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About Alicia Rule:

Alicia Rule is a fifth generation Whatcom County resident, a small business owner and a life-long mental health professional. Rule has worked with children, seniors, the disabled, and survivors of domestic violence. She’s also helped unite foster children with adoptive families. On the Blaine city council, Rule is bringing businesses, residents and organizations together to start growing jobs again.

Rule will work with Republicans and Democrats to get the economy moving.

  • Rule will work to help small businesses stay open safely and making it easier for them to grow and create jobs. She will push for help for restaurants, retail stores, and offices to create safe work environments, and for them to have the resources they need, like PPE.
  • Rule will fight to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and limit out-of-pocket costs on all health insurance programs. He will also work to protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • We cannot rely on foreign countries for essential medical supplies. Rule will invest in medical supply manufacturing here in Whatcom County, to grow manufacturing jobs and ensure we have the health supplies we need.
  • Rule will fight to increase access to high-speed broadband to close the digital divide and ensure that rural communities can access telehealth, remote education, and have the tools to work and run small businesses.

About Luanne Van Werven:

Van Wervens’ values are out of step with Washington.

Leading the effort to end all legal abortions in Washington, including in cases of rape and incest. Van Werven wants to defund Planned Parenthood and end no-fault divorce, which will not allow women with children to divorce their husbands without their husband’s permission.

Voted to protect conversion therapy. Conversion therapy allows parents to force their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children to go to an unlicensed and untrained therapist to try to make their children be straight. Doctors say this therapy doesn’t work and in fact causes long term damage to the victims.

Sided with drug and insurance companies on health care. Van Werven has taken thousands of dollars from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industry. Now, even during a pandemic, she wants to roll back health care programs like Medicaid and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Instead, Van Werven want sto allow only private insurance that can charge people hundreds of dollars more for pre-existing conditions like diabetes, cancer and the coronavirus.

 

State Rep. Luanne Van Werven Disciplined for Breaking Ethics Law, Resigns from Ethics Board

OLYMPIA – On September 24, 2020, Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board released an opinion finding State Representative Luanne Van Werven guilty of violating the state’s Ethics in Public Service Act by using taxpayer resources for the benefit of her own political campaign for re-election. Van Werven was ordered to pay a $300 fine, with half of the fine suspended if she does not commit another ethics violation in the next five years.

The Board’s decision follows a fourteen-week investigation and deliberation process by the Legislative Ethics Board. A Bellingham resident first filed the complaint on June 9, 2020. As a result of this violation, the Ethics Board will continue to monitor Rep. Van Werven’s behavior until August 2025. 

Rep. Van Werven was herself a member of the Legislative Ethics Board but resigned in light of the Board’s disciplinary action against her. Each of the four legislative caucuses—the House Republicans, Senate Republicans, House Democrats, and Senate Democrats—nominates one member to the Legislative Ethics Board. Van Werven represented the House Republicans on the Board until her resignation on September 24, 2020.

The Ethics Board stated, “while members remain free to voice their views on electoral participation, the use of public resources to solicit constituents to register to vote,…or to advise on how to vote, is not ‘normal or regular’ conduct for a legislative office and would violate RCW 45.52.180.”

Legislators are prohibited by the Ethics in Public Service Act from using any state facilities for campaign purposes. Rep. Van Werven directly violated the law by filming a campaign video from inside her legislative office on the grounds of the State Capitol and, in so doing, using taxpayer dollars to promote her political campaign for re-election.

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Contact: Mina Hashemi Mercer | mina@hdcc.org

 

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