Mississippi state legislative, Seattle city council primaries among elections we’re following Tuesday
In addition to Mississippi’s gubernatorial primaries, today we’re following elections in five states. Here are three highlights:
Mississippi is holding statewide legislative primaries for all 52 seats in the state Senate and 122 seats in the state House. Republicans currently hold a 31-18 majority in the Senate with three vacancies and a 74-44 majority in the House with two independents and two vacancies. Forty state Senate incumbents and 107 state House incumbents are running for re-election. Eight Republican and four Democratic seats are open races in the state Senate, while eight Republican, five Democratic, and two independent seats are open races in the state House.
Seattle holds nonpartisan primary elections for the seven members of its city council that are elected by district. The top two vote-getters will advance to the November 5 general election. Incumbents in Districts 1, 3, and 5 are seeking re-election, while races for the other four seats are open. Across the seven races, 55 candidates are running.
The primary elections have seen more than $800,000 in total satellite spending through August 1.
Around $350,000 of the spending has been by Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE), the local Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee. The Chamber of Commerce—along with Amazon—opposed a head tax that was passed and then repealed by the city council in 2018. The tax required businesses grossing at least $20 million to pay $275 per employee to fund affordable housing programs for the homeless. District 1 and 3 incumbents Lisa Herbold and Kshama Sawant supported the tax, although Herbold subsequently voted for its repeal. CASE has endorsed and spent in support of challengers to each councilmember. Amazon has contributed $250,000 to the political action committee.
Voters in King County and Seattle will decide one ballot measure each to authorize or re-authorize certain property taxes.
Proposition 1 in King County would authorize the county to levy a property tax for six years to replace an expiring tax that would be earmarked for parks, recreation, open space, public pools, zoo operations, and aquarium capital improvements.
Proposition 1 in Seattle would authorize the city to levy a property tax for seven years that would be earmarked to fund library operations, materials, and maintenance and capital improvements.