Election 2019: Reflections and results on local races

Emmanuel Son, Staff Writer


An off-year election resulted in a low turnout of voters. According to Thurston County’s official government page, voter turnout had only been 22.46 percent (in Thurston County itself), as of the 8:00 p.m. deadline for voters to submit their ballots. Below are the results of the most popular races in the Olympia/Lacey/Tumwater area. 

Initiative Measure No. 976

53 percent Yes, 47 percent No

I-1976, was proposed by activist Tim Eyeman, and will cap car tab fees in Washington at $30. Similar measures have also been passed in Washington’s electoral history. The measure was somewhat controversial, with many politicians opposing the decrease in transportation funding. However, despite a well funded “no” campaign, the initiative passed with an outright majority through no television advertising, instead relying on social media and word of mouth.

Referendum Measure No. 88

51 percent No, 49 percent Yes

Referendum 88 would overturn I-200, which was passed in 1998 and banned affirmative action in Washington. The measure was passionately debated at the state legislature, and was put to the voters in the form of a referendum. This measure was rejected in a close vote, with the vast majority of its support coming from King County.

Olympia Mayor

Cheryl Selby: 53 percent,  Nathaniel Jones: 46 percent

The results show that current Olympia mayor Cheryl Selby will keep her position, beating challenger Nathaniel Jones. Selby, who has served for six years on the city council, describes herself as practical, open-minded, optimistic, and collaborative, and ran her campaign on the basis of what she calls the dysfunction spread across the nation from Washington DC.

Olympia City Council no. 2 

Jessica Bateman: 66 percent, Phyllis Booth: 33 percent

Jessica Bateman, a resident of Olympia since 2007, has served as a council member for the last four years and has been a Mayor pro term since January. A first-generation college graduate from The Evergreen State College, Bateman has prioritized Olympia’s homelessness crisis and promises to maintain a safe green environment in downtown Olympia. Bateman defeated candidate Alyssa Humbert. 

Olympia City Council no. 3 

Dani Madrone: 70 percent, Matt Goldenberg 29 percent

Dani Madrone was endorsed by firefighters and has over a decade working on equity and environmental issues in Olympia. Madrone aims to work on Olympia’s homelessness crisis, the lack of physical health treatment, mental health, affordable housing, and addiction in Olympia. Madrone also worked at Puget Sound Recovery. 

Lacey City Council Pos. 1 

Malcom Miller: 59 percent, Sarah Jean Morris: 40 percent

Malcolm Miller is a former Department of Defense employee who has mentored teens through recovery, directing Thurston County’s 5k race against trafficking for two straight years, serves as his church’s musician, and served on the men’s ministry board. Spouse to a veteran, Miller’s main focus has been strongly supporting military members. Miller also believes in eradicating homelessness and producing a balance between different age groups and thriving businesses. 

Lacey City Council Pos. 2

 Lenny Grenstein: 53 percent, Harald Jones: 46 percent

Lenny Grenstein has been re-elected to the Lacey City Council. Grenstein has a mission to keep Lacey as a “model city,” hoping to make the city a place its residents are proud to live and work in. 

Lacey City Council Pos. 3

Ed Kunkel: 50 percent, Lynda Zeman 49 percent

Ed Kunkel is a proud longtime resident of Lacey, as well as a business owner. Kunkel’s priorities will be preserving the safety of residents, being a strong steward of money, keeping taxes low, and continuing the support for veterans Lacey has already been providing.

Tumwater City Council Pos. 1

 Leatta Dalhoff: 65 percent, Pamela Hanson: 35 percent 

A resident of Tumwater for over 40 years, serving on the Tumwater Planning Commission for four years, and being appointed as a council member in 2018, Dalhoff plans to preserve history and find ways to protect the environment. Dalhoff has 21 years of experience in environmental science. 

Tumwater City Council Pos. 3 

Joan Cathey: 59 percent, Michael Pavlich: 41 percent

With 12 years of experience on the city council, Cathey aims to tackle environmental health issues, protection of breathable air, water resources, and natural habitats. Cathey also aims to protect high standards of health and safety, as well as pushing for more affordable housing. 

Tumwater City Council Pos. 7 

Charlie Schneider: 56 percent, Neil McClanahan: 43 percent 

Schneider has goals to help youth in the community, as well as making sure the environment is protected. Schneider has experience in public service and has served in many city advisory committees. 

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