County certifies election results

King County has certified the results of the November midterm election, and voters — including islanders — mailed in their ballots in near-record numbers.

Turnout in the county was 74.8 percent, one of the highest rates in over 20 years, according to KING5 News. Across the state, 71 percent of all registered voters cast a ballot.

From the island, 7,558 people cast ballots out of 8,949 registered voters, an 84.4 percent turnout according to Kendall Hodson of King County Elections.

With support from Vashon, Microsoft senior manager Joe Nguyen definitively pulled ahead of his competitor Shannon Braddock, deputy chief of staff for King County Executive Dow Constantine, who originally resonated with islanders during the August primaries. The certified results show Nguyen with 40,516 votes (57.50 percent) compared to Braddock’s 28,996 votes (41.5 percent).

A majority of islanders voted for Carbon Fee initiative 1631, which failed at the state level, and Vashon rejected Initiative 1634, which would have permitted local municipalities to impose additional taxes on soda. It was approved, largely blocking any future tax on soft drinks in the state.

Vashon resolutely supported Initiative 1639, implementing a suite of various restrictions on firearms, which passed. Initiative 940, which requires police to use a good-faith test before exercising deadly force and introduces other reforms, also passed in Washington with support from islanders.

More in News

Islanders assist those interested in Death with Dignity Act

“I feel very strongly that people should know that it is an option.”

Vashon Community Care receives high governmental rating

The nursing home’s rating has improved greatly since director Mike Schwartz took the job last summer.

Man charged after domestic violence assault

The arrest followed an episode of domestic violence earlier in the week.

Island’s youth programs, preschools prepare for emergencies

“The more people are ready, the more people we can help.”

President’s emergency declaration sparks immediate legal backlash

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his team will sue the White House if federal funds originally intended for Washington state are interrupted.

Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools

Senate Bill 5395 is co-sponsored by 17 Democratic representatives and introduced by Sen. Claire Wilson, D-Federal Way.

Record snowfall delights, frustrates islanders

The weather brought power outages, transportation challenges and school cancellations.

A tale of two ferry captains

Islander Marsha Morse follows the footsteps of the first woman steamship pilot on Puget Sound.

Legislation targets missing and murdered indigenous women epidemic

Savanna’s Act co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA); Washington ranks among highest in nation

Most Read