Parks Levy passes, Constantine dominates

Tue, Aug 6, 2013

King County voters sure like their parks and their County Executive.

As the first batch of mail in ballots were released by King County Elections Aug. 6, both issues which appeared on Sammamish ballots posted decisive victories.

A property tax levy to fund county parks is ahead by a 69-31 margin. The measure will replace an existing parks levy and increase the rate by 41 percent to a bit more than 18 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

The six-year levy will fund maintenance of existing parks, such at Marymoor Park, Klahanie Park and Squak Mountian and the acquisition of new park lands.

Although he will still face a general election challenge, County Executive Dow Constantine will certainly make it through the primary. In a four-way race, Constantine garnered almost 76 percent of the vote. The next closest candidate, Alan Lobdell, earned 12 percent.

The two men will face each other in the Nov. 5 general election.

The port’s commission had a similarly lopsided race in its three- person primary for position No. 3. Stephanie Bowman won almost 66 percent of the vote while Michale Wolfe was just shy of 18.5 percent. The two look likely to face each other again in November.

While there were no other contested races on the Sammamish ballot, residents still likely saw ads for Seattle’s mayoral candidates. Those ads look likely to continue as State Sen. Ed Murray and incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn seem poised to move on to the general election. Murray won a bit more than 30 percent of the vote in the nine-way primary. McGinn took a bit more than 27 percent.

Ballots needed to be postmarked or dropped off by 8 p.m. Aug. 6, meaning that more ballots will trickle in over the next few weeks. King County Elections will continue to update the initial results until Aug. 20. For complete results, visit www.kingcounty.gov/elections.

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