Letter: Choose Mukilteo, not Zieve

Nov 01, 2017

When Peter Zieve chose to run for a seat on the Mukilteo city council he also chose to expose his documented record of discrimination and bigotry to public scrutiny.

When I chose to create “Mukilteo for All” I chose to do whatever I could to make sure as many Mukilteo voters as possible were fully aware of Zieve’s despicable record. Our website, mukilteoforall.org, provides indisputable facts that reveal Zieve’s true character.

Because I am confident that a vast majority of my Mukilteo neighbors have a vision for a welcoming and inclusionary community, I’m certain if they know Zieve’s record they will not vote for him.

Mukilteo for All’s core message is that Mukilteo is a welcoming place and that Peter Zieve is not qualified for the city council due to his history of workplace discrimination against women and people of color, bigoted public statements regarding a new mosque in Mukilteo and domestic violence.

Mukilteo for All is a grass roots coalition that came together organically so that all Mukilteo residents would know that Zieve does not represent our civic values and that we would not passively stand aside while he spent an unprecedented $50,000 on his campaign.

While we do not believe that Zieve has a realistic path to victory given the result of the primary election, we cannot be complacent in addressing his hateful views and actions.

Worse than standing by silently and complacently, would be to ignore the facts of Zieve’s discriminatory past. For those of you who are thinking of voting for him because of his no new taxes pledge or silly promise to keep Mukilteo from becoming Seattle please think long and hard about what it will be like to live in a city that becomes infamous for electing a documented Trump-like bigot to the city council.

 

Glen Pickus

Mukilteo

Comments (7)
Posted by: mario lotmore | Nov 01, 2017 11:48

What does Mukilteo for All truly represent?

It has recently been brought to my attention that this PAC has very serious violations that have been officially filed to the Attorney General's Office and the PDC by a citizens advocacy group in Thurston County that has a very successful track record of winning cases.  If found guilty, the PAC and / or its officers, could face thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars in fines to the state of Washington.  Apparently, the Mukilteo Beacon has been made aware of the filing weeks ago but still hasn’t made it to print.

Because this citizen's group is handling the matter, I will not discuss the details of the violations just yet; however, there are a lot of questions to be answered by some of our elected officials and members of the PAC to the Mukilteo Community.

Glen Pickus is listed as an officer of the PAC.  The same Glen Pickus that advocated for, co-authored the mailer for; and wrote the "pro" argument for the 0.1% Sales Tax (aka Prop 1).  Coincidently, a company called, "Pickus Communication" listed a $1.50 City of Mukilteo Parking fee expensed item in the PAC's expenses...pretty lame right?.  Pickus Communication is listed for a $5,000 (yes five thousand dollar) retainer fee.  A Design company called "Mammoth" based out of Seattle has listed expenses of the following: $5,500 web design (in my opinion outrageous), $2,500 digital advertising, $1,000 Facebook ad design (I assume just to design ads in Facebook), $1,785 for consulting services and the list goes on.  Of the total $24,146 of the PAC's debt only $3,186 was for the actual mailer sent by the PAC.  As of today, the PDC is showing only $4,466 in contributions against an outrageous $24,165 debt.  Something smells fishy here folks.  Wait there is more...

The mailing address to send contributions, the bank accounts of the PAC and the treasurer of the PAC are all listed to a Seattle address.  Why Seattle and not Mukilteo?  Why is the money flowing to and from Seattle? This address to send money is linked to a former Washington State Representative who this year unsuccessfully ran for Seattle Mayor to replace Ed Murray. Did this former representative have ties to any local officials or current Mukilteo city employees?

