As the dust settles, what have we wrought?


Whew. Election week never really ends, does it? The time between every round of ballot counts out feels like a lifetime. Well, luckily it’s almost the end of the week, and we have a better sense of how the year ended up for us. And it’s good. REALLY good.

In Spokane, two of the Bus’s favorite candidates, Jon Snyder and Amber Waldref, pushed through and came out victorious in their runs for City Council, bringing a progressive majority to that body for the first time in eons. Amber finished strong, winning with 62.8% of the vote. Jon was much closer – winning with 53.5% of the vote, making it just a 1,116 vote margin of victory. When the Bus was in Spokane, we knocked on almost twice that number of doors, and our phone calls reached even more. Congratulations Jon and Amber!

In Snohomish County, Dave Somers was successful in his re-election to the County Council with 53.6% of the vote, a difference of 1,820 votes. On our Bus trip for Dave, we knocked on well over that number of doors. With his win, solidifies the progressive majority on the Snohomish County Council, and can continue his work as a tireless advocate for responsible growth and environmental protection – contrats, Dave!

In Tacoma, the results are still coming in, but Marilyn Strickland is holding – and even slightly increasing – her lead in the mayoral election. After Thursday’s update, her lead is at 369 votes, extremely close. On the Bus’s first trip of the year, we knocked on five times that number of doors. We’ll be watching the next couple of days in Tacoma with bated breath and fingers crossed. Go Marilyn!

In Yakima, we continued to build the political power of young people by helping support the first school bond measure to pass in decades (a campaign led by high school students!), and supporting the amazing Ben Soria in his run for City Council. Yakima and Central Washington are the future, and the Bus is a part of making it happen!

In King County, a late surge of young progressive voters carried Dow Constantine to victory, with an impressive 58% of the vote. Congratulations, Dow – we’re looking forward to seeing you in the County Exec’s office!

And of course, there are the two massive statewide initiatives that the Bus was involved with. Initiative 1033, Tim Eyman’s potentially destructive measure went down to a flaming defeat, with the No on 1033 vote earning 56% of the vote! By voting no, Washington voters preserved funding for schools, health care, and environmental protection

And Referendum 71, upholding domestic partnership rights for couples all across Washington, won with a resounding 52% of the vote. This win is the first time a major statewide measure regarding GLBTQ rights has resulted in a victory for equal rights. In the county. It’s major, and it marks what we hope is a turning point in the tide of electoral results.

We were so proud to be involved with these campaigns, and between Trick or Vote, phone banking, and our online advocacy, we contacted tens of thousands of voters.

Thank you again to you, the awesome volunteers who made all this possible, and we’ll keep you updated as results continue to come in!


3 Responses to “As the dust settles, what have we wrought?”

  1. November 7, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for your hard work and talking with the voters. It makes a big difference. These were important victories and you can’t win them by not being involved. I-1033 is a prime example. The ballot title sounded good to a lot of people initially, lowering property taxes, and it was only when put into the context of what the initiative would really do that public support turned against I-1033.

  2. November 7, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Thank you!!!

    You all were amazing and really helped out in a very tough county council district. I am really proud to be the FIRST councilman ever to be re-elected to a second consecutive term and I owe it to all my volunteers and the Hella Bus!


  3. 3 washingtonbus
    November 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    We love you Dave! Congratulations!

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