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Girls swim to SeaKing title

Meet the new dragon at Deane’s Children’s Park Come and help welcome the new dragon to Mercer Island at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at at Deane’s Children’s Park. For information and details, see the story on page 10.

‘Club 202’ to lose their route; will combine with 204, to run less often

MIPC Toy Swap Bargain alert! The Mercer Island Preschool Association is holding their annual sale of childrens toys and gently used gear between 9 and 11 a.m. on Saturday at Islander Middle School. For information, go to www.

‘Band Together’ event to support school bands Tickets are still available for an evening of J­azz on Nov. 16 at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center. Just for adults, there will be great music and food, all to benefit music programs at the Mercer Island School District. To buy tickets or for more information, see more on page 6 in this issue.

School Bond info session tomorrow Learn more about the Feb. 2014 bond issue to rebuild and expand Mercer Island schools at an information session set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center. For more, go to

Answer the call The Mercer Island Schools Foundation annual Phone-a thon continues through tonight. Be generous and give to the foundation to support learning for all Island students.

By Mary Grady

John Fisk / Special to the Reporter

Senior Captain Sabrina Steinhauer swims at the SeaKing District championship this past weekend at Mary Wayte Pool. The Islanders won. They will compete at the state meet in Federal Way Nov. 15 and 16.

Just half vote in General Election Nearly a third of voters cast votes in City Council races; 216 voted for write-in candidates By Mary L. Grady

Mirroring the trend of the County as a whole, just under half of the more than 17,500 eligible Island voters or 9,600 people, cast their ballots in the Nov. 5 General Election. Nearly a third of those who did vote, skipped voting for candidates for Mercer Island City Council. In the two contested City Council races, Positions 2 and 6, just 6,800 voters, or about 70 percent of those who voted, chose to

votes — a difference of 975 votes. There were 9 votes for write-in candidates for Pos. 2. In the race for Pos. 6, between, Rich Erwin and Benson Wong, a total of 7,400 votes were cast with the majority or 4,900 going to Wong. Fourteen voters added a vote on the candidates vying for write-in candidate as their choice. A total of 5,314 voters cast their the open city council races. ballot for incumbent Senn who Just over half also holds the position of those who of State Representative voted or 54 perin the Washington cent, checked State Legislature. She the box next to was appointed to that City Council post in September, incumbent Tana replacing former State Senn who ran Rep. Marcie Maxwell unopposed for who resigned. her seat. Tana Senn Nearly 200 voters As of Friday City Councilmember designated their vote evening Nov. 8, for a write-in candithe most recent date for Senn’s seat on statistics available before Reporter deadline, the Council. Reached by telephone, Senn indicates that 7,500 voters made a choice in the race for City Council said she is pleased to continue Pos. 2, electing incumbent, Dan representing the people of Mercer Grausz with 4,235 votes, over chal- Island. lenger, Kevin Scheid with 3,260 election | Page 2

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King County Metro has proposed big changes in its service next year, due to high operating costs and low ridership on many routes thoughout its system. Changes on Mercer Island include the elimination of Route 202 that stops on S.E. 24th Street at the Park and Ride at the United Methodist Church. It provides access to and from I-90 via West Mercer Way. Route 204 will remain and will ‘combine’ with the 202 for service to the South-end and the Mercer Island Park and Ride via Island Crest Way. It will operate for more

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