State House hopefuls headed for ’08 rematch
August 18, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 4:35 p.m. Aug. 18, 2010
State Rep. Glenn Anderson maintained a solid lead against Democrats David Spring and Dean Willard in election results released Wednesday afternoon.
Anderson received 58 percent of the vote, compared to 25 percent for Spring. Willard — the candidate endorsed by local and state Democrats — trailed at 16 percent.
The results set up a rematch between Fall City resident Anderson and North Bend resident Spring. The candidates faced off in 2008 for the opportunity to represent Issaquah and other Eastside communities. Spring fell short by about 2,200 votes.
In the neighboring legislative district, state Rep. Judy Clibborn held a double-digit lead over Bellevue Republican Stephen Strader, a first-time candidate. Clibborn, a four-term Democrat and Mercer Island resident, led in the contest, 53 percent to 39 percent.
Clibborn represents Talus, other Cougar Mountain communities and unincorporated King County in the Issaquah area.
Incumbents lead in congressional contests
Democrat Suzan DelBene, a former Microsoft executive and Medina resident, outdistanced several long-shot candidates to face Congressman Dave Reichert in November.
Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn resident, opened a big lead against DelBene: 48 percent to 26 percent.
Observers expect a close election in the race to represent Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District. No Democrat has represented the district that stretches across eastern King and Pierce counties.
Reichert led DelBene 47 percent to 29 percent in King County.
Republican Dino Rossi — the former Issaquah representative in the state Senate — and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray cleared a crowded primary field.
Murray led in the latest statewide results: 46 percent for the incumbent Democrat and 34 percent for Rossi.
Murray held a larger lead in King County: 58 percent to 28 percent.
Primary sets race for judge
Newcastle attorney Donna Tucker and Redmond City Prosecutor Larry Mitchell surged past Mercer Island attorney Ketu Shah in the race for a post on the King County District Court bench.
Tucker led the field at 45 percent. Mitchell placed in the No. 2 slot at 35 percent. Shah trailed at 20 percent in the latest results.
The contest between Tucker and Mitchell aims to fill a position created by the county last year to address a growing caseload.
King County District Court is the largest court of limited jurisdiction in the state.
The bustling court handles traffic infractions, misdemeanor criminal offenses and some civil cases. The district includes Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville and parts of unincorporated King County.
Election updates to continue
King County Elections received the largest mail return in a single day for the current election Wednesday; about 95,000 ballots arrived at the Tukwila headquarters.
“It was exciting to see so many ballots arrive today,” Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement. “Typically, Election Day is associated with the highest number of ballot arrivals. We’re processing the ballots as quickly as possible, and expect to include an additional 40,000 in the results report today.”
Tuesday marked the deadline to mail or drop off a primary ballot.
Expect the next round of results at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The elections office plans daily updates until all ballots have been counted.
Huff had predicted 45 percent turnout among King County voters in the all-mail primary. Secretary of State Sam Reed — the top election officer in the state — had forecast 38 percent turnout statewide.
The results remain unofficial until the county Canvassing Board meets Sept. 1 to certify the election.