Posted by: sweeneyblog | August 5, 2014

2014 Primary Election Night Live-Blog

Hello Loyal Readers,

It is live-bloggin’ time!!! I am here, firmly ensconced at Chuckanut Brewery, one beer in and surrounded by enthusiastic Democrats. You can contribute to the beer fund by clicking here. Satpal Sidhu and Joy Monjure have both arrived.

Mike Estes and Nuella

Mike Estes and Luella

Suzanne Blais, noted Public Access television advocate, showed up with Monjure. “A noted political reporter that I trust said that Monjure is going to get 46%, therefore it must happen.”

Roxanne Murphy, city councilwoman arrived after attending the National Night Out event at the Maritime Heritage Park sporting a neat “Protect B-Ham!” badge. “National Night Out was such a big deal in Tacoma because so many communities needed it but here it is way more fun.”

Andrew Taylor,  Seth Fleetwood’s campaign manager, is cautiously optimistic. “We are hoping for forty-five percent, but there are 25,000 voters that vote in the general who are not voting today – and they vote Democratic.”



Monjure, Sidhu and Stephanie Kountouros

Monjure, Sidhu and Stephanie Kountouros

Bryna: Riley is now socializing with the crowd, getting the hopes and fears for the night. People are still trickling in, as are the beers. Richard May arrived, wearing his Seahawks ticket conversation piece.

Mike Estes, chair of the Whatcom Democrats, theorizes that the late-trending ballots will trend Democratic.

Fleetwood when asked for the gazillionth time how he thinks tonight will go. “I don’t have a bloody clue! I hope it goes well.”

Seth Fleetwood and Hue Beattie

Seth Fleetwood and Hue Beattie

Chiara D’Angelo Patrico, is a democratic volunteer who was making calls in the office today. I asked her why she volunteers with the Fleetwood campaign. “What is my heart reason? I’m very excited about Seth’s role in shifting the stalemate that is currently our state senate to allow our youth’s voice to be heard about environmental issues.”

Richard May just announced, “Hey, everyone’s favorite electoral good luck charm is here, Dan Pike, and he is sitting next to Natalie McClendon.” The wince was palpable but both former candidates chuckled.

Richard May, tickets and beer

Richard May, tickets and beer


There is some discussion of Nyima, the dog running for County Prosecutor, and my recent burst of publicity around that race. “Four years of solid political reporting and I make the news for the dog story?” I said. Pike, not missing a beat, said, “Four years of solid political reporting? When was that? I can’t remember.”

Early results are in. Fleetwood and Monjure clocking in at 43%. Satpal and Van Werven in the general.

Bob Burr wins his primary and advances to the general with McClure. “Bob bob bob, Bob Burr won!”

What does the 43% mean for Fleetwood? Lots of speculation in the house. “The late arriving votes will trend our way,” is a popular comment, followed closely by, “It is still competitive!”

The room is packed. For me, the most surprising outcome is Joy Monjure receiving more votes than Seth Fleetwood. “I’m excited and encouraged, and am looking forward to getting more time on the ground, helping people know who I am.”

Distinguished Herald reporter Ralph Schwartz has arrived to interview candidates. He said that he just spoke to Luanne Van Werven who was celebrating her electoral success with vigor.

Bob Burr and Jim Fox examine a hard copy of the results

Bob Burr and Jim Fox examine a hard copy of the results

Joy Monjure takes the stage to speak. “The only reason I’m here is because of all the volunteers . . . I can beat that guy!”

Satpal Sidhu, “We are going to win because we have better ideas! This will allow us to have a discussion about ideas, a one-on-one discussion on issues and that is because of the hard work of our volunteers.”

Beer and Blogging

Beer and Blogging

Burr, “This just goes to show that there are people in this county that care about water. I am so thankful for the Democratic party’s endorsement in this non-partisan race. It is going make the difference. It is unusual for Bob Burr not to be just a message candidate but this is a race where the message really resonates with people in the county. We’re in it to win it.”

Fleetwood is more subdued with his speech. “We went from an organization did not even exist to doing a very impressive job . . . I think there is a very compelling reason that we are going to reach 44, 45 percent. Just do the math, we are TOTALLY in this thing!”

Bre, the coordinated campaign organizer for the Whatcom Democrats gets a repeated shout-outs by all the candidates.

Bryna: As Mrs. Political Junkie, I want to thank all of you for reading and taking an interest in Riley’s amazing blog. Remember, it’s here because of your help! He’s quite the guy, huh? You know, I couldn’t stand politics until he came along. Now, look, I’m writing on his blog while at the Primary party night. Crazy. The things you do for love!

Riley again: Kelli Linville was thrilled at Monjure’s success. “She is such a wonderful candidate and friend and I’m really excited for her campaign to continue to grow.”

Patrick Stickney, Sidhu’s campaign manager, offered up his thoughts on the election. “We made good progress in the last couple of months against a political operative and tea party councilmembers, we’ve come out ahead and this momentum is going to carry us through to November. Satpal’s message of actually getting things done in Olympia and working with people of all walks of life will show voters who is the right choice in the general election.”

Also, 10,000 voters decided not to vote for Dave McEachron for County Prosecutor. You’re welcome.

In honor of Luanne Van Werven squeaking by in the primary, here is her new campaign logo.

van werven rock album

Van Werven Logo

Matt Petryni, anti-coal activist and campaign volunteer, “Doug Ericksen, single-handedly blocked all the oil train safety legislation that was proposed, including his own legislation! That’s why he is going down in November.”

Thank you all for tuning in. I apologize for the typos and formatting, I’ll do some clean-up tomorrow morning but in the meantime, a happy election night to you all.



  1. Luella needs to slow down on the suds, she is looking a tad surly!

  2. You were right about VanWerven. Although the percentages were off.

  3. I’m getting worried about poor Dan’s memory 😦

  4. Good for Joy. In the first count she got more votes than either of her ballot-mates.

  5. Good work, all. How reassuring!


  7. Doug, Vince and Luanne will will the general unless Steyer injects a million or so into the election. That would be a hollow victory for the Democraps.

  8. Is that really Luanne’s “new logo”, right!

  9. We beat 2% 🙂 It was a great campaign and learning experience. Thank you Riley, and the rest of the Political Junkies for your good conversation over the course of the campaign season!

  10. Thank you Mr Blog Dude. and hi to Mrs. Blog. I still remember you two at Linville’s house and thought you guys a perfect couple. Appreciate this coverage, as we weren’t there. (and photos). Barry and I have been “Stay Cationing), during council break. Your coverage made us very connected. I ‘d post this publicly if I was able to figure that out!

    Sent from my iPhoneng


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