Microsoft employee Jorge Lara slips his voter ballot into the drop box in front of Redmond City Hall today. The box is open until 8 p.m. tonight. Andy Nystrom/Redmond Reporter

Microsoft employee Jorge Lara slips his voter ballot into the drop box in front of Redmond City Hall today. The box is open until 8 p.m. tonight. Andy Nystrom/Redmond Reporter

Early election results show Dhingra, Fields ahead

Preliminary election results have been posted on the King County website for the Nov. 7 election.

This election cycle saw many races which Redmond residents were asked to vote on.

Three Redmond City Council races are being contested this election.

Steve Fields ran against incumbent Byron Shutz for position 2.

The preliminary results show that Fields is ahead of Shutz, with Fields gaining 56 percent of the votes compared to Shutz’ 44 percent.

In position 4, Tanika Padhye is running against Eugene Zakhareyev. Padhye was appointed to the city council early this year to fill a vacancy.

Padhye is currently beating Zakhareyev with 61 percent of the vote, while Zakhareyev has 39 percent.

Finally, for city council, Jeralee Anderson is beating Jason Antonelli. Anderson has secured 66 percent of the vote as compared with Antonelli’s 34 percent.

In the most hotly contested race on Redmond voters’ ballots, and arguably in all the state Legislature races, Democrat Manka Dhingra has secured 55 percent of the vote.

Dhingra is running against Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund for a decisive seat in the state Senate.

Republicans currently hold a one-vote majority in the Senate, and the winner of this race will decide which party controls the Senate.

Currently, the state House of Representatives and the Governor’s office are both under Democratic control. If Dhingra were to win, all three branches of state government would be under their control.

In the 48th District, incumbent Democrat Patty Kuderer is defending her seat against Libertarian Michelle Darnell.

Kuderer is winning with 69 percent of the vote compared to Darnell’s 31 percent.

In the 48th House race, Democrat Vandana Slatter is also defending her seat against a Libertarian by way of Ciaran Dougherty.

Slatter is beating Dougherty with 73 percent of the vote compared to Dougherty’s 27 percent.

Proposition 1, which is asking voters to raise the lid on funding for veterans, seniors and vulnerable people, is passing with 66 percent of the vote.

The levy is a renewal of one that was first passed in 2005 and approved again in 2011 and which placed a 5 cent per $1,000 of assessed property value tax on landowners.

Proposition 1 doubles this to 10 cents per $1,000. It is projected to raise roughly $350 million to fund programs serving vulnerable communities.

In the race for county executive, incumbent Dow Constantine brought in 76 percent of the votes, compared to his challenger Bill Hirt who received 24 votes.

Sheriff John Urquhart was defending his seat against Mitzi Johanknecht. Johanknecht is beating Urquhart with a majority at 53 percent of the vote.

For King County District 3, Kathy Lambert is beating challenger John Murphy, gaining 58 percent of votes compared with Murphy’s 42.

Votes continue to be counted and the county will continue to post updated numbers in coming days.

These numbers were reported as of Wednesday afternoon, the last count posted before the Reporter’s deadline.

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