The Stranger is over at Michelle Buetow's campaign party. They say:
There are tons of kids running around, eating pizza, demanding alcohol. Buetow is sipping on a gin tonic, feeling extremely confident. She thinks she has a good chance to make it to the top 2. "I knocked on a lot of doors," she says, wasted.
Buetow faces stiff competition from incumbent Harium Martin Morris and former SEA leader John Dunn. "Dunn could make it too," she says, wasted-er.
The Stranger does get its staff mixed up with other people in reporting the amount of drunkenness in a person. I'm quite certain Michelle Buetow is not drinking a lot.
More election stats from King County (via The Stranger Slog):
Results from the first 205,000 ballots should be released at 8:15 p.m. tonight, and that'll be that until 4:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.
As for turnout, Kim van Ekstrom at KC Elections tells me they were originally projecting 52 percent, which is just crazy optimistic. As of this morning, 262,000 ballots have been received—about 24 percent of the county's 1,095,760 registered voters. Past experience suggests that roughly 75 percent of ballots are received by election day, with another 20 percent or so coming in the following day.
First Election Results:
Position 1 with almost 20% of registered voters
- Peter Maier - 50.67%
- Sharon Peaslee - 36.66%
-John Cummings - 11.58%
Position 2 with almost 18%
Sherry Carr - 40.15%
Kate Martin - 29.07%
Jack Whelan - 17.97%
Position 3 with 20% of the vote
Harium Martin-Morris - 41.34%
Michelle Buetow - 28.11%
John Dunn - 26.79%
Position 6 with 21%
Steve Sundquist - 42.85%
Marty McLaren - 30.27%
Joy Anderson - 21.24%
Nick Esparza - 4.8%
Looks like all the incumbents made it thru with Sherry Carr getting the lowest vote count of any of them (but with the most challengers).
I am quite surprised at Peter's high vote count; I suspect that wouldn't hold throughout the city.
Challenger Sharon Peaslee got the highest number of votes for any challenger.
It looks like it may be a real fight between John Dunn and Michelle Buetow for who will challenge Harium Martin-Morris.