Editorial — Reject Initiative 1351; election endorsements

October 28, 2014

Initiative 1351 is being called The Washington Class Size Reduction Measure. The name is intended to appeal to an electorate with short attention spans and little time for or interest in details. A recent Elway Poll revealed that 66 percent of those polled say they will definitely or probably vote in favor of Initiative 1351.

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Election results finalized

September 3, 2014

Final primary election results differed little from election night, setting the stage for the November general election.

In the judicial race, Lisa O’Toole, of Newcastle, looks like she could cruise to victory, having garnered more than 60.5 percent of the primary vote in a three-way race. Her opponent will be Sammamish’s Marcus Naylor, who earned a little more than 20 percent. Snoqualmie’s Rick Leo got 19 percent, and will not move on to the general election.

The only other contested race in Sammamish was for U.S. Congress, where incumbent Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8) also looks good in November. He won nearly 59 percent of the vote in another three-way primary. Jason Ritchie (D) got almost 32 percent while Keith Arnold got less than 9 percent. Reichert and Ritchie will appear on the general election ballot.

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Parks Levy passes, Constantine dominates

August 6, 2013

New: Aug. 6, 8:47 p.m.

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.

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Sammamish voters to weigh in on parks, primary elections

July 24, 2013

New: July 24, 2:39 p.m.

For Sammamish voters, the ballot will include a measure to increase property taxes to pay for county parks.

The proposed six-year levy would replace a pair of expiring levies that support parks countywide.

The existing levies have a combined tax rate of 13.31 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The proposed levy would have a value of 18.77 cents per $1,000.

For the owner of a $600,000 home, that means a tax hike from $79.86 per year to $112.62 per year – a 41 percent increase. The levy would raise $60.7 million in 2014. Read more

Sammamish redder than King County

December 13, 2012

New: Dec. 13, 11:15 a.m.

While often supporting Democrats, Sammamish once again leaned more Republican than the rest of King County during the November election, in many cases proving redder than the rest of King County and Washington State.

Despite a thorough drubbing in King County and a loss statewide, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna garnered solid support in Sammamish, taking 55 percent of the votes. That’s a marked difference from the rest of the county, which went for Jay Inslee by a 62.2 to 37.6 margin. Inslee won statewide, taking 51.5 percent of the vote.

Areas in orange opposed the community center, and areas in blue supported the community center. Map by Dona Mokin/Sammamish Review

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Community center, other election results, finalized

December 2, 2012

New: Dec. 2, 2:16 p.m.

Sammamish’s proposed YMCA-run community and aquatic center widened its lead since election night, according to certified election results released by King County Nov. 27.

Sammamish Proposition 1, an advisory vote on a proposed $30 million, 60,000 square foot facility behind the library, passed by a 53.65 to 46.35 margin, with 1,729 votes separating supporters and opponents. Initial results showed the vote at a much closer 51 to 49 margin. Read more

Sammamish couple hails same-sex marriage milestone

November 14, 2012

Washington voters’ groundbreaking decision to approve same-sex marriage elicited a simple — but heartfelt — response from a Sammamish couple: thank you.

Referendum 74, buoyed by strong support in King County, authorized same-sex marriage in Washington. Dana and Sage Alixander, longtime partners married in California before Proposition 8 outlawed same-sex marriage, hailed the historic decision in Washington. Read more

Vacancy to come to Issaquah School Board

November 14, 2012

Republican Chad Magendanz triumphed in the race to represent the 5th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives, and in process, set up a vacancy on the Issaquah School Board.

Magendanz cruised to a comfortable lead against North Bend Democrat David Spring, ahead 56-44 as of Nov. 12.

Most of Sammamish had been in the 5th district until the redistricting took effect with this election. Read more

Incumbents win in legislative races

November 14, 2012

In the first race after redistricting earlier in the year, most Sammamish voters saw new names on their ballots.

The southern half of the city is now in the 41st District, while the northern half is in the 45th.

But the batch of new-to-Sammamish lawmakers all won re-election Nov. 6, with generally large margins of victory. Read more

Governor candidates talk local issues

November 1, 2012

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna clashed in a recent series of debates, but the candidates vying to serve as Washington’s next governor share similar positions on local issues, such as support for the state parks system.

The race at the state level is focused on the candidates’ policies on education and transportation — hot topics on the docket as Inslee and McKenna met in recent weeks. Read more

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