As most of you already know, despite us calling the election for Richard Conlin like all the other major outlets, Kshama Sawant overtook him in the late ballots to win a late, surprising victory. I’ve updated the original post.
I expect Ms. Sawant to focus largely on economic issues in office, and in keeping with our narrow issue focus I will spare you my thoughts on that. We are, however, losing a very strong legislator on land use and environmental issues, and it’s uncertain who will head the critical land use committee or serve on the Sound Transit Board. Mr. Conlin was always responsive to our concerns and seemed to share a lot of principles with most of the staff at STB. Richard Conlin, we will miss you.
In other news since we last discussed results, Nathan Schlicher has lost his bid for State Senate, giving the Republican-dominated majority a margin of 2. The only race that is still seriously in doubt is Bellevue City Council Seat 4, where incumbent Kevin Wallace leads our pick, Steve Kasner, by 217 votes (0.75%), as of Saturday evening, with no discernible trend. That contest appears headed for a recount.