Update, Aug. 19: Galvin continues his wild allegations. In another comment in the election story he takes my observation about his ridiculous commentary repeated below and leaps to a series of assertions about my “support” for Valderamma. In fact, there is no place, no where and no how in which I have indicated support for any candidate. I declared Wasnick the victor over Galvin, so by Galvin’s twisted logic it would seem I support Wasnick, too.
Why is Galvin anti-Valderrama? Because, perhaps, Valderrama as a leader of Citizens for Sammamish–a group Galvin tried to exercise a leadership role–shunned his tactics and style.
As for my comments vis-a-vis Valderrama and Galvin, I’m merely exposing Galvin’s continued hypocrisy and distortions.
Update, Aug. 18: Here is Galvin’s graceless comment from the story in the Sammamish Review directed toward the vote for Valderrama:
John Galvin on August 17th, 2011 7:00 pm
A clear message that the paper’s editor is eager to hide is that more people voted against Valderrama than for him.
There is a growing discontent with City leadership, with grandiose plans that are never implemented, with policies that deny the future and cling to the past. Valderrama will need to be more dynamic, more substantive, and more independent if he hopes to get elected.
I invite citizens to compare Valderrama’s campaign website with my campaign website. Which site is more substantive? I know what the Growth Management Act is. I know the city’s comprehensive plan. . I have attended city meetings and forums since 2000 and know all the players. I’ve studied all the confusing city economic reports. I’ve dared to raise issues the city council was eager to ignore. The first round is over, but the fight has just begun.
Humble in victory, proud in defeat. Relentless!
I am more than happy to support those candidates who will bring new vision and energy to Sammamish.
Hardly “humble in victory.”
It’s all over but the shouting, as they say: 75% of those voting in the Position 4 primary rejected John Galvin and his tactics of intimidation, insults, hypocrisy, cry-babyism and his advocacy of policies that would pave over the Town Center and result in traffic gridlock.
It’s particularly noteworthy that Galvin, who had a high profile following his years of berating everybody he didn’t agree with, his constant whining in letters to the editor and his advocacy of building a “Bellevue Square” in the center of Sammamish without the remotest ability to build roads to accommodate the traffic, was thrashed by two candidates who were unknown to the public, save for some road signs and a couple of articles in the local papers.
Although it won’t be official until the end of the month, it is clear that Jim Wasnick and Ramiro Valderrama will face each other in the November election.
Wasnick held a slim lead over Galvin on election night and widened his lead in the ballot counting completed Wednesday.
I’ve been watching elections in Sammamish since the incorporation vote in 1998 and in every election and every race, except one, the leader on election night went on to win the final count. (The one exception: the 2001 race between Nancy Whitten and Ken Kilroy. Whitten led by 17 votes on election night but lost the election by fewer than 150 votes when it was all said and done.)
With Wasnick widening his lead over Galvin, I’m calling his victory now, based on the 12 years of voting patten and results in Sammamish.