With under 60 percent of vote so far, MLT Civic Center bond issue’s fate uncertain
A majority of voters — 56 percent to 44 percent — were approving Proposition 1, the bond measure that would pay for a new Mountlake Terrace Civic Center, according to primary election results released Tuesday night. However, the measure’s future is uncertain since it requires a 60-percent yes vote to pass.
Returns issued through the Snohomish County Elections office shortly after 8 p.m. showed that out of 1,872 ballots returned, the measure received 1,050 yes votes to 822 against. The next update reflecting additional ballots received will be released at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
“We’re still cautiously optimistic that we’ll get enough votes to put us over the top,” said Bonnie Mercer, chair of the Yes on Proposition 1 campaign. Mercer expressed “appreciation for all of the volunteers who have worked so hard” to pass the measure.
Approval of Proposition 1 would authorize the city to raise $25 million through the sale of municipal bonds to build a new city hall, build a new community/senior center, remodel and enlarge the current police station, upgrade furnishings and the roof of the library building, and construct outdoor campus space on the southwest corner of 232nd Street Southwest and 58th Avenue West. Repayment of the 30-year bonds would be through an increase in Mountlake Terrace property taxes beginning in 2014.
Here are the other primary election results for MLT voters. In all races, the top two vote-getters, regardless of political party, advance to the November general election.
Incumbent State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, a Democrat, received 45 percent of the vote while her closest challenger, Republican Dawn McCravey earned 42 percent. The third candidate, Democrat Guy Palumbo, came in third with 13 percent.
Incumbent House Pos. 1 Democrat Derek Stanford received 46 percent of the vote while Republican Sandy Guinn earned 24 percent, just edging another Republican, Brian Travis, who received 21 percent. Democrat Greg Rankich got 9 percent of the vote.
Incumbent House position 2 Democrat Luis Moscoso, an MLT resident, was running unopposed and received 93 percent of the vote.
Position 1 Democratic incumbent Rep. Cindy Ryu won 66 percent of the primary vote while her Republican challenger, Randy Hayden, received 34 percent.
Position 2 Democratic incumbent Ruth Kagi also won handily, receiving 64 percent of the vote compared to Republican challengers Robert Reedy, an MLT resident who earned 27 percent of the vote and GOP challenger Eric Alvey, who came in third with 9 percent.