John Drescher wins City Council race

December 4, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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John Drescher celebrated Election Day with friends and family who were packed to the rim in The Wooly Toad at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

At about 8:15 p.m., he was sitting alone in a corner, glued to his computer. When he clicked refresh, he saw the results, and called his wife Sally over to show her the outcome.

The screen showed Drescher with an insurmountable lead that night, and it only grew as he defeated challenger Mark Greene in the Newcastle City Council’s only contested race.

“After putting in a lot of work, and doorbelling so many homes and working hard to make sure that your message got out there, it was particularly rewarding to see it be received so successfully,” he said.

With more than 82 percent, or 1,979 votes, Drescher beat Greene for the council’s sixth position. Greene earned about 17 percent of the vote, or 409 votes.

Drescher will replace longtime Councilman Bill Erxleben beginning in January, and he said he has already begun preparing for the big day.

In addition to regularly attending City Council meetings, Drescher had already met with city department directors, getting a chance to learn more about their duties, and ask questions about important issues.

His best preparation for the job, he said, though, was his time spent doorbelling more than 3,000 Newcastle homes prior to the election.

During the neighborhood crawl, Drescher took notes about particular issues residents had, and heard their concerns and ideas for the city’s future.

“I’m doing all that I can to be as educated as possible, but I do think, ultimately, probably the best thing for me being a good council member will have been talking with so many different people during the election,” he said.

Incumbents Mayor Rich Crispo and Councilman John Dulcich were re-elected after they ran unopposed. Each received more than 98 percent of the vote.

In school board races, the Issaquah School District has a new board member in Lisa Callan, after she narrowly bested incumbent Alison Meryweather with more than 51 percent of the vote, or 10,545 votes.

Local Issaquah School Board member Marnie Maraldo was re-elected, as were Renton School Board members Pam Teal and Al Talley. All three ran unopposed.

Coal Creek Utility District Commissioner Ric Anderson also retained his seat, after running unopposed.

King County Councilman Reagan Dunn will also continue to serve the residents of Newcastle, defeating his opponent Shari Song with more than 57 percent of the vote, or 31,469 votes. Song received about 42 percent of the vote, or 22,927 votes.

The 2013 election was certified Nov. 26. View an entire list of results at www.kingcounty.gov/elections.

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