By Doug Petrowksi
Local voters have until Tuesday to get their ballots filled out and in the mail for the Nov. 6 general election. In addition to the Presidential and Governor’s races, plus other state offices, referendums and initiatives on the ballots, Mountlake Terrace and Brier voters will be making decisions on a state senate position, a number of state representative positions and a City of Brier annexation proposition.
The state’s Legislative District 1 Senator race between incumbent Rosemary McAuliffe and challenger Dawn McCravey has been one of the most watched, and most expensive, in the region. McCravey has spent more than $222,000 in her quest for the seat; the McAuliffe campaign has spent more than $173,000 in the race.
In District 1 House of Representative races, the four candidates for the two positions have been fairly quiet. Derek Stanford, the incumbent in Position 1 has spent almost $95,000 this campaign season; his opponent, Sandy Guinn, has spent just over $18,000. In the race for Position 2, incumbent Luis Moscoso has spent almost $70,000, while challenger, Mark Davies, has spent just over $1,000.
Despite just barely making it onto the general election ballot, and being outspent about 70-1 by his opponent, Davies is confident in a good showing in Tuesday’s vote. “The campaign has gone well,” he said. “I have received very positive responses while doorbelling in a variety of neighborhoods. I believe that I will win this election based on the broad support from thousands of voters I have spoken with during this campaign.”
Legislative District 1 includes all of Brier and areas of Mountlake Terrace east of I-5, in addition to parts of Kenmore, Bothell, Kirkland and unincorporated south Snohomish County. Due to the 2010 Census and redistricting process, residents of Mountlake Terrace west of I-5 now lie in the 32nd Legislative District, and will select between incumbent Cindy Ryu and challenger Randy J. Hayden in the district’s Representative Position 1 race, and between incumbent Ruth Kagi and challenger Robert Reedy in the Representative Position 2 race.
City of Brier Proposition No. 1 asks Brier voters if they wish to annex into the city 15.9 acres of the Allview Heights bordered by 228th Street Southwest on the north, 231st Street Southwest on the south, 24th Avenue West on the east, and 27th Avenue West on the west. A simple majority voting for the proposition would approve the annexation.
There are no county ballot drop boxes in Mountlake Terrace or Brier; if voters wish to avoid mailing their ballot, the closest drop boxes are in front of the Lynnwood City Hall, 19100-44th Ave. W., and near the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St. in Edmonds.