Local candidates do not fare well this general election
November 13, 2012
By Michele Mihalovich
and Warren Kagarise
Local candidates did not fare well during this general election process, except for Jay Rodne, incumbent representative for the 5th District, who ran unopposed.
Snoqualmie Republican Brad Toft conceded a hard-fought state Senate race to Issaquah City Councilman Mark Mullet Nov. 9, less than 24 hours after urging supporters to wait for more election results.
Toft could not overcome the lead Mullet, a Democrat, posted on election night, and then continued to maintain as subsequent results arrived. In the most recent results released Nov. 12 by King County Elections, Toft trailed Mullet, 54 percent to 46 percent, out of 61,721 ballots tallied.
“There’s a disappointment in what happened, but the cause goes on,” Toft said in a message to campaign supporters on Nov. 9.
In a message to supporters and journalists on Nov. 8, Toft’s campaign reiterated his intention to wait for more election results. But Mullet’s lead held as the elections office counted more ballots.
“We worked in this campaign with our own hands, with the belief that political parties and government should serve the people, rather than manage them,” Toft said in the Nov. 9 message to supporters. “We made promises and defined them, because we believe that from those commitments come scrutiny and support; and both are necessary in our form of government.”
The last Democrat elected to represent the district in Olympia, Kathleen Drew, won election in 1992.
The district is a combination of suburban and rural areas stretched from Issaquah to Snoqualmie Pass, and from Carnation to Black Diamond.
Republican Chad Magendanz triumphed in the race to represent the 5th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives, and in the process, set up a vacancy on the Issaquah School Board.
Magendanz defeated North Bend Democrat David Spring, a candidate for the seat in 2008 and 2010. The challengers vied to succeed retiring state Rep. Glenn Anderson, a Fall City Republican and lawmaker for a dozen years.
As of Nov. 12, Rodne received 43,913 votes, but 1,252 voters wrote in another name.
Jim Curtis, of North Bend, announced in August that he was suspending his write-in campaign bid for President in order to run as an independent against Republican Dave Reichert.
However, voters re-elected Dave Reichert to the 8th Congressional District by a comfortable margin.
The former King County sheriff defeated Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield, a nonprofit professional and adjunct instructor at Seattle University.
Reichert held on amid vigorous challenges from Democrats in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, but redistricting last year reshaped the district. The state commission responsible for redrawing the political map snipped Eastside cities from the district and added Eastern Washington communities.
As of Nov. 12, Reichert led with 168,298 votes, to Porterfield’s 112,602. According to King County elections, 162 people wrote in other candidates’ names, but it is unknown how many of those were for Curtis.