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Election 2007: No more roads, and keep (most) of the incumbents, voters say
Election 2007: No more roads, and keep (most) of the incumbents, voters say
By Liz Meyer - SGN Staff Writer

The big stories from Tuesday's elections? Yet another transportation proposal was defeated, as were some candidates who had done well the primaries.

Voters in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties rejected Proposition 1, which would have wedded Sound Transit's $30.8 billion proposal to add light rail line over 30 years to a $16.4 billion plan to build new lanes and ramps. It was the biggest transportation proposal in state history.

In one of the closest races of the election, interim King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg edged out challenger Bill Sherman by a margin of about eight percent. Sherman was attempting to be the first Democrat to hold the position of King County Prosecuting Attorney in 28 years.

Additionally, incumbents Tom Rasmussen and Sally Clark, the only Queer candidates in this election, were both re-election. Tom Rasmussen ran unopposed to keep his seat on the Seattle City Council, while Sally Clark beat Judy Fenton to also retain her seat as Seattle City Council member. Fenton's campaign focused primarily on her bid to keep public art "appropriate." "The naked-man-and-boy statue at Seattle's waterfront should be removed or remediated," Fenton wrote on her campaign website. "Part of keeping our children safe is upholding safe boundaries for them. Public art should not blur and confuse those boundaries."

Like Clark, incumbent Jean Godden won easily, defeating high school teacher and environmental activist Joe Szwaja to keep Position 1 on the City Council.

In two of the most bitterly fought of the elections this year, Tim Burgess beat incumbent David Della, and Bruce Harrell beat Venus Velázquez, to earn sports on the Council. Burgess, whose ad agency's work for the Concerned Woman of America, a conservative Christian group that opposes marriage equality drew much flak from equality-minded voters this election, beat Della by a large margin. Burgess raised nearly $280,000 in his successful bid to oust Della from Seattle City Council Position 7, the Seattle P-I reported.

Velázquez, who beat Harrell in the August primary, was undoubtedly hurt by last month's DUI charge.

While several of the incumbents running for City Council seats won convincingly, the Seattle School Board experienced a real overhaul in staffing. Both candidates running for re-election to the Seattle School Board lost. Sherry Carr, who positioned herself as something of a Supermom, beat out incumbent Darlene Flynn to represent Green Lake and Fremont in District 2. Similarly, incumbent Sally Soriano lost to Peter Maier, who had raised over $160,000 to fuel his campaign to represent District 1. The other two positions on the school board will also be represented by newcomers. Former schoolteacher Harium Martin-Morris beat his District 3 opponent, David Blomstrom, while Steve Sundquist of the local global-warming group Climate edged out Maria Ramirez in District 6.

For LGBT politicians this election, Pioneer Square was the place to be for election returns. Sally Clark's fans celebrated her victory at the Double Header, while Tom Rasmussen and company celebrated his blocks away at the New Orleans.

The other bit of LGBT-specific news from this election involved constant initiative gadfly Tim Eyman. Eyman, who tried and failed in 2006 to push a referendum that would've repealed protection based on sexual orientation, among other initiative efforts, succeeded in pushing I-960, which says the legislature must pass all tax increases with a two-thirds vote.
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