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November 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM
Dunn, Dembowski, Upthegrove leading in King County Council races; Constantine headed for second term
UPDATE: 10:01 p.m.
Shari Song said she was not yet ready to concede on Tuesday night to Reagan Dunn in the race for King County Council District 9. Dunn was leading Song 58 percent to 42 percent in initial returns.
Dunn said he thought “voters were happy with the job I’m doing and saw through some of the distortions in the campaign.” Song had criticized Dunn’s work ethic and attendance record; he had missed a lot of votes because he sometimes leaves meetings early.
Song called her campaign a “tremendous achievement” because of the amount of money she raised and the number of volunteers she attracted. Song raised more than $250,000 to challenge Dunn — the most a challenger for a King County seat has ever raised, Dunn said.
Dunn, who was seeking a third term on the council representing District 9, was considered the council’s most vulnerable incumbent this year.
UPDATE, 8:15 p.m.
Incumbent Metropolitan King County Council member Reagan Dunn was holding a strong lead Tuesday night over his opponent, Bellevue realtor Shari Song, 58 percent to 42 percent.
County Executive Dow Constantine was easily holding onto his position over opponent Alan Lobdell, 78 percent to 22 percent.
In District 1 in North King County, attorney Rod Dembowski was beating public-health researcher Naomi Wilson, 74 percent to 25 percent. Dembowski was appointed earlier this year to an open seat on the council.
In District 5, state Rep. Dave Upthegrove held a lead over Andy Massagli for the seat being vacated by retiring council member Julia Patterson. Upthegrove had 69 percent to Massagli’s 31 percent.
Five seats on the Metropolitan King County Council are up for grabs today, with voters deciding whether to keep four incumbents as well as who will replace outgoing Councilmember Julia Patterson.
Reagan Dunn is the council’s most vulnerable incumbent, facing Bellevue real-estate agent Shari Song. Dunn is seeking a third term representing District 9, in rural southeast King County. He is a moderate and has voted for half the tax proposals that have come before him as a council member. He touts among his accomplishments fighting to reopen a Maple Valley sheriff’s office precinct that was closed during budget cuts. Song is a first-time political candidate, and local Democratic groups saw an opportunity to get another Democrat on the council.
In District 1 in north King County, attorney Rod Dembowski faces public-health researcher Naomi Wilson. Dembowski was appointed earlier this year to an open seat on the council.
In District 5, state Rep. Dave Upthegrove faces Andy Massagli, a former airline pilot who now works in advertising. The seat is being vacated by retiring council member Julia Patterson. District 5 includes cities and unincorporated areas in southwest King County.
Two other council candidates are unopposed on the ballot: Pete von Reichbauer and Kathy Lambert.
August 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM
King County Executive Dow Constantine breezed through Tuesday’s primary election with 76 percent of the vote. Civil engineer Alan Lobdell was leading the challengers with 12 percent of the vote counted Tuesday, while Everett Stewart had 7 percent and Goodspaceguy 4 percent.
The top two vote-getters advance to the November general election.
There were few surprises in the Metropolitan King County Council races.
In the District 9 race, Eastside Councilmember Reagan Dunn and real-estate broker Shari Song are headed to the general election in November. Dunn held a strong lead with 56 percent of the vote while Song tallied 35 percent in results counted Tuesday. The third candidate in the race, Kristina Macomber, had 9 percent.
For District 1, the newest council member, Rod Dembowski, will go up against Naomi Wilson in the fall. Dembowski had 69 percent of the vote, while Wilson had 24 percent and John Fray 6 percent.
May 6, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Metropolitan King County Council member Rod Dembowski was appointed in February to a vacant seat, so now he’s defending his position in the fall election. And it looks like he might have an easier time than he expected. State Rep. Cindy Ryu, a popular Shoreline politician, was a finalist for the appointment and planned to run for the seat after the County Council selected Dembowski.
Ryu said today she is undecided whether she’ll seek the council seat after all. She has not been raising any money, even during the break between the Legislature’s session and special session. “It probably puts me at a huge disadvantage,” she said, noting that she thinks it’s best to stay focused on the Legislature’s work. A third finalist, Will Hall, has decided to run for re-election to the Shoreline City Council instead.
Meanwhile, King County Executive Dow Constantine is preparing to kick off his re-election campaign comfortably with $357,999 on hand as of the end of April, according to his consultant, Christian Sinderman.
Constantine has raised a total of $641,196, and has drawn only one opponent: Alan Lobdell, a civil engineer whose campaign website details his entire life in detail, including his divorce and two bankruptcies.
