On Tuesday (Aug. 15), King County Elections released its final, certified election results for the Aug. 1 Primary Election, so now we know who will face off for Burien City Council in the General Election. The top two vote-getters â€“ eight candidates in total â€“ will face off for four open seats, with the voting deadline of Tuesday, Nov. 7. Some observations:
- Just 8,555 out of 27,328 registered voters â€“ 31.3% â€“ bothered to actually vote.
- Incumbent Steve Armstrong is out, having lost to Patty Janssen by 32 votes for Position No. 7.
- The highest margin of victory belongs to incumbent Debi Wagner, who beat newcomer Jimmy Matta by 1,756 votes for Position No. 3.
- Darla Green beat incumbent Nancy Tosta by 21 votes.
- The B-Town Blog will be holding Candidate Forums this Fall, so stay tuned for updates…
City of Burien â€¢ Ballots Counted: 8,555 * Registered Voters: 27,328 â€¢ 31.30 %Council Position No. 1:
- Pedro E. Olguin: 2,687 â€¢ 33.63 %
- Joel Manning: 2,270 â€¢ 28.41 %
- Gary Wood: 1,476 â€¢ 18.48 %
- Charles Schaefer: 1,315 â€¢ 16.46 %
- Robert L. Richmond, III: 224 â€¢ 2.80 %
- Write-in: 17 â€¢ 0.21 %
- Debi Wagner*: 4,485 â€¢ 56.22 %
- Jimmy Matta: 2,729 â€¢ 34.21 %
- Austin Tucker: 718 â€¢ 9.00 %
- Write-in: 46 â€¢ 0.58 %
- Darla Green: 2,888 â€¢ 35.94 %
- Nancy Tosta*: 2,867 â€¢ 35.68 %
- Jill Esau: 1,321 â€¢ 16.44 %
- Mary Russell: 937 â€¢ 11.66 %
- Write-in: 22 â€¢ 0.27 %
- Krystal Marx: 2,212 â€¢ 27.45 %
- Patty Janssen: 1,890 â€¢ 23.45 %
- Steve Armstrong*: 1,858 â€¢ 23.05 %
- Trevor Gage: 1,388 â€¢ 17.22 %
- Martin Culbert: 690 â€¢ 8.56 %
- Write-in: 21 â€¢ 0.26 %
Let us all hope that these important positions can be decided by more than the 1/3 of eligible voters who made the effort to take time to vote.
Whatever opinions may be, this is the opportunity to indicate a preference!
That is a good point, Karen. I cannot think of a clearer choice between candidates in a local election than this year’s Burien city council election. The two sets of candidates have clear agendas and ideas on what the solutions are to Burien’s problems. Who wins might have a big effect on our lives here in Burien (for good or ill). So not only vote, but be informed.
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