The outcome of the Nov. 7 general election could not be predicted because there was no primary contest for Position 1 to gauge the vote, as there was in the other three City Council races.
Ritchie the favorite
But Sammamish Comment believed Ritchie was the favorite going into the general election because in November 2016, he won the greater Klahanie area with about 60% of the vote in his challenge against incumbent Republican State Rep. Jay Rodne. The Comment endorsed Baughman, however, for his broader experience in construction and knowledge of bids at a time when Sammamish faces more than $100m in transportation projects.
Ritchie lives in Klahanie.
With this base, Ritchie had name recognition, a record of winning votes and a desire by Klahanie to have its first representation on the Sammamish City Council.
Klahanie was annexed to Sammamish in January 2015, but in a controversial move, the Council then didn’t effect the “political” annexation until after that year’s election.
Ritchie won the Council election by a 2,141 vote city-wide; 541 of these came from Klahanie.
Baughman was unknown going into the race and made a big strategic error by choosing what’s called “mini-reporting” under state law for his campaign. This meant he couldn’t raise more or spend more than $5,000. Based on questioning from Sammamish Comment, it appears he raised and spent considerably less than this.
Nor did Baughman seek endorsements to demonstrate he had broad support across the City. Unable to spend money to get his message out and build name recognition, door-belling was the alternative—and it’s not clear how much of this he did.
The map and charts tell the story.
Baughman should apply for one of the open spots on the Planning Commission. Deadline is Dec. 15.