ELECTION | Legislative incumbents look strong

  • By Katya Yefimova and Amy Daybert Herald writers
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2012 9:59pm

Early results in the Aug. 7 primary election showed incumbents in legislative races coming in with strong returns.

In the 1st legislative District, veteran Democratic Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe held a narrow lead over Republican challenger Dawn McCravey.

McAuliffe, of Bothell, at one point said this primary was the toughest she has had to face. The longtime lawmaker got just under 46 percent of the vote. McCravey, also of Bothell, was not far behind with 40.7 percent.

First-time candidate Guy Palumbo, a Democrat who raised more money than McAuliffe, came in with less than 14 percent of the vote. He is not expected to advance to the November general election.

McAuliffe is seeking a sixth term in the chamber where she is chairwoman of the Senate education committee and wields great influence on what goes on in classrooms.

McCravey and Palumbo, of the Maltby area, criticized her for not doing enough in her tenure to improve student learning and both promised that they would advance a reform agenda further and faster.

The district includes Lynnwood, part of Mountlake Terrace, south Edmonds, Woodway and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County as well as Shoreline, part of northwest Seattle.

1st Legislative District, State Representative, Position 1

Democratic Rep. Derek Stanford led three challengers in early returns Aug. 7.

Stanford had about 47.1 percent of the vote while Republican Sandy Guinn had 25.6 percent in the Position 1 race. Republican Brian Travis followed with about 18.1 percent while Democrat Greg Rankich received about 9.3 percent of the vote, according to the Washington secretary of state’s website. The top two vote-getters in the primary advance to the Nov. 7 general election.

The two-year term as a state representative is for a district that includes Brier, Bothell, most of Mountlake Terrace, part of Kirkland, areas of unincorporated King County between Bothell and Kirkland and unincorporated areas of Snohomish County north and east of Bothell.

Stanford, a resident of Bothell, is seeking his second term. He also does freelance consulting work as a statistician. Guinn, who is also a Bothell resident, is a senior administrative assistant for the city of Woodinville’s development services department. She served on the Bothell City Council from 1998 through 2009 and was deputy mayor from 2005 to 2009.

32nd Legislative District, State Representative, Position 2

Longtime Democratic Rep. Ruth Kagi was ahead of two Republican challengers with 70.2 percent of the vote.

She will compete for her seat with Robert Reedy of Mountlake Terrace, who claimed just over 21 percent of the vote.

The second Republican challenging Kagi, Eric Alvey of Seattle, trailed in the Aug. 7 returns with 8.7 percent of the vote.

The 32nd district includes Lynnwood, part of Mountlake Terrace, south Edmonds, Woodway, and nearby unincorporated areas of southwest Snohomish County as well as Shoreline and part of northwest Seattle.

Kagi first won a seat in the Legislature in 1998 and has spent much of her time working on issues related to children and families.

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