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BREAKING NEWS

ELECTION RESULTS
Nationally Democrats have reason to cheer
In Seattle former US Attorney Durkan takes commanding early lead for Mayor

November 08, 2017




Jenny Durkan may well be Seattle's new Mayor. Photo courtesy JennyforSeattle.com

Chronicle staff

(SEATTLE, WA.)  --  In Tuesday's general election former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan. campaigning under the banner " The Experienced, Proven Progressive Leader Seattle Needs Now,"  took a commanding early lead by the evening hours in the race for Mayor of the state's largest city, Seattle.

As of just after 8 pm Tuesday night with a voter turnout in Seattle pegged at 22.86%, Durkin had 61% of the vote to urban planner Carry Moon's 39%. If the lead holds, Durkin is on her way to becoming the city's first woman Mayor in over 90 years. The next release of ballot totals will be 5 pm Wednesday.

Durkan had a big head wind in the race via the endorsements of a lot of Democratic elected officials including Governor Inslee. The Seattle Times proclaimed Durkan the winner with the headline "Jenny Durkan defeats Cary Moon to become Seattle's first woman mayor since the 1920's".

In her speech last night to supporters Durkan said the mayoral race was "about the future of Seattle," not the candidates. "It's a campaign about what Seattle will be like for the next generation," she added.

The big money thing, American election style   

Moon told her supporters in a statement they were up against tough odds what with, "Campaign spending for our opponent broke city election records, outspending us by more than 3:1. The Chamber of Commerce funneled hundreds of thousands on behalf of Comcast, CenturyLink, AT&T, Amazon and others into a no-limit PAC for our opponent. But Seattle late voters may surprise everyone. We believe the ballot counts will swing in our direction over time, and we're not out of the race yet."

By the way, because Seattle's previous Mayor Ed Murray resigned, the winner of this election will take office as soon as the election is certified instead of January.  That certification will be later this month.

That thing Durkan said about what Seattle will be like down the road is an open-ended question as with each passing year the city, much like San Francisco (another high-tech hub) is getting to be a terribly expensive place to live for the average working stiff.

Won't be long before the average workin' man and woman will need two Uber gigs and a weekend barista gig on top of the full time job just to put beans on the table and pay the rent.

More money money money 

Speaking of more expense in that city and around the county: King County Proposition 1 passed easily with 66% approval. That levy to fund services for veterans, seniors and the homeless will raise about $354 million over the next half a dozen years.

King County Executive Dow Constantine, who also was reelected last night, said this measure was clearly about the voters of King County, "Recognizing our obligation to those who have served our country, to those who’ve built the community, to make sure those people can live here securely and with dignity."

The tax to pay for those services (10 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value) will add about $45 more per year for a $450,000 home, according to the King County assessor.

In a closely watched Washington State Senate race, for the 45th District Senate seat, Democrat Manka Dhingra had a double-digit lead going into the late hours appearing to give her party control of the state Senate, "the last  GOP-held legislative chamber on the West Coast," as the Seattle Times put it.

That Senate seat opened up due to the death of GOP Senatir Andy Hill last year. The  District includes Duvall, Woodinville and parts of Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish.

In races elsewhere around western Washington:

It's a wait n' see thing for who won the Everett Mayor's race. It was neck and neck (is that a great, if over used metaphor or what?) last night with council member Judy Tuohy racking up 44.83% of the early vote to council member Cassie Franklin's 44.28%. They don't get much closer than that.

Whoever wins will become this first woman Mayor in Everett's history. Mayor Ray Stephanson who’s been in that job since the Stone Age (2003) chose to retire rather than seek re-election.

Three county council members also faced competition this election. Last evening councilman Paul Roberts was leading his race by over 66% over challenger Leland “Lee” Dart for Position 1.

For Position 2 incumbent Jeff Moore had a 54.6 percent edge on his challenger Alex Lark and for Position 3, incumbent Scott Murphy had a healthy 66.8 percent lead against challenger Jennifer Hesse.

Snohomish Mayoral race is close, close, close 

It was pretty darned close last night in the race for Mayor of Snohomish. Challenger John Kartak was slightly leading incumbent Karen Guzak by 50.61% of the early ballot count to Guazk's 49.21%. Time will tell on that one. As of 8 pm last night just 16.85% of the mailed in ballots had been counted.

For the city of Snohomish Advisory Prop. 1 - the advisory measure regarding Loco Weed related business action in the city, the No's were kickin' hind end with over 70% no votes to just under 30% yes votes.

Here's some other quick takes:

City of Brier Mayor

8/8 100.00%

 

Under Votes

116

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Bob Colinas

594

95.50%

Write-In (if any)

28

4.50%

Total

622

100.00%

 

City of Gold Bar Mayor

2/2 100.00%

 

Under Votes

29

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Bill Clem

154

94.48%

Write-In (if any)

9

5.52%

Total

163

100.00%

 

Town of Index Mayor

1/1 100.00%

 

Under Votes

1

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Daniel J. Cassidy

5

11.11%

Norman D. Johnson

40

88.89%

Write-In (if any)

0

0.00%

Total

45

100.00%

 

City of Lynnwood Mayor

33/33 100.00%

 

Under Votes

111

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

George Hurst

1,278

39.73%

Nicola Smith

1,934

60.12%

Write-In (if any)

5

0.16%

Total

3,217

100.00%

 

City of Stanwood Mayor

7/7 100.00%

 

Under Votes

130

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Leonard Kelley

676

95.35%

Write-In (if any)

33

4.65%

Total

709

100.00%

 

Monroe School District 103 Director District 1

37/37 100.00%

 

Under Votes

955

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Jason Hutchinson

2,610

98.12%

Write-In (if any)

50

1.88%

Total

2,660

100.00%

 

Monroe School District 103 Director District 3

37/37 100.00%

 

Under Votes

954

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Darcy Cheesman

2,615

98.27%

Write-In (if any)

46

1.73%

Total

2,661

100.00%

 

Monroe School District 103 Director District 4

37/37 100.00%

 

Under Votes

947

 

Over Votes

0

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Jim Langston

2,623

98.31%

Write-In (if any)

45

1.69%

Total

2,668

100.00%

 

Monroe School District 103 Director District 5

37/37 100.00%

 

Under Votes

631

 

Over Votes

1

 

 

 

 

 

Vote Count

Percent

Jerry Martin

1,700

56.99%

Josh Gibson

1,263

42.34%

Write-In (if any)

20

0.67%

Total

2,983

100.00%

 

National results can be found in additional story in Breaking News column.





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