2017 Washington election results, Parshley wins seat on city council
Democrat Manka Dhingra defeated Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund in election night ballots 55.34% to 44.66%. Democrats gained a 25-24 majority in the Washington State Senate. More than $9 million will have been spent on this legislative race, making it the most expensive in state history.
Incumbents won in all other legislative elections around the state during this special election.
In the race for Seattle Mayor, Jenny Durkan won over Cary Moon 60.02% to 39.38%.
Both Dingra and Durkan will take office immediately after the election results are certified on November 28, as no incumbents currently hold either of these two seats.
The Seattle times editorialized last week that the 2018 session is unlikely to see the legislature address many of the more aggressive policies discussed during the campaign such as the capital gains tax, carbon emissions measures, and a roll back of the property tax measure passed in 2017 to fund K-12 education. The “moderates will set the agenda” for the short session.
In local city races, WSVMA immediate past president Dr. Lisa Parshley handily beat her opponent 8,264 votes to 5,004 for a seat on the Olympia City Council.
Also of note, all three of the advisory ballot measures on the tax proposals passed by the 2017 legislature failed by significant margins on election night. While these measures are only advisory, and not binding, and only about a quarter of the 4.2 million registered voters choose to vote on these measures, it does suggest that the voters’ support of taxes is tempered.
By Greg Hanon, WSVMA Legislative Advocate
Posted November 17, 2017