There is no change in the outcome. Percentages compared with election night varied between 1 ½% to 2 ½%, the historic norm since Sammamish Comment has been following the elections from 1999.
On the third day of ballot returns by King County Elections, the vote leads of Sammamish City Council candidates Christie Malchow, Kent Treen and Ken Gamblin continue to widen over challengers Karen McKnight, Karen Howe and Rituja Indapure.
Through Thursday, 19,520 ballots were returned by Sammamish voters. This represents, so far, a 52.2% turnout, the heaviest in city history for an off-year, city council election. Turnout normally is between 35%-45%.
Election results from Day 2 of the Sammamish City Council race saw the winners from election night widen their leads in vote totals, even if the percentages were shaved fractionally.
Incumbent Christie Malchow ended election night with a 2,985 vote lead over challenger Karen McKnight. Today, this vote lead increased to 3,259. The percentage narrowed slightly from 66.35% to 65.83%.
By Scott Hamilton
Accusations flew between the two factions of the Sammamish City Council as it considered whether to drop committees in favor of a council Committee of the Whole or some hybrid system.
Motives were questioned, personal attacks flew and “blind ambition” was alleged as interfering with the work of the committees.
Two members claimed the body is a “do-nothing” council.
The meeting again illustrated the dysfunction and political rivalries between the majority and minority factions.
By Miki Mullor
A split Sammamish City Council voted on Thursday night to make the new V/C concurrency standard permanent.
As we reported, the new standard pauses new development approvals until infrastructure can catch up.
Mayor Christie Malchow, Deputy Mayor Karen Moran and Council Members Tom Hornish and Chris Ross voted for keeping the V/C standard.
Council Members Pam Stuart, Ramiro Valderrama and Jason Ritchie voted against it.
More details about the meeting to be reported on later date.
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