by Jeff Switzer
Statewide candidates numbering in double figures, local primary contests, and two big money measures are expected to draw a significant turnout for the election Tuesday, Sept. 17, especially in this presidential election year.
Fifteen hopefuls are running for Governor (six Democrats, eight Republicans, and one Socialist); 14 are running for Lt. Governor (five Republicans, six Democrats, and one each from the Natural Law, Libertarian, and Reform parties). Eleven are seeking the non-partisan Superintendent of Public Instruction position.
Voters will also decide on King County Propositions 1 and 2: $215,750,000 in general obligation bonds and a one-year maintenance levy for $30.5 million, both for recreation and conservation.
If approved by voters, sale of the 30-year bonds will increase property taxes by about $0.14 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or $21.50 on a $150,000 home, though there are a number of variables involved, such as when the bonds are sold and at what interest rate.
The maintenance levy will be assessed only in 1997 for $0.25 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or $37.50 on a $150,000 home. About 70 percent of the proceeds go to projects submitted by local jurisdictions based on population and assessed valuation; 30 percent will go to critical resource preservation, including forests, critical habitats, waterways, stream restoration, and urban waterway projects.
In the City of Woodinville, voters are being asked to approve a $6 million general obligation bond for purchase of the Sorenson and Old Woodinville Schools to be used for a civic center. If approved, property owners will pay an additional $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation annually, or $100 on a $200,000 home.
Lt. Governor: Brad Owen (D-Shelton); Shawn Newman (Reform Party-Olympia); Frank Gavaldon (D-Univ. Place); Harvey Billmaier (D-Lacey); Paull Shin (D-Mukilteo); Jim West (R-Spokane); Bob Owen (D-Olympia); Ed Torres (R-Orting); Art Rathjen (Libertarian-Hoquiam); Ann Anderson (R-Acme); Bambi Lin Litchman (D-Tacoma); Michael Hackett (Natural Law-Marysville); Bruce Buckles (R-Redmond); Gerald Goodloe (R-Snohomish).
Secretary of State: Ralph Munro (R-Olympia); Phyllis Kenney (D-Seattle); Gary Gill (Natural Law-Lynnwood).
State Treasurer: Mike Murphy (D-Olympia); Lucy DeYoung (R-Woodinville); Jack Kiley (D-Olympia); Randolph Bell (R-Tacoma).
State Auditor: Nina Becker (R-Spokane); Brian Sonntag (D-Tacoma); Mike The Mover (R-Edmonds); Robert Keene, Jr. (R-Bellevue).
Attorney General: Christine Gregoire (D-Olympia); Richard Pope (R-Shoreline); Richard Shepard (Libertarian-Tacoma); Luanne Coachman (Natural Law-Kent).
Commissioner of Public Lands: Bruce Mackey, (R-Olympia); Jennifer Belcher (D-Olympia); Patrick Parrish (R-Trout Lake); Randy Boss (R-Gig Harbor); Marc Strauch (Natural Law-Edmonds).
Insurance Commissioner: Dave Walker (R-Lacey); Tony Lowe (R-Redmond); Steve Skipper (R-Federal Way); Deborah Senn (D-Seattle); Brian McCulloch (R-Shoreline); Garland Connor (R-Mercer Island); Steve Sevick (Natural Law-Redmond).
Superintendent of Public Instruction (NP): Jed Brown (Rollingbay); Ron Taber (Olympia); Terry Bergeson (Olympia); Chris Vance (Kent); Gloria Guzman Johannessen (Pasco); Richard Fuller (Pullman); Dan Leahy (Olympia); Nancy Hidden-Dodson (Hansville); Raul de la Rosa (Olympia); Earl Laberge (Gig Harbor); Mae Laverne Lovern (Tacoma).
Position 2: Harriet Cody, Seattle; Bruce Gardiner, Kirkland; Mary Ellen Ramey, Seattle.
Position 3: John Darrah, Seattle; Norman Leopold, Issaquah.
Position 6: Joan Allison, Seattle; Paul Feinsod, Seattle; Phil Hubbard, Seattle.
Position 8: Marilyn Sellers, Seattle; Jay White, Seattle.
Position 9: Jo Anne Alumbaugh, Seattle; John Costco, Seattle; Jeff Ramsdell, Seattle.
Position 10: Glenna Hall, Seattle; Dale Ulin, Newcastle.
Position 11: Kevin Dolan, Seattle; Theresa Gibbons, Seattle; Richard Ishikawa, Bellevue.
Position 24: Michael Fox, Seattle; Marilou Rickert, Seattle.
Position 26: Jeannette Burrage, Des Moines; Bill Fligeltaub, Seattle; Doug North, Seattle.
Position 32: Peter Camp, Seattle; LeRoy McCullough, Renton.
Position 34: Thomas Kellenberg, Seattle; Michael Trickey, Lake Forest Park.
Position 38: Jim Bates, Bellevue; Rexford Lawrence, Bothell.
Position 46: Suzanne Barnett, Seattle; Sally Phillips Pasette, Seattle.