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Time to vote: State, judge races on the Valley's August primary ballot
A handful of Snoqualmie Valley offices are on the state’s primary ballot, sent out to all voters earlier this month. Voters can make their choices for the candidates to appear on the November general election ballot at the federal, state and judicial level.
Candidates for the U.S. Representative seat for Congressional District 8 include incumbent Dave Reichert, a Republican, running for a sixth two-year term. Issaquah construction company owner and first-time candidate Jason Ritchie, a Democrat, and Keith Arnold, an accountant for NOAA who previously ran against Reichert in 2012, are also running for the House of Representatives seat.
At the State Legislature, both Representative positions, also two-year terms, are up for election. In Position 1, incumbent Jay Rodne-R faces challenger Essie Hicks-D, an Issaquah educator and former small business owner.
In Position 2, incumbent Chad Magendanz-R will contend for a second term, opposed by three challengers. Ryan Dean Burkett of Issaquah and David Spring-D, of North Bend, both ran against Magdedanz in the 2012 primary. Also running against Magedanz is Colin J. Alexander of Fall City.
Three candidates are on the ballot for the position 3 Northeast District Court judge’s seat, left vacant when a sitting judge retired. They are Marcus Naylor of Sammamish, Rick Leo of Snoqualmie, and Lisa O’Toole of Newcastle. All three have served as district court judges.
In King County, Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is unopposed on the ballot.
One proposition, affecting residents at Snoqualmie Pass, will also appear on the ballot. Snoqualmie Pass Fire District 51’s Proposition 1, will ask voters to renew its authority for a six-year fire protection benefit charge, effective 2015-2020.
Ballots for the state primary candidates and ballot measures must be returned and postmarked by Tuesday, Aug. 5.
For information on registering and voting, call the King County Voter Hotline at (206) 296-VOTE (8683) or visit the King County Elections website, www.kingcounty.gov.
You can see for yourself how King County Elections processes ballots live on several webcams, at www.kingcounty.gov/elections/currentelections/webcam.aspx. Sorting, opening and scanning do not happen every day or all times of day, check back if there is no activity.