[UPDATE: As Bruce points out, I forgot the convincing wins for transit in both Okanogan and Grays Harbor Counties. Arguably the best news of the night!]
For someone that shares STB’s assessment of the candidates, Tuesday’s election results were mixed. (See the King, Snohomish, and statewide results). Many of our preferred candidates and measures won, but in the most publicized races our favorites were nearly swept.
King County: All of our picks (Dow Constantine, Rod Dembowski, Dave Upthegrove) won, but none were seriously in doubt.
Seattle: All of our council picks (
Conlin, Bagshaw, O’Brien) won. More notably, Ed Murray will be our next Mayor. I honestly have no idea what that will be like, although one would expect a honeymoon period with the Council for whatever it is he wants to do. [CORRECTION 11/16/2013: Kshama Sawant overtook Conlin.]
Bellevue: We earned a split for the moment. Lynne Robinson won, Lyndon Heywood didn’t, and Steve Kasner is trailing Kevin Wallace by less than 500 votes, or a little more than 2%.
Other Cities: Fred Butler is cruising in Issaquah. Our two picks for Federal Way mayor and council are winning handily, as are our two picks for Council each in Kirkland and Lake Forest Park. Jennifer Gregorson is up by 10% for Mayor of Mukilteo.
Legislature: Nathan Schlicher is trailing Republican Jan Angel by about 4%. If that holds, the Republican-dominated Senate coalition would have a two-seat margin.
Measures: Initiative 517, the Eyman measure, went down. Less happily, the advisory vote on closing a sales tax loophole advised a repeal, and Seattle Charter Amendment 19, the districts measure, passed. We’ll get to see if our suspicions about the map are justified; together with Sawant’s strong challenge, it may have helped convince STB favorite Richard Conlin that this term would be his last.