King County elections see big victories for both parties

The Washington state elections that occurred on Nov. 5 turned into victories for both incumbents and newcomers in King County Council elections.

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King County elections see big victories for both parties

Miles Gelatt, News Editor

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The Washington state elections that occurred on Nov. 5 turned into victories for both incumbents and newcomers in King County Council elections. Incumbent Kshama Sawat maintained her District 3 seat, defeating challenger Egan Orion by more than 1,500 votes and securing 51 percent of the total votes cast, according to King 5. 

“It looks like our movement has won,” Sawat told King 5 reporters at a supporter rally.

Sawant centered her re-election campaign on the focus of renewable energy and making Seattle a 100% renewable energy by 2030, according to her website. Sawat has also been an advocate for rent control homes and making sure that tenants are free from corporate loopholes.

Egan Orion also ran on a platform to build more affordable housing and improving transportation safety, while also supporting gun violence prevention and supporting the Green New Deal for climate reform. 

Girmay Zahialy defeated incumbent Larry Gossett in the District 2 race with more than 60 percent of the total vote.

Zahialy ran on a platform that was focused on reforming the criminal justice system, expanding affordable housing and funding environmental measures. 

Gossett’s campaign proposals included a plan to build 44,000 affordable housing units over the next five years and transforming the Metro bus fleet into 100% renewable energy.

 

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