Mitchell vs. Hague for County Council Pos. 6
By MARY L. GRADY
Mercer Island Reporter Editor
August 24, 2011 · 10:21 AM
King County Councilmember and incumbent Jane Hague will face Island resident Richard Mitchell in the race for King County Council Position 6 in the Nov. 8 general election.
Results of the Aug. 16 primary posted as of Monday, Aug. 22, showed that Hague’s initial lead of nearly 40 percent shrank slightly to 38 percent.
Mitchell’s share of the vote increased slightly to just under 30 percent of the vote from just under 28 percent. Port Commissioner John Creighton holds 24 percent and former Bellevue Councilmember Patsy Bonincontri holds just over 7 percent.
Nearly 31 percent of eligible voters, or 37,000, participated and 121,000 votes were cast.
“I feel good about this campaign,” Hague said in a press release after Tuesday night. “People know me and can see the things I believe in — working across the aisle for solutions, standing up for the Eastside.”
Attorney Mitchell, former counsel for Gov. Christine Gregoire and presently a partner at Summit Law Group, held a 1,400 lead over Creighton for the second spot in the primary as the first batch of votes were counted. That amount has increased to 2,000 votes since Monday.
Reached at the Crossroads Bar and Grill last Tuesday evening, with a noisy crowd in the background, Mitchell said that he had no expectations about the numbers before the results were posted Tuesday. But he was pleased at how the campaign has gone so far.
“We have been firing on all cylinders,” he said of his campaign.
“We have had the endorsements we wanted, and our fundraising has gone well.”
A look at the numbers for each candidate shows some heavy spending for the primary.
According to reports from the State Public Disclosure Commission — which tracks contributions and expenditures for each candidate — Hague had spent $207,000 as of Aug. 8 on her campaign leaving some $40,000 of her funds remaining.
Hague was first elected to the King County Council in 1994. Prior to 2007 Hague was easily reelected four times with little or no opposition. In June 2007, she was cited for suspicion of drunk driving. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and publicly apologized. Despite the controversy she won reelection.
Mitchell, who is running for office for the first time, spent $74,000 of about $98,000 in funds. Port Commissioner John Creighton spent $69,000 of the $116,000 he had raised. Patsy Bonincontri spent under $2,000. She had raised less than $10,000 for her bid.Contact Mercer Island Reporter Editor Mary L. Grady at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 232-1215 ext. 1050.