West Seattle Blog... » King Co. Council District 8 http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:16:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Election 2011: Joe McDermott launches County Council re-election campaign http://westseattleblog.com/2011/05/election-2011-joe-mcdermott-launches-county-council-re-election-campaign/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/05/election-2011-joe-mcdermott-launches-county-council-re-election-campaign/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 08:53:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=74399

He’s only been on the job six months, but King County Councilmember Joe McDermott is already running again. Last fall, he was elected for the year remaining in what was now-County Executive Dow Constantine’s term, after Jan Drago served a year as an appointee; this time, a full four-year term is at stake. Thursday night, in bowling shoes, McDermott presided over his official campaign-kickoff party at Roxbury Lanes just yards south of West Seattle. Among those in attendance were County Council colleagues Julia Patterson, Larry Phillips, Larry Gossett, and Bob Ferguson, State House Rep. Eileen Cody, elected city officials from Burien and Tukwila, members of the North Highline Unincorporated Council, and community advocates from neighborhoods in the 8th District including White Center, South Park, and Vashon. And from McDermott’s home neighborhood, West Seattle – his parents Terri McDermott and Jim McDermott:

Though all at the party were exhorted to have fun and get some bowling in, there was of course the opportunity for the candidate to offer a short speech first:

McDermott spent almost a decade in the State Legislature before moving to the County Council. The other candidate in this race so far is another West Seattleite, Diana Toledo, whom he also faced in last year’s general election. We covered her kickoff party at the Admiral Theater last week.

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Election 2011: Diana Toledo launches 2nd County Council campaign http://westseattleblog.com/2011/05/election-2011-diana-toledo-launches-2nd-county-council-campaign/ http://westseattleblog.com/2011/05/election-2011-diana-toledo-launches-2nd-county-council-campaign/#comments Thu, 19 May 2011 09:56:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=73556

With three months till the primary, and candidate forums and campaign kickoffs starting to intensify, we’re stepping up coverage of the 2011 election. Last night at the Admiral Theater, West Seattleite Diana Toledo launched her second campaign for King County Council District 8 (which includes West Seattle and White Center), with an all-ages party, friends and family chatting in the theater’s loft, while little ones brought by partygoers romped down on the main floor. Toledo says she chose the venue to support a local business that could use more patrons.

Among those at the party was Tim Fahey, one of the three other candidates that ran for the office last year. You’ll see him in our clip from the short speech Toledo gave last night:

Toledo is a former King County employee who says her experience inside county government will help her reform it (here’s her online bio). The candidate to whom Toledo lost in last year’s general election, now-King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, is the only other declared candidate so far; he has a kickoff party scheduled next week. The official filing period opens this Friday for candidates filing by mail. (Wondering why there’s another election so soon after the last one? That was for the remainder of the term that had been won by Dow Constantine before he moved up to King County Executive two years ago, so this time a full 4-year council term is up for grabs.)

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Joe McDermott sworn in as West Seattle’s County Councilmember http://westseattleblog.com/2010/11/joe-mcdermott-sworn-in-as-west-seattles-county-councilmember/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/11/joe-mcdermott-sworn-in-as-west-seattles-county-councilmember/#comments Thu, 25 Nov 2010 01:25:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=56345

As of this afternoon, West Seattle’s Joe McDermott is the newest member of the King County Council, representing District 8, which also includes White Center and Vashon/Maury Islands. In the county-provided photo above, he was sworn in by Clerk of the Council Anne Noris, hours after the November 2nd election results were certified. The official news release announcing his swearing-in quotes Councilmember McDermott as saying, ““I am honored the voters of the 8th Council District chose me to serve them in a position that has a long legacy of strong, effective leadership … We must work together to provide meaningful and efficient government services with an eye to the future. We cannot let today’s economic crisis keep us from meeting our commitments in regional planning, environmental stewardship and public safety.” McDermott spent the past decade in the State Legislature, in the State Senate since 2007, following seven years in the State House. On the nine-member County Council, he succeeds Jan Drago, appointed early this year after the November 2009 election moved Dow Constantine up to County Executive; this election was for the remaining year of Constantine’s unexpired term, so the position will be back on the ballot in November 2011. Final certified results of this election are here; McDermott had 68 percent of the vote, Diana Toledo – also a West Seattleite – 32 percent. They were the top two finishers from a field of four in the August primary.

