Myself, Mr. Seely, a couple of longtime local scribes, and a handful of political consultant types tried our darndest last night to spice up the primary over Indian food-- though admittedly the conversation rarely lit on the races at hand for long. But we did manage a lightening round of fearless predictions: Al Runte survives the primary and stays alive in the race for the open city council seat! Joe Szwaja makes a showing in the high 30's in his bid against incumbent Jean Godden! The Scully/Sherman race for King County Prosecutor is a photo finish! Jack Block Jr. beats out Bob Edwards to take on Gael Tarleton for the Port Commission! But as we all knew before too late last night, the results were largely predictable, the turn out small, and the I-told-you-so's have already begun about the wisdom of holding a primary, particularly an off-year primary, in August.
For my money, though, there were a couple of surprising, if small, tidbits from yesterday's returns. First, with 42 percent to his 27, Venus Velázquez pulled out a more commanding win over Bruce Harrell than expected. And Tarleton’s 31 percent showing to Port Commission incumbent Edwards’ 27 percent is worth noting. Farther South, I was surprised to see Ron Sims’ aide De’Sean Quinn fail to survive the primary for the Tukwila City Council. Spoke to Quinn a couple weeks back and he knew it was going to be tough because his opponents were well known and experienced. This was his first bid for office. My sense is he’ll be back.
The primary may have been ho-hum, but it’s time to tune in and watch the fur fly this fall. The Velázquez/Harrell and Tim Burgess/David Della races for city council and the Tarleton/Edwards and Bill Bryant/Alec Fisken contests for the port are sure to provide enough theatrics to spice up anybody’s chutney.