By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Returned ballots have been counted for the past few days and most incumbents seem to have retained their positions. There are a few races that are too close to call as of Friday, November 10, 2017.
The Snohomish County Auditor’s Office reported that 32% of the mailed ballots have been returned and about 75% of those returned ballots have been counted so far.
The election results won’t be finalized until November 21st.
The following preliminary results are as of Friday evening, November 10th.
Mill Creek City Council
Mill Creek Councilmember Sean Kelly is way ahead of challenger Carmen Fisher with 71% of the vote and seems to have won his re-election bid. His residency is still under challenge with a hearing set for Friday, November 17th.
Mayor Pam Pruitt, Mayor Pro Tem Brian Holtzclaw, and Mill Creek Planning Commissioner Jared Mead will be successful in their election campaigns as they were the only ones on the ballot for their respective city council positions.
Snohomish County Council – District 4
Mill Creek resident and incumbent Councilmember Terry Ryan seems to have won his re-election bid against Marcus Barton with 64% of the votes.
Snohomish County Fire District 7 Board of Commissioners
Incumbent Randy Fay is clearly ahead of challenger Rick Edwards with 69% of the votes.
Everett School District Board of Directors
Incumbent Pam LeSesne leads challenger Janelle Nixon-Burke with 80% of the votes.
Alderwood Water and Wastewater District Commissioners
Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate and incumbent Mike Dixon leads challenger Chad Byers with 77% of the votes.
City of Snohomish Mayor
This is the City of Snohomish’s first mayoral election as the city moves from a weak mayor to a strong mayor form of government.
This is still a very close race with John Kartak leading Karen Guzak by only 86 votes.
Kartak was the leading proponent for the change to a strong mayor form of government and Guzak is a sitting City of Snohomish Councilmember who thought the old system worked just fine.
If Guzak wins the race, she will resign her city council position. If she loses, she remains on the council.
City of Everett Mayor
Neither of the Everett mayoral candidates are incumbents as Mayor Ray Stephanson decided not to run for re-election.
This race is extremely close as Judy Tuohy is ahead of Cassie Franklin by 19 votes.
City of Arlington Council Position 3
Here is a case where the challenger looks to win the contest. Former Mill Creek Finance Director Josh Roundy leads incumbent Chris Raezer with 70% of the votes.