Seattle incumbents Sawant and Harrell lead in early results, Initiative 122 passing

A supporter of Initiative 122 celebrates in Seattle as early results come in Tuesday night Photo by Varisha Khan.
Brianna Thomas, campaign manager for Honest Elections, which championed Initiative-122, celebrates in Seattle as early results come in Tuesday night. (Photo by Varisha Khan.)

Initiative 122, a campaign finance reform initiative that would set contribution limits in Seattle and also create a voucher system for public campaign financing, appeared to be leading easily in early returns Tuesday night.

More than 100 people celebrated the early returns at an Honest Elections event at Grim’s, with Seattle Councilmember Nick Licata and State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw (D-Seattle) in attendance.

“We may not be able to change Citizens United, but we’re doing everything we can by passing our own citizen initiatives to limit big money and give ordinary voters a stronger voice in government,” said Honest Elections in a statement.

Incumbent Seattle councilmembers Kshama Sawant (District 3) and Bruce Harrell (District 2) appeared to be leading in the races to keep their council seats in Seattle’s first district elections.

“If you’re excited by tonight, our fight is by no means over,” Sawant told jubilant supporters at Melrose Market Studios, saying that supporters still had to fight against corporate politicians.

As the first batch of results came in, District 3 candidate Pamela Banks’ supporters at Tougo Coffee let out a sigh, but she continued with reassuring words: “It’s early.”

In District 2, Tammy Morales, who trailed Bruce Harrell by about 900 votes in early returns, said at her election night party in Columbia City’s Royal Room that while she’d prefer if the numbers were a little closer, Morales still hopes to pull ahead as progressive voters tend to turn ballots in later.

Here is the summary of early results from the Nov. 3 general election:


District 1

Shannon_braddock
Shannon Braddock
Lisa Herbold
Lisa Herbold

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Herbold 5,290 votes 46.48 percent
Shannon Braddock 6,023 votes 52.92 percent

 


District 2

Bruce Harrell
Bruce Harrell
Tammy Morales
Tammy Morales

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce Harrell 4,909 votes 54.87 percent
Tammy Morales 4,020 votes 44.93 percent

 


District 3

Kshama Sawant
Kshama Sawant
Pamela Banks
Pamela Banks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kshama Sawant 8,197 votes 52.56 percent
Pamela Banks 7,349 votes 47.12 percent

 

Supporters in both campaigns were positive before results were released.

 

 


District 4

Rob Johnson
Rob Johnson
michael_maddux
Michael Maddux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Johnson 5,886 votes 54.8 percent
Michael Maddux 4,801 votes 44.7 percent

District 5

Sandy Brown
Sandy Brown
Debora Juarez
Debora Juarez

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debora Juarez 7,051 votes 63.08 percent
Sandy Brown 4,072 votes 36.43 percent

 


District 6

Mike O'Brien
Mike O’Brien
Catherine Weatbrook
Catherine Weatbrook

 

 

 

 

 

Mike O’Brien 8,217 votes 58.8 percent
Catherine Weatbrook 5,719 votes 40.93 percent

 District 7

Sally Bagshaw
Sally Bagshaw
Deborah Zech Artis
Deborah Zech Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally Bagshaw 9,537 votes 79.85 percent
Deborah Zech Artis 2,315 votes 19.38 percent

Position 8

Tim Burgess
Tim Burgess
Jon Grant
Jon Grant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Burgess 46,977 votes 57.88 percent
Jon Grant 33,735 votes 41.57 percent

Position 9

Lorena González
Lorena González
Bill Bradburd
Bill Bradburd

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorena González 60,280 votes 75.97 percent
Bill Bradburd 18,674 votes 23.54 percent

Ballot Measures

Initiative-122 – Campaign Finance Reform

Yes 53,157 votes 60.33 percent
No 34,956 votes 39.67 percent

Move Seattle Levy

Yes 50,541 votes 56.53 percent
No 38,868 votes 43.47 percent

 

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