BTB Reporter Mark Neuman was out and about Tuesday night (Nov. 2nd), crashing as many local election-related parties as he could, the proof of which are presented in the form of photos shot by him of both political celebrants and not-so-celebrants hanging out with supporters, friends and family while awaiting returns:
With the wall art of the Skylark Cafe reflecting perhaps the relief of the moment as well as the theoretical political opposition to be faced in the coming legislative session, 24-year old Joe Fitzgibbon, of Burien, pauses at his victory party Tuesday, November 2, 2010, moments before addressing his supporters in his bid to become State Representative from the 34th District.
Outgoing Burien City Councilmember Kathy Keene congratulates Joe Fitzgibbon moments after he addressed his supporters on Election Night, Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Keene backed Fitzgibbon throughout his campaign.
Ray Fitzgibbon, father of incoming State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, 34th District, Position 2, at his son's Election Night party, Tuesday, November 2, 2010, at the Skylark Cafe in West Seattle. "I am very proud of Joe's commitment to his principles and ideals, which are bigger than Joe himself. "It was painful to read some of the attacks (during the campaign). Joe did not take the bait. I could not be more proud. When I have big decisions to make, I run them past Joe."
Mike Heavey with his girlfriend, Anne Luce, at his campaign gathering the evening of Tuesday, November 2, 2010. "I am very proud of all the efforts of everyone involved in my campaign," Heavey told The B-Town Blog. "I will certainly consider running again someday, given the right circumstances. "The returns are favoring Joe (Fitzgibbon)," Heavey said. "We will try not to let that minimize the feeling of accomplishment we are all sharing." "I am very proud of Mike," Anne said.
Diana Toledo, candidate for King County Council, District 8, takes a timeout on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, 2010. Later in the day, her opponent, outgoing State Senator Joe McDermott, held a significant lead in early returns. Toledo told The B-Town Blog's Jack Mayne last week that she intends to run again in 2011 for the King County Council. "This has been truly a grassroots campaign," Toledo told the B-Town Blog at a campaign gathering at the home of family friends Tuesday night. "We got many people involved who have not been involved in politics before. "I want to champion important causes, even as a private citizen, such as cleaning up Lake Hicks." David Toledo, brother of Diana and her campaign manager, said "Some people may have voted for our opponent, but they did not vote for his policies."
Outgoing State Senator Joe McDermott at his campaign supporter party in Georgetown Tuesday, November 2, 2010. McDermott holds a substantial lead over Diana Toledo in initial voter returns in their contest for King County Council, District 8. "Funding for Metro transit could be the biggest issue facing the council next year," McDermott told The B-Town Blog Tuesday. "Also, one of the first things I will do as a council member is to look at the Shoreline Master Plan and how it affects Maury Island." McDermott is expected to take office Tuesday, November 23. He will replace appointed council member Jan Drago who last year pledged not to run for election to the seat. The seat was previously held by Dow Constantine, now County Executive.
As more election results are released, we’ll update The B-Town Blog, so check back often.