Early Top Two election results bring good news for most KCD endorsed candidates

The first results from the 2015 Top Two election are in, and they bring good news for most of the King County Democrats’ endorsed candidates who appeared on the August ballot. While the election will not be certified for several more weeks and numbers will change, the following endorsed candidates who were in contested races appear likely to move on to November:

  • Zack Hudgins, King County Elections Director
  • Courtney Gregoire, Port of Seattle Commission #2
  • Fred Felleman, Port of Seattle Commission #5
  • Shelley Kloba, Kirkland City Council Position #2
  • Vandana Slatter, Bellevue City Council Position #5
  • Davina Duerr, Bothell City Council Position #6
  • Bill Ramos, Issaquah City Council Position #4
  • Debbie Bertlin, Mercer Island City Council Position #7
  • Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Council District #1
  • Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council District #2
  • Debora Juarez and Sandy Brown, Seattle City Council District #5
  • Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Council District #6
  • Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council District #7
  • Jon Grant, Seattle City Council Position #8
  • Lorena Gonzalez and Bill Bradburd, Seattle City Council Position #9
  • Bill Hochberg, Mercer Island School Board, Position #3
  • Jill Geary, Seattle School District Director, District #3
  • Leslie Harris, Seattle School District Director, District #6

The King County Democrats congratulate all of our successful endorsed candidates and thank those candidates who were not successful for stepping forward to run for public office.

For the November election, KCD will have three priority campaigns:

Additional endorsement action may be taken at KCDCC’s upcoming August executive board meeting, scheduled for August 24th, 2015.

New polling shows Democrat Claudia Balducci beating Republican Jane Hague in King County District #6

Great news! New polling released today by the Washington State Democrats showing Democratic challenger Claudia Balducci, one of KCD’s two priority candidates for 2015, ahead of Republican incumbent Jane Hague in the race for King County Council District #6.

Key findings from the poll:

  • In the initial ballot test, Balducci comes in ahead of Hague, receiving 28% to Hague’s 24%
  • After voters learn Hague is a Republican and Balducci is a Democrat, Balducci’s support jumps to 54% while Hague’s barely increases to 27%
EMC Research: Balducci vs. Hague

Courtesy of EMC Research and the Washington State Democrats

King County Democratic Chair Rich Erwin said the state party’s research validated what King County Democrats have long known: Claudia Balducci is an exceptionally strong candidate with proven leadership skills who can win.

“The King County Democrats will be fighting this autumn to ensure that Claudia Balducci is elected to serve the people of the Eastside. We will strive to provide every dollar, phone call and knocked door we can muster for her to become our next sitting member of the King County Council,” Erwin said.

In April 2015, Claudia Balducci became one of the first candidates to be endorsed by the King County Democrats for the 2015 election cycle. Balducci is currently in her third term on the Bellevue City Council and serves as the Mayor of Bellevue.

Endorsements Committee releases recommendations for June 2015 KCDCC executive board meeting

For the past few weeks, the KCDCC Endorsements Committee has been meeting regularly to speak with candidates and deliberate on races that will be contested at the upcoming August and November elections. Ahead of KCDCC’s June 23rd executive board meeting, the Endorsements Committee is pleased to its recommendations, which will be presented on the 23rd for the executive board’s consideration.

PLEASE NOTE: Recommendations are NOT endorsements. Only the KCDCC executive board (or KCDCC itself) can make endorsements. The Endorsements Committee is an advisory body that assists the executive board by researching races, interviewing candidates, and making recommendations.

JUNE 1ST: KCDCC’s Endorsement Committee today released its first round of recommendations for June (second overall, counting May). They are as follows:

  • Seattle City Council, District #1 – Lisa Herbold
  • Seattle City Council, District #4 – Tony Provine
  • Seattle City Council, District #6 – Mike O’Brien
  • Seattle City Council, Position #8 – John Roderick
  • Seattle City Council, Position #9 – Lorena Gonzalez
  • Lake Forest Park City Council, Position #4 – Phillippa Kassover *

**Per Rule VIII, Section 11, of the KCDCC Endorsement Procedures, as the municipality of Lake Forest Park is completely within the boundary of the 46th Legislative District, the KCDCC Executive Board can only vote to concur with the decision of the 46th Legislative District Democrats as to endorsement of these positions, or decide not to endorse at all.

JUNE 7TH UPDATE: KCDCC’s Endorsement Committee today released its third overall round of recommendations. They are as follows:

  • Burien City Council, Position #6 – Austin Bell
  • Issaquah City Council, Position #4 – Bill Ramos
  • Kent City Council, Position #1 – Bailey Stober
  • Redmond City Council, Position #5 – Angela Birney
  • Sammamish City Council, Position #2 – Mark Cross
  • Sammamish City Council, Position #4 – Hank Klein
  • Sammamish City Council, Position #6 – Tom Vance
  • Tukwila City Council, Mayor – De’Sean Quinn

JUNE 15TH UPDATE: KCDCC’s Endorsement Committee today released its fourth overall round of recommendations. They are as follows:

  • 30th Legislative District, Position #2 – Carol Gregory

*Per Rule IX, Section 2, of the KCDCC’s Endorsement Procedures, Carol Gregory has become eligible to receive our endorsement after having been endorsed by the 30th District Democrats. She is the only Democrat running in this race.

  • Bellevue City Council, Position #5 – No recommendation
  • Burien City Council, Position #4 – John Scherer
  • Des Moines City Council, Position #4 – Jeremy Nutting
  • Kent City Council, Position #6 – Brenda Fincher
  • Kirkland City Council, Position #2 – Shelly Kloba
  • Seattle School District, Director, District #6 – Leslie Harris
  • Lakehaven Utility Commission, Position #3 – Randall Smith
  • SeaTac City Council, Position #3 – Sally Andrews (concurrence)*
  • SeaTac City Council, Position #5 – Dave Bush (concurrence)*
  • Mercer Island City Council, Position #1 – Jane Meyer Braham (concurrence)*
  • Mercer Island City Council, Position #3 – Wendy Weiker (concurrence)*
  • Mercer Island City Council, Position #5 – Bruce Bassett (concurrence)*
  • Mercer Island City Council, Position #7 – Debbie Bertlin (concurrence)*
  • Mercer Island School District, Director, Position #3 – Bill Hochberg (concurrence)*

* Per Rule VIII, Section 11, of the KCDCC Endorsement Procedures, as the municipalities of SeaTac and Mercer Island are completely within the boundaries of the 33rd and 41st Legislative Districts, the KCDCC Executive Board can only vote to concur with the decision of those Democratic organizations as to endorsement of these positions, or decide not to endorse at all.

With respect to the Mercer Island city council races, note that the endorsement committee of the 41st Legislative District Democrats has recommended the above candidates for the four Mercer Island races, but the general body of the 41st Legislative District Democrats will not vote on endorsement until Wednesday, June 17th. The KCDCC Endorsements Committee has voted to concur with the decision of the endorsement committee of the 41st Legislative District Democrats if the 41st’s membership endorses any or all of the above four candidates.

In the case of the Mercer Island school board race, neither the endorsement committee or the membership of the 41st Legislative District Democrats has recommended a candidate, but both candidates were interviewed by KCDCC at the request of the endorsement committee of the 41st Legislative District Democrats. The membership of the 41st will not vote on endorsement until Wednesday, June 17th. Unless the 41st’s membership votes to endorse another candidate in the race on June 17th, the recommendation of Bill Hochberg will be presented to the KCDCC Executive Board for consideration on June 23rd.