Local voter turnout passes 36% on way to 41%

Sunday, November 8, 2015

By Evan Smith

Votes counted in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election reached 36.5 percent Friday as King County elections officials continued to count ballots, with enough ballots on hand to reach 41 percent.

King County elections officials already had counted ballots from 41 percent of registered Lake Forest Park voters, with enough on hand to reach 47 percent. In the city of Shoreline, turnout through Friday was 35 percent, with enough on hand to reach 40 percent. The countywide turnout was 34.8 percent, with enough ballots to reach a final turnout of 40 percent, still less than expected.

Updated returns showed Jesse Salomon, Keith Scully, Phillipa Kassover, Rod Heivilin, Chris Eggen, Margaret Wiggins and Don Ellis on the way to winning local contests.

Salomon and Scully held clear leads in Shoreline City Council elections. Incumbent Councilman Salomon led challenger Lorn Richey by a 54 percent to 45 percent margin, and Scully led opponent Jessica Cafferty 58 percent to 42 percent for the position that Chris Eggen is giving up after two four-year terms. Incumbent Councilwoman Doris McConnell was unopposed for re-election to a third four-year term. Eggen was on his way to winning a position on the Ronald Wastewater District commission, with a 74 percent to 26 percent lead over Tim Tipton for the position that Commissioner Brian Carroll is giving up. Incumbent Commissioner Arnie Lind was unopposed for re-election.

Kassover led Lake Forest Park council opponent David Hammond by a 62 percent to 38 percent margin for the city council position that Jeff Johnson gave up to run for mayor. Johnson was unopposed for mayor, and incumbent Council members Tom French and Catherine Stanford both ran unopposed.

Incumbent Shoreline Fire Commissioner Heivilin held a 63 percent to 36 percent lead over challenger Dan Setterberg.

Incumbent Northshore Utility District Commissioner Wiggins held a 72 percent to 28 percent lead over challenger Matt Breysse.

Incumbent Northshore Fire Commissioner Ellis held a 74 percent to 26 percent lead over challenger Mathew Martin. Commissioner David Maehren ran unopposed.

Shoreline School Board incumbents Michael Jacobs, Richard Nicholson and Richard Potter all ran unopposed, as did Lake Forest Park Water Commissioner Bill Donahue and North City Water Commissioner Charlotte Haines.

County elections officials plan to post updated returns Monday afternoon and each weekday until final certification of results Nov. 24.


Anonymous,  November 8, 2015 at 10:57 PM  

There is something so tragic that even in this day of mail in balloting, citizen participation is below 50%. There are people in our world dying for the rights we have and squander in regarding to making our voices heard through the ballot box.

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