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Early election results favor Valley incumbents
Local voters gave Snoqualmie Valley’s incumbent state and national representatives their seats back, but appear to have balked at a new income tax, wider liquor sales rules and other sweeping changes.
Updated tallies in the Nov. 2 general election showed Fifth District State Representatives Jay Rodne and Glenn Anderson with sizeable leads over challengers. For position 1, Rodne, R-North Bend, had 60 percent of the vote to Democrat Greg Hoover’s 39 percent. Rodne received 32,850 votes to Hoover’s 21,460 votes.
At position 2, Anderson, R-Fall City, received 58 percent of the vote to David Spring’s 41 percent. Anderson took 31,318 votes to Spring’s 22,593 votes. Write-in candidates received 91 votes. Tallies showed that about 62 percent of registered voters in the Fifth District took part.
Incumbent Congressman Dave Reichert, a Republican, had a strong lead on Tuesday morning over Democratic challenger Susan DelBene. Reichert had 52 percent support, with DelBene picking up 47 percent.
In the race for U.S. Senate, Democrat Patty Murray held a slight lead over Republican challenger Dino Rossi. As of Wednesday morning, Murray had 51 percent of the vote, while Rossi had 48 percent, according to the Washington Secretary of State’s office.
In the Northeast Electoral District’s contested judicial positions, Michael Finkle was leading John L. O’Brien, 55 percent to 44 percent for the No. 6 seat.
In the No. 7 seat race, Judge Pro Tem Donna Tucker held the edge over Redmond prosecutor Larry Mitchell, 61 percent to 38 percent.
Locally, the Snoqualmie Pass Fire District’s Proposition 1 to build a new fire station and buy equipment, was narrowly failing at 71 percent approval; 27 votes were cast for the measure, 11 against. To pass, Prop 1 requires at least 28 “yes” votes and a minimum voter turnout of 46 voters in King and Kittitas Counties combined.