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Election 2010: McDermott leads Toledo for County Council http://westseattleblog.com/2010/11/election-night-2010-king-county-council-district-8-race/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/11/election-night-2010-king-county-council-district-8-race/#comments Wed, 03 Nov 2010 03:00:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=54195 8 PM: The King County Council District 8 seat – including West Seattle, White Center, and Vashon/Maury Islands, as well as some other parts of the metro area – is the one that Dow Constantine left to win election as KC Executive a year ago. Jan Drago was appointed to serve until the election (she had made it clear she didn’t want to run for the job); four people filed to run, and the primary ended with State Sen. Joe McDermott and former county licensing official Diana Toledo as the top two vote-getters. Tonight’s results in this race will be here; more to come.

8:16 PM: We’re starting the night at the McDermott party at Calamity Jane’s in Georgetown. Still no King County results at all; the room full of people is busy checking their smartphones, while we hit “refresh” every few seconds on the MacBook. A bigscreen projector is showing, alternately, the King County Elections site and the New York Times front page.

8:19 PM: Numbers in. McDermott over Toledo, 67 to 32 percent. From the county website:

Joe McDermott 21020 67.61%
Diana Toledo 9957 32.03%

10:28 PM: Quick video interview:

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Election countdown: Quick toplines on tonight’s forum http://westseattleblog.com/2010/10/election-countdown-quick-toplines-on-tonights-forum/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/10/election-countdown-quick-toplines-on-tonights-forum/#comments Fri, 22 Oct 2010 05:36:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=53178

(Part 1 of 3 unedited segments comprising tonight’s candidates’ forum in White Center)
It’ll be the wee hours before we finish the full story, but for election-watchers, we wanted to let you know we’ve written a very quick first summary of tonight’s North Highline Unincorporated Area Council-presented candidates’ forum in White Center’s Greenbridge neighborhood, featuring both candidates in each of our area’s open-seat races: King County Council District 8 and 34th District State House Position 2. That quick summary is up right now at partner site White Center Now. We also recorded the forum on video in its entirety – nothing artistic, we’ll warn you, but in case you want to see/hear for yourself, we’re putting it on the record in three unedited segments comprising the entire 2 1/2 hours – what’s embedded above is Part 1. ADDED 11:19 PM: And here’s part 2:

12:47 PM: And part three:

Again – full story to come!

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Election countdown: Doubleheader candidate forum Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2010/10/election-countdown-doubleheader-candidate-forum-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/10/election-countdown-doubleheader-candidate-forum-thursday/#comments Tue, 19 Oct 2010 17:40:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=52952 checkbox.jpgTwo weeks till the voting ends and the vote-counting begins. Maybe you knew who and what you’re voting for before your ballot even arrived; if not, one more advance alert about the last major candidates’ forum in this area before Election Day: Thursday night, the four candidates in the two major open races on local ballots are scheduled to be at the forum organized by the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, which is the resident-elected community council for White Center, among other not-yet-annexed areas between West Seattle and Burien. The forum’s being held barely a block south of West Seattle, at the Greenbridge YWCA (9720 8th SW; here’s a map), doors open at 6 pm Thursday, forum begins at 6:30. From the NHUAC website:

The following candidates have confirmed their participation.

for King County Council:
Diana Toledo
Joe McDermott

for 34th Legislative District:
Mike Heavey
Joe Fitzgibbon

The King County Council race is for the 8th District, the seat held by Dow Constantine before he was elected as County Executive a year ago (Jan Drago, appointed to serve until this election, chose not to run for the job); the 34th District race is for the State House, Position 2, seat that Sharon Nelson is leaving to run (unopposed) for the State Senate seat that McDermott is leaving to seek the County Council spot. (Researching? Voters’-guide links here.)

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Primary Election 2010: Final results are in http://westseattleblog.com/2010/09/primary-election-2010-final-results-are-in/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/09/primary-election-2010-final-results-are-in/#comments Wed, 01 Sep 2010 20:10:48 +0000 JasonG http://westseattleblog.com/?p=47977 We brought you the first round of King County’s primary election results back on August 17, and today comes official word that the county’s results have been finalized. (We confirmed this with County communications specialist Katie Gilliam.)

The top two finishers in each race advance to the November 2 general election, which means Joe Fitzgibbon and Mike Heavey for 34th District House Rep #2, and  Joe McDermott and Diana Toledo for King County Council District 8.  

