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Voters cast ballots in general election

 


Based on the results of the Nov. 8 general election the U.S. will have a new president while Washington state prepares for some incoming initiatives to be enacted.

Presidential Election

Donald Trump secured the presidential election with more than 270 electoral votes confirmed the night of Nov. 8.

Because many national polls were expecting the opposite result, it came as a surprise to many.

"I was quite shocked that Trump won, but he was the candidate I was rooting for after Bernie [Sanders] was cheated by the DNC [Democratic National Committee]," said local Michael Mattheisen.

Other locals have tempered optimism with the next president.

"I'm hoping that something good happens," said Teresa, who declined to give her last name due to the contentious nature of the recent election.

"I'm looking forward to the future," said local Aandre McDonell.

McDonell hopes that the country can work together for a better future.

"The way that Trump acted with his victory speech was very well done … I think if we can continue on that path of consolidation and everyone working together, everything will be good," he said.

Others were less optimistic about the results.

Local Atima Kim said her reaction was "sadness and disappointment mostly," and added that she had "a little bit of worry for friends and family."

State Initiatives

Washington state's minimum wage will increase rapidly over the next couple of years because of the passing of Initiative 1433.

About 57.9 percent of voters approved the initiative.

The minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $11.00 on Jan. 1, 2017, and then increase each year until 2020 where it would be $13.50. Afterward it would increase automatically each year, tied to the rate of inflation.

Beginning in 2018 businesses are also required to give one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Employees can save up to 40 hours of sick leave.

Because of the passing of Initiative 1491, courts have the option to issue "extreme risk protection orders" to individuals considered a significant danger to themselves or others which would prevent them from purchasing or accessing firearms.

The initiative passed with about 69.9 percent approving the measure.

Initiative 1501 increased penalties to identity-theft crimes if they are a senior or other vulnerable individual and also exempted in-home caregivers from public disclosure laws.

The initiative passed with about 71.0 percent approving the measure.

The proposed carbon tax, which would have reduced other taxes in an effort to keep the state revenue neutral, failed with about 59.3 percent of voters rejecting the measure.

State Elections

Democrat Jay Inslee will return to the governor's seat in Washington state for his second term with about 56.3 percent of the vote in his favor.

Democrat Cyrus Habib will be the state's new lieutenant governor, with about 55.7 percent of the vote in his favor.

Democrat Patty Murray will return to the U.S. Senate for her fifth term as Washington's representative with 60.8 percent of the vote in her favor.

Local Elections

Democrat Rick Larsen will serve his ninth term in the U.S. Congress serving the state's 2nd Congressional District, which goes from north Everett to Bellingham, including Marysville and most of Arlington.

In the 10th District for the state legislature, which includes parts of Lakewood, Republicans Barbara Bailey, Norma Smith and Dave Hayes will retain their seats.

In the 38th District, which includes Tulalip and much of Marysville, Democrats June Robinson and Mike Sells will retain their seats.

In the 39th District, which includes parts of Arlington, Republicans Kirk Pearson and Dan Kristiansen will retain their seats and Republican John Koster takes the seat of Elizabeth Scott, who was not running.

In the 44th District, which includes the Sunnyside region of Marysville, Republican Mark Harmsworth retains his seat and Democrat John Lovick will take the other.

 

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