City Council Election Update: A Look at the Numbers

Posted by on November 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Election 2013

The results are still unofficial but in the Bainbridge City Council races, Roger Townsend, Wayne Roth, and Val Tollefson are continuing to stretch their large leads. Dee McComb has conceded to Townsend who has 68.4 percent of the vote. Wayne Roth has a 24 percent lead over opponent Arlene Buetow. And Vall Tollefson has a nearly 50 percent lead over Dick Haugan.

Wayne Roth

Wayne Roth

Commonsense Bainbridge, the Political Action Committee supporting Buetow, Haugan, and McComb, has so far reported raising $28,825 and spending $12,357 on the election. Rival PAC Quality Bainbridge, which backed Roth, Townsend, and Tollefson reports having raised $3,444 and spent $2,829.

As so far reported to the Public Disclosure Commission, Tollefson was the biggest spender, dropping a good $17,452 on the campaign, and all without buying any yard signs. His opponent Haugan raised more than any other candidate: $28,600, compared to Tollefson’s $25,978. Of all the candidates, as so far reported, Roth spent the greatest percentage of money raised, 92 percent. Haugan was the most fiscally conservative, spending only 43 percent of his pot.

Val Tollefson

Val Tollefson

Townsend, Buetow, and Roth all raised about the same amount: $11,258, $11,089, and $12,085, respectively. McComb raised and spent the least: $3,233 and $2,552.

Roger Townsend

Roger Townsend

The candidates’ money was spent to influence what turned out to be just a fraction of Bainbridge Islanders. In the North Ward race, 6,454 votes so far counted are determining the election outcome. In the Central Ward, it’s 6,269. And the South Ward race is being determined by just 6,256 voters. Bainbridge has 17,869 registered voters, meaning that only 34 percent of the registered populace is having a say about our future government. That percentage is two points higher than the average in the rest of the County.

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4 Responses to “City Council Election Update: A Look at the Numbers”

  1. Jay Spindall says:

    @Sarah: "In the North Ward race, 6,454 votes so far counted are determining the election outcome. In the Central Ward, it’s 6,269. And the South Ward race is being determined by just 6,256 voters. Bainbridge has 17,869 registered voters, meaning that only 34 percent of the registered populace is having a say about our future government."

    What am I missing?

    6,454
    6,269
    6,256
    +===
    18,979 votes so far counted

    But there are only 17,869 registered voters?

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    • salandpen says:

      Hi, Jay. Only about 6400 voters voted. But not everyone cast a vote in all three of the ward races. So some people voted for a north ward candidate and a central ward candidate but not a south ward candidate, for example. What that means is we can\’t give an exact number of people who voted in the city council race. But basically, about 6,400 (plus or minus a few) voted out of the 18,000 registered people, which comes to about 34 percent. Does that help? —Sarah

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    • Noah Haon says:

      BI Voters can vote for candidates in any ward. They are effective all at-large positions.

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  2. Caroline says:

    Islanders get to vote for all 3 Council positions, no matter where you live, so you don't add those numbers together to get total number of voters. There's overlap within those votes.

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