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Jesse Salomon edges Maralyn Chase in primary


August 29, 2018

There was one minor surprise after results from the Aug. 7 primary election were certified by the state Aug. 28, with the top two candidates in each race advancing to the Nov. 6 general election.

In the 32nd Legislative District, which includes Shoreline, Lynnwood and portions of Edmonds, Democratic state Senate incumbent Maralyn Chase of Edmonds will advance, but she received fewer votes than Democratic challenger Jesse Salomon. Salomon received 38 percent of the vote, with Chase garnering 37.76 percent.

Chase has held the position since 2011.

James Wood, an Edmonds resident and a Republican, received 24 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile, all three incumbents for the 21st Legislative District will be moving on to the general election in November, as will incumbent and Edmonds resident U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell.

Incumbent state Sen. Marko Liias, a Democrat, received the highest percentage of votes in his race, with 48.81 percent. Republican Mario Lotmore will challenge Liias on the November ballot. He received 31 percent of votes.

In the state representative races, all candidates automatically moved on as only two candidates ran for each position.

Democrat and Edmonds resident Strom Peterson, the incumbent for Position 1, pulled in 67 percent of the vote. His challenger, Republican Amy Schaper, received just over 33 percent.

For Position 2, Democratic incumbent Lillian Ortiz-Self received just over 66 percent of the vote, while Republican challenger Petra Bigea had nearly 34 percent.

Edmonds resident Adam Cornell, a Democrat and 15-year deputy prosecuting attorney, is running unopposed for the four-year seat. Incumbent Mark Roe is retiring.

In the U.S. Senator race, Cantwell will be moving on in her bid for reelection and will be opposed by Republican Susan Hutchinson, the former state Republican Party chair and former KIRO news anchor. Cantwell received just under 55 percent of votes statewide, and Hutchinson just over 24 percent.

Also in the 32nd District, Position 1, Democratic incumbent Cindy Ryu moves on with 72 percent of the vote. She will face Republican challenger Diodato Boucsieguez, who picked up 22 percent.

The race for Position 2 in the 32nd District was wide open with the retirement of Ruth Kagi. First-time candidate Lauren Davis, a Democrat, collected 52 percent of the vote, and will face Republican Frank Deisler who collected 23.78 percent, just narrowly edging Democrat Chris Roberts, the mayor of Shoreline.

In Congressional District 7, which includes Seattle and Edmonds, incumbent Pramila Jayapal won her seat in November 2016, following the retirement of 14-term Rep. Jim McDermott. The Democrat had 83 percent of the vote in the primary and will be challenged in the general election by Republican Craig Keller, who pulled in 17 percent.

In the race for PUD District 1 Commissioner, District 2, Edmonds resident Rebecca Wolfe finished first with 31 percent, and will face David Chan, who received 28.35 percent.


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