And The Voters
November 07, 2017
Chronicle news, opinion, expert electoral analysis
Vote early and vote often bro
(OLYMPIA, WA.) — If you're one of over 4 million Washingtonians of voting age, you've already received your ballots in the mail for Tuesday's election.
Being a diligent voter of sound mind and a pure heart you've most likely spent hours studiously boning up on all the races and issues, digging and shifting, shifting and digging, probing and probing harder in order to be the most informed voter possible.
There's almost three thousand local races including school and fire district races as well as city councils and state legislative races
For example, Seattle will choose a new Mayor between Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon. Durkan is a former U.S. attorney, Moon is an urban planner and engineer. One of the two will emerge as the first woman mayor of The Emerald City in more than 90 years.
King County will also choose a new executive between incumbent Dow Constantine and challenger Bill Hirt.
The Guzak-Kartak rumble in the jungle
Everett is choosing a new Mayor as well as a few council positions and two municipal court positions. The city of Snohomish will elect a new mayor between incumbent Karen Guzak and challenger John Kartak.
In the primary Kartak got almost 44% of the vote to Guzak's 32.7%. Oh-oh. Does that mean Ms. Guzak will have more time to devote to her yoga studio in the near future? Stay tuned. Film at eleven. (Memo to Karen: if things go south on you this election, you can always come to work for the Chronicle selling ads. It's like being in the Peace Corps only you don't get paid as much.).
In the Sky Valley of Snohomish County where all the women are strong and pump iron and all the men are movie star pretty, the city of Monroe will choose a mayor between Jim Kamp and Geoffrey Thomas, as well as four city council positions and several school district positions.
The tiny town of Gold Bar, which not long ago appeared before the entire civilized world as a steaming, festering cauldron of nastiness, civil unrest, lawsuits and ugly shenanigans by ugly people (but appears now to be relatively safe and sane after a few exorcisms by local parish priests) will choose a new mayor along with several city council positions.
Sultan also has several council positions up for grabs as well as school district and fire district positions.
The gentleman farmer
The little town of Index way up in the valley near the right hand of the weather gods, will chose a new Mayor. One of the candidates, Daniel J. Cassidy describes himself in the voter's pamphlet as "a gentleman farmer of independent means."
Hey, we should all be so lucky pal.
Voted ballots may be returned through a ballot drop box, a mobile ballot drop box van, or via the mail. If mailing, use a stamp and make sure your ballot will be postmarked or cancelled by Election Day, November 7.
Ballot boxes are open 24/7 until 8 p.m. on Election Day. No postage necessary.
This year there are two additional ballot drop boxes. They are located in the Everett Mall parking lot near Sears and at Gateway Park in Gold Bar.
For a full list of ballot drop box locations check here .
And remember, the Chronicle will be the first (trustworthy) newspaper with all the election results. Or maybe the second or third. Possibly the 9th.
All depends on who shows up.