Light Rail, Minimum Wage, and Gun Control : Local Election Results

By Emily Boyer

Everyone knows the results of the federal elections — Donald Trump became president-elect, and Republicans held onto their majority in both houses of Congress. Our country is about to change forever. But real change begins with local elections. Here are the results of ours:

State Measures

Initiative 1433

This measure would increase the state minimum wage to $11 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020, as well as require employers to provide paid sick leave, and adopt related laws.

Yes 54.42%
No 42.58%

Initiative 1464

This measure would create a campaign-finance system; allow residents to direct state funds to candidates; repeal the non-resident sales-tax exemption; restrict lobbying employment by certain former public employees; and add enforcement requirements.

Yes 46.23%
No 53.77%

Initiative 1491

This measure would allow police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing firearms access by persons exhibiting mental illness, violent or other behavior indicating they may harm themselves or others.

Yes 69.45%
No 30.55%

Initiative 1501

This measure would increase the penalties for criminal identity theft and civil consumer fraud targeted at seniors or vulnerable individuals; and exempt certain information of vulnerable individuals and in-home caregivers from public disclosure.

Yes 70.77%
No 29.23%

Initiative 732

This measure would impose a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, reduce the sales tax by one percentage point and increase a low-income exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing taxes.

Yes 40.67%
No 59.33%

Initiative 735

This measure would urge the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment that constitutional rights belong only to individuals, not corporations, and clarify that constitutionally-protected free speech excludes the spending of money.

Yes 62.75%
No 59.33%

Advisory votes

When the state legislature passes certain bills, they have to ask the people for their opinion on it. This process merely tells lawmakers how the public feels, but in no way mandates that they follow their suggestions of repealing or maintaining.

Advisory Vote 14

The legislature extended, without a vote of the people, the insurance premium tax to some insurance for stand-alone family dental plans, costing an indeterminate amount in the first 10 years, for government spending.

Repealed 69.28%
Maintained 37.25%

Advisory Vote 15

The legislature imposed, without a vote of the people, certain limitations on the retail sales and use tax exemptions for clean alternative-fuel vehicles, costing $2 million in the first ten years, for government spending.

Repealed 60.1%
Maintained 39.9%

Senate Joint Resolution 8210

This amendment would require the state redistricting commission to complete redistricting for state legislative and congressional districts by Nov. 15 of each year ending in a one, 46 days earlier than currently required.

Approved 77.32%

Rejected 22.68%

State Offices


Jay Inslee (Democrat) 54.4%
Bill Bryant (Republican 45.6%

Lieutenant Governor

Cyrus Habib (Democrat) 54.31%
Marty McClendon (Republican) 45.69%

Secretary of State

Kim Wyman (Republican) 54.82%
Tina Podlodowski (Democrat) 45.18%

State Treasurer

Duane Davidson (Republican) 58.15%
Michael Waite (Republican) 41.85%

State Auditor

Mark Miloscia (Republican) 47.7%
Pat McCarthy (Democrat) 52.3%

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson (Democrat) 67.26%
Joshua B. Trumbull (Libertarian) 32.74%

Commissioner of Public Lands

Steve McLaughlin (Republican) 46.92%
Hilary Franz (Democrat) 53.08%

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Erin Jones 49.4%
Chris Reykdal 50.6%

Insurance Commissioner

Mike Kreidler (Democrat) 58.33%
Richard Schrock (Republican) 41.67%

King County

Charter Amendment 1

Shall the King County Charter be amended to make the elected office of King County prosecuting attorney nonpartisan?

Yes 61.47%
No 38.53%

Charter Amendment 2

Shall the King County Charter be amended to make its language gender-neutral?

Yes 65.19%
No 34.81%

Legislative District No. 32

Representative Position 1

Cindy Ryu (Democrat) 75.95%
Alvin Rutledge (Republican) 24.05%

Representative Position 2

Ruth Kagi (Democrat) 72.76%
David D. Schirle (Republican) 27.24%


U.S. Senator

Patty Murray (Democrat) 59.01%
Chris Vance (Republican) 40.99%

Congressional District No. 7 U.S. Representative

Pramila Jayapal (Democrat) 56.1%
Brady Piñero Walkinshaw (Democrat) 43.9%

And, just for fun, here’s how Washingtonians voted in the presidential election:

Hillary Clinton (Democrat) 54.3%

Donald Trump (Republican) 38.23%
Jill Stein (Green) 1.76%
Gary Johnson (Libertarian) 4.94%