Voters endorse property tax measure, incumbent candidates
August 7, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8:40 p.m. Aug. 7, 2012
King County voters endorsed a $200 million property tax measure to build a juvenile justice facility, as King County Elections released initial results Tuesday night.
Officials asked voters to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.
The measure appeared on a crowded primary ballot alongside federal, judicial, legislative and statewide contests. Voters in Issaquah and throughout Washington returned ballots in recent days, as the calendar inched closer to the summer primary — and the Tuesday deadline to postmark or return ballots.
The electorate chose the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.
The contest offered local voters a chance to decide a property tax measure and cull the field in numerous contests.
Aug. 7 primary election results
5th Legislative District
State Representative, Position 2
41st Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1
8th Congressional District
King County Proposition 1 — juvenile justice property tax measure
Sources: King County Elections, Washington Secretary of State’s Office
Officials bumped up the summer primary to accommodate military and overseas voters.
The marquee contest in the 5th Legislative District — a state Senate battle between Issaquah City Councilman Mark Mullet, a Democrat, and Republican Brad Toft, a Snoqualmie businessman — is joined by a more sedate race for a state House of Representatives seat in the district.
The seat opened after incumbent state Rep. Glenn Anderson announced plans to step down and run for lieutenant governor. Anderson fell short in the race for lieutenant governor. Republican Bill Finkbeiner is poised to face incumbent Brad Owen, a Democrat.
In November, Issaquah School Board President Chad Magendanz, a Republican, is poised to face North Bend Democrat David Spring, a candidate for the seat in 2008 and 2010. The other candidate in the race, Issaquah independent Ryan Burkett, did not actively campaign.
In the 41st Legislative District, Republican state Sen. Steve Litzow, a freshman legislator and Mercer Island resident, faces Mercer Island Democrat Maureen Judge, a former Washington Toxics Coalition executive director, in the race for a full term.
Issaquah resident Tim Eaves, a Republican newcomer, is challenging incumbent state Rep. Marcie Maxwell, a Renton Democrat.
The ballot included other local elected officials in the race for higher office.
King County councilmen Reagan Dunn, a Republican, and Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, top the list of candidates for state attorney general.
The incumbent attorney general, Republican Rob McKenna, is running for governor against former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, a Democrat. McKenna and Inslee bested a field of lesser-known candidates Tuesday.
(Dunn represents rural areas south of Issaquah and Newcastle on the County Council.)
Other local races did not attract more than a single candidate.
Incumbent state Rep. Jay Rodne, R-North Bend, attracted no opposition in a bid for another term for a 5th District House seat. In the 41st District, state Rep. Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island, is running unopposed.
The initial tally released Tuesday night by King County Elections included 223,811 ballots — or about 20 percent of registered voters countywide.
The primary also meant the initial test for reshaped political maps for Issaquah and Washington.
State redistricting commissioners divided Issaquah between the 5th and 41st legislative districts to determine representation in Olympia.
Redistricting reshaped the 8th Congressional District to stretch from Auburn in South King County to Wenatchee in Chelan County.