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  Spellman, John D.
NameJohn D. Spellman
Seattle, Washington , United States
Born January 29, 1926
DiedJanuary 15, 2018 (91 years)
Last ModifedRP
Jan 16, 2018 01:28pm
Tags Caucasian - Catholic -
InfoKing County Commissioner
King County Executive
Washington Governor, 1981-1985

John D. Spellman was the first King County Executive and later served as governor of Washington. Elected Executive in 1969, shortly after the County's Home Rule Charter created the position, Spellman played the lead role in establishing the County's new governmental structure under the Charter. He consolidated previously independent departments and replaced the old patronage system with a merit system. Spellman supervised the controversial process of siting and building the Kingdome, the domed stadium that provided the first home for the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, and initiated early efforts to deal with uncontrolled growth. Spellman was twice re-elected as King County Executive before being elected governor in 1980. His gubernatorial term coincided with a budget crisis that required deep cuts and tax increases, and although he achieved success in other areas, he lost his bid for re-election. After leaving office Spellman joined a Seattle law firm, where he continues to practice law.

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  09/18/1990 WA Supreme Court - Pos. 2 Special Primary Lost 43.98% (-12.05%)
  11/06/1984 WA Governor Lost 46.69% (-6.62%)
  09/18/1984 WA Governor - Blanket Primary Won 26.20% (+0.00%)
  11/04/1980 WA Governor Won 56.68% (+13.36%)
  09/16/1980 WA Governor - Blanket Primary Won 16.70% (-7.39%)
  11/08/1977 Metropolitan King County Executive Won 46.96% (+13.85%)
  09/20/1977 Metropolitan King County Executive - Primary Won 42.42% (+17.29%)
  11/02/1976 WA Governor Lost 44.43% (-8.71%)
  09/21/1976 WA Governor - Blanket Primary Won 21.77% (-1.51%)
  11/06/1973 King County Executive Won 57.80% (+15.61%)
  03/04/1969 King County Executive Won 52.07% (+4.13%)
Seattle Mayor - Nov 03, 2009 D Joe Mallahan
King County Assessor - Special - Nov 03, 2009 D Lloyd Hara
WA Initiative 1000 - Death With Dignity - Nov 04, 2008 NO No
WA Initiative 933 - Require compensation when regulation diminishes the use or value of private property - Nov 07, 2006 NO No
WA Supreme Court - Pos. 2 Primary - Sep 19, 2006 R Stephen L. Johnson
WA Supreme Court - Pos. 1 - Nov 02, 2004 D Mary Kay Becker
WA Initiative 872 - Nov 02, 2004 NO No
Seattle Mayor - Nov 06, 2001 D Mark Sidran