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The Snohomish County Elections Committee (SNOMEC) was cofounded by Charles Fay, Pat D'Willis, and Jeff W. Phillips. SNOMEC conducted face to face interviews with candidates for public office, seeking to assess their level of knowledge of and commitment to issues of importance to the GLBT (now LGBTQ) community. From these interviews rating sheets were prepared, mailed to voters, and distributed widely to the voters in every public library in Snohomish and Island counties.  These interviews and ratings not only helped educate the candidates, but greatly raised awareness of all voters of the work that still needed to be completed.

During the course of SNOMEC's activities, Fay, D'Willis, and Phillips were involved equally with fundraising, preparing the questionnaires, contacting and training panels of volunteers to conduct the interviews, securing locations for candidate interviews, scheduling sometimes reluctant political candidates, as well as printing and distributing voter rating sheets by mail. All of these efforts were made possible by the work of dozens of enthusiastic volunteers who conducted the candidate interviews.

 
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