ELECTION 2010: Close races across county

  • Herald staff
  • Tuesday, November 2, 2010 10:52pm

1st Legislative District

Democrat Derek Stanford kept a modest lead over opponent Dennis Richter, a Republican, in the race for House Position 1 in the 1st District.

Republican Heidi Munson took the lead in the race for Position 2 in the district, but Democrat opponent Luis Moscoso stayed close on her heels.

The 1st Legislative District, Position 1 seat covers areas of Bothell, Woodinville, Mountlake Terrace and Brier and portions of Lynnwood and Edmonds.

Stanford, who lives in Bothell, is the director of analytics for a telecommunications company. He earned a doctorate in statistics from the University of Washington.

Richter is an electrical engineer for The Boeing Co.

Munson is a self-employed house cleaner residing in Bothell. She graduated from Scriber Lake High School and received a computer repair certification.

Moscoso is a retired director of government relations for the Washington Public Employee Association. He is a bus driver and quality improvement specialist for Community Transit. The Mountlake Terrace resident earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Iowa.

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10th Legislative District

Republican incumbents Norma Smith and Barbara Bailey held tight to their 10th District seats in the state Legislature.

Bailey, who is returning for her fifth two-year term in Position 2, was defeating Democratic newcomer Tom Riggs, the Camano Island State Park ranger, by a slightly smaller margin than she did in the primary election.

In Position 1, Smith was handily defeating Laura Lewis, a leader in the Snohomish County Democratic Party. Lewis got her name on the general election ballot through a last-minute write-in campaign in the primary. Smith is set to start her second term in the state House.

Smith, 59, and Bailey, 66, both campaigned on issues of no new taxes and government that lives within its means.

The 10th Legislative District includes Stanwood and covers other parts of northwest Snohomish County, as well as all of Island County and a portion of southwest Skagit County.

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21st Legislative District

Incumbent Marko Liias kept a short distance ahead of opponent Elizabeth Scott, a Republican, in the race to keep his seat as state representative of District 21, Position 2. (See related story.)

The two other incumbent Democrats in the 21st District held more comfortable leads in early returns Tuesday.

Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds, led Republican challenger David Preston, also of Edmonds. Shin, 74, has served as a senator since 1998 and previously served in the House from 1992-94.

Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, D-Lynnwood, was solidly ahead of Republican challenger Ed Borey of Mukilteo. Roberts, 63, has been in the House since 2004.

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32nd Legislative District

State Representative Maralyn Chase kept a safe distance ahead in the race for 32nd District Senate against challenger David Baker, a Republican.

The 32nd Legislative District covers the cities of Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell, Edmonds, the town of Woodway and portions of unincorporated King and Snohomish counties.

Chase, who lives in Edmonds, said her top priority is economic development.

Baker serves as mayor of Kenmore and is a business owner.

In the House races for the district, Democrat Cindy Ryu took the lead against Republican Art Coday for position 1. And incumbent Ruth Kagi was far ahead of challenger Gary Gagliardi, a Republican, Position 2.

Ryu is a commercial real estate manager residing in Shoreline. Coday lives in Shoreline. He earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Kagi is also a commercial real estate owner and manager residing in Lake Forest Park. She earned a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University.

Gagliardi is an author and speaker residing in Shoreline.

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38th Legislative District

Voters in Marysville, Everett and Tulalip were supporting Democrats in early returns Tuesday night.

Democrat Nick Harper, a 31-year-old conservation director from Everett, had a healthy lead over business owner Rod Rieger of Marysville. Of the votes tallied so far, Harper earned nearly 60 percent of the votes.

“I’m thrilled with the numbers tonight,” Harper said Tuesday night.

Both men are vying for incumbent Sen. Jean Berkey’s seat in the 38th Legislative District, which covers parts of Snohomish County including Everett, Marysville and the part of the Snohomish Valley west of Highway 9.

In the two 38th District state representative races, incumbents John McCoy and Mike Sells were leading their respective races, each with about a 15 percentage points more than their opponents.

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39th Legislative District

Incumbent Republican Dan Kristiansen is returning for a fifth term representing the 39th District in the state Legislature. On Tuesday night, the Position 2 representative was beating Democratic challenger Eleanor Walters with about the same percentage as he did in the primary election.

Kristiansen, 47, of Snohomish, said his priorities are encouraging the economy, balancing the state budget and finding more funding for safety measures on U.S. 2. Walters, 55, is a lawyer from the Snohomish area.

The 39th Legislative District covers Monroe, Arlington, Granite Falls and other Sky Valley towns and stretches from the northeast corner of King County north to the Canadian border.

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44th Legislative District

In the 44th Legislative District Position 2 race, Republican incumbent Mike Hope held a comfortable lead against his challenger, John Boerger.

Boeger dropped out of the race in June after the withdrawal date so his information was still printed in the election pamphlet.

Hope, 35, is seeking his second term. He is a member of the Washington State House capital budget, education and education appropriations committees. He has worked as a Seattle police officer for the past 12 years.

The 44th Legislative District covers the cities of Lake Stevens, Snohomish and Mill Creek, plus parts of Marysville and Everett.

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