Ex-Issaquah legislator is locked in tight race for secretary of state

November 7, 2012

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 7, 2012

Democrat Kathleen Drew, a former Issaquah state senator, is locked in a close race for secretary of state against Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman, a Republican.

The contest to choose a successor to Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed is split 50.39 percent for Wyman against 49.61 percent for Drew in the initial results released Tuesday.

The secretary of state serves as the top elections official in Washington. The office also handles registrations for corporations and charities.

Reed plans to retire after a dozen years in the post. In 2004, he led the office through the contest between Gregoire and Dino Rossi — the closest gubernatorial race in U.S. history.

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Let’s Go! for Nov. 8-14

November 7, 2012

Democrat Mark Mullet claims lead in state Senate bout

November 6, 2012

Mark Mullet embraces wife Sabath at Zeeks Pizza on election night moments after initial results give him a lead in the race against Brad Toft for the 5th Legislative District’s state Senate seat. By Greg Farrar

UPDATED — 9:25 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012

The unexpectedly ugly race to represent Issaquah in the state Senate neared a coda Tuesday as Democrat Mark Mullet claimed a lead in initial results.

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Dave Reichert outpaces Karen Porterfield to represent Issaquah in Congress

November 6, 2012

Karen Porterfield

Dave Reichert

UPDATED — 11:10 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012

Dave Reichert is poised to return to Washington, D.C., to represent Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District.

Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, faced Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield, a nonprofit professional and adjunct instructor at Seattle University.

Reichert led, 59 percent to 41 percent, in the initial results released Tuesday night.

The district stretches from Auburn to Issaquah, and then across the Cascades to Ellensburg and Wenatchee.

“We toured cities from Eatonville to Chelan, and I heard the same thing, ‘We’ve got to get the economy moving again,’” Reichert said at the GOP election night celebration in Bellevue. “I’m in a good position to do that in the Ways & Means Committee.”

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Sammamish couple celebrates Referendum 74 lead

November 6, 2012

NEW — 10 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012

The early lead for Referendum 74, a statewide ballot measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington, elicited what Dana Alixander called a “collective thank you” for supporters.

Dana and longtime partner Sage Alixander hailed the solid lead for the measure. Both Sammamish residents campaigned hard for voters to approve R-74.

The measure garnered strong support in King County, and leads, 52 percent to 48 percent, in initial statewide results.

Dana Alixander described the wait as a “collective holding our breath” before the initial results arrived just after 8 p.m.

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King County voters return ballots, shatter records

November 6, 2012

Cathy Gulezian, of Maple Valley (left), watches sons Brady, 2, and Dylan, 4, place ballots for her and husband Ken in a ballot drop box attended by King County Elections workers Michele Phelps and Jon Gentry at Issaquah City Hall. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 7 p.m. Nov. 6, 2012

The ballot drop box outside Issaquah City Hall transformed into a nucleus of activity as Election Day stretched into night, and voters raced to deposit ballots before the 8 p.m. deadline.

King County Elections staffers, dressed in aprons the same shade as traffic cones, directed voters to the secure box. The elections office opened the box last month and, as the ballot deadline approached and after post offices closed, more and more ballot-toting voters arrived.

“Unlike during tax season, the post office does not stay open longer hours for voting,” said Lynne Miller, a King County Elections spokeswoman.

Staffers plan to use atomic clocks to determine the precise 8 p.m. deadline at ballot drop box sites countywide. If a line forms for a drop box, voters in line at 8 p.m., can still submit ballots.

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Max Browne sets state completions record in Skyline’s win

November 6, 2012

Peter Stromgren, Skyline High School senior linebacker, with senior linebacker Brandon Crandall behind him, tackles a Puyallup Viking ballcarrier during the Spartans’ 59-17 win Nov. 3. By Jim Nicholson

In typical Skyline Spartans fashion, the first quarter of Nov. 3 state playoff game was awash in touchdowns, leading the Spartans to a 59-17 win over the Puyallup Vikings.

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Issaquah Eagles bounced early from football playoffs

November 6, 2012

When an eager and optimistic Issaquah Eagle football team traveled to enemy territory Nov. 2 to lock horns with a perennially powerful Federal Way squad, it just couldn’t capitalize on a gaggle of Federal Way Eagle turnovers, and Issaquah’s season came to an abrupt close as the team lost, 24-14.

At first, the loyal Issaquah fans making the excursion to voluminous Federal Way Stadium probably couldn’t believe their eyes.

Issaquah received the opening kickoff and returned the ball to its own 20; that was where Issaquah set up camp.

Federal Way didn’t have time to get very comfortable, though, as on Issaquah’s first play from scrimmage, junior dynamo Jack Gellatly — who led the KingCo 4A in rushing with well over 1,000 yards on the ground in only nine outings — took a handoff and burst through a gaping hole in the line, dashing 80 yards for a touchdown.

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Issaquah School District soccer teams prep for state

November 6, 2012

The Issaquah School District will be well-represented in this week’s first round of the Class 3A and 4A state girls soccer tournaments, because Liberty, Issaquah and Skyline all made it to this year’s big dances in their respective classes.

Those critical initial clashes begin Nov. 7 for all three squads.

The only smudge on an otherwise perfect 12-0-1 league mark for Liberty was a 3-3 tie with pesky Mount Si in the Patriot kickers’ final league test of the regular season. The Patriots’ only losses overall came at the hands of Skyline (2-1), Issaquah (4-1) and Mercer Island (1-0).

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Skyline High School eyes run at state volleyball title

November 6, 2012

When Skyline’s volleyball squad breaks camp to participate in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament in Lacey, the Spartans will be aspiring to carry over some of the momentum they recently gleaned by beating nearby nemesis Newport in the KingCo 4A championship match.

In beating the Knights in that championship battle Nov. 1 in Skyline’s gym, where this year’s KingCo 4A tourney was held, the Spartans avenged a setback that they absorbed in mid-September, in which the Knights embarrassed their visitors by getting out the broom on the Spartans, sweeping them three sets to none.

Not only that, but Skyline did not score more than 19 points in any of the three swiftly-moving sets, as a stingy Newport crew made the Spartans earn every stinking point they managed to sweat out on that miserable night.

Fortunately, Skyline’s coach has a very long memory and he did not allow his team to forget that agonizing, torturous evening at Newport.

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