Tukwila’s ballots arriving in mailboxes for Nov. 3 general election

Tukwila voters are receiving the ballots in the mail for the Nov. 3 general election, that includes selecting a new mayor for the city.

Tukwila voters are receiving the ballots in the mail for the Nov. 3 general election that includes selecting a new mayor for the city.

Running to replace Mayor Jim Haggerton, who is not seeking a third term, are De’Sean Quinn and Allan Ekberg, both Tukwila City Council members. There is one contest for a City Council seat: incumbent Kate Kruller is running against Charles Richard Tyson. Two council members, Dennis Robertson and Kathy Hougardy, are running unopposed.

There is one contested race on the Tukwila School Board, pitting incumbent Steve Mullet and Kevin O’Brien Gaw. Dana Scott and incumbent Dave Larson are running unopposed.

Tukwila’s voters also will vote on Proposition 1, which will change the governance of the Tukwila Pool Metropolitan Park District to an independently elected, five-member commission.  Currently, members of the  Tukwila City Council serve as the commission.

Also are the ballot are the names of the candidates running to serve on the new commission. Only one of the positions on the commission is contested.

King County Elections mailed ballots on Oct. 14 for the November 3 general election. Voters’ pamphlets are mailed separately and may arrive close to, but on a different day than ballots. Voters may also check MyVoterGuide online for a customized voters’ pamphlet.

“There are a number of candidate races and measures on everyone’s ballot this election and Seattle voters will elect their council members by district for the first time,” said Sherril Huff, Director of King County Elections in a news release. “Voting is one of the most important actions we do as citizens, so be sure to make it count by getting your ballot returned on time.”

There are a total of 460 candidates and 331 offices, and 20 measures on the ballot.

King County Elections has forecast a turnout of 48 percent for this election.

Voters should read and follow directions on their ballots, sign the return envelope, and get ballots back before the Nov. 3 election day deadline. Mailed ballots need a first-class stamp; postage is now 49 cents. Voters also have 24 locations to return ballots without a stamp by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, including permanent drop box locations, scheduled ballot drop-off vans and Accessible Voting Centers.

Citizens not yet registered to vote in Washington state have until October 26 at 4:30 p.m. to register in person at King County Elections offices to vote in the general election:

Voters who don’t receive a ballot by October 19 or who have questions should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE (8683).

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