Facebook is a great communication tool but it is a double edge sword.  Weeks before this PAC filed with the PDC a Denise from Edmonds (yes, she is not even from Mukilteo) has Facebook posts stating she is upset with seeing Peter Zieve signs and that Bob Champion is not doing anything for his campaign. There are then discussions on Facebook between her and Paul Kramer who I assume is a member of the PAC since he was their spokesman for the King5 interview.  This Denise from Edmonds states in her Facebook posts that, "I have a call into Mr. Champion and can let you know what I find out."  This is very troubling as it is illegal for a candidate to be in communication with a PAC or its members.  I do not know the exact involvement of Denise with the PAC but she is the organizer of the "Hate is not a Family Value" rally that was held on October 21st which was attended by Paul Kramer (PAC spokesman), Glen Pickus (PAC campaign Manager), Denise and five others.  The question is what was discussed between Denise and Bob Champion and did Bob Champion have any involvement with the formation of this PAC?

I could be wrong but it looks like only 25% of their followers on Facebook live here in Mukilteo.  The other 75% appear to live in Seattle, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Everett, Mill Creek and other places around the state.  Talk about outside interference into our local election!

Of the Top 5 contributors to the PAC the PDC has listed Marko Liias (Mukilteo’s Policy Analyst) and Nancy Passovoy (Executive Assistant to Mayor Gregerson) both City of Mukilteo employees appointed by the Mayor with direct access to Council President Bob Champion who is opposing candidate Peter Zieve.  If you recall, it was reported in the Mukilteo Beacon that Mayor Gregerson is in an alleged romance with Council President Bob Champion according to her ex-husband.  One would again question, did Bob Champion have any involvement with the formation, strategy and direction of this PAC?

So I ask you, what do you think Mukilteo for All truly represents?

Link to PDC: https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/campaign-explorer/committee?filer_id=MUKIFA%20275&election_year=2017



Posted by: mario lotmore | Nov 01, 2017 11:53

What does Mukilteo for All truly represent?

 

It has recently been brought to my attention that this PAC has very serious violations that have been officially filed to the Attorney General's Office and the PDC by a citizens advocacy group in Thurston County that has a very successful track record of winning cases.  If found guilty, the PAC and / or its officers, could face thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars in fines to the state of Washington.  Apparently, the Mukilteo Beacon has been made aware of the filing weeks ago but still hasn’t made it to print.

 

Because this citizen's group is handling the matter, I will not discuss the details of the violations just yet; however, there are a lot of questions to be answered by some of our elected officials and members of the PAC to the Mukilteo Community.

 

Glen Pickus is listed as an officer of the PAC.  The same Glen Pickus that advocated for, co-authored the mailer for; and wrote the "pro" argument for the 0.1% Sales Tax (aka Prop 1).  Coincidently, a company called, "Pickus Communication" listed a $1.50 City of Mukilteo Parking fee expensed item in the PAC's expenses...pretty lame right?.  Pickus Communication is listed for a $5,000 (yes five thousand dollar) retainer fee.  A Design company called "Mammoth" based out of Seattle has listed expenses of the following: $5,500 web design (in my opinion outrageous), $2,500 digital advertising, $1,000 Facebook ad design (I assume just to design ads in Facebook), $1,785 for consulting services and the list goes on.  Of the total $24,146 of the PAC's debt only $3,186 was for the actual mailer sent by the PAC.  As of today, the PDC is showing only $4,466 in contributions against an outrageous $24,165 debt.  Something smells fishy here folks.  Wait there is more...

 

The mailing address to send contributions, the bank accounts of the PAC and the treasurer of the PAC are all listed to a Seattle address.  Why Seattle and not Mukilteo?  Why is the money flowing to and from Seattle? This address to send money is linked to a former Washington State Representative who this year unsuccessfully ran for Seattle Mayor to replace Ed Murray. Did this former representative have ties to any local officials or current Mukilteo city employees?

 

Facebook is a great communication tool but it is a double edge sword.  Weeks before this PAC filed with the PDC a Denise from Edmonds (yes, she is not even from Mukilteo) has Facebook posts stating she is upset with seeing Peter Zieve signs and that Bob Champion is not doing anything for his campaign. There are then discussions on Facebook between her and Paul Kramer who I assume is a member of the PAC since he was their spokesman for the King5 interview.  This Denise from Edmonds states in her Facebook posts that, "I have a call into Mr. Champion and can let you know what I find out."  This is very troubling as it is illegal for a candidate to be in communication with a PAC or its members.  I do not know the exact involvement of Denise with the PAC but she is the organizer of the "Hate is not a Family Value" rally that was held on October 21st which was attended by Paul Kramer (PAC spokesman), Glen Pickus (PAC campaign Manager), Denise and five others.  The question is what was discussed between Denise and Bob Champion and did Bob Champion have any involvement with the formation of this PAC?


