The Islands' Sounder
Preliminary election results updated

Preliminary election results show that Liz Lovelett maintains her position in the State Senate, $30 vehicle tabs was approved and the county’s levy lift is still in the air. Of the 13,719 registered voters in San Juan County, voter turn out was an estimated 46.27 percent with 6,347 ballots having been counted and an estimated 1,200 remaining to be counted. The next count will at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8. … Read More

Go Skagit
The Podium: Commissioners appreciate work of local state legislators

Commissioner Ron Wesen, Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt and I are all grateful to our three skilled and supportive state legislative delegations in Olympia. In a time of political polarization, the legislators from the 10th, 39th and 40th districts work across the aisle in the best interest of our community. During the 2019 legislative session, they successfully addressed local priorities, securing over $9 million in state funding for three key projects. … Read More

The Bellingham Herald
Here’s who is ahead in Whatcom County election races after first count Nov. 5

State Sen. Liz Lovelett, an Anacortes Democrat, was leading Daniel Miller of Friday Harbor by a count of 68% to 31% for the 40th Legislative District seat in a confirmation vote that’s required because she was appointed to the post in February, replacing Kevin Ranker who resigned in January amid sexual harassment allegations. Totals for the race span three counties: San Juan, plus parts of Whatcom and Skagit. Lovelett was leading in all three counties.
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Lovelett holds large lead in Senate race

State Sen. Liz Lovelett, D-Anacortes, holds a commanding lead over Republican opponent Daniel Miller in the race to retain her seat, after preliminary general election results came in Tuesday night. … Read More

Anacortes American
Anacortes City Council approves inclusion resolution 6-1

As a person of Jewish heritage whose first language was Hebrew, Laura Spehar said she’s more familiar with the feeling of fear than the feeling of being included.

That’s why, she said, the city’s inclusion resolution is so important.

“No one will ever understand the power of hate speech better than people of ethnicity, gender difference or sexual orientation differences,” Spehar told the mayor and City Council on Monday. “We know all too well what can happen when speech ignites violence.”

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The Journal of the San Juans
Lovelett and Miller answer the public’s questions

With the election just weeks away, the two candidates for District 40 State Senator made their rounds in a series of forums held by the League of Women Voters. A spattering of locals gathered on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the San Juan Grange to hear the prospects talk experience, climate and schools. … Read More

Bellingham Herald
Lovelett, Miller seek the 40th District state Senate seat. Here’s what voters should know

State Sen. Liz Lovelett, an Anacortes Democrat, will be defending her 40th Legislative District seat against Daniel Miller in a confirmation vote that’s required because she was appointed to the post in February. She replaced Kevin Ranker who resigned in January amid sexual harassment allegations. Ranker was elected in 2016, so the 40th District state Senate seat is open again in 2020, and whoever wins will again face election next year. The 40th District includes San Juan County and parts of Skagit County and south Bellingham.
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Anacortes candidates take part in forum

ANACORTES — Candidates running for a state Senate seat, the Anacortes City Council, Anacortes School District Board and Port of Anacortes Commission took part Tuesday night in a forum.
The forum was hosted by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce.
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Sen. Lovelett taking on challenger Miller

State Sen. Liz Lovelett, D-Anacortes, is defending her seat against Republican Daniel Miller in the Nov. 5 general election.
Lovelett, a former Anacortes City Councilwoman who was appointed to represent the 40th Legislative District in February, said she is ready to continue her work on environmental, transportation and education policy.
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