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Chase’s senate run is coming to an end


November 7, 2018

Strom Peterson, winning his third term as a state representative, on Tuesday at an election rally at the Edmonds Center for the Arts with, from left, wife Maria Montalvo, campaign manager Jess Agi and one of his campaign volunteers, Clayton Dubin.

It wasn’t totally unexpected, and the final vote has yet to be certified, but it appears that Edmonds resident Maralyn Chase’s eight years as a state senator has soundly come to an end in the 32nd District, which serves the southern portion of Edmonds.

After the first first vote tally of Tuesday’s general election, Democrat Chase trailed fellow Democrat and Shoreline Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon with 12,244 votes (31 percent) to Salomon’s 27,170 (69 percent).

The result, while larger than many expected, did not arrive out of the blue, as Salomon edged Chase in the Aug. 28 primary by less than half of a percentage point.

Chase was a state representative from 2002 until she won a senate seat in 2010.

Another Edmonds resident, Strom Peterson, is handily ahead in his bid for a third term at state representative, position 1, in the 21st District. The Democrat picked up 24,875 votes (65 percent) to Republican challenger Amy Schaper’s 13,230 (35 percent).

“I am thankful to the people of the 21st District for allowing me to continue to work on the issues important to our communities,” Peterson said on Wednesday.

“It is crucial that we address climate change and respond to our orca crisis, and that means passing legislation that invests in renewable energy, prevents oil spills and reduces waste, including single-use plastics.

“The opioid epidemic will also be a top priority, as it continues to take too many lives across the state. While we have made progress, we simply must do better at funding treatment and prevention."

Also in the 21st District, Democrat incumbent Marko Liias is holding onto his senate seat, with a large lead (24,019 votes, 63 percent) over Republican challenger Mario Lotmore (14,148, 37 percent). His first four-year term started in 2014.

In the contest for position 2 in the 21st District, Lillian Ortiz-Self has a sizable lead. The Democrat picked up 24,540 votes (65 percent) to challenger Petra Bigea, a Republican, who tallied 13,395 (35 percent). Ortiz-Self won her first two-year term in 2014.

Back to the 32nd District, where incumbent Democrat Cindy Ryu (32,973, 76 percent) has a commanding lead over first-time challenger Diodato Boucesieguez (10,382, 24 percent), a Republican. Ryu has held onto the position 1 seat since 2010.

For position 2 in the 32nd District, two candidates are vying for the seat vacated after the retirement of Ruth Kagi. First-time candidate Lauren Davis, a Democrat, has a large lead with 32,417 votes (74 percent).

Republican Frank Deisler, a former New York City fireman who vowed to “reverse the failed socialist, progressive Seattle policies that have wreaked havoc on our state,” took 11,056 votes (26 percent).

“I am profoundly humbled and grateful to the voters in our community for their incredible support,” Davis said.

“I have already begun work to address the issues that motivated me to run in the first place – early learning, mental health and the opioid crisis, housing, gun violence prevention, domestic violence, criminal justice reform and more. It will be the honor of a lifetime to serve the people of our great district.”

Public Utilities District

There are two open positions for a commissioner seat with the Public Utilities District.

For a two-year, unexpired term in Commissioner District 1, Sid Logan (101,581, 58 percent) has a healthy lead over Mary Rollins (74,196, 41 percent). Logan is the incumbent, appointed in March 2017 to complete the term of Dave Aldrich, who resigned due to health reasons.

For a six-year term in Commissioner District 2, Edmonds resident Rebecca Wolfe holds a slim lead (88,332, 50.55 percent) over David Chan (87,692, 49.09 percent).

U.S. Senate

As expected, incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell, who is from Edmonds, has a safe lead (1,144,970, 59 percent) over Republican challenger and former TV anchor Susan Hutchison (808,873, 41 percent).

Cantwell has represented Washington state, along with senior senator Patty Murray, since 2000.

U.S. House of Representatives, District 7

Democrat incumbent Pramila Jayapal won her seat in November 2016 following the retirement of 14-term Rep. Jim McDermott. She is cruising to another two-year term with 224,351 votes, or 83 percent. Craig Keller, the Republican challenger, has 44,732 votes, or 17 percent.

Election numbers will be certified Nov. 27.


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