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Recount over with challenger Hans Zeiger poised to unseat Rep. Dawn Morrell

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Dec. 2, 2010 at 6:36 pm with 9 Comments »
December 2, 2010 6:36 pm

There were no surprise boxes of ballots. No surprises to speak of at all, in fact.

Pierce County’s recount of a state legislative race is over. And while results won’t be released until just before they’re certified Friday, there is nothing to indicate a major shift in votes that would allow Rep. Dawn Morrell to overtake challenger Hans Zeiger.

Republicans observing the recount for Zeiger were getting ready to pop the bubbly, and Democrat Morrell said she doesn’t expect a major change in the results of the first count, which Zeiger led by 47 votes.

The recount turned up just seven more ballots than the original count. There are also roughly 11 questionable ballots that will go Friday before the county Canvassing Board, which decides whether to count them. One that is likely to be rejected: a write-in vote for “Dawn Zeiger.”

Morrell said she never expected enough votes to materialize in a recount to overturn the results. “In King County, it might be different,” she laughed.

If things go as she expects, she won’t be disappointed. “I’ve already respectfully moved on. I’m figuring out my life, and it’s going on from there. I did my public service and appreciated serving the 25th District,” she said.

In the future for Morrell: taking her grandchildren to Disneyland, returning to work as a nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, maybe going back to school to become a nurse practitioner — and some activism. “I’m going to be pretty loud about the inequities in the health care system,” she said.

Morrell, Pierce County’s highest-ranking member of the Legislature’s Democratic leadership, has focused on health care issues in Olympia, and she returned to those when putting her potential loss in perspective.

“It’s an election,” she said. “It’s not a cancer diagnosis. It’s not losing your spouse. It’s not a sick kid. So I don’t get too excited over it.”

Leave a comment Comments → 9
  1. a bad day for the girl scouts of america

  2. slickgrace says:

    Did anyone interview Zeiger? It’d be more interesting to know what he feels like as the upstart who unseated a powerful incumbent.

  3. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Not so hasty – the socialist democrats in Seattle have not counted all the basement ballots surfacing in that cesspool!

  4. Jordan Schrader says:


    Yes. Will post Zeiger’s comments shortly.


  5. MedicineMan says:

    Zeiger is narcissistic and it will be just a matter of time before he back on his hate belching soap box and then maybe folks will see his true character. The positive side is it’s less than 720 until he can be voted out of office and replaced by someone who is qualified to hold the position.

  6. johnbattle says:

    It’s refreshing to see such a close election recount conducted so professionally, and the mature attitudes of both candidates. As a Zeiger supporter, I appreciate Morrell’s classy attitude at this point, a contrast to the negative ads she used during the campaign. Life is indeed more than an election.

  7. wallynash says:

    OOoooohh, OOOoooooh Medicine Man!! Having a bad day, are we? Why oh why is the loony left so, so nasty? Why?

    I have run for office against Dawn Morrell. She is a great Lady but I don’t like her politics. Hans is far from being narcissistic. He is a fine young man who will represent us well. After 30 years of misrule by the other side we surely need something.

    Remember! Keep to the right.

  8. papasan says:

    This “fine young man” is going to display his stripes in true fashion one of these days and the voters of the 25th District will ask themselves, “what have we done?”
    Thank you for 4 terms of WONDERFUL service, Dawn. They don’t deserve you.

  9. MedicineMan says:

    Wally–here’s the definition of Narcissism for you: “is the personality trait of egotism, vanity, conceit, or simple selfishness.” Before he changed his FaceBook page, he had over 100 pictures of little Hans on public display dating back to when he was in diapers. “His generation is chosen by God to lead us out of the moral morass we find ourselves in.” Have you read his writings Wally? You agree with them? Latest writings of 2009 speak out against diversity and religious plurality. Certainly a product of an all white rich kid conservative college. Minorities are recruited for their sports teams only. Wally, you are a senior by age determination. Have you read Zeiger’s writings on the senior population? If my recall is still accurate, he said that if he won election, he was going to ride an elephant up the stairs of the legislative building to show all that a Republican won and he was there to change the ways things are done. Seems he fits the definition.

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