For the local race results, the only official change from primary night’s results is that Joe Fitzgibbon has inched ahead of Mike Heavey, by an oh-so-slim margin (we reported on August 20 that this shift was starting to happen).

Local results: 

34TH DISTRICT STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE, POSITION 2
(Rep. Sharon Nelson isn’t running for re-election – she’s unopposed for State Senate in LD #34)
Fitzgibbon first 34%, Heavey second 32%,  McElroy third 18%, Stone fourth 14%

(Note: Early returns on primary night had showed Heavey at 34% and Fitzgibbon at 33%)

KING COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8 (nonpartisan)
(Councilmember Jan Drago isn’t running for the seat to which she was appointed early this year)
McDermott first 60%, Toledo second 19%, McEvoy third 13%, Fahey fourth 7%

In another LD #34 race of note, Eileen Cody captured 81% of the vote against 18% for Ray Carter.

Full results are here.

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Primary Election 2010: Newest results just published http://westseattleblog.com/2010/08/primary-election-2010-newest-results-just-published/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/08/primary-election-2010-newest-results-just-published/#comments Wed, 18 Aug 2010 23:33:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=46321 checkbox.jpgKing County Elections got 95,000 more ballots in the mail today – the highest single-day delivery, which they say is unusual because that usually happens Election Day – and expected to include at least 40,000 in the second run of primary results. Those results were just made public – see them here. The order hasn’t changed in our area’s biggest race, 34th District State Representative Position 2, but Mike Heavey‘s margin over second-place Joe Fitzgibbon narrowed to 21 votes. Complete look at that race, after the jump:

Mike Heavey Prefers Democratic Party 6215 33.43%
Joe Fitzgibbon Prefers Democratic Party 6194 33.32%
Geoffrey Mac McElroy Prefers Independent Party 3433 18.47%
Marcee Stone Prefers Democratic Party 2652 14.27%
Write-in 95 0.51%

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Primary Election 2010: Heavey, Fitzgibbon leading 34th Pos. 2; McDermott, Toledo leading County Council http://westseattleblog.com/2010/08/primary-election-2010-the-first-results/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/08/primary-election-2010-the-first-results/#comments Wed, 18 Aug 2010 03:19:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=46253 (Scroll down for updates – now that numbers are in, we’re off visiting campaign parties)

(King County Elections photo from their HQ, cars lined up to drop off ballots by 8 pm)
The first and only results that King County is making public tonight have just come out. In our area’s two major races – each with four candidates going for an open seat, and the top two advancing to November once ALL the votes are counted and the election is certified:

34TH DISTRICT STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE, POSITION 2
(Rep. Sharon Nelson isn’t running for re-election – she’s unopposed for State Senate)
Heavey first 34%, Fitzgibbon second 33%, McElroy third 19%, Stone fourth 14%

Full results here

KING COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 8 (nonpartisan)
(Councilmember Jan Drago isn’t running for the seat to which she was appointed early this year)
McDermott first 59%, Toledo second 20%, McEvoy third 13%, Fahey fourth 7%

Full results here

All King County results are linked here. We’ll add other highlights of interest shortly, and we’ll be adding candidate reaction as we get it. Meantime, if you still haven’t voted – it’s not too late – you can mail it till midnight at Riverton Heights (near Sea-Tac; see our earlier story).

COVERAGE BEYOND THE NUMBERS

(Tim Fahey being interviewed by Q13′s Parella Lewis, with Mac McElroy looking on outside his pub)
8:41 PM: We were at Geoffrey “Mac” McElroy‘s party at his Triangle Pub in White Center when the results came in – with at least four other members of the media sighted. Now we’ve moved on to Fauntleroy, to Mike Heavey‘s campaign party, a gathering of family and friends (iPhone photo at right, as the candidate posed with varying combinations of people from both those groups). Both locations so far have been full of good cheer, despite the varying results. McElroy’s party also was visited by two other candidates – Ray Carter, the “reluctant Republican” challenging Democratic Rep. Eileen Cody, and Tim Fahey, who is currently fourth of 4 in the King County Council race. We are moving on to other locations shortly. Just interviewed Heavey, who foresees the general-election campaign, apparently against Fitzgibbon, as “a battle for the ages” – with voters being asked to choose “what kind of Democrat” they support. 10:16 PM: We’ve also caught up with Joe Fitzgibbon, whose supporters were celebrating at Heartland Café in the Admiral District:

Video from the frontrunners, coming up. And again, tonight’s vote is nowhere near final – King County Elections will release vote totals daily, until the final results are out on September 1st – two weeks away. ADDED 12:25 AM: Quick comments on video from Heavey, Fitzgibbon and McElroy:

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More of what’s up tonight: “Green stormwater”; candidates’ forum http://westseattleblog.com/2010/08/more-of-whats-up-tonight-green-stormwater-candidates-forum/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/08/more-of-whats-up-tonight-green-stormwater-candidates-forum/#comments Thu, 05 Aug 2010 16:29:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=45158 From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar: We’ve already previewed tonight’s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha show (6:30 pm, bring a food-bank donation) – and here are 2 other notable events: If you live in Sunrise Heights or Westwood, be at The Hall @ Fauntleroy at 6 pm tonight for one more chance to find out how your home and neighborhood might be directly affected if the “green stormwater” option for controlling overflows at Barton Pump Station is chosen. Here’s our previous preview, with a map of who’s targeted. And if you’re still making up your mind in the King County Council District 8 race – it’s on the slate for a Seattle League of Women Voters forum downtown (along with state Supreme Court candidates), 7:30 pm, First Baptist Church (Harvard/Seneca).

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Election 2010: Vashon forum, 1st report: County Council #8 http://westseattleblog.com/2010/07/election-2010-vashon-forum-1st-report-county-council-8/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/07/election-2010-vashon-forum-1st-report-county-council-8/#comments Sun, 01 Aug 2010 01:58:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=44632

(WSB video of each candidate’s opening statement)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The West Seattle route of the King County Water Taxi got a lot less love from King County Council District 8 candidates at a forum last night than the Vashon Island route did.

You of course have to take into consideration the fact that Vashon Island was where the forum was held – Courthouse Square, to be specific, part of a double bill with a forum for candidates in the other big open race that’s on Vashon, West Seattle, White Center and Burien (etc.) ballots, 34th District State House Position 2 (we’ll cover that one in a separate story later).

This race, if you’re just starting to ramp up, is for the County Council seat that used to be held by now-County Executive Dow Constantine. Former Seattle City Councilmember Jan Drago was appointed to do the job until this fall’s election, but wasn’t interested in running to keep it. Four candidates are running, and all were on hand for last night’s forum.

State Sen. Joe McDermott of West Seattle was the only candidate voicing unqualified support for the West Seattle Water Taxi run. Tim Fahey of South Park said he’d only found it useful to “go on dates” (and he hadn’t been aware of the Vashon run until it came up at the forum); Normandy Park City Councilmember Shawn McEvoy said West Seattleites had better “step up” their usage of the passenger ferry (seeming to infer “use it or lose it”); and Diana Toledo of West Seattle was noncommittal, saying she didn’t want to make promises she couldn’t keep.

And that was nowhere near the hottest topic they had to face in the hour-long forum moderated by Seattle University law professor (and Vashon resident) Craig Beles:

(From left: Toledo, McEvoy, McDermott, Fahey)
The forum format gave each of the four a chance to make an opening and closing statement (though the latter was preceded by moderator Beles reading audience questions that didn’t get asked and offering the candidates the chance to address them in their final words), with Q/A – written audience Q’s, candidate 1-minute A’s – inbetween.

Asked to name three departments for budget cuts, if more had to be made, the candidates’ answers diverged significantly. McEvoy suggested “flood control … county ferries … human services.” McDermott said there wouldn’t be much choice but to cut human services and public safety/criminal justice. Fahey focused his answer on wanting to “redirect how the Department of Transportation does its job – change it from service-based to research-based,” as in researching which roads are in the worst shape, to decide which to fix first. Toledo mentioned the King County Sheriff’s Office and went on to a theme she repeated several times during the night, her belief that county government has “significant amounts of waste … there are people in middle management positions making six-figure salaries with no experience or qualifications.”

Money matters came back around in a question about the sales-tax increase on the November ballot, with much of the proceeds going to stave off some of the expected cuts in the county public-safety budget. How are you going to vote? each candidate was asked.

McEvoy: Qualified “yes” – “I’m not in favor of raising taxes, but (this is) so important, we can’t afford to let this opportunity pass.”