I could be wrong but it looks like only 25% of their followers on Facebook live here in Mukilteo.  The other 75% appear to live in Seattle, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Everett, Mill Creek and other places around the state.  Talk about outside interference into our local election!


Of the Top 5 contributors to the PAC the PDC has listed Marko Liias (Mukilteo’s Policy Analyst) and Nancy Passovoy (Executive Assistant to Mayor Gregerson) both City of Mukilteo employees appointed by the Mayor with direct access to Council President Bob Champion who is opposing candidate Peter Zieve.  If you recall, it was reported in the Mukilteo Beacon that Mayor Gregerson is in an alleged romance with Council President Bob Champion according to her ex-husband.  One would again question, did Bob Champion have any involvement with the formation, strategy and direction of this PAC?


So I ask you, what do you think Mukilteo for All truly represents?

 

Link to PDC: https://www.pdc.wa.gov/browse/campaign-explorer/committee?filer_id=MUKIFA%20275&election_year=2017



Posted by: Joe Kunzler | Nov 01, 2017 12:17

According to an ex-husband Mario you're going to post this potential libel?

 

Really?



Posted by: mario lotmore | Nov 01, 2017 15:41

What does Mukilteo for All truly represent?  We Report, You Decide!

Mukilteo is ready for a change!  Peter Zieve is ready to serve Mukilteo.  If you are for No New Taxes...Accountable Government...Shared Destiny of Success...Family Friendly Government...Preserve our Mukilteo Identity then Vote Peter Zieve for Mukilteo City Council Position 2!



Posted by: Charlie Pancerzewski | Nov 01, 2017 17:18

Mr. Pickus is so opposed to Mr. Zieve that I am surprised Pickus did not focus on moving Mr. Zieve's company out of Mukilteo. Why would Pickus want Zieve to keep his company here if he believes Zieve is so terrible and would not do what is best for the community.

Pickus moans about the money Zieve agreed to spend on his campaign. The PAC Pickus created is the second largest spender and the PAC  has not paid for the more than $24,000 still owed, including reimbursement of the Seattle organization tbat paid for the PAC's mailer and postage. How is a Seattle organization involved in paying for the Mukiteo PAC mailer? Who is Pickus Communications in Seattle that billed the PAC for a $5,000 consulting fee, plus means and parking and also $1,000 for production? The name sounds familiar.

Two Mukilteo City employees were in the list of the PaC;s largest donors--Marco Liias and Nancy Passovoy, both employees directly reporting to Mayor Gregerson who has some connection Zieve's opponent according to Beacon articles and letters.

How did the Pickus PAC convince a group of Seattle companies to provide more than $24,000 of services to them without payment? Doesn't sound legal to me. Pickus needs to come clean about what is really going on and who has provided all the Seattle political support. Maybe someone working for the City knows?



Posted by: Lynn McKinney | Nov 03, 2017 21:21

Mario, thank you for the detailed write up and research on this issue.



Posted by: Denise Hotchkiss | Nov 08, 2017 20:47

Hi Mario. It's me "Denise from Edmonds". I would hate for you to lose any sleep over this so I'll answer some of your burning questions. I am not a member of the Mukilteo for All PAC. And while I did reach out out to Mr. Champion I did not hear back from him. I assume that is because Mr. Champion is an honest and experienced council member and knows associating with grassroot coalitions during campaign season can be problematic. I had no idea you were following all my Facebook comments with such dedication. Didn't know I had such a fan. I'm sure you have the best of intentions and don't mean to come across as a creepy stalker.



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