Lobdell writes that the county is wasting money on workplace sensitivity training: “Why is King County spending so much time teaching sensitivity and diversity classes? … This is not a productive use of time and the money from your taxes that funds it needs to be used more wisely!”
Meanwhile, Metropolitan King County Council member Reagan Dunn is facing a challenge in his rural district from Newcastle Realtor Shari Song, who is new to politics. Song’s campaign seems to have some momentum, reporting almost $70,000 raised at the end of March. Dunn lost his bid for the state attorney general in the fall. He had raised nearly $200,000 at the end of the last reporting period.
November 8, 2012 at 10:20 AM
Reagan Dunn conceded this morning in the state attorney general’s race.
Dunn said he had a “great conversation” with winner Bob Ferguson in which congratulated his fellow Metropolitan King County Council member. Ferguson leads with 53 percent of the vote counted through Wednesday.
Here’s his statement:
“This morning I congratulated Washington’s next attorney general, Bob Ferguson, on his victory in Tuesday’s election. It was a hard-fought campaign, and I am proud of the work we did. It was a true honor to have had the opportunity to meet so many Washingtonians and visit so many communities across our state.
“I believe firmly that there is a time for campaigning and a time for governing. Our nation and our country have many pressing problems that demand we all reach for solutions, and I intend to lead in that effort here in King County. I believe Washington will be well-served by its next attorney general. I will miss Bob’s service on the King County Council and look forward to working with him as he heads to Olympia.
“More importantly, Paige and I are so excited to be only a few short days away from welcoming the newest addition to the Dunn family. I want to thank all my friends, supporters, family and colleagues for their well wishes.”
The Dunns are expecting a baby girl on Tuesday.
November 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM
The Associated Press has called Washington state’s closely-watched attorney general race for Bob Ferguson, the Democrat.
Ferguson, a Metropolitan King County Council member, was beating fellow Councilmember Reagan Dunn, a Republican, by 114,429 votes in updated vote totals released Wednesday evening.
Ferguson had 52.8 percent to Dunn’s 47.2 percent, according to the Secretary of State’s office. That’s nearly the lead Ferguson held on election night.
The attorney general represents the state in legal matters and provides a platform for policy making, often through lawsuits in conjunction with other states to protect consumers. The job is also considered a stepping stone to higher office.
November 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Republican candidate for attorney general Reagan Dunn had quite an election night.
His wife, Paige Green Dunn, due to deliver a baby girl any day now, grabbed him while he was doing a TV interview at the Bellevue Hyatt gathering for Republicans Tuesday night.
“She was having contractions,” Reagan Dunn said. “If she had more, we would’ve gone to the hospital.”
Instead, the contractions subsided. His wife is fine, he said, and resting at home. She is scheduled for a C-section on Nov. 13.
Dave Ammons, the longtime dean of the state capitol press corps and now spokesman for Secretary of State Sam Reed, said he couldn’t recall a candidate or candidate’s spouse who went into labor on election night.
Reagan Dunn was trailing Bob Ferguson, his opponent in the attorney general’s race, by six percentage points after Tuesday’s incomplete results.
He said victory seems unlikely, but he wants to wait to see what Wednesday afternoon’s vote counts reveal.
“I don’t think it’s likely we’ll be able to pull it out,” he said. “But I owe it to wait for one more batch of returns before I make any kind of phone call” about conceding to Ferguson.
November 1, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna are still locked in a tight race for governor just days before the election, according to the last Washington Poll of the season.
Inslee, a Democrat, led Republican Mckenna 48.7 percent to 45.6 percent among likely voters, a slight improvement for him from his 1-point lead in the poll’s mid-October sampling. Other recent polling has shown the race about the same or closer.
Inslee led McKenna 54 percent to 42 percent in Puget Sound, but McKenna led Inslee 53 percent to 33 percent among all independent voters.
All four statewide initiatives also appear to be popular with voters: Referendum 74, which would legalize gay marriage, had support from 57.9 percent of likely voters, while Initiative 502 (pot legalization) and 1240 (allowing charter schools) each had about 55 percent support. In both cases, those were increases in support from the mid-October Washington Poll.
Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1185, which would require a two-thirds majority for lawmakers to pass taxes, led 52 percent to 37 percent among likely voters.
Democrat Bob Ferguson led Republican Reagan Dunn 45 to 34 percent in the attorney general’s race, but 21 percent of voters are undecided, according to the poll.
Both President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell still led comfortably, according to the poll: Obama by 21 points, Cantwell by 28 points. Obama’s lead was a big improvement for him from the mid-October sampling. At that time, the president led by nine points.
