Gordon Bisset takes lead in contested City Council race

November 8, 2011

NEW — 8:45 p.m. Nov. 8, 2011

As ballots for the 2012 general election begin to roll in, Gordon Bisset has established a dominant lead over challenger Frank Irigon for the Newcastle City Council’s only contested race this year, according to information provided on the King County elections website.

With about 71 percent or 1,077 votes — of about 28 percent of the ballots counted so far — Bisset leads Irigon for the council’s fourth position. Irigon earned 28 percent of the vote, or 425 votes.

“I’m very pleased with the results,” Bisset said. “I’d like to thank the voters of Newcastle and will be getting ready to carry out my campaign themes.”

Bisset previously served a four-year term on the council from 2002-2005 and has lived in the Hazelwood neighborhood of the city for 41 years.

Irigon has lived in the Rainer Crest neighborhood of Newcastle for 25 years. This is the first time he has run for the position.

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Glitch delays ballots for 11,000 Eastside voters, including Newcastle residents

October 28, 2011

NEW — 5:15 p.m. Oct. 28, 2011

King County Elections officials said ballots for 11,000 Eastside voters — including more than 100 people in Newcastle — did not go out last week as planned due to a glitch.

The elections office plans to mail ballots Saturday; voters should receive them early next week. The deadline to return ballots via mail, drop box or accessible voting center is Nov. 8.

Overall, the issue impacted 11,000 Eastside voters, including 54 in Issaquah, 141 in Newcastle and 875 in Sammamish. Some North Bend and Snoqualmie voters also face delays in receiving ballots.

King County Elections started mailing 1.1 million ballots to voters Oct. 19.

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City Council race gets more competition

July 1, 2011

Candidates file for August primary

Resident Frank Irigon and former City Councilman Gordon Bisset have filed to run for City Council Position 4 in this year’s election.

Gordon Bisset

Frank Irigon

Frank Irigon

Bisset — who served as a member of the council from 2002-2005 — and Irigon will face off against Parks Commission Chair Andrew Shelton in a primary election in August.

The top two finishers will advance to the general election in November.

Councilman Sonny Putter, who holds Position 4, announced in April he would retire from the council at the end of the year.

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Reagan Dunn enters race for state attorney general

July 1, 2011

Reagan Dunn, Newcastle’s representative on the King County Council and a former federal prosecutor, entered the race June 14 for state attorney general.

Reagan Dunn

Reagan Dunn

In a long-expected campaign announcement, Dunn, a Republican, referenced his experience at the U.S. Department of Justice as a key asset in the race, and rolled out a series of high-profile endorsements. Read more

Two more candidates emerge in City Council race

June 14, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. June 14, 2011

Resident Frank Irigon and former City Councilman Gordon Bisset filed to run for City Council Position 4 in this year’s election. Bisset — who served on the council from 2002-2005 — and Irigon will face off against Parks Commission Chair Andrew Shelton in a primary election in August.

The top two finishers will advance to the general election in November.

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Steve Litzow elected to represent Newcastle in state Senate

December 2, 2010

NEW — 10:10 a.m. Dec. 2, 2010

Republican Steve Litzow appears to be the next state senator to represent Newcastle after defeating incumbent Randy Gordon.

King County Elections completed a mandatory machine recount for the contest Wednesday afternoon. The unofficial results present a solid lead for Litzow, a Mercer Island councilman.

Democrat Gordon trailed Litzow by more than 1,000 votes in the days after the Nov. 2 election. The gap between the candidates slimmed to 194 votes — or 0.32 percent — as the county tallied ballots.

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Newcastle state Senate race appears headed for recount

November 18, 2010

NEW — 12 p.m. Nov. 18, 2010

The last undecided race to represent Newcastle in Olympia appears to be headed for a recount.

State Sen. Randy Gordon trailed challenger Steve Litzow by more than 1,000 votes in the days after the Nov. 2 election. In the 15 days since the campaign ended, the gap between the Democrat Gordon and Republican Litzow has slimmed to 142 votes.

Under state law, a machine recount is required if the difference between the candidates is less than 2,000 votes and also less than one-half of 1 percent of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.

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Incumbents lead in early election results

August 17, 2010

NEW — 8:35 p.m. Aug. 17, 2010

Incumbent candidates outpaced challengers in the initial election results released Tuesday night.

The primary set up a showdown for a 41st Legislative District in the state House of Representatives, a competitive congressional race and a chance to elect a judge to the King County District Court bench.

State Rep. Judy Clibborn, a Mercer Island Democrat seeking a fifth term, outpaced Stephen Strader, a Bellevue Republican, and independent Orion S. Webster.

Clibborn represents the 41st Legislative District — Talus and other Cougar Mountain communities, plus Mercer Island, Newcastle and parts of Bellevue, Renton and unincorporated King County.

The incumbent led Strader by about 55 percent to about 40 percent to set up the general election contest. Webster, like Strader, a political newcomer, trailed at 5 percent.

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Police blotter

July 1, 2010

Leave the door open?

A man reported his wife returned home, in the 14700 block of Southeast 80th Court, to find the front door of their home open. The door opened between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. June 4, and nothing was missing or disturbed in the home. The man said he was not sure if the door had been left unlatched and came open on its own or if somebody had opened the door.

Homeowner’s best friend

A woman reported that somebody opened the rear sliding door of her home in the 7000 block of 121st Place Southeast between 12:15 and 12:25 p.m. June 7. She said she heard the door open slightly and shut quickly. Immediately, her dog began barking.

Crank text

A boy crank-texted his brother, who attends Newcastle Elementary School, between 9:36 a.m. and 12:12 p.m. June 8. A faculty member called the police.

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Issaquah school levies, King County library measure lead in latest election results

February 11, 2010

NEW — 10:40 a.m. Feb. 11, 2010

Celebration was in the air as Issaquah School District officials gathered to welcome election results Tuesday.

The celebration continued Wednesday: Results released at 4:30 p.m. showed district ballot measures leading with 64 percent for a maintenance and operations levy, 63 percent for a transportation levy and 64 percent for a technology and repairs levy.

If the measures pass as expected, taxpayers would pay $4.81 for every $1,000 of assessed property for the levies and the remainder of the 2006 bond.

Levy supporters gathered Tuesday night to await early results. As the numbers appeared on the King County Elections Web site just after 8 p.m., sighs of relief, high fives and victory cries erupted from partygoers.

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen thanked voters for their support.

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