Toledo: “No,” again citing her belief that King County government is “full of bloated management positions.”

Fahey said no, noting that he has been unemployed for almost a year, in a union (carpenters) that he said has a very high rate of joblessness currently, so “I don’t know what they think we are buying that we can charge more sales tax for.”

McDermott: “Yes,” citing how imperative he feels it is to preserve programs such as Drug Court and Family Court that would face cuts without it, as well as other public-safety and criminal-justice programs.

They also fielded a question about their potential future colleagues – “Who (that’s currently) on the King County Council do you admire most?”

McDermott: Larry Gossett

McEvoy: Julia Patterson

Fahey: Reagan Dunn

Toledo: Said she didn’t want to name one because she’s “truly nonpartisan” and hopes to work with them all

On a Vashon-area hot-button issue – the Maury Island Glacier gravel-mine controversy – Toledo and Fahey both acknowledged they weren’t deeply familiar with the matter enough to answer the question of what they would do to stop Glacier from mining Maury. McEvoy didn’t speak to specifics, but recalled the South King County fight against the third runway, and suggested that islanders “go to meetings and let them hear your voices.” McDermott promised to “continue doing everything in my power to prohibit Glacier from expanding their mining operations,” mentioning his support in the last legislative session for Maury-residing Rep. Sharon Nelson‘s bill allotting $15 million in state money to buy the site.

The hour went quickly (and remember, a quarter of it went to the opening statements, all four of which you can watch in their entirety in the video clips atop this story). In closing statements, Fahey emphasized that the South Park Bridge is his most important issue of the campaign, and that he’d like to see human-services money spent more wisely – “We spend an awful lot of money on homeless shelters that go unused because they are awful.”

McDermott stressed his endorsements and ratings, saying he is running for County Council to be part of how services are delivered (as opposed to his legislative role, involving making policies about those services).

McEvoy read from a written statement, saying, “Nonpartisanship works,” and stressing his skills in collaboration and relationship-building.

Toledo recalled her days in King County Animal Services, selling pet licenses on Vashon (among other places), saying she’d go anywhere possible to “improve the level of service,” telling the story of losing her job because of “a budget cut” after “speaking against what I thought was gross abuse and waste” in the Animal Services system, then vowing to spend long hours working for constituents if elected.

You have another chance to see all four candidates at one forum, this time without a ferry ride, if you go to the Seattle League of Women Voters‘ forum at First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard) this Thursday night at 7:30 pm – state Supreme Court candidates are on the agenda too. Meantime, we’re archiving our coverage of this race here; plus, we have another story coming up, about the first half of last night’s “double bill,” the 34th District State House Position 2 candidates’ forum

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2010 primary election: Ballots arriving; candidates talking http://westseattleblog.com/2010/07/2010-primary-election-ballots-arriving-candidates-talking/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/07/2010-primary-election-ballots-arriving-candidates-talking/#comments Thu, 29 Jul 2010 23:04:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=44488 checkbox.jpgTwo days after King County Elections announced the August 17 primary ballots were in the mail, they’re arriving (ours just showed up). The big decisions for West Seattle (and neighboring communities) are in two open races with four candidates each, which the primary results will narrow to two for November: 34th District State House Position 2 (WSB coverage archive with “candidate conversation” stories here) and King County Council District 8 (WSB coverage archive here; watch for “candidate conversation” stories in the next week). Two candidate forums are coming up – tomorrow on Vashon Island, the candidates from both races are expected at Courthouse Square (see the end of this article) for a forum to focus on the State House race 7-8 pm and the County Council race 8-9 pm; then next Thursday, August 5th, the Seattle League of Women Voters presents a candidates’ forum downtown, with the County Council race (and those vying for two Supreme Court seats). Back to voting: August 17th is the deadline to postmark your ballot; the county has a list of voter resources on this webpage.