The new poll, conducted by KCTS 9 and the University of Washington, included live calls to 722 registered voters, including 632 likely voters, between Oct. 18 and 31. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percent among registered voters and 3.9 percent among likely voters, according to pollster Matt Barreto, a University of Washington political-science professor.
The last Washington Poll was released Oct. 18 after conducting interviews during the earlier part of the month.
The final Washington Poll of the election has had a relatively good reputation recently for predicting the outcome of the race.
In 2008, it showed Gov. Chris Gregoire leading Republican Dino Rossi 51 percent to 45 percent among likely voters; she won 53 percent to 47 percent.
In 2010, it showed U.S. Sen. Patty Murray leading Rossi by the same margin, 51 percent to 45 percent. She won 52 percent to 48 percent.
October 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM
They both share thematic similarities with the national ads. (Dunn would be tough on crime; Ferguson tough on special interests that break the rules.)
But they also put both candidates in more positive light than the national ads.
October 25, 2012 at 4:35 PM
Readers of The Seattle Times print editions Thursday morning were greeted with more full-page political ads for candidates the newspaper’s editorial board has endorsed.
But these new ads — for Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and Republican Attorney General candidate Reagan Dunn — are different from the controversial spots for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and Referendum 74 that have led to criticism from journalism experts, as well as reader and news staff protests over the paper becoming a campaign donor.
The Seattle Times Co. paid for the McKenna and Ref. 74 ads as part of what company officials said was a pilot project to demonstrate the power of print advertising and attract more political-ad revenue.
However, Thursday’s full-page ads for Dunn and Cantwell ads were purchased by the state Republican Party and the Cantwell campaign, respectively.
Kelly Steele, a Cantwell campaign spokesperson, said the decision to buy the Cantwell ads was made in late September, well before the Times launched its McKenna and R-74 ad campaigns. The purchase was part of a package deal of ads in newspapers across the state – a deal that charged $100,000 to place five days of ads in newspapers statewide.
“The Cantwell campaign accepted the offer and committed to running print ads via email on September 25th. The commitment was made long before, and with no knowledge of, the Times’ decision to run ads supporting Republican Rob McKenna,” Steele said in an email.
The Dunn campaign also decided months ago to spend some money on newspaper advertising, according to state Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur, though he did not know when contracts were signed.
Times spokesperson Jill Mackie said the newspaper’s own ad campaign was launched separately and without certainty that the Cantwell and Dunn ads were coming.
The Cantwell ads, she said, were part of a statewide newspaper advertising project managed by Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington, the association that represents all 22 daily newspapers in the state.
October 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM
A new Elway Poll finds Washington’s gubernatorial contest remains tight, but suggests Republicans are doing better with women voters.
The latest survey shows Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna with a two-point lead (47 to 45 percent) over his Democratic opponent Jay Inslee. The poll surveyed 451 “likely voters,” which pollster Stuart Elway defined as people who’ve voted at least once in the past four elections. It has a 4.5 percent margin of error, plus or minus. The poll was conducted Oct. 18-21.
A KCTS 9 University of Washington poll released last week showed Inslee with a 47 to 46 percent lead over McKenna. That poll surveyed 644 likely voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.
Elway’s poll found a shift among women voters. In September, the poll showed 52 percent of women identified themselves as Democrats and 20 percent as Republicans. This month, 39 percent said they were Democrats and 31 percent said Republican. However, Elway changed his methodology for this poll, surveying only likely voters. Last time, he surveyed registered voters.
There were some other interesting tidbits in the survey. While 58 percent of Inslee’s voters said they considered him to be the better candidate, more of McKenna’s voters, 66 percent, said he was better.
Also, 16 percent of Inslee voters said the main reason to vote for him was their dislike of McKenna. But 11 percent of McKenna voters said the main reason to vote for him was their dislike of Inslee.
In other races:
Attorney General: Democrat Bob Ferguson was leading Republican Reagan Dunn 38 to 36 percent, with 25 percent undecided.
Secretary of State: Democrat Kathleen Drew was tied with Republican Kim Wyman at 34 percent with, with 32 percent undecided.
Auditor: Democrat Troy Kelley was leading Republican James Watkins 34 to 29 percent, with 37 percent undecided.
Lt. Governor: Democrat Brad Owen was leading Republican Bill Finkbeiner 42 to 32 percent, with 26 percent undecided.
All the ballot measures – same sex marriage, marijuana legalization, charter schools and Tim Eyman’s initiative to restate a two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases – were leading. But none of them had support over the 50 percent mark.
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