Election 2014: Peterson ahead in race for state Legislature; Scherrer trailing Ortiz-Self
Posted: November 4, 2014 1129
Early returns for the 2014 general election show Edmonds City Councilmember Strom Peterson comfortably ahead in his bid to represent the 21st District for the Position 1 in the state Legislature, and Edmonds resident Jeff Scherrer trailing Lillian Ortiz-Self in the 21st District Position 2 race. In the 32nd District, Lake Ballinger neighborhood resident Alvin Rutledge was also losing to his opponent, incumbent Ruth Kagi, 65 percent to 35 percent.
The District 21 covers portions of southwest Snohomish County and includes Mukilteo, portions of Edmonds and Everett and areas north of Lynnwood. The 32nd District represents portions of southwest Snohomish County and includes Lynnwood and Woodway, and parts of Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace, as well as Shoreline.
In Snohomish County general elections results posted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Peterson — a Democrat running for Position 1 — had 10,072 votes, or 60 percent, to 6,694 votes, or 40 percent, for his Republican opponent Allen McPheeters.
A two-term city councilmember, who owns the Cheesemonger’s Table in downtown Edmonds and is known for his commitment to environmental causes, Peterson announced in March that he was running for the seat being vacated by Rep. Mary Helen Roberts, who is retiring at the end of the year. Roberts endorsed Peterson as her replacement.
In the Position 2 race, Scherrer — a Republican — received 6,956 votes or 42 percent, compared to 9,693 votes (58 percent) for Ortiz-Self of Mukilteo, a Democrat who was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Marko Liias. Liias, a Democrat who also was winning over his Republican opponent Dan Matthews, now holds Paull Shin’s 21st District Senate seat after being appointed to fill it following Shin’s retirement.
There were no surprises in the 32nd District, where incumbent State Sen. Maralyn Chase was comfortably ahead in early returns over her Republican opponent Robert Reedy of Mountlake Terrace, 65 percent to 34 percent. Rep. Cindy Ryu was running unopposed. All three 32nd District representatives live in Shoreline.
Another Edmonds resident, Municipal Court Judge Doug Fair, was running unopposed for South County District Judge Position 3.
For Congress, two Democratic incumbents — 2nd District Congressman Rick Larsen and 7th District Congressman Jim McDermott — were also winning easily.
You can see local election results below. Complete results for all races are available here.