Hey, Nick Pernisco here for NPI. I’ll be analyzing Eastside election results tonight, and paying particular attention to the cities of Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond.
There are several hot races on the Eastside this year. At the top of the list is the contest between Claudia Balducci and Jane Hague for King County Council District 6. In Redmond, the only contested race is for mayor, with incumbent John Marchione pitted against challenger Steve Fields.
Fields, a newcomer to the Redmond politics took on two term incumbent John Marchione on a platform of transparency.
Marchione, with deep political connections throughout Redmond (his mother was once the Mayor of Redmond too, many years ago), was backed for reelection by the city council and many elected leaders from across the region.
Fields has two decades of public sector experience, but none in elected office. Fields put together a coalition of small business owners but was unable to best Marchione, who has about 54% of the vote in early returns.