Election updates show little change
By KEVIN HANSON
Enumclaw Courier Herald Senior Writer, Editor
August 20, 2009 · 1:23 PM
Things's didn't change much during the 36 hours following Tuesday's primary election.
Some vote totals and percentages shifted slightly as additional votes were counted, but nothing changed the outcome of the various races.
In each race, the candidates with the top two vote totals earned the right to advance to November's general election.
At the county level, Plateau voters helped set the stage for November's race for King County executive. That battle will feature political newcomer Susan Hutchison and familiar face Dow Constantine. Hutchison was the clear winner in the eight-person race, with her day two victory slipping only from 37 percent to 36 percent of the total. Constantine received 23 percent, up from 22 percent the night of the election.
The race is officially nonpartisan, but offers voters a clear distinction. Former television newscaster Hutchison eschews party labels but is aligned with Republican candidates and causes, while Constantine, currently a member of the Metropolitan King County Council, is a Democrat.
There also was a three-way race for the District 9 seat on the County Council, but there was no electoral drama. Incumbent Reagan Dunn held with 72 percent of the total. Also advancing will be Beverly Harrison Tonda, who took 20 percent.
On a local level, voters pared down a three-person field in the race for the Position 4 seat on the Black Diamond City Council.
Advancing to November will be William Sass and Jim Kuzaro. Sass received 42 percent and Kuzaro pulled in 38 percent.Contact Enumclaw Courier Herald Senior Writer, Editor Kevin Hanson at email@example.com or 360-802-8205.