By Evan Smith Enterprise political writer
Incumbent Democratic state Rep. Mary Helen Roberts outpolled Republican Ed Borey 57 percent to 43 percent in the August primary, but both will run as though the race is much closer.
The two were the only names on the primary ballot, but both say it wasn’t necessarily an indicator of November results.
Roberts says that the primary results leave her confident but that it would be foolhardy to rest on her lead because voter turnout was low.
Borey says that his 43 percent was the highest by a 21st District Republican in a decade. That, he points out, came just four months after he announced his candidacy.
1st Legislative District
The 1st Legislative District has competitive races for two open seats.
The Democratic and Republican candidates for the position that Democratic state Rep. Mark Ericks is vacating both say that the primary results favor them.
Democrat Luis Moscoso points out that the two Democrats on the primary ballot got more than half of the vote against Republican Heidi Munson’s 49.95 percent, a small gap that Moscoso says is important.
Moscoso says that he will improve on his 26.8 percent primary showing because all general election voters will see his message in a voters’ pamphlet, noting that the King County part of the district, which got a printed pamphlet, gave him 35 percent (not the 30 percent I reported last week).
Munson points out that she achieved her near majority despite Moscoso’s having vastly outspent her. Public disclosure reports show that Moscoso has spent $43,216 to Munson’s $9,452.
Munson presents herself as a “real person,” while describing Moscoso as a “comfortable public-employee union boss.”
The race for Democratic State Rep. Al O’Brien’s seat looks wide open after the primary saw four candidates each get between 22 and 26 percent of the vote.
Democrat Derek Stanford qualified for November with 26 percent of the vote to 23.8 percent for his opponent, Republican Dennis Richter, but Republicans took more than half of the total.
Stanford says that he overcame other candidates’ advantage in name recognition from previous campaigns.
Dunshee, Hobbs in tight race
In the 44th District, Democratic incumbents Steve Hobbs and Hans Dunshee both face tight races.
Sen. Hobbs and Republican opponent Dave Schmidt each took about 36 percent of the primary vote, with Schmidt holding a slight lead. Democrat Lillian Kaufer’s 14 percent gives Democrats a slight majority, but Kaufer says she can’t support either candidate.
Dunshee took 48 percent of the primary vote against two Republicans, but Dunshee notes that there was a heavy Republican turnout. He said that he expects more of his traditional supporters to vote in November.
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1st LEGISLATIVE DIST. REP., POSITION 1
Dennis Richter (Republican) 6,452 23.78%
Derek Stanford (Democratic) 7,057 26.01%
1st LEGISLATIVE DIST. REPRESENTATIVE, POS 2
Luis Moscoso (Democratic) 7,074 26.80%
Heidi Munson (Republican) 3,183 49.95%
21st DIST STATE SENATOR
David Preston (Republican) 6,301 23.68%
Paull Shin (Democratic) 16,492 61.97%
21st DIST STATE REP POS 1
Ed Borey (Republican) 11,261 43.12%
Mary Helen Roberts (Democratic) 14,779 56.60%
21st DIST STATE REP POS 2
Marko Liias (Democratic) 12,891 50.08%
Elizabeth Scott (Republican) 8,403 32.65%
32nd DIST STATE SENATOR
Maralyn Chase (Democratic) 14,928 47.66%
David Baker (Republican) 12,478 39.84%
32nd DIST STATE REP POS 1
Art Coday (Republican) 11,747 37.71%
Cindy Ryu (Democratic) 13,179 42.30%
32nd DIST REP POS 2
Gary Gagliardi (Republican) 11,185 35.71%
Ruth Kagi (Democratic) 17,693 56.48%
44th DIST STATE SENATOR
Steve Hobbs (Democratic) 10,972 35.75%
Dave Schmidt (Republican) 11,119 36.23%
44th DIST REP POS 1
Bob McCaughan (Republican) 10,178 33.20%
Hans Dunshee (Democratic) 14,693 47.93%
44th DIST REP POS 2
Mike Hope (Republican) 19,703 64.67%
John Boerger (Democratic) 10,629 34.89%
Mark Roe (Democratic) 71,517 67.28%
Jim Kenny (Democratic) 32,664 30.73%
City of Mill Creek Prop 1
LEVY YES 2,797 63.01%
LEVY NO 1,642 36.99%
Total 4,439 100.00%
Everett School District Prop 1
YES 11,968 50.19%
NO 11,878 49.81%
Total 23,846 100.00%
Edmonds School District Prop 1
LEVY YES 17,578 54.07%
LEVY NO 14,930 45.93%
Total 32,508 100.00%
Fire District 7 Prop 1
YES 6,425 58.81%
NO 4,500 41.19%
Total 10,925 100.00%