates during election season.
1989-91 President, Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage, AK. Also worked as
Church secretary part –time while caring for infant and toddler.
1993-94 Acted as guardian ad litem / legal counsel in tribal juvenile court for tribal
members that had left the reservation under age without notice, or returned and had
committed a violation of tribal ordinances.
2000 – 2010 Offered business solutions, i.e. draft company policy; employee
handbooks, mediation services for small businesses.
2000- 2006 – Provided leadership to USSwim teams in the Seattle/Everett area;
serving as board member, president .
2005-09 – Voluntarily lobbied for NARAL, Planned Parenthood, specifically for
compliance to comprehensive sex education in public schools; privacy rights for
ALSO SEE RESUME……Eleanor V. Walters
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5. Please describe the duties of the office you seek. Which are the most important duties and
A state representative represents the home district to the best of her ability, meaning she should
remain visible in the community. I will be visible, communicative, and open to new ideas. I will work
with my colleagues to start solving the problems that have vexed us for so long, such as the budget;
education funding; building our economic base; protecting our wild and scenic areas; preserving
farmland and agriculture; and attracting sustainable industry to our area.
Communication: I would maintain a legislative presence by having regular conference calls with
mayors of all cities in the 39th LD. Citrix offers a good web-based conference call service. I would
organize conference calls via this service or another low-cost high-tech service. I would also like to
see a public facility (city hall) offer office space whereas constituents can come and dial in to their
legislator during sessions. I would set up these legislative communication sites in each city of the 39th
LD. In the interim between sessions, I would meet with constituents regularly via town halls.
Committee Work: This is some of the most important work that can be done by legislators. I would
be a team player, working collaboratively with other legislators, yet speaking on behalf of the
constituents and their interests in the 39th LD. I would work for the good of the state, but always
keeping at the forefront the interests of the citizens of the 39th.
Budgeting/Audits: To be accountable for the spending of the State, I would seek audits of agencies
and departments. The duties of a legislator include being fiscally accountable for departmental
spending. It is a legislator’s duty to ensure good management of resources: people, assets and
Study and Introduction of House Bills: My legal training and experience will definitely enhance my
performance when reviewing proposed legislation. It will also enhance my ability to listen to
constituents and frame their concerns in the form of legislative bills.
I am tired of the arguing in Olympia. Both sides need to stop pointing fingers. I will study legislation,
discuss it with others, with mayors and subject matter experts in the 39th and act in the best interests
of the legislative district. That's the most important part of the job.
Effective utilization of legislative staff: It is the duty of a legislator to make effective use of staff; their
time and effort. I have a strong record of being a fair and respectful manager, in both private and
pubic sector. I would follow the same labor, employment laws in Olympia as I would as a corporate
executive. I would ensure accountability to the taxpayers of this State that pay for the staff
assistance for Legislators.
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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: Brittany Jarnot; Sound Strategies - Bill Phillips,
Candidate’s Daytime Phone: 206.227.7920
Candidate’s Evening Phone: 206.227.7920
Candidate’s VoiceMail/Message: 360-863-3699
Candidate’s Fax: NA
Candidate’s Pager: NA
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
Marcine Anderson, district judge 206-296-0428 206-579-3210
Phyllis Nance, Mgr, Starbucks Corp 206-318-1575
Name of Supervisor/Committee Daytime Phone Home Phone
Badger Goodwin, svp, store 206-318-1575
development, Starbucks Corp.
Kelly Cayton, vp store 206-318-1575
development, Starbucks Corp.
Name of Employee/Member of a Daytime Phone Home Phone
Committee You Chaired
Anne-Houston Rogers, T-Mobile 206-369-1432 206-369-1432
employee, former Starbucks
Patsy Cuddaback, YMCA, Diversity
1. Have you ever been arrested? 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 28 th is preferred!
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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