Voters pick county park bond, contenders for November election

August 13, 2013

By Staff

King County voters approved the county park bond by a large margin and narrowed the field for the general election in November.

Votes will still be counted until the Aug. 20 certification, but as of the night of Aug. 6, the park bond passed with 68.9 percent of the vote.

For the owner of a $600,000 home, it will bring a tax increase from $79.86 per year to $112.62 per year, a 41 percent change. The levy will raise $60.7 million in 2014, which will be used for open space preservation, trail building and park improvements.

Since the current park bonds will expire at the end of this year, the King County Council sent a new six-year measure to the voters with a vote of 7-2. Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, representing Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie in District 3, and Councilman Reagan Dunn, representing Newcastle, Renton and parts of Issaquah in District 9, voted against it.

Speaking of Dunn, voters chose him and challenger Shari Song to face each other in a runoff for the District 9 council seat in the Nov. 5 election. Dunn earned 55 percent of the vote so far, with Song earning 34.8 percent and the other challenger, Kristina Macomber, receiving 9.2 percent.

County Executive Dow Constantine swept ahead in the primary election with 75.5 percent of the vote, enough to cinch one of two positions for the general election. Challenger Alan Lobdell, who squeaked ahead of the other two opponents with 27.4 percent, will face Constantine in November.

King County will continue to post updated results everyday at 4:30 p.m. at kingcounty.com/elections until Aug. 20.

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