Washington State local elections, 2008

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Adams County[edit]

Asotin County[edit]

Benton County[edit]

Chelan County[edit]

Clallam County[edit]

Clark County[edit]

Columbia County[edit]

Cowlitz County[edit]

Douglas County[edit]

Ferry County[edit]

Franklin County[edit]

Garfield County[edit]

Grant County[edit]

Grays Harbor County[edit]

Island County[edit]

Jefferson County[edit]

King County[edit]

Charter amendments[edit]

Eight proposed charter amendments appeared on the ballot for King County voters. The amendments proposed changes to the King County Charter. Two of the proposed amendments (Charter Amendments 1 and 8) were placed on the ballot through the citizen initiative process. Six of the amendments (Charter Amendments 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6) were placed on the ballot by a vote of the King County Council.

All proposed amendments passed with the exception of Charter Amendment 7.

King County Charter Amendment 1

  • Question: Shall the King County Charter be amended to provide that the position of county director of elections be created as a nonpartisan elected office?"
  • Placed on ballot by: Collection of signatures.
King County Charter Amendment 1
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 448,751 56.32%
No 348,057 43.68%
Total votes 0%

King County Charter Amendment 2

  • Question: "Shall Section 840 of the King County Charter be amended to add disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression to the prohibited grounds for discrimination in county employment and county contracting, and to limit the prohibition against discrimination in county contracting to contracts with nongovernmental entities, as provided in Ordinance No. 16204?"
  • Placed on ballot by: Citizen initiative.
King County Charter Amendment 2
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 580,551 71.31%
No 233,595 28.69%
Total votes 0%

King County Charter Amendment 3

  • Questions: "Shall Sections 230.10, 270.20 and 270.30 of the King County Charter be amended to reduce the number of county council members on regional committees, establish a vice chair position on regional committees, authorize the regional policy committee to adopt its own work program, add authority for regional committees to initiate legislation, modify regional committee procedures, and authorize the addition of nonvoting members to the water quality committee, as provided in Ordinance No. 16205?"
  • Placed on ballot by: King County Council.
King County Charter Amendment 3
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 489,596 66.72%
No 244,183 33.28%
Total votes 0%

King County County Charter Amendment 4

  • Question: "Shall Section 630 of the King County Charter be amended to authorize the county council to establish additional qualifications for separately elected officials who head executive departments, as provided in Ordinance No. 16206?"
  • Placed on ballot by: King County Council.
King County Charter Amendment 4
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 375,385 50.64%
No 365,908 49.36%
Total votes 0%

King County Charter Amendment 5

  • Question: "Shall the King County Charter be amended to require the establishment of a forecast council and an office of economic and financial analysis, as provided in Ordinance No. 16207?"
  • Placed on ballot by: King County Council.
King County Charter Amendment 5
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 477,187 64.36%
No 264,236 35.64%
Total votes 0%

King County Charter Amendment 6

  • Question: "Shall Sections 410 and 420 of the King County Charter be amended to impose deadlines that are twenty days earlier than existing deadlines for county agencies to submit budget information to the county executive and for the county executive to present a proposed budget to the county council, as provided in Ordinance No. 16208?"
  • Placed on ballot by: King County Council.
King County Charter Amendment 6
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 590,203 78.44%
No 162,196 21.56%
Total votes 0%

King County Charter Amendment 7

  • Placed on ballot by: King County Council.
  • Question: "Shall King County Charter Section 800 be amended to establish a new process for citizens to directly propose amendments to the King County Charter and to increase the signature threshold for citizen-initiated charter amendments from 10% to 20% of the votes cast in the last election for county executive, as provided in Ordinance No. 16221?"

The ballot question initially was set to ask: "Shall King County Charter Section 800 be amended to establish a new process for citizens to directly propose amendments to the King County Charter and to set the signature threshold for citizen-initiated charter amendments at twenty percent of votes cast in the last election for county executive, as provided in Ordinance No. 16221?" However, Tim Eyman won a lawsuit over the ballot title, stating that it was misleading: King County Superior Court Judge John Erlick ordered that the wording be changed to explain clearly that the measure would increase the number of signatures needed to place future citizen-initiated amendments to the King County Charter on the ballot from 10 percent to 20 percent.[1]

King County Charter Amendment 7
Choice Votes  %
Referendum failed No 406,627 54.51%
Yes 339,337 45.49%
Total votes 0%

