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Washington Initiatives 

by Inlander Staff

All results statewide as of Tuesday night

R-55 * Charter Schools

Yes 701,624 / 41.4%

No 991,730 / 58.6%

"I voted yes. It's time that we helped public schools -- they're falling through the cracks. They need to get rid of all the bad teachers, but you can't because they've got tenure."

-- Gladys Grady

83, Sinto Senior Center

"I voted against it. They've spread themselves too thin -- the focus should be on giving to the public schools. You know, charter schools are just a Band-Aid solution. I strongly disapprove of more commercialization in classrooms. If there's corporate influence, I am against it."

-- Darylann Fredericks

a Republican and retired teacher

Sinto Senior Center

"I voted no. It takes public money away from schools."

-- Tom Coomes

41, physician, Valleyford Fire Station

"Yes. I believe people should have the authority to pick the best public schools for their kids."

-- Rich Sipes

35, medical sales, Valleyford Fire Station

I-297 * Hanford Cleanup

Yes 1,129,128 / 68.5%

No 520,314 / 31.5%

"I voted no because I'm not sure where the money is going to come from and that it will just generate a lot more lawsuits."

-- Sharon Willey

Prince of Peace Church, Indian Trail

"I voted yes. We need to have a say there. We're not going to let them turn our state into a nuclear waste dump without a fight."

-- Larry Davidson

Bemiss Elementary, Northeast Spokane

I-872 * Changing the Primary

Yes 1,026,500 /59.9%

No 686,271 / 40.1%

"I voted for it. We shouldn't pigeonhole people in that way. I don't vote a straight ticket that way."

-- Roger Waller

44, investment adviser, Manito United Methodist Church, South Hill

"Against it. You should be able to have a choice on which party to vote for and support the party of your choice."

-- David Bickler

23, Valleyford Fire Station

I-884 * Sales Tax for Education

Yes 673,328 / 38.9%

No 1,056,382 / 61.1%

"I'm all for education. I just think that any amount we can get for education is a plus."

-- Jack Scofield

Opportunity Elementary

"No, I don't believe in the public school system, I think there is a lot of waste in it. They're very liberal, social, atheist environments."

-- Craig Eggleston

Opportunity Elementary

I-892 * new Slot Machines

Yes 687,808 / 39.4%

No 1,055,956 / 60.6%

"[I voted] no, because I used to be in the gaming business and trust me, [slot machines] are no good. They're an abomination, and you can quote me on that one."

-- Steve Bergstrom

Opportunity Elementary

The Inlander election team didn't find a voter who supported this measure.

Publication date: 11/04/04
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