The 2014 general election was certified by the Pierce County Canvassing Board today, bringing the election to a close. Results are available on the Pierce County elections website (www.piercecountyelections.org). The Canvassing Board has ordered a recount for one race. Pierce County Council District 7 (Derek Young v Stan Flemming) is separated by just 93 votes or .00224, requiring a manual recount. Manual (hand count) recounts are triggered if the difference between the candidates is less than one quarter of one percent (.0025) and also less than 150 votes. [Read more…]
Tacoma – Hilltop resident and community advocate Justin Leighton has announced his bid for Tacoma City Council, District 3. The Council seat, currently held by Lauren Walker, will be vacated after Walker finishes the last of her two terms serving Tacoma. [Read more…]
November 4, 2014, Election Day, has come and gone.
I remember middle school elections of the 1950s. Candidates made posters. Candidates made “Vote for me” paper badges for their supporters. Little effort was expended determining which candidates were most qualified. It was a silly juvenile popularity contest based on superficial issues such as who had the best posters.
As I reflect on elections in my adult life, it appears to me that not much has changed. Today’s elections are still much like middle school; silly and juvenile.
UPtaxes.org’s Betsy Tainer has written an analysis of Initiative 1351‘s success form the perspective of University Place.
As the election gets down to the wire, local committees have ramped up Get Out The Vote campaigns. As a result, voters want answers from the Pierce County Auditor’s Office about how their personal information is made public.Campaign volunteers make phone calls and knock on doors, encouraging voters to return their ballots. Voters want to know, “How do they know that I haven’t voted?” And, “How do they know my name?” [Read more…]
The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s Board of Directors Thursday, October 30 voted to oppose State Initiative 1351, which directs the Legislature to allocate funds to reduce class sizes and increase staffing support for students in all K-12 grades. [Read more…]
Area campaign ads in the 28th District have raised the investigative eyebrow of The News Tribune. Melissa Santos wrote about a postcard mailer sent by candidate Tami Green’s husband and conducted a “smell test” on the Kilduff, Wagemann campaign ads. The TNT Editorial Board also weighed in with their opinion on the Tami Green postcard mailer.
By Dick Muri, Steilacoom
Jeanette Lineberry, a former Pierce County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, finished first in the August 5 primary election for Pierce County District Court Position #8. In addition to serving as a prosecutor, Jeanette has experience in private practice representing individuals, families and business owners. She currently serves as a pro-tem Judge and is also the attorney for the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center where she assists victims of domestic violence. [Read more…]
The News Tribune has endorsed Steve O’Ban, Dick Muri and Christine Kilduff in their respective races in the 28th District. Click through to The News Tribune website to find our why…