Recap of Mercer Island’s local election coverage

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 12:38pm
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Although one issue has dominated the election conversation on Mercer Island — in the community and especially on social media — over the past few weeks, candidates have been campaigning since May, debating a number of topics including growth, budgeting, transportation and transparency.

Completed ballots must be postmarked with a first-class stamp, or dropped into a dropbox by no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday. There is a dropbox on Mercer Island, at the Community and Event Center.

The controversies involving Islanders running for office — Joy Langley for City Council Position 4 and John Urquhart for King County Sheriff — are unlikely to be resolved before the election.

As of Tuesday, Langley is working with attorneys to track down her educational records, while Cornell is standing by its statement that she did not attend or graduate from the university. Urquhart continues to deny that he assaulted a woman who recently requested a permanent protection order against him. The hearing, set for Nov. 7, was delayed until Dec. 5, according to local news sources.

Election results will start rolling in at about 8:15 p.m. Here’s some of the Reporter’s election coverage over the past eight months:

November

The Reporter continued to update its story about Langley, giving last-minute voters the most up-to-date information possible.

October

The Reporter covered election-related issues as they arose, including the rape allegation against the incumbent sheriff, a debate between school board and City Council candidates at the Beach Club, a dropout in one of the school board races and the controversy regarding Langley’s Cornell degree.

September

The Reporter covered a Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce meeting featuring most of the candidates for Mercer Island City Council, and a Rotary meeting featuring the candidates for King County Sheriff.

July/August

The Reporter conducted interviews and published candidate profiles prior to the Aug. 1 primary election, and covered the results.

April/May

The Reporter ran stories on candidates who announced they would run for office prior to the May 19 filing deadline.

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