Lambert wins only 52% of vote in Sammamish; Dhingra wins easily

King County Council District 3

King County Council Member Kathy Lambert was reelected to a fourth, four-year term on Nov. 7, snaring 57.21% of the vote across District 3, which stretches from Bellevue to Snoqualmie pass and from North Bend on the south to the Snohomish County line.

King County District 3

But in Sammamish, Lambert captured only 52.49% of the vote against John Murphy, a Democrat, from North Bend. Lambert is a Republican. The race is non-partisan, but parties lined up behind both candidates.

Lambert trailed all Sammamish City Council candidates and the winner in the Sammamish portion of the 45th Legislative District.

Lambert was unopposed four years ago.

Better name recognition

Lambert, who has represented Sammamish on the King County Council for more than a decade, is a familiar face here. She appears annually at the Sammamish City Council meetings to brief the City on events at the County. She has been active is trying to resolve issues between the County and property owners along East Lake Sammamish Trail.

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Incumbency appears to have been a solid draw for Lambert.

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Murphy has little name recognition outside his North Bend base, but he did surprisingly well in Sammamish, winning 19 of 61 precincts and tying in one. The one in which he tied Lambert had one write-in vote, which had it been cast instead would have won the precinct for either Lambert or Murphy.

Several other precincts that Lambert won had spreads of 2-10 votes.

45th Legislative District

Manka Dhingra, a Democrat, easily defeated Jinyoung Lee Englund, the Republican, to fill the unexpired term of the late State Sen. Andy Hill in the 45th Legislative District. Hill was a Republican.

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Dhingra drew 55% of the vote on Nov. 7 and in last August’s primary, both in Sammamish and district-wide.

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The 45th encompasses the northern half of Sammamish, roughly along SE 8th St. as the dividing line.

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