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Election results: Dual Si View Parks measures, two Valley challengers take early leads
The hour between 7:15 and 8:15 passed slowly for Si View Parks Commissioner Linda Hamm Grez. She made the minutes pass by working on a daughter's school project, tand kept refreshing her web browser to discover the fate of Si View Metro Park District's two vital ballot measures.
Parks District boosters, who gathered on an election night, Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Boxley's Place in North Bend, applauded, expressed relief, and started texting their friends when they saw initial counts giving both measures a healthy early lead.
As of Tuesday, Si View's District's Prop. 1, a six-year measure to restore levy funding, was at 86 percent approval with 2,526 "yes" votes and 408 "no" votes. Prop. 1, a one-year operations and maintenance levy, was at 72.59 percent approval, with 2,132 "yes" votes and 805 "no" votes. That measure requires a 60 percent "supermajority" to pass.
Two challengers lead
In the Snoqualmie Valley School District, one challenger, Carolyn Simpson, was leading an incumbent. In Director District 3, Simpson had 54.5 percent of the vote, with 2,803 votes, to Craig Husa's 45 percent and 2,317 votes.
In Director District 2, incumbent Caroline Loudenback was leading, with 50 percent and 2,571 votes to challenger Geoff Doy's 49.6 percent and 2,550 votes.
In the Director District 5 race, incumbent Dan Popp held the lead with 56.4 percent and 2,833 votes to Peggy Johnson's 43 percent and 2,163 percent.
In the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District No. 4 race, challenger Gene Pollard is leading incumbent Karyn Denton by 30 votes. Pollard is at 2,500 votes, or 50.05 percent, to Denton's 2,470, or 49.45 percent. There are 25 write-in votes cast.
In council races, for North Bend's Position 7 race, Ryan Kolodejchuk led with 50.4 percent, or 476 votes, to Piper Muio's 48.7 percent and 460 votes.
The North Bend proposition for a sales tax for transportation improvements was passing at 58 percent, or 634 votes, to 41 percent and 445 "no" votes.
For mayor, Ken Hearing had 824 votes, or 92.4 percent. There were 67 write-in votes, or 7.5 percent.
In the city of Snoqualmie, the incumbents led. In council position 2, Jeff MacNichols led Kevin Ostrem, 70 percent to 28 percent. In position 4, Kingston Wall had a tighter race, but was still leading Terry Sorenson, 53 percent to 46 percent, with 710 votes to 619. Councilman for position 6, Charles Peterson, was unopposed with 98 percent of the vote,
In the Fall City Metro Parks District, Matt Travis was leading John Rouches, 65 percent to 33 percent.
More election counts will follow on Wednesday afternoon. Follow the count at the county elections website.