Dale Washam, Pierce County’s assessor-treasurer-elect (man, that’s a lot of hyphens), called today. He’s run for various county offices since the early 1990s and never tasted victory, so I asked him how it felt to win.
“Do you know what feels the best?” he said. “The people who come up to me. It’s ‘we won, we won.’ I think that I give them a sense that if you stick to it and you keep your values and you stay on point about what you believe about public office, and then finally get there, it’s like they feel a part of it.”
He’s still not a big fan of ranked-choice voting. He called several times during the campaign to express concerns that voters didn’t understand it. Now that he’s won, he’s not changing his tune. He says it troubles him that some voters get more than one vote (if their first choice is eliminated, then their second and possibly third choices come into play). He also said the RCV system is too costly and that it takes too long to determine a winner.