Hello Loyal Readers!
Welcome to the 4th annual election night live-blog! I’m here, safely ensconced at the Mount Baker Theatre awaiting the results at the Democrats election night party. I will be bringing you local reactions as the night goes on, although I can tell you right now, there is already a somber feeling in the room as the national results come rolling in.
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Lisa “Most likely to be name dropped in a Tea Party conspiracy theory” McShane has arrived. She says her focus this year is on the Charter Review candidates, “I hope we win those! They are super important!”
Ralph Schwartz, Bellingham Herald reporter, has arrived. He reveals that he and Samantha Wohlfeil drew straws for who went to which political party event. Punchline? “They both were the short straw.” Aaaaaand Ralph just tweeted me.
Tony Wallace, mildly conservative charter review candidate, is feeling positive for tonight. “I didn’t see any other messaging occurring among the candidates aside from yard signs. No one went digital, leaving that open to me.” He also notes that he broke the $5,000 barrier this year, without taking PAC or coal money. “Being told by Nick Evans (Republican Political Director) to either leave Whatcom County or leave the Republican party . . . selecting him to represent their political party shows how out of step they are.” Wallace is the former state college Republican chair.
I ran to the campaign managers for Satpal Sidhu (Patrick Stickney) and Joy Monjure (Erik Goheen). Goheen, looking dapper in a brown sport coat, is a nervous bundle of energy. “There is no words to describe the feeling before the election results come in,” said Goheen. “I’m an Ocean of Zen,” said Stickney.
“If we lose Colorado, the Republican’s take the Senate.” “Refresh Colorado!” The crowd is rowdy but definitely subdued. Mike Estes has taken the microphone and doing his best to pump up the audience. “The three candidates this year in the 42nd are some of the strongest we’ve ever had.”
Bre, coordinated campaign manager for the Whatcom Dems, rattles off some of the numbers, citing over 60,000 calls made and 40,000 doors knocked on.
Seth Fleetwood takes the stage and is already choked up. “It has been a phenomenal effort and I can’t thank you all enough.” He gives a shout out to his campaign manager – who is currently in the corner of the room refreshing the auditor’s page.
Thank you to everyone who is following this liveblog – including Sen. Kevin Ranker:
Waiting for Whatcom County’s future @rileysweeney
— kevin ranker (@KevinRanker) November 5, 2014
Tensions are high as we wait for the results. Joy Monjure has arrived and takes the stage to say a few words. “I can’t believe the support and volunteerism this year, it has been amazing!” Monjure is excited, “What I have learned about this is I am going to get REALLY involved, win or lose!” She thanked her campaign manager and then her husband, in that order.
PUD Candidate Bob Burr takes the stage and solemnly intoned his thanks to the crowd. “If you are one of the democrats who didn’t support me because I’m too radical, I hope I can win without your support.”
Results I-594 come in very positive and the crowd explodes in cheers. Unfortunately I-591 seems to be passing right now, to everyone’s confusion. Suzan DelBene is walloping Pedro – to no one’s surprise.
Aaaand the results are in and everyone I like lost. A tad dramatic but all three Democratic candidates in the 42nd lost. Bob Burr lost. Charter Review only 6 out of the 15 endorsed Democratic candidates won (although my endorsed conservative, Jon Mutchler won!).
For lighter news, I asked Michael Lilliquist if he was going to announce his mayoral campaign next week. He said that is “not something to be taken lightly,” and that he is “fighting city hall over the budget every day and this isn’t funny to me.” This is my official response.
Onto other news, the biggest surprise for Charter Review is Eileen Sobjack, darling of the Tea Party, pulling a huge lead in Charter Review district three. She did not put up big signs or campaign heavily like some of the other candidates but beat all the others.
Noted political consultant Cathy Allen is in attendance, she worked for Satpal Sidhu this year. She notes that Satpal raised over $148,000 this year, an impressive sum for a first time candidate and a great show of support.
Other local news, Blaine will remain plain “Blaine” as the voters reject the name change by a 2 to 1 margin. Ferndale shot down the gas tax. And I continue to wallow in sorrow
Initiative I-594 won (YAY!) and I-591 lost (YAY!) but that is the long and short of our good news for competitive races this year. I’m going to head home tonight. Tune in tomorrow on KBAI 930AM at Noon for a little election analysis from me and there will be some pretty maps analyzing what happened in the coming week.