Election Day: Early results are in as Murray takes a 13-point lead
The first returns for the Nov. 5 general elections have been posted to King County Elections website. We've posted a few highlights of local interest below (full local results can be found here and statewide ballot measure results are found here).
Vote totals will be updated at 4:30 p.m. each day until Tuesday, Nov. 26 at which time final results will be posted.
Seattle Mayor race - Murray takes an early 13 point lead
Ed Murray - 56% with 50938 votes
Mike McGinn - 43% with 39124 votes
Charter Amendment No. 19 (Seattle Districts Now) with a strong early lead
64.47% - 54538 votes
35.53% - 30056 votes
Background: This measure would require the election of seven City Councilmembers by district and two from the City at-large. Residency must be established 120 days before candidate filing. Every decade a commission would re-draw districts to bring the smallest district’s population within one percent of the largest. Councilmembers elected in 2013 and at-large councilmembers elected in 2015 serve 2-year terms. Thereafter, all councilmembers serve 4-year terms with district positions running together and at-large positions two years later.
Seattle Proposition 1, regarding publicly financed council election campaigns, getting a no in early results.
45.89% - 39721 votes
54.11% - 46833 votes
Background: If approved, this proposition would publicly fund campaigns for Seattle City Council. Candidates who raise 600 individual contributions of at least $10 qualify for the program. Contributions up to $50 to qualifying candidates are matched 6 public dollars for every dollar, up to $210,000. Participating candidates may only spend $140,000 in the primary and $245,000 overall, except when an opponent spends more. Approval authorizes six years of additional property taxes, with $2,000,000 (approximately $0.0164/$1000 assessed value) collected in 2014.
City Council races
City of Seattle Council Position No. 8
64.43% - 51158 votes
35.25% - 27991 votes
City of Seattle Council Position No. 6
87.29% - 70022 votes
Edwin B. Fruit
12.26% - 9832 votes
City of Seattle Council Position No. 2
53.56% - 44252 votes
46.13% - 38116 votes
Constantine crushing Lobdell for King County Executive
77.69% - 179132 votes
Alan E. Lobdell
21.97% - 50647 votes