With a little more than 20% of ballots tallied, both proposed levies on the ballot appear to have been approved. King County Prop 1, which will create a new property tax to fund the overhaul of the county’s juvenile justice facility in the Central District, was approved on 52.6% of ballots. Our partners at Central District News looked at what’s next for 12th and Alder if the measure passes. Meanwhile, Seattle voters are set to approve a tax to bolster funding of the Seattle Public Library system.
In candidate races, Seattle Central’s Kshama Sawant was being handily outdistanced by Capitol Hill resident and incumbent Jamie Pedersen in voting for the state legislature’s 43rd District, position 1 seat but fared relatively well in the Stranger-inspired write-in vote for position 2 where she appears on track to out poll Frank Chopp’s named opponent. Another new face to the area political scene is not destined to appear on the fall ballott. Andrew Hughes pulled only 5.9% of the vote as incumbent Jim McDermott is set to move on to face his Republican challenger in November. Another November preview? Democratic candidate for governor Jay Inslee turned in a strong performance in early results.
King County Prop 1
City of Seattle Prop 1
43rd, Position 2