At this point, you’d pretty much have to live under a rock to not know that Republicans have taken control of both chambers of the US federal government, but maybe you missed out on our little corner of the world. Last night was mixed to positive for urban dwellers. On the one hand, the Seattle-only bus measure is passing soundly with over 58% of the vote in favor; on the other hand, Republicans will hold control of the state Senate, which has serious ramifications on funding for basic state services and meeting the education requirements stipulated by the State Supreme Court’s McCleary Decision. So here’s our brief rundown of local and state measures (and sole interesting Seattle judicial race).
Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1 concerning bus funding: 58.8% Yes
Seattle Citizen Petition 1 concerning the creation of a monorail authority: 80% No
City of Seattle Proposition 1A and 1B concerning early education: 65% Yes, 67% 1B
City of Bothell Proposition 1 concerns parks bonding: 56% No
Lynnwood Transportation Benefit District concerns transportation funding: 51.4% Rejected
Initiative 1531 concerns reduced classes for K-12: 50.6% No
Initiative 591 concerns eliminating background checks on firearms: 54.5% No
Initiative 594 concerns universal background checks firearms: 59.7% Yes
Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position No. 7: 76.1% Damon Shadid (defeating Fred Bonner)
For state legislative district, judicial, and congressional races, check out the Secretary of State’s website. Additional races from King County, Snohomish County, and Pierce County are also available online.
Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.