Northwest NEWS

September 25, 2000


Primary election results

The September 19th primary election proved to be a day for the incumbents in pursuit of re-election to the State House of Representatives and the State Senate.
   One of the most interesting races was the 45th District race, Position 1. In this race, incumbent Kathy Lambert handily beat back her first serious challenger, Janice Linville, a member of the Lake Washington School Board. Linville put almost $70,000 into this race, much of it her own. This position also drew two candidates, Jim Gordon and David F. Goetsch, who filed as Democrats although the state and local democratic parties had no knowledge of either candidate. Nor did either candidate choose to mount a campaign or participate in candidate forums.
   Lambert claimed 57.50% of the vote already tallied, with Linville taking 19.61% and the two other candidates taking the balance of the votes. Lambert will now proceed to the November general election facing only token opposition from Gordon.
   In the race for Position 2 in the 45th district, incumbent Rep. Laura Ruderman, a democrat, finished strongly against her challenger, Toby Nixon. Both advance to the November general election. If Ruderman maintains her current level of support (54%), she will become the first Democrat in history re-elected from the 45th District. Both candidates have utilized their strong ties to the technology community to assist in fund raising. Ruderman is a former Microsoft employee who now works full time as a legislator, and Nixon is a current Microsoft employee.
   In the 1st Legislative District, the incumbents also held their own. Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe held a nearly 12 point lead over her challenger, Leo Van Hollebeke. Representative Al O'Brien held off challenger Eric Marrs by a 59% to 41% margin and incumbent Jeanne Edwards was a solid 11 % ahead of her opponent, Andy Vanderhoff.
   The 44th legislative district in south Snohomish County produced one of the tightest primary victories for an incumbent in our area. Rep. John Lovick, a Democrat, polled 51% of the vote against Republican challenger Irene Endicott and Libertarian Jesse Brocksmith. His seatmate in the State House of Represenatatives, Dave Schmidt, a Republican, held a comfortable lead of 58% over his Democratic challengers, Kerry J. Watkins and Herb O'Bryant.
   In the statewide races, Governor Gary Locke will face challenger John Carlson in the General and former Congresswoman Maria Cantwell will attempt to unseat Senator Slade Gorton.
   All results are still preliminary as late-mailed absentee ballots are still being counted.