Northwest NEWS

November 8, 1999

Valley Special

Sharp enjoys rare success with write-in campaign

   Joan Sharp, who mounted a write-in campaign against Mary Osterday for Carnation Council Position 3, was leading after the election with 179 votes against Osterday's 130.

   Sharp, former Children's Services of Sno-Valley executive director, campaigned heavily after filing as a write-in in mid-October. She said she was persuaded to file because of her experience in local civic activities. Sharp, 50, recently resigned from Children's Services to work in a similar position at United Way.

   The Seattle Times reported that elections officials told the paper that Sharp is the first person to win a write-in campaign in a King County general election for at least 20 years. All other Carnation council candidates ran unopposed.

   In Duvall, it appeared the incumbents would stay in office. For Council Position 2, former mayor and longtime councilmember Jeane Baldwin garnered 52.6 percent of the votes against 47.4 percent for Diane Salz.

   Incumbent Mark Cole, who was appointed last year to Council Position 4, edged out challenger Beckie Ish with 53.2 percent of the votes. Ish, running for office for the first time, managed a good showing with 46.8 percent.