Mead rides blue wave into November showdown against Republican incumbent

Jackson High grad outpolls Harmsworth in race to represent the 44th District
Aug 09, 2018
Courtesy of: Jared Mead Mill Creek City Councilmember Jared Mead shows off the tan line he earned while knocking on doors before the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Mead captured the Democratic nomination forPosition No. 2 in the 44th Legislative District and will face off with Republican incumbent Mark Harmsworth in the General Election in November.

Mill Creek City Councilmember Jared Mead captured almost 55 percent of the votes 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 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 next week, then get back on the campaign trail,” Mead said. “Finishing 10 points ahead of an incumbent was something we did not expect. It 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 Everett Republican Doug Roulstone.

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 election was just over 23 percent of the registered voters.

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