OK, it's been a week or so, and most of the results are pretty much settled (stuff still comes in, sometimes things are close, but pretty much the dust has settled). Here's what we got for Fall:
King County Proposition No. 1 Sales Tax for Cultural Access Program: Rejected
King County Executive: Dow Constantine versus Bill Hirt
Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 1: John Creighton versus Ryan Calkins
Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 3: Stephanie Bowman versus Ahmed Abdi
Port of Seattle Commissioner Position No. 4:Peter Steinbruek versus Preeti Shridhar
City of Kent Mayor: Jim Berrios versus Dana Ralph
City of Kent Council Position No. 2: Satwinder Kaur versus Paul Addis
City of Kent Council Position No. 4: Toni Troutner versus Tye Whitfield
Kent School District No. 415 Director District No. 4: Bryon Madsen versus Denise Daniels
Soos Creek Water and Sewer District Commissioner Position No. 2: Alan Eades versus Merle Reeder
Public Hospital District No. 1 Commissioner District No. 1: Aaron Aboudara versus Pete DeLeyser
You'll note that I'm not highlighting the ones I recommended because a) it is not about my batting average, it is about getting good people into office, and b) I'm pretty bad at picking horses right now. Moving forward, I'm going to revisit all this when we get closer to the election day, but here are some guiding principles:
If you're an incumbent, what has happened on your watch to part of the discussion.
If you're say you hate politics, I am less inclined to make you a politician.
If you want to run government as a business, remember that that trick never works.
If you're a Republican, I'm giving you a particularly hard look. All these positions are non-political, so it is inevitable that I will recommend a Republican, either not knowing any better, or the fact that we actually have some competent Republicans out here. But you're starting at a disadvantage.
And that is it until the next ballot shows up. More later,
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