Tuesday’s first tally of votes in the August primary showed the Mayor Ed Murray-championed Seattle Parks District on its way to probable victory. The plan, which will give the to-be-formed district power to tax up to $0.75 per $1,000 of assessed property value to pay for the Seattle Parks system, came in with 52.4% in favor of the proposition in the Election Night count. To pass, the “for” vote on the proposition needs a basic 50% or greater majority.
If her early primary results are any indication, Socialist Alternative candidate Jess Spear will have an uphill climb in her battle against incumbent Frank Chopp to represent Capitol Hill and the 43rd District in Olympia. With her quest for rent control and affordability, expect the massive gap to become somewhat less massive in coming counts. However, it would take a miracle for the challenger to come out on top in this one. In 2012, by the way, current City Council member Kshama Sawant switched races after the August primary to set her sights on Chopp on that year’s November ballot. Tuesday night, Spear organizers announced a “Renters Rise Up” campaign to fight for affordability in the city.
Meanwhile, the other incumbents on Capitol Hill ballots either ran mostly unopposed — or found their biggest challenger in perennial candidate GoodSpaceGuy.
You can view these and future updates on the King County Elections site.