The precinct analysis of the August 1 primary in Sammamish yielded few surprises, but it gives the City its first look at how the Greater Klahanie area votes.
Klahanie was annexed into Sammamish in January 2015, but the City Council executed the annexation in two basic steps: the legal one, in January, but the “political” annexation came too late for the area to vote in the November 2015 City Council elections.
City officials said there was just too much to do to accomplish the political annexation sooner. Critics believed some officials didn’t want Klahanie voting in what was anticipated to be a close election for some candidates.
Regardless, the residents voted this time—though not in great numbers.
Chris Ross and Pam Stuart ended primary night with sweeping victories for the Sammamish City Council, The Sammamish Comment projects.
Rituja Indapure and John Robinson are also winners, The Comment projects.
Ross and Indapure are running for Position 5.
Stuart and Robinson are running for Position 7.
In Position 3, it’s a tight race between Karen Moran, Karen Howe and Minal Ghassemieh. But based on historical voting patterns in which the election night results differ only 1% to 2% in the final results, Sammamish Comment projects that Howe and Moran will likely advance to the general election in November. We expect this vote to tighten during the next two weeks. Votes are certified Aug. 15.
It’s election day for the Sammamish City Council primary.
Mail-in ballots must be post-marked today; there is a drop-in ballot at the Sammamish City Hall.
The first results will be posted by King County Elections about 8:15 8:30 pm; Sammamish Comment will post shortly afterwards. It takes about three weeks for all mail-in ballots to be received (allowing for overseas and military ballots to arrive) and the votes certified. History shows that election night results are within 1%-2% of the final results.
Our final readership tracking of candidate questionnaires is below. We don’t know if election results will follow the readership interest; it’s the only “polling” available.
Sammamish voters should advance John Robinson and Pamela Stuart through the Aug. 1 primary to the November general election for Sammamish City Council.
As with our Recommendations yesterday for Position 5, both are newcomers to Sammamish politics. All things being equal, we like to see some seasoning and education on the complex issues of government in general and Sammamish in particular through service on the Planning Commission.