King County Charter Amendment 8

  • Questions: "Shall the King County Charter be amended to make the offices of King county executive, King county assessor and King county council nonpartisan, and to establish the nonpartisan selection of districting committee members?"
  • Placed on ballot by: Citizen initiative.
King County Charter Amendment 8
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 421,215 55.84%
No 333,119 44.16%
Total votes 0%

King County External links[edit]

Kitsap County[edit]

Kittitas County[edit]

Klickitat County[edit]

Lewis County[edit]

Lincoln County[edit]

Mason County[edit]

Okanogan County[edit]

Pacific County[edit]

Pend Oreille County[edit]

Pierce County[edit]

County level elections in Pierce County will use Ranked Choice Voting for the first time in 2008.[2]

County Charter Amendment 1[edit]

Charter Amendment 1 called for a streamlined process for appointing citizens to Boards and Commissions.
Explanatory Statement: The Pierce County Council has passed Ordinance No. 2008-55s, proposing an amendment to the Pierce County Charter concerning appointment and confirmations of members to Boards and Commissions. If passed, it would require: the Executive must appoint from a list of three candidates supplied by the Councilmember filling district-specific appointments only if the list of three names has been supplied within thirty days of the vacancy to be filled; the Executive must transmit appointments to the Council within sixty days of a vacancy; and, the Council would have the authority to appoint and confirm members to boards and commissions when filling vacancies of ninety days or more.
The question on the ballot will be, "Should Charter Amendment No. 1 be approved?"

San Juan County[edit]

Skagit County[edit]

Pud Proposition 1

PUD Proposition 1 ― a resolution of the Commissioners of Public Utility District No.1 of Skagit County, Washington ― asks voters to approve or reject PUD authority to “construct or acquire electric facilities for the generation, transmission or distribution of electric power.”

Skamania County[edit]

Snohomish County[edit]

Spokane County[edit]

Stevens County[edit]

Stevens County Commissioner District No. 1

  • Larry Guenther (prefers Republican Party)
  • Lela J. Taylor (prefers Democratic Party)

Stevens County Commissioner District No. 3

  • Malcolm R Friedman (prefers Republican Party)
  • Erica Breien [1] (prefers Republican Party)

Stevens County PUD Commissioner District 2

  • K.O. (Ken) Rosenberg
  • Howie Kubik

Thurston County[edit]

Wahkiakum County[edit]

Wahkiakum County Assessor
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Bill Coons 1,264 62.64%
Republican Sulema Zerr 754 37.36%
Wahkiakum County Auditor
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Diane L. Tischer 1,654 100%
Wahkiakum County Clerk
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Kay M. Holland 1,643 100%
Wahkiakum County Commissioner #3
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Blair H. Brady 1,085 54.33%
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Wahkiakum County Treasurer
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Paula Holloway 1,602 100%


Town of Cathlamet Councilman #1
Candidate Votes Percentage
Steven McNicholas 110 62.86%
Dale Jacobson (write-in) 65 37.14%


Town of Cathlamet Councilman #2
Candidate Votes Percentage
Wally Wright 148 100%


Town of Cathlamet Councilman #3
Candidate Votes Percentage
Richard (Dick) Swart (write-in) 112 65.5%
Angie Pugh 59 34.5%


Port District 1 Commission #2
Candidate Votes Percentage
Larry Bonds 549 100%


Port District 1 Commission #3
Candidate Votes Percentage
Lori Scott 392 53.55%
Carlton E. Appelo 340 46.45%


Fire Protection District 1 Commissioner #2
Candidate Votes Percentage
Jim Jespersen 246 100%


Fire Protection District 3 Commissioner #2
Candidate Votes Percentage
Dennis Nagasawa 272 100%


Fire Protection District 4 Commissioner #2
Candidate Votes Percentage
Jim McCoy 369 100%


Cemetery District 1 Commissioner #1
Candidate Votes Percentage
Geoffrey Morse 724 100%

Walla Walla County[edit]

Walla Walla County Commissioner District 1
Candidate Votes Percentage
Gregg Loney 18,953 97.87%


Walla Walla County Commissioner District 2
Candidate Votes Percentage
Perry Dozier 11,984 58.02%
Sheryl Cox 8,413 40.73%
Proposition No. 1 Prescott Joint Park & Recreation District One Year Maintenance & Operation Excess Levy
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Yes 202 61.21%
No 128 38.79%
Total votes 0%

Whatcom County[edit]

Whitman County[edit]

Yakima County[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]