Photo by Haley Ausbun. From the Renton Reporter archives.

Photo by Haley Ausbun. From the Renton Reporter archives.

Here is what you’re voting for on Election Day

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6

King County’s primary election voters will weigh in on four ballot measures and 218 candidates, in 56 races.

And one ballot measure and six races will be directly in the hands of Renton voters. These issues fund parks and narrow the candidates for important races like the mayor, city council, school board and special districts.

Washington state uses a top-two primary system; only races with three or more candidates participate in the primary, and the two candidates with the most votes move onto the November general election.

Ballots must be mailed in by Election Day, Aug. 6 or turned into a ballot box location — there are three Renton:

Fairwood Library

17009 140th Avenue SE

Renton, WA 98058

King County Elections (drive-up box)

919 SW Grady Way

Renton, WA 98057

Renton Public Health Center (drive-up box)

3201 NE 7th Street

Renton, WA 98056

Here’s what to expect on the ballot:

Ballot measures:

King County

-Proposition No. 1: Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Levy

The county is asking voters to replace an expiring parks levy, that gives funding to county, town, city and park district parks, and for open space, trails, recreation, public pools, zoo operations and an aquarium capital project. If approved, this proposition would allow a six-year property tax, starting in 2020, of $18.32 for every $100,000 of assessed property value. More information in this article.

Ballot races:

Port of Seattle

Renton and other King County residents will have the chance to vote two candidates for Port of Seattle, in both Commissioner Position 2 and Position 5, to advance to the general election. Port of Seattle is a municipal corporation that oversees the seaport and airport, meant to advance trade and commerce in the region.

-Candidates for Position 2:

Kelly Charlton

Preeti Shridhar

Dominic Barrera

Sam Cho

Nina Martinez

Grant Degginger

Ali Scego

-Candidates for Position 5:

Fred Felleman

Jordan Lemmon

Garth Jacobson

Mayor of Renton

With four candidates vying for the mayor’s seat, only two move forward after the primary election. Here are the candidates. The Renton Reporter recently published a Q&A with all four candidates which is available here.


Ruth Perez

Marcie Maxwell

Randy Corman

Armondo Pavone

•Renton City Council

Several council seats are up for reelection, but only one race, for resigning councilmember Carol Ann Witschi’s seat, is voted on in the primary. The Renton Reporter recently published a Q&A with all council candidates running opposed, which is available here.

-Candidates for Position 3:

Valerie O’Halloran

Max J. Heller, III

Linda M. Smith

James Alberson

Renton School District

Similar to council races, only one school board director position is voted on in the primary. The position up for grabs is that of retiring board director Lynn Desmarais. The Renton Reporter recently published a Q&A with all school board candidates running, which is available here.

-Candidates for District 3:

Stefanie McIrvin

Jeremy Chambers

Kristen Deskin

Public Hospital District One

You don’t hear often about public hospital districts, but they’re government entities authorized to deliver health services to the district’s residents. District one covers Renton and parts of Newcastle and Bellevue.

-Candidates for Position 5:

Tamara J. Sleeter

Carol Barber

Jason Thorne

Ballots have already been mailed out by King County Elections Office. Registered voters who haven’t received theirs or have questions should call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE(8683).

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