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Ballots are in the mail for Aug. 5 primary election

King County Elections mailed ballots July 16 for the Aug. 5 primary election. Voters’ pamphlets are mailed separately and may have arrived on a different day than ballots. Voters may also check MyVoterGuide (https://your.kingcounty.gov/elections2/voterlookup.aspx) for a customized voters’ pamphlet.

“Voting can begin as soon as citizens receive their ballots,” said Sherril Huff, director of King County Elections. “King County Elections has forecast a turnout of 38 percent for this election.”

Voters should read and follow directions on their ballots, sign the return envelope and return ballots before the Aug. 5 election day deadline. Mailed ballots need a first-class stamp. Redmond voters can drop off their ballots at the Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. N.E., from now until election day; the box will be open 24 hours and until 8 p.m. on election day.

Citizens not yet registered to vote in Washington state have until 4:30 p.m. July 28 to register in person at King County Elections offices to vote in the primary election:

• King County Elections headquarters: 919 S.W. Grady Way, Renton

Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

• King County Voter Registration Annex: 500 4th Ave., Room 440, Seattle

Open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Voters who don’t receive a ballot by July 23 or who have questions should call King County Elections at (206) 296-VOTE (8683).

Here’s the list of candidates for Redmond-area districts (quotes are taken from the King County Elections website. For full biographies, visit www.kingcounty.gov/elections):

Legislative District No. 45

• State Senator

Andy Hill, incumbent, (prefers Republican Party)

“I pioneered innovative ways to help those in need. My Vulnerable Individuals Priority Act helps thousands without new taxes.”

Matt Isenhower (prefers Democratic Party)

“As your senator, I’ll be a passionate voice for great schools and higher education — no more excuses and budget gimmicks.”

• Representative Position No. 1

Roger Goodman, incumbent, (prefers Democratic Party)

“Roger Goodman puts Eastside families first. Roger worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass balanced budgets that demanded accountability, and avoided cuts to education and programs for seniors and veterans.”

Joel Hussey (prefers Republican Party)

“As a community leader and successful business person, I’ve seen firsthand the great things we can do when we work together. If elected, fully funding education will be my top priority.”

• Representative Position No. 2

Larry Springer, incumbent, (prefers Democratic Party)

“Larry Springer is a straight talking, independent voice for our families and communities. Larry demanded a responsible, balanced budget that significantly increased spending for K-12 and higher education.”

Brendan Woodward (prefers Republican Party)

“I care about funding education first instead of last in the state budget. I care about conserving our beautiful environment. I care about reducing commute times for Eastside drivers.”

Legislative District No. 48

• State Senator

Michelle Darnell (prefers Republican Party)

“Let’s restore common sense, compassion and fairness to our political process while resisting the current tax and spend approach of big government.”

Cyrus Habib (prefers Democratic Party). Current Position No. 2 representative.

“I authored a landmark bill allowing entrepreneurs to use crowdfunding to grow their businesses. I brought accountability to SR-520 tolling, giving judges authority to reduce or waive late fees when the delay is the state’s fault.”

• Representative Position No. 1

Bill Hirt (prefers Republican Party)

“My candidacy is primarily to expose the debacle awaiting the area from Sound Transit’s Prop. 1 light-rail extensions. East Link will never have the capacity needed for cross-lake mass transit.”

Ross Hunter, incumbent, (prefers Democratic Party)

“Thank you for the opportunity to serve our community and build a strong economy for Washington. With your support, I will continue to emphasize a strong, fully funded education system, balanced state budgets, and to ensure that the 520 bridge project is completed.”

• Representative Position No. 2

Joan McBride (prefers Democratic Party)

“We need experienced regional leaders to break Olympia’s gridlock and make progress on transportation, education and economic development. As Kirkland’s mayor, I worked to invigorate our economy, promote small business and safeguard our families and neighborhoods.”

Tim Turner (prefers Libertarian Party)

“Washington belongs to its citizens, not to special interest coalitions, political action committees or corporate lobbyists. Help me keep Washington in the hands of the people. Live, Let Live.”

The general election is Nov. 4.

 

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