Ballots are in the mail

Ballots are to be mailed today, July 18.

The King County Voter’s Guide will be mailed this week as well, but could arrive either before or after ballots. Ballots are mailed first class, but voters guides are sent by bulk mail and could take a day or two longer to arrive.

On the ballot are key races for government offices from the state to federal level.

For Congress, there are eight running for United States Senator, a position now held by Maria Cantwell and five running for United State Representative for Congressional District 9. The Island became part of District 9 after the statewide redistricting process in 2011.

In the state races, there are nine running for governor, now that incumbent Christine Gregoire is retiring, and five are on the ballot for the state’s top education official, the Superintendent of  Office of Public Instruction.

For the state Legislature, 41st District, state Senate seat, two Islanders, incumbent Steve Litzow, a Republican, and Maureen Judge, Democrat, are vying for the spot.

Also for the state Legislature, incumbent Marcie Maxwell, a Democrat from Renton, is being challenged for the Pos. 1 seat against newcomer Tim Eaves. Islander and 41st District Pos. 2 state representative, Judy Clibborn, is running unopposed.

In the race for King County Sheriff, Islander John Urquhart is running against the newly appointed sheriff, Steve Strachan.

For the City of Mercer Island, there are no ballot measures to fund public facilities or programs.

Other states will hold a presidential primary, but not Washington. In 2011, the state suspended the presidential primary due to cost and other factors.

For Washington state voter resources and information, go to


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