Beckerahead in early election results

Published on Thu, Sep 21, 2006 by ack Kintner

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Becker ahead in early election results

By Jack Kintner

Judge Mary Kay Becker appears to be headed back to her Court of Appeals bench based on early returns following Tuesday’s primary election.

Results posted by the Washington Secretary of State showed Becker outpolling opponent Jeff Teichert almost 2-1 in the four-county race 27,081 to 14,420.

In Whatcom County she outpolled Bellingham attorney Jeff Teichert 15,239 to 8,144, or 65 percent to 35 percent. Judicial candidates running for the state Supreme Court, court of appeals or superior court in Washington state are elected in the primary if they get more than half the vote.

Though results will not be certified until the end of the month, both candidates seemed ready to accept the preliminary result. “I spent a beautiful August day ringing doorbells in Blaine. It was a pleasure to talk to so many interested people, some of whom remembered me from when I was in the legislature or on the county council. I am delighted to be returning to the Court of Appeals, and I will do my best to deserve the confidence shown by the voters,” said Becker.
Teichert was quoted as saying that he’d done “the best I could and apparently it fell way short.”

In two of the three contested Washington State Supreme Court races, incumbents Gerry Alexander and Tom Chambers appear to be returning to the bench with 55 percent and 59 percent respectively of the statewide primary vote.

The results were closer in Whatcom County but still thus far agree with the statewide voter decision.

In the third supreme court race incumbent Judge Susan Owens will face Stephen Johnson in the general election since she garnered less than half the primary vote.

Whatcom County bucked the statewide trend in giving her a very slight 50.13 percent edge over her four opponents.

Whatcom County auditor Shirley Forslof said that as of 7:15 p.m. on September 19, primary election day, 33,398 ballots out of 102,817 mailed out had been returned for “approximately a 33 percent voter turnout to date.”

More detailed results of the election can be viewed at www.secstate.wa.gov.