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
Moon's 39%. If the lead holds, Durkin is on her way to becoming the
first woman Mayor in over 90 years. The next release of ballot totals
will be 5
Durkan had a big head wind in the
race via the endorsements
of a lot of Democratic elected officials including Governor Inslee. The
Times proclaimed Durkan the winner with the headline "Jenny Durkan
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.
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
funneled hundreds of thousands on behalf of Comcast, CenturyLink,
Amazon and others into a no-limit PAC for our opponent. But Seattle
may surprise everyone. We believe the ballot counts will swing in our
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
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,
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
to put beans on the table and pay the rent.
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
services for veterans, seniors and the homeless will raise about $354
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
County, "Recognizing our obligation to those who have served our
to those who’ve built the community, to make sure those people can live
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
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
into the late hours appearing to give her party control of the state
"the last GOP-held
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
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
last night with council member Judy Tuohy racking up 44.83% of the
to council member Cassie Franklin's 44.28%. They don't get much closer
Whoever wins will become this first
woman Mayor in Everett's
history. Mayor Ray Stephanson who’s been in that job since the Stone
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 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
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
by 50.61% of the early ballot count to Guazk's 49.21%. Time will tell
one. As of 8 pm last night just 16.85% of the mailed in ballots had
the city of Snohomish Advisory Prop. 1 - the advisory
measure regarding Loco Weed related business action in the city, the
kickin' hind end with over 70% no votes to just under 30% yes votes.
Here's some other quick takes: