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No Labels Movement 

The No Labels movement is focused on getting things done. The vast majority of Washington State is made up of independent voters, they do not blindly check a party box to vote an entire slate of candidates like you can in other states. They research their candidates, ask good questions, confer with friends and family, and often split their tickets when it comes time to cast a ballot. Our state awarded all its electoral college votes to Theodore Roosevelt when he ran as in independent, twice in our state’s history the electors cast votes based on their conscience. The vast majority of our elected positions are nonpartisan, because we know work needs to get done. No Labels is not a party per se, but a group of multipartisan folks that all have personal convictions and stances on issues, but also understand that the work of government must go on so the majority of folks get a functioning government. As the chief election administrative officer of the state, I feel that the No Labels “label” is best for me, so all sides know they are getting a fair and unbiased administrator of laws.

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Why Damon is running Non-Partison 

In my early life I was raised in a strong Democratic Party family. I was elected to office as a
Democratic Party Precinct Committee Officer, and served as a representative of my Precinct at
the grassroots level. Later in life I changed party affiliation to the Republican Party, and served
as an elected delegate to the precinct, county, and state delegation. In both of these capacities
I found the party organization too narrowly focused on extreme issues, and little compromise
was considered. When I took a position in election administration, my nonpartisan elected
official strongly emphasized the need for all election administrators to never show a bias when
processing election returns. We swore an oath to not donate or publicly support one side or the
other, and I took that oath seriously. I will not swear an oath of loyalty to any political party as
long as I am administering elections, as I feel a referee should not publicly wear the jersey of
the teams they are officiating.

I strongly support the idea of parties, but for legislative offices, not administrative ones. The
people need a ‘cliffs notes’ guide to what their lawmakers believe and what their platform goals are. I even support a movement to bring back partisan offices to city and town levels of
legislative offices for the same reason, but for executive level administrative offices, why do we want someone that has a party commitment? In our state we elect partisan coroners when we should elect folks with a medical background for such an office, not someone from one party or the other!

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