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New candidates in County Council, State House Position 1 races http://westseattleblog.com/2010/06/new-candidates-in-county-council-state-house-position-1-races/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/06/new-candidates-in-county-council-state-house-position-1-races/#comments Sat, 12 Jun 2010 09:51:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=40040 Friday was the final day for candidates to file to run in the August 17th primary, and the online lists – which we have reason to believe aren’t final yet – show two local races with candidates who hadn’t surfaced earlier: In the County Council District 8 race (the job to which Jan Drago was appointed to but isn’t running for), checkbox.jpgjoining State Sen. Joe McDermott of West Seattle, Normandy Park City Councilmember Shawn McEvoy, and political newcomer Diana Toledo of West Seattle, we see Tim Fahey of South Park, whose campaign focus – via the Web and Facebook – appears to be on the soon-to-close SP Bridge. In the State Legislature races, Rep. Sharon Nelson remains unopposed for State Senate; the State House Position 2 job she’s giving up has drawn the previously announced candidates – Joe Fitzgibbon of Burien, Mike Heavey of West Seattle, Marcee Stone of West Seattle are on the online list; Geoffrey “Mac” McElroy, also of West Seattle, isn’t, but he says he filed Friday afternoon, so we’ll assume the online list has some lags. But there is one extra entrant, in Rep. Eileen Cody‘s State House Position 1 race; Ray Carter of West Seattle filed on Friday afternoon. He doesn’t appear to have a website, so we don’t know much about him yet, except that he declared his party preference as “Prefers Reluctantly GOP Party.” That makes him the only person mentioned in this story to have declared with GOP or Republican; the County Council race is nonpartisan, so no declarations there, but in the other state races, everyone has declared a Democratic preference except McElroy, who has said he’d run as an independent (since he’s not showing on the state page yet, we don’t know how it will show). In all races, the top two votegetters in August will move on to Nov. 2.

ADDED 10:43 AM: In comments and via e-mail, it’s pointed out that the county candidate-filing list page is showing McElroy’s registration, even though the state page hasn’t caught up yet. And indeed, “prefers independent party” is the designation. We also have heard from newly filed State House candidate Ray Carter, who e-mailed us an explanation of his “reluctantly GOP” preference and his campaign – click ahead to read:

I’m a bad Republican and a worse Democrat. Much too liberal on some
issues for many in the GOP, and far too conservative on many others for
the Democrats, I hold my quiet little doubts that even the Libertarians
would gladly have me.

Yet, with imploding state, county, and city budget pictures leading us
perilously close to the path of fiscal tragedy that California presently
endures, I’m willing to throw my hat in the ring as being reluctantly
Republican – if only to give voters a choice between a candidate
supporting the present course of state government, and one supporting a
sustainable course of state government.

For all that we have Microsoft, Starbucks, and several Boeing facilities
in our state and a wealth of talented and educated workers, the
generosity of tax-paying workers and business owners are not unlimited.
Additional taxes and regulations are best imposed during economic good
times when businesses, that fundamental source of state revenue (taxes
either hit a business directly, or businesses pay employees who – with
their families – are then taxed), can take the impact. In bad times,
taxes and regulation foster unemployment and business
re-locations/closures small and large.

Today, in the middle of an economic depression, with a predictable spike
in energy costs (The Gulf oil spill and regulatory response thereto, and
the rise in the levels of tension in the Middle east) on the near
horizon that will drive production and delivery costs ever higher in
many industries is not such a good time. Businesses that were on the
edge when this began have already failed, and those that are a bit more
stable are pulling back yet further into survival mode or approaching
the edge of failure. Count the number of empty storefronts and
commercial spaces that used to hold businesses that employed people, and
ask if there “are there more or less “for lease” and “for sale” signs
than you saw in the same area last year?”

We need to make Washington a more attractive and easier place to do
business, pay taxes, and hire people than the other 49 states in the
Union. We need those new businesses to help pay our states bills – it’s
painfully obvious that in todays climate, we cannot depend on our
current tax base to pay those bills, and unsurprisingly, not a single
interest group is eager to watch its’ particular oxen be gored.

I enthusiastically support same-sex marriage and the repeal of “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell” at the same time I support the right of law-abiding
private individuals to utilize and have access to effective means of
self-defense.

I support higher education funded less on the budgetary whims of an
ever-changing State Legislature and more on the endowment fund model.
I’m nothing short of delighted with the decision of the University of
Washington to refurbish the Husky Stadium without resorting to state
dollars.

I approve of abolishing the Washington State Liquor Control Board. I
believe it long past time for the Legislature to do its own work in
enacting such laws as are necessary to regulate liquor and it’s
purveyors. The State should be in the business of taxing and regulating
alcohol – not selling it. And enforcement doesn’t belong in the same
agency as sales.

