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WA’s 27th Legislative District: Jinkins leading Fey early; Darneille coasts

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Nov. 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm with No Comments »
November 3, 2010 10:25 am

Unsurprisingly, the initial results from Washington’s 27th District House races show one somewhat tight contest and one blow-out.

Here’s the latest results for the district spanning parts of Tacoma and Fife.

House Position 1:
Jake Fey (D) vs. Laurie Jinkins (D)

In the battle for the open Position 1 House seat, Democrat Laurie Jinkins holds a single-digit advantage over fellow Democrat Jake Fey after initial Pierce County ballot counts.

Jake Fey
The inter-partisan battle pitted two-well liked Democrats vying for the seat left open by Democratic incumbent Dennis Flannigan’s retirement after the last legislative session.

Laurie Jinkins
Fey, in his second term on the Tacoma City Council, and Jinkins, deputy director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, each hold similar progressive political views.

Fey, director of WSU Extension’s Energy Program, touted his legislative experience as a green friendly policymaker, while Jinkins, a former state Attorney General, promoted her fiscal acumen as the health department’s lead budgeter.

They split local endorsements among big name Democrats, but Jinkins held a sizeable advantage in the money race, pulling in big bucks from out-of-district contributors.

After a generally positive campaign, both candidates took some hits as Election Day neared. The TNT reported on revelations about both candidates:

Jinkins’ candidacy may have violated the federal Hatch Act, which prohibits employees at some federally-funded agencies from engaging in partisan politics. Fey benefits from the controversial but “retire-rehire” system, simultaneously drawing a public employee pension and salary.

House Position 2:
Jeannie Darneille (D) vs. Jon Higley (R)

As expected, Democratic incumbent state Rep. Jeannie Darneille is having no trouble in her re-lection bid to the state house.

Darneille, a non-profit consultant, held a comfortable double-digit lead after initial ballot counts over her Republican challenger, retired teacher Jon Higley.

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