Politics In Other Washington Counties, Seattle’s Influence Shows
posted by November 7 at 13:31 PMon
About a month back, I wrote this story about a Seattle organization called The Washington Bus that was going to Bellingham and knocking on doors for a progressive county council candidate up there named Ken Mann. They’ve also been driving down to Tacoma and doing the same for a candidate there named Marilyn Strickland. Today, they got to see where their efforts got them.
In Tacoma, Strickland landed a comfortable victory of 60.75% over her opponent for the city council position, David Curry. But in Bellingham, Mann is only winning by 27 votes right now, with 50.17% of the vote. That means that any votes that the Washington Bus garnered could be helping Mann beat his opponent, incumbent Sam Crawford. It’s possible that the majority will hold for Mann, but as they continue to count votes, things could swing either way. Only 24% of Whatcom County’s vote is counted right now, but a small margin was expected—elections are regularly decided up there by less than 100 votes.
The Tacoma race is less interesting—
both candidates for the position were progressive [The Tacoma Tribune is dumb and I will never read it again, Curry is not progressive, I have been corrected by commenters], and Strickland came out of the primary with a ton of money and a resounding majority. The Washington Bus probably didn’t need to supply as much help as they did.
Good luck to progressives up north—let’s hope the Washington Bus’ efforts were not in vain.