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.
Minal Ghassemieh and Rituja Indapure raised more and spent more money than any other candidate for Sammam City Council, to mixed results.
Ghassemieh was defeated in her bid to advance to the general election for Position 3. Her opponents, Karen Howe and Karen Moran, raised less than half and spent about one third of the money in their winning bids to advance to the November election.
Indapure swamped her opponents in fund raising and spending in Position 5 but had a poor second place finish against Chris Ross, who through Friday had 47% of the vote to Indapure’s 31.5%. The third candidate, Ryika Hooshangi, trailed Indapure by 10 points.
Day 3 of the vote counting in the Aug. 1 primary for Sammamish City Council and the 45th Legislative District State Senate races continue to show fractional changes in the percentages for each candidate.
In the very close Position 3 City Council primary, the percentages narrowed again slightly–but Minal Ghassemieh lost ground slightly in the actual vote count.
She ended primary night 229 votes behind Karen Howe, who is second to Karen Moran. Yesterday, Ghassemieh trailed Howe by 250 votes. Today, she trails by 256 votes.
Moran continues to widen her lead over Howe in votes counted.
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.