We need to continue to promote the use of bicycles as a mode of
transportation, even as we realize they are not a practical option for
many – for a variety of reasons. We need also to protect our bicyclists
and motorists from each other, striving to provide urban bike paths and
routes well-separated from motor traffic wherever possible, simply to
keep the casualties to a minimum. At the same time, we need to bring to
our bicyclists the same level of competence and safety that our
motorists are required to display. Such efforts must be paid for, and we
need to look at how that might best be accomplished.

Similarly, whether for environmental reasons or to reduce our dependence
on oil, the State Legislature needs to continue taking steps to support
the transition away from internal combustion engines and towards clean
electric vehicles in state, business, and private use.

As we seek to again become an economic powerhouse, we need to re-examine
just how much authority Counties and Cities have and how they use it –
and ask “Are these actions really growing our state economy? And to the
extent they are not,are they producing other benefits that make such
actions acceptable in relationship to the goals of building a healthy
and sustainable Washington?” These questions should be asked by both the
voters AND the Legislature on a fairly regular basis – sometimes, those
bodies need *more* authority, sometimes rather less – but simply
assuming they have *just the right amount* at any given moment is a
failure in responsibility on the part of both voters and the Legislature.

For every elected office where no candidate emerges, or a candidate runs
unopposed, our experiment in democracy fails a tiny bit – foundering on
the rocks of apathy. When we have the opportunity, and it makes even a
small amount of sense, we have a duty to at least indicate a willingness
to serve – no great campaign effort is required, merely a willingness to
serve if the voters pass you the short straw.

Rep. Cody has served long and honorably. If she is re-elected, I am
confident she will stay her course and continue her support of the
Governors leadership. The voters of the 34th District have already won a
small victory simply in having choices easily available to them in two
out of three of their legislative representatives. Now the voters get to
go to the polls and choose the course they support.

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West Seattle politics: Diana Toledo joins King County Council race http://westseattleblog.com/2010/06/west-seattle-politics-diana-toledo-joins-king-county-council-race/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/06/west-seattle-politics-diana-toledo-joins-king-county-council-race/#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2010 23:37:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=39287 Now, there are three declared candidates campaigning for King County Council District 8, the seat currently held by Councilmember Jan Drago — appointed to fill the vacancy after Dow Constantinewas elected County Executive, but not running to keep the job. The latest is West Seattleite Diana Toledo – read on for her announcement:

The daughter of a Filipino immigrant who earned his U.S. Citizenship serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict and an American mother (Alice Coker-Toledo) who operated a neighborhood food-bank to help struggling Seattleites in the 1970’s; Life-long Seattle resident and 15 year King County employee Diana Toledo has entered the race for King County Council.

Diana’s platform is focused on 3 issues; 1) Fiscal responsibility in King County Government. 2) Local Business incentives and Job creation. 3) Safe streets via youth outreach.

Diana and her husband Jerry (a small business owner), and their children live in West Seattle where they are active in community programs, church, and public service.

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact Diana Toledo’s Campaign or visit www.VoteTOLEDO.com.

The other declared candidates are State Sen. Joe McDermott and Normandy Park City Councilmember Shawn McEvoy. The official in-person/online filing period is next week – so we’ll know the final lineup within a week and a half.

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West Seattle politics: Shawn McEvoy running for County Council http://westseattleblog.com/2010/05/west-seattle-politics-shawn-mcevoy-running-for-county-council/ http://westseattleblog.com/2010/05/west-seattle-politics-shawn-mcevoy-running-for-county-council/#comments Thu, 20 May 2010 19:26:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=38091 A new entrant today in the 8th District race for King County Council, a position to which Councilmember Jan Drago was appointed last year but has said she won’t run for. Normandy Park Councilmember Shawn McEvoy is now in the running against previously declared candidate State Sen. Joe McDermott. Read on for McEvoy’s announcement:

Shawn McEvoy, former Mayor and current City Council member of Normandy Park, citing a strong sentiment from voters for a non-partisan King County Council, announced he is running for the King County Council seat in District 8.

McEvoy’s experience since 2002 as a non-partisan mayor and councilmember in an otherwise politically divided city is proof that non-partisanship works.

By focusing on finding common ground; working together through challenges; communicating, coordinating and cooperating; allows communities to get through the tough issues and focus on the future.

Shawn McEvoy wants voters to know that he is a candidate that is not locked into one party’s ideals and agendas.

We’ll be adding more information about McEvoy as we continue online research.

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