Mead rides blue wave into November showdown against GOP incumbent

Jackson High grad outpolls Harmsworth in race to represent 44th District
By Dan Aznoff | Aug 17, 2018
Photo by: Crystal Mead Creek City Councilmember Jared Mead shows off the tan line he earned while knocking on thousands of doors leading up to the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Mead captured the Democratic nomination for Position No. 2 in the 44th Legislative District and will face Republican incumbent Mark Harmsworth in the general election in November.

Mill Creek City Councilmember Jared Mead captured almost 55 percent of the vote in last week’s primary election to join two Democratic incumbents who hope to make a clean sweep of the state Legislative positions that represent the southern portion of Snohomish County in Olympia.

The 26-year-old graduate of Jackson High and Heatherwood Middle School will take on Sen. Mark Harmsworth for Position No. 2 in the 44th Legislative District.

Incumbent John Lovick (D-Mill Creek) outdistanced his primary opponent in the race for Position No. 1, while Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) easily topped his two opponents in the primary race for the state Senate.

Mead provided the only real surprise on election night.

“We expected a close race, and would have been happy just finishing a few points down,” Mead told The Beacon. “Finishing 10 points better than the incumbent has us on top of the world.”

Mead estimates that he personally knocked on more than 10,000 doors since he launched his campaign on March 20. Together with his family and campaign volunteers, the ambitious lawmaker said his campaign probably reached more than 16,000 households in just over four months.

“We’ll sit down and do a deep dive into the results when they are available, then get back on the campaign trail,” Mead said. “Finishing 10 points ahead of an incumbent reaffirms our commitment that we are on the right track and that people like our message.”

Overnight results had Mead with 11,623 votes, or 54.85 percent of the 21,192 ballots cast on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Harmsworth tallied over 9,500 votes, or 45.02 percent.

In the other District 44 races, Lovick collected more votes than any other candidate in the district, compiling 12,276 votes, or 58.64 percent of the total versus just over 41 percent for his Republican opponent, former Snohomish County Councilmember Jeff Sax.

Hobbs also had more than 12,000 votes in his race against retired Navy Captain Doug Roulstone of Everett. The Republican served in the state house for two months to fulfill the unexpired term of Mike Hope in 2014.

More than 700 voters, or 3.4 percent of the 21,600 total votes, cast ballots for Libertarian candidate Jeremy Fitch in the race for the state Senate.

All seven candidates will face each other again in the general election in November.

Turnout for the primary was just over 23 percent of registered voters.

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