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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Bellevue City Council races looking good for progressives; Laing/Stokes contest is close

One of the bright spots for pro­gres­sives in tonight’s elec­tion appears to be the Belle­vue City Coun­cil races, which were hot­ly con­test­ed, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the last few weeks.

Incum­bents John Chelmini­ak (run­ning for Posi­tion 3), and Clau­dia Bal­duc­ci (run­ning for Posi­tion 5), are both doing very well. Chelmini­ak has 67.80% of the vote; his oppo­nent Michelle Hill­horst has 31.96% for.

Clau­dia Bal­duc­ci, mean­while, is defeat­ing her oppo­nent Pat­ti Mann, 65.63% to 34.13%.

The third seat in up for grabs, Posi­tion 1, fea­tures Aaron Laing (the right wing can­di­date) and John Stokes (the pro­gres­sive can­di­date) in a tight race. As of this writ­ing, John Stokes has a slight lead, 50.26% to 49.46%.

Pro­gres­sives are hop­ing that he holds onto that lead and builds off it to win Grant Deg­gin­ger’s seat. Deg­gin­ger, who is retir­ing, has been a strong sup­port­er of Sound Tran­sit’s East Link light rail project, along with Bal­duc­ci and Chelminak.

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  1. Just who is the author­i­ty pin­ning labels on the can­di­dates and from where comes the data to draw con­clu­sions and assign those profiles??

    # by Elinor Smith :: November 10th, 2011 at 3:32 PM
    • Eli­nor, there is no cen­tral author­i­ty in pol­i­tics that decides how can­di­dates should be labeled. John Stokes, Clau­dia Bal­duc­ci, and John Chelmi­nak all sup­port pro­gres­sive pol­i­cy direc­tions, cam­paigned togeth­er, held an elec­tion night par­ty togeth­er, and are sup­port­ed by pro­gres­sives in Belle­vue and around the East­side; there­fore, it’s accu­rate to say they are the pro­gres­sive can­di­dates. Aaron Laing holds right wing views and was backed by Kem­per Free­man, Jr., one of the most ardent wealthy con­ser­v­a­tives in the region; there­fore, it’s accu­rate to say he was the con­ser­v­a­tive or right wing candidate.

      # by Andrew :: November 10th, 2011 at 10:11 PM
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