Voters liked message of accessibility, says re-elected lawmaker

Newly re-elected 1st District Democratic State Rep. Derek Stanford says that voters liked his message of accessibility,

Stanford has defeated Republican challenger Sandy Guinn by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent as both Snohomish and King counties certified results Tuesday.

Stanford led Guinn 57 percent to 43 percent in the Snohomish County part of the district— most of Mountlake Terrace, Brier, the Snohomish County part of Bothell and unincorporated areas north and east of Bothell. He led 60 percent to 40 percent in the King County part of the district — including Bothell south of the county line, north Kirkland and unincorporated areas between Bothell and Kirkland,

“I was pleased with the results in my race,” he said Wednesday. “I think it shows that my campaign did a good job reaching out to voters and sharing my message of effective and efficient government. I personally knocked on thousands of doors during the campaign, and I strive to be very accessible both in Olympia and at home. I look forward to continuing to work for the 1st District.”

Stanford reported raising $105,425 and spending $94,613, with support from independent expenditures of $33,428, compared to Guinn’s $18,320 raised and $17,770 spent. Most of the independent expenditures supporting Stanford came from Washington Education Association political action committees.

In the contest for the other 1st District House seat, incumbent Democratic State Rep. Luis Moscoso defeated Mark Davies, who ran with the backing of local Republicans but appeared on the ballot with no party preference because he qualified for the November ballot as an unregistered write-in candidate.

Moscoso won by a 61 percent to 39 percent margin, Moscoso led 60 percent to 40 percent in the Snohomish County part of the district and 65 percent to 35 percent in King County.

Moscoso raised $77,504 and spent $69,529, while Davies raised and spent $1,601.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com

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