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Irons easily defeats Irons
When David W. Irons Jr. defeated incumbent and fellow
Republican Brian Derdowski in the King County District 12 race in September, it
was a fore-drawn conclusion he'd breeze to an uncontested victory in
As it turned out, that's effectively what happened. Despite a
surprise write-in campaign by his sister Di Irons and the expenditure of tens
of thousands of dollars and much political advertising, Irons easily
defeated his sister by a total vote of 21,630 to 10,309. As a result, Irons will
succeed Derdowski on Jan. 1, just as he always intended.
Di Irons mounted a furious write-in campaign, complete with a
"voter's guide" that has drawn the attention of Washington Secretary of State
Ralph Munro. The race drew regional and some national attention and a
large number of comments and a good amount of humor, particularly after
the senior Irons' threw their support to their daughter. After the election,
David Irons Jr. speculated his sister was financed by his parents and spent in
excess of $100,000 in her failed bid. Di Irons responded she'd spent
more like $65,000 in trying to prove her brother was a "tool of the developers."
In other elections, incumbent King County Assessor Scott Noble,
a Democrat, roundly defeated challenger Dave Callon by a 63 to 36
percent margin, while Bob Edwards and Clare E. Nordquist defeated
Laurie McDonald Jonsson and Chris Rayson for Port of Seattle commission
seats. Susan Randolph Agid ran unopposed to secure a seat on the Court of
Appeals, Division One, District One.
King County Charter Amendment No. 1, which would have
allowed county council members to send referendums directly to the voters,
bypassing the County Executive, was shot down. Opponents described
the amendment as being " vague, mischievous " and a thinly veiled
attempt to reduce the balance between the executive and the council.
In another statewide referendums, Initiative 696 - which would
have prohibited commercial net, troll and trawl fishing _ was also defeated by
a vote of 897,707 to 674,880. Senate Joint Resolution 8206, which
would allow a constitutional amendment enabling the state to guarantee
payment of voter-approved school district obligation debts, passed by a margin
of 59.85 percent to 40.15 percent. SSJR 8208, which would have allowed
the state legislature to invest the Emergency Reserve Fund, failed 51.93
percent to 48.07 percent.