Election 2010: Fitzgibbon leads Heavey for State House

November 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm | In 34th District State House 2, West Seattle news, West Seattle politics | 14 Comments

8:01 PM: The 34th District State House Position 2 seat – including West Seattle, White Center, and part of Burien – is the one that Rep. Sharon Nelson is leaving to run unopposed for the State Senate seat Joe McDermott is relinquishing for his County Council run. Four people filed to run, and the primary ended with Nelson’s legislative assistant Joe Fitzgibbon and King County Councilmember Jan Drago community liaison Mike Heavey as the top two vote-getters. Tonight’s results in this race will be here; more to come.

(Joe Fitzgibbon at his Election Night party at Skylark Café and Club [WSB sponsor])
8:19 PM: Tonight’s vote count is in. Fitzgibbon is ahead of Heavey, 55 percent to 44 percent. From the county website:

Joe Fitzgibbon 11809 54.80%
Mike Heavey 9472 43.96%

9:40 PM: This was considered a marquee race – open legislative seat, two Democrats facing off in the general – so we have talked to both Fitzgibbon and Heavey, and will add those video clips here as soon as they are uploaded. (added) We asked Fitzgibbon what he wants to do first in Olympia:

(Sorry about the blue squiggle in the video – no idea where that came from!)



    Comment by acemotel — 9:45 pm November 2, 2010 #

  2. Way to go Joe! You have the right mindset to review proposed improvements to public education in our state.

    We will continue fighting for you.

    Comment by madashell — 11:01 pm November 2, 2010 #

  3. Why does the result page have weird party listings? Did it get hacked?

    “State Representative Position No. 1

    Eileen L. Cody Prefers Democratic Party 17807 78.28%

    Ray Carter Prefers Reluctantly R. Party 4835 21.25% ”

    What is a Reluctnantly R. party?
    “State Senator

    Jeanne Kohl-Welles Prefers Democratic Party 22764 81.47%

    Leslie Klein Prefers (R) Problemfixer Party 5121 18.33% ”

    And what is a Problemfixer party?

    Comment by Maria — 11:16 pm November 2, 2010 #

  4. No, not hacked. Ray Carter explained his choice early on – that (paraphrasing) he reluctantly identified more with the Republican Party, since the candidates had to state some sort of preference in the partisan races. I’m not sure about Problemfixer – that’s out of this area.

    Comment by WSB — 11:21 pm November 2, 2010 #

  5. I’m disappointed!

    Comment by Rr — 12:24 am November 3, 2010 #

  6. I think the Blue Squiggle is an odd reflection of the Pabst sign in the window of Skylark. :)

    Comment by Chris M — 7:02 am November 3, 2010 #

  7. That occurred to me, too, but cameras are generally made not to have that kind of problem, even relatively inexpensive handheld consumer stuff like we use … we’ll just watch out next time we’re within a mile of a neon sign …

    Comment by WSB — 7:08 am November 3, 2010 #

  8. congratulations, joe!
    i didn’t watch the video (slow-ish connection), but first and foremost, i’d like to see mr. fitzgibbon bring west seattle’s concerns over highway 99 replacement to the forefront.
    btw, how many times did joe get carded last night?

    Comment by redblack — 7:51 am November 3, 2010 #

  9. Blue squiggle – looks like a small fiber on the lens highlighted by the outside lighting (the one lighting the back of Joe’s head).

    Comment by MargL — 8:15 am November 3, 2010 #

  10. Too bad — this guy is way too young to be representing us.

    Comment by DW — 8:36 am November 3, 2010 #

  11. Agree with DW. Joe is a great and smart guy, but there is something to be said for life experience. He should be out making mistakes, living and learning and that would have made him a better candidate.

    Comment by Brett — 9:52 am November 3, 2010 #

  12. It’s nice to have a representative who’s closer to my age than my grandparents. He seems to have plenty of experience from what I’ve read.

    I AM disappointed in all the initiatives though. What an epic failure. :(

    Comment by jedifarfy — 10:47 am November 3, 2010 #

  13. That’s not a fiber. That’s the neon Pabst sign in skylark’s window.

    Comment by Patrick — 11:13 am November 3, 2010 #

  14. Yeah, Joe made the mistake of going to college, graduating young with highest honors in useful subjects like history and political science, working for Bob Ferguson and then working in the State Legislature for Sharon Nelson. He really should have been out there doing stupid things like the rest of us when we were young so he would be more qualified. What on earth was he thinking of.

    Comment by 34th Election Watcher — 12:25 pm November 3, 2010 #

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