Election Results

By Erica C. Barnett November 8, 2011

Here are the results so far in the biggest races statewide and in King County, followed by the results in every contested Seattle race, the statewide races, and a few suburban races we've been tracking.

But first: The night's biggest loser? City council challenger Bobby Forch---who went more than $60,000 in debt on an unsuccessful last-minute push against incumbent Jean Godden.

And the night's big winner: Bellevue City Council member Claudia Balducci, who's been vilified by light rail opponents like Bellevue megadeveloper Kemper Freeman for supporting Sound Transit's preferred light rail route through South Bellevue. Balducci is cleaning up against challenger Patti Mann, with 65.63 percent to Mann's 34.13 percent.

Which brings us to another loser: Eastside developer Kemper Freeman. The guy dropped $1.2 million trying to kill light rail by supporting Tim Eyman's I-1125 tolling initiative, which is poised to lose. What does that have to do with Balducci? Freeman also spent big against her, maxing out from all his accounts with $4,800. Balducci is up 61 to 39 against Freeman's pick Patti Mann.

As for the Eyman's numbers: 49 percent of voters supporting the anti-tolling, anti-light rail measure. Despite the fact that Eyman has declared the measure too close to call, it's losing 61 to 38 in King County; the measure needs a much higher percentage of the vote in King County to stand a chance overall. In a downbeat statement, Eyman said he's "very proud of Initiative 1125 and pleased with the support it received.  The campaign for 1125 has been a tremendous success that will provide huge benefits to the taxpayers for years to come."

As for the other big state initiative: The state is getting out of the liquor business, with nearly 60 percent of the current statewide vote supporting I-1183, Costco's liquor-privatization measure. (The spent $22 million on the measure, which is tailor made for them: Only stores that are 10,000 square feet of more can get into the booze business.)

In a statement, "No" on 1183 spokesman Alex Fryer said, "More than 900 people will lose their jobs as a result of I-1183, and our thoughts are with them and their families. ... We remain concerned about the initiative’s consequences on public safety and we hope the supporters of I-1183 will do everything in their power to ensure that the revenue promises made to local law enforcement during the campaign are fulfilled as Washington ends its current liquor control system."

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued the following statement in response to the vote: "I-1125 was a stealth effort to stop light rail on I-90 and delay replacement of the 520 bridge. I am grateful that so many voters saw through it and rejected it, and by an overwhelming margin in King County. Our voters, once again, said no to Tim Eyman. King County voters are giving the green light to East Link, 520, I-405, and transportation improvements across our region. It took a broad coalition to defeat this measure, and I’m proud that King County, once again, is leading the way.”

Jean Godden is beating Bobby Forch for Seattle City Council Position 1, with 53.61 percent to Forch's 45.98.

Tim Burgess is killing against long-shot challenger David Schraer. Although we had no doubt Burgess was going to win, his margin, which is currently above 80 percent, is unprecedented in modern city council history---a good sign for a guy who's considering a run for mayor.

The $60 car-tab fee is losing big, with just 39.55 percent to 60.45 percent. In a statement, Mayor Mike McGinn said, "What I've heard from voters is that the taxing mechanism in Proposition 1 was regressive. I understand that concern, and I'm dedicated to a progressive transportation system that gives people affordable ways to get around. We’ll keep working on this, because the need to catch up on maintenance and improve transit is not going away."

In Bellevue, John Stokes (the pro-light rail candidate for the open seat formerly held by Grant Degginger) is currently winning narrowly over Kemper Freeman-backed Aaron Laing, 50.26 percent to 49.46 percent. The two candidates are only 27 votes apart, making the race too close to call.

And incumbent John Chelminiak is also winning easily, with 67.8 percent to challenger Michelle Hilhorst's 31.96 percent.

In the most hotly contested King County Council election, Sixth District Republican Jane Hague is winning with 53.8 percent, to Democratic challenger Richard Mitchell's 45.92 percent.

In the school board races: Incumbent Peter Maier is beating challenger Sharon Peaslee, 51.92 to 47.68; incumbent Sherry Carr is beating challenger Kate Martin 54.73 to 44.79; incumbent Harium Martin-Morris is beating challenger Michelle Buetow 60.66 to 38.84; and challenger Marty McLaren is beating incumbent Steve Sundquist 51.07 to 48.83. Both the Maier and the Sundquist races could easily flip at this point.

Presumptive winners are marked with an * and are in bold.

King County Elections Director
Mark Greene 23.43
* Sherril Huff 76.07

Metropolitan King County Council District No. 6
* Jane Hague 53.8
Richard E. Mitchell 45.92

Metropolitan King County Council District No. 8
* Joe McDermott 66.92
Diana Toledo 32.7

Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 2
Richard Pope 43.96
* Gael Tarleton 55.61

Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 5
Dean Willard 36.98
* Bill Bryant 62.51

Snohomish County Executive
* Aaron Reardon 56.51
Mike Hope 43.17

City of Bellevue Council Position No. 1: TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Aaron Laing 49.46
John Stokes 50.26

City of Bellevue Council Position No. 3
Michelle Hilhorst 31.96
John Chelminiak 67.8

City of Bellevue Council Position No. 5
Patti Mann 34.13
Claudia Balducci 65.63

City of Renton Council Position No. 5 TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Ed Prince 50.52
Robin H. Jones 49.07

City of Seattle Council Position No. 1
*Jean Godden 53.61
Bobby Forch 45.98

City of Seattle Council Position No. 3
Brad Meacham 37.56
* Bruce Harrell 62.01

City of Seattle Council Position No. 5
Dale L. Pusey 26.44
* Tom Rasmussen 72.94

City of Seattle Council Position No. 7
David Schraer 18.87
* Tim Burgess 80.58

City of Seattle Council Position No. 9
* Sally J. Clark 65.46
Dian Ferguson 33.86

Seattle School District No. 1 TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Director District No. 1
Peter Maier 51.92
Sharon Peaslee 47.68

Seattle School District No. 1
Director District No. 2
* Sherry Carr 54.73
Kate Martin 44.79

Seattle School District No. 1 
Director District No. 3
* Harium Martin-Morris 60.66
Michelle Buetow 38.84

Seattle School District No. 1 TOO CLOSE TO CALL
Director District No. 6
Steve Sundquist 48.43
Marty McLaren 51.07

Seattle Prop. 1
Families and Education Levy
* Yes 58.57
No 41.43

Seattle Transportation Benefit District Prop. 1
$60 Vehicle License Fee
Yes 39.55
No 60.45

State Initiative 1125
Limiting the use of tolls and prohibiting light rail on I-90
Yes 48.44
*No 51.56

State Initiative 1163
Training for long-term care workers
*Yes 66.46
No 33.54

State Initiative 1183
Liquor privatization
Yes 59.9
No 40.1

Senate Joint Resolution 8205
Removing a state constitutional provision regarding how long a voter must live in Washington to vote for president and vice-president
* Yes 72
No 28

Senate Joint Resolution 8206
Mandating automatic transfers into the state's rainy-day fund
* Yes 66.85
No 33.15
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