Chase holds big lead in 32nd District state senate race, while Republican holds second

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

By Evan Smith

Incumbent Democratic 32nd District State Sen. Maralyn Chase held a clear lead over two challengers in early primary-election returns Tuesday night.

Chase held more than 51 percent of votes reported Tuesday, while Republican challenger Robert Reedy held second place in the top-two primary, with nearly 25 percent of the votes to slightly less than 24 percent for Democrat Chris Eggen, a Shoreline city councilman, who had called Chase an ineffective legislator.

Chase is seeking a second four-year term in the senate after serving nine years in the State House of Representatives.

The district has changed greatly since she won in 2010, having added part of northwest Seattle, along with Lynnwood and part of Mountlake Terrace to its earlier base of Shoreline, Woodway, south Edmonds and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County, while losing Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, north Kirkland and unincorporated areas of King County between Kenmore and Kirkland.

Also in the 32nd District, Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi, seeking a ninth two-year term, held a 73 percent to 27 percent lead over Republican Alvin Rutledge; and Democratic State Rep. Cindy Ryu was unopposed for a third term,

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Anonymous,  August 6, 2014 at 7:07 PM  

It may look like Eggen under-campaigned in Snohomish County, but those in the know will tell you Eggen underperformed in King County as well because he waffled on wastewater.

Anonymous,  August 7, 2014 at 6:06 AM  

He waffles on everything but supporting whatever City staff wants!

Mostly it became clear that he cannot hold a candle to Chase' superior knowledge and ability. She towers over him in stature. And her list of endorsements is so impressive!

Anonymous,  August 7, 2014 at 10:46 AM  

This is a big defeat for the City staff and Shoreline City Council. Shari Winstead donated money and endorsed Chris, as did Keith McGlashan. Doris McConnell was his sidekick at the Richmond Beach candidate forum and shadow campaign manager. Will Hall and Jesse Salomon nominated and spoke for Chris at his failed 32nd LD Democrats late endorsement effort. The people have spoke - the 32nd Legislative District (which includes North Seattle, Shoreline, Edmonds, parts of Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace) does NOT want the snakeoil being sold out of Shoreline City Hall.

Anonymous,  August 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM  

It's time to end the systemic bickering among our local governments, the fault of ill-conceived growth management, assumption, and annexation legislation in Olympia. This infighting and the tax waste that goes along with it do nothing to pave the roads, educate our children, or allow hard working residents and businesses toward economic prosperity. We need reform, not income tax. I'm Ready for Reedy.

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