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Election Center

u 2016 Washington General Election, Nov. 8

Top races to watch

*Green represents leader

U.S. Senator

888
Candidate Pct
Patty Murray (D) 59.26%
Chris Vance (R) 40.74%

U.S. Representative

889
Candidate Pct
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) 59.46%
Joe Pakootas (D) 40.54%

Governor

890
Candidate Pct
Jay Inslee (D) 54.65%
Bill Bryant (R) 45.35%

County Commissioner, district 1

906
Candidate Pct
Josh Kerns (R) 53.95%
Candace Mumm (D) 46.05%

County Commissioner, district 2

912
Candidate Pct
Shelly O’Quinn (R) 62.10%
Andrew Biviano (D) 37.90%

Top measures to watch

Initiative 1433, minimum wage and labor rules

152
Option Pct
Yes 57.66%
No 42.34%

Initiative 732, carbon emission tax

155
Option Pct
No 59.26%
Yes 40.74%

Spokane Transit Authority Proposition 1

158
Option Pct
Approved 55.54%
Rejected 44.46%


Latest news

O’Quinn deserves second term

O’Quinn is a strong defender of the collaboration between GSI, which represents business interests, and the county’s economic development efforts


Retain Judges Tompkins and Sypolt

In the Superior Court races, only two of the 12 sitting judges are facing challenges. Position 10: Challenger Ward Andrews is a Gonzaga Law School graduate. He’s worked as a trial attorney in civil litigation for more than 25 years. He says he would add that expertise to the court.


Madsen, Yu, Larson for Washington Supreme Court

Looming large in the three Washington Supreme Court races are two rulings: One on basic education funding; the other on charter schools. Two of the incumbents, Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Justice Charles Wiggins, sided with the majority in the 2012 McCleary ruling, which said the state was not meeting its constitutional obligation to provide ample funding for basic education. Justice Mary Yu was appointed in 2014 and was elected to a two-year term later that year. Position 1: Retired Gonzaga Law Professor David DeWolf is challenging Justice Yu. He says the court ruled incorrectly on McCleary and in the charter school case. He claims the state constitution doesn’t offer a “positive right” on education funding, calling the “ample funding” provision a preamble not a mandate. He says the entire issue should be left to legislators.


Initiative 1433: Pro: Wage increase means more customers for businesses

I opened my coffee shop and restaurant in downtown Spokane almost two years ago. From the beginning, I knew that the most important assets of my businesses are my employees. Caring for their well-being and treating them with respect have been the best decisions I have made. As a result, they love their jobs, take great care of my businesses and continue to contribute beyond my expectations.


Initiative 1433: Con: Heed warnings on Seattle wage hike before changing law

This fall, voters will decide whether the state’s minimum wage should be increased to $13.50, and if employers should provide paid sick leave for every worker. Before casting their ballot on Initiative 1433, voters should heed the warning of the University of Washington researchers who have studied the impact of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law.


Davidson is safe choice for treasurer

Policy aside, a look at each candidate’s resume tips the scales to Davidson. He received the endorsements of every county treasurer, except for one who remained neutral.


Rockford, Spangle seek voter approval for levies

As November approaches, residents of Spangle and Rockford face their annual task of voting for levies to fund various fire and police issues. Budget dollars are particularly precious in small towns and the towns depend on the continued approval of the levies.


Return hardworking Billig to Olympia

In his six years in the Legislature, Billig has demonstrated his ability to work from the center to achieve legislative success.


Nine Mile Falls School District brings another bond forward

The Nine Mile Falls School District is asking voters to approve a construction bond for the


Dan Wilson and Kyle England: Initiative 732’s carbon tax hurts families, small businesses

The more taxes we pile on businesses, the more likely we are to see them head east to Idaho or states with far fewer restrictions on carbon emissions.


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