Off the Press

December 21, 2010

Forget 2012 election; real action is in 2011

December is a lifetime removed from the rough and tumble of election season.

Warren Kagarise Press Reporter

Right?

Nope.

Though the mid-term election is more than a month in the past — and a recount ended the last local race in early December — attention has already started to turn to 2011.

Issaquah has City Council and school board elections in November and, depending on the number of candidates, a possible August primary election.

Pundits starting peering into the crystal ball in the direction of 2012 before Dino Rossi had drafted a concession speech, but the races on the ballot next year could carry just as much impact for city and Issaquah School District residents.

OK, so City Council and Issaquah School Board contests lack the intrigue of the 2012 races — the battle royale for the Governor’s Mansion, another U.S. Senate race, and the redrawn congressional and legislative map — but local leaders decide all sorts of important issues, too.

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Election breakdown shows key to lopsided City Council victories

December 8, 2009

City Council candidates clinched victory last month by vacuuming up votes in opponents’ strongholds, King County Elections data shows. Read more

City, schools elections attracted only 50 percent of voters

December 1, 2009

With few contested races on the ballot, about half of Issaquah city and school district voters cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election, final King County Elections results released last week show. Read more

Issaquah city, schools elections attracted only 50 percent of voters

November 25, 2009

NEW — 6 p.m. Nov. 25, 2009

About half of Issaquah city and school district voters cast ballots in the Nov. 3 election, official King County Elections results released Nov. 24 show.

Turnout in the city races reached 50.27 percent, while in the school district — which includes parts of Sammamish and Renton — turnout was a bit lower: 49.87 percent.

Elections officials mailed 16,351 ballots to city voters; 8,219 were returned. The elections office sent 56,804 ballots to school district voters; 28,329 were postmarked by midnight Election Day.

The contest was the first all-mail general election held in King County, and the elections office forecast 56 percent turnout countywide. But turnout was lower: 53.55 percent. The county Canvassing Board met Nov. 24 to certify the election results, the final step in a quiet campaign season for Issaquah voters.

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Sen. Fred Jarrett tapped for No. 2 county job

November 17, 2009

The next No. 2 man in King County government will be Fred Jarrett, the Mercer Island Democrat who represents southwest Issaquah in the state Senate. Read more

Off the Press

November 10, 2009

Take in campaign season from a journalist’s eye

Warren Kagarise Press reporter

Warren Kagarise Press reporter

Election Day ended early, with a slow coast to prime time. Results were delivered in a single, anticlimactic burst at 8:15 p.m. with no nail-biting suspense. The frontrunners opened up big leads early, snuffing the chance to track trends or offer last-minute prognostications. Issaquah voters knew the make-up of the next City Council and school board well before “NCIS” was over.

Despite the quiet coda, campaign season was chockablock with memorable moments, at least for someone outfitted with a notebook and a digital voice recorder. Throughout the campaign, I jotted down observations and asides about the candidates and the race to public office.

What I observed — among the Issaquah candidates, anyway — were amicable, issue-oriented campaigns accessorized with the usual yard signs, candidate fliers and e-mail blasts. But the best — and cheapest — campaign tool I saw was the laminated placard Nathan Perea placed beside him at coffeehouses: “I’m running for Issaquah City Council. Please stop and chat!” the sign read. And it worked: Voters stopped to talk with the first-time candidate. Read more

Issaquah official will advise county executive-elect

November 10, 2009

Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler will advise Dow Constantine as the King County executive-elect prepares to take office Nov. 24. Read more

Press Editorial

October 27, 2009

Dow Constantine for King County executive

The outcome of the race for King County executive will have a significant effect on our urban cities and surrounding unincorporated areas, which makes the choice a critical one. We’ve seen what happens when the leadership is misdirected and we’re looking forward to change.

Dow Constantine is our preferred choice. Read more

Hear from county executive, council candidates at Saturday forum

October 16, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 16, 2009

Join King County executive candidates Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison at a Saturday morning forum in Newcastle. County Councilman Reagan Dunn and challenger Beverly Harison Tonda, candidates for the District 9 seat, will join the would-be executives at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

The district includes swaths of Bellevue, Newcastle and Renton, as well as unincorporated King County land south of Issaquah.

The free forum begins at 9 a.m. in the St. Andrew’s Ballroom, 155500 Six Penny Lane. Organizers ask attendees to R.S.V.P. to the event. Call 206-241-5774 or e-mail CandidateForum@newcastlecc.com to R.S.V.P.

Debbie Berto, publisher of the Newcastle News and The Issaquah Press, will moderate the executive portion of the forum.

County executive candidates focus on Eastside issues

October 13, 2009

King County executive race

King County executive candidates Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison are engaged in a down-to-the-wire push to appeal to Eastside voters. But political experts said the effort by the candidates, both Seattleites, could be difficult.

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