Incumbents in 47th Legislative District covering Maple Valley, Covington maintain lead in primary election
By TJ MARTINELL
Covington Reporter Reporter
August 15, 2012 · Updated 10:05 AM
If the primary election is any indication, it is the year for incumbents in the 47th Legislative District as the candidates head to the general election in November.
In Washington’s top two system, only the top two candidates in the primary election appear on the general election ballot.
In the Legislative District No. 47, challenger Bud Sizemore, a Democrat, took 46.65 percent of the vote, while incumbent Republican Mark Hargrove received 53.26 percent in the race for Representative Position No. 1.
In the Position No. 2 race, Pat Sullivan carried a strong majority of 58.96 percent compared to Republican Andy Massagli’s 40.93 percent.
In District No. 5, Mark Mullet, running as a Democrat, took 52.72 percent for the empty senate seat vacated by Cheryl Plfug. Brad Toft, a Republican, garnered 47.13 percent of the vote. For Representative Position No. 1, incumbent Jay Rode, a Republican, ran unopposed and took 96.57 percent of the vote.
In the governor’s race, Democrat Jay Inslee held a strong lead over Republican Rob Mckenna, with 47.19 and 42.97 percent of the vote respectively.
In the attorney general race, Bob Ferguson and Reagan Dunn advanced, while Stephen Pidegon was eliminated. Ferguson, who is running as a Democrat, took home the most votes with 51.76 percent, while Dunn took 38.33 percent. Pidgeon took 9.91 percent. Both Ferguson and Dunn are council members on the Metropolitan King County Council.
In other primary races of note:
• Running for secretary of state, Kim Wyman, 39 percent, and Kathleen Drew, 21 percent, advanced to the November ballot.
• Hoping to become state auditor, James Watkins took 46 percent of the primary vote; also advancing was Troy Kelley with 24 percent.
• Other statewide races appear to offer little in the way of drama, as incumbents took more than half the popular vote. Breathing fairly easily are Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen received 49 percent of the vote in a five-person race and incumbent state treasurer Jim McIntire is running unopposed.
The general election will be held Nov. 6.
Contact Covington Reporter Reporter TJ Martinell at email@example.com or 425-432-1209 ext. 5052.