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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

November 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Black Diamond development critics win in landslide

For the second time since the Black Diamond City Council welcomed two massive planned communities that will transform the small town, voters have rebelled, electing development critics by huge margins.

Dave Gordon won the mayor’s job Tuesday after saying he would make sure developer YarrowBay pays city costs associated with The Villages and Lawson Hills projects. He clobbered one-term, pro-development Mayor Rebecca Olness 71 to 29 percent.

Gordon’s political allies Erika Morgan, Janie Edelman and appointed incumbent Carol Benson won with 67 to 76 percent of the vote count.

It was the second election that was essentially a referendum on the urban villages. Critics of the city’s development agreements with YarrowBay won similarly stunning victories in 2011. Now the rebels occupy every elected position in city government, but the earlier city agreements with YarrowBay remain in force unless overturned in court.

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