For those people who say that the last two local elections should serve as the voice of the electorate concerning the issue of the SE Bypass, I submit the following information recently received from the Issaquah City Clerk’s office.
Frisinger (for Bypass): 60.6 percent
Thomas (against Bypass): 39.1 percent
• Council Position 1
Kelley (for Bypass): 39.4 percent
Rittenhouse (against Bypass): 60.3 percent
• Council Position 3
Barber (for Bypass): 51.0 percent
Marsh (against Bypass): 48.8 percent
• Council Position 5
Conley (for Bypass): 49.7 percent
McCarry (against Bypass): 50.1 percent
• Council Position 2
Butler (for Bypass): 66.8 percent
Weinstein (against Bypass): 32.9 percent
• Council Position 4
Ippolito (for Bypass): 47.3 percent
Schaer (against Bypass): 52.4 percent
• Council Position 7
Werner (for Bypass): 30.7 percent
Kappler (against Bypass): 68.9 percent
The two caveats to this information are that only contested positions are shown, and only sitting councilors are included.
In 2005, there were 11,319 registered voters with 55.5 percent voting. In 2007, there were 13,913 registered voters with 47.9 percent voting. Averaging the two elections, there was a 51.3 percent turnout with 49.74 percent voting for candidates supporting the Bypass and 50.26 percent voting for candidates against the Bypass. Over the seven races, the total difference between the two sides was 192 votes, which, if you divide by the seven races, amounts to 27 voters or 0.4 percent of the total votes cast and 0.2 percent of total registered voters. I am not a qualified statistician, but I doubt either of those last two numbers is significant.
This leads to a restatement from my previous letter. Regardless of how we feel about the Bypass, it is time to move forward, and the best option at this time is to obtain a statistically valid survey of transportation issues from the voters/residents of Issaquah.
You may help us do that by visiting our Web site, www.SafeRoadsforIssaquah.com, or contacting me at SRfI@hotmail.com.
There are answers out there. It is up to us to make them known.
– Rowan C. Hinds
Former mayor of Issaquah, and Reporter editorial board member