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Election results | Three challengers hold leads in Snoqualmie Valley school, hospital races

Si View Metro Parks District Commissioner Linda Hamm Grez, center, keeps an eye on early election returns, surrounded by district supporters at a campaign gathering on election night, Nov. 8, at Boxley
Si View Metro Parks District Commissioner Linda Hamm Grez, center, keeps an eye on early election returns, surrounded by district supporters at a campaign gathering on election night, Nov. 8, at Boxley's Place in North Bend.
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

Three challengers now hold leads over incumbents in the Snoqualmie Valley general election races, as of Tuesday, Nov. 15.

In the Snoqualmie Valley School District, Director District 3, challenger Carolyn Simpson remains ahead, with 54.13 percent of the vote and 4,197 individual votes, to Craig Husa's 45.52 percent and 3,530 votes.

Asked for a statement on her apparent win, Simpson responded by thanking all of the voters.

"I am humbled by the voters' confidence in me, and I am honored to be able to represent Snoqualmie and the entire district on the school board," she said in an e-mail to the Record. "I look forward to working with other board members, the administration, teachers, and the community to brighten the future for all of the Valley's students.

In Director District 2, challenger Geoff Doy had a small majority of votes, 3,943 or 50.85 percent, over incumbent Caroline Loudenback's 3,784 votes, totaling 48.8 percent. Both of these races also had 27 write-in votes. With only 159 votes separating the candidates, Doy wouldn't comment on the outcome of the race, but he felt that people either voted for him because of his message, or because they simply wanted a change on the board. "In either case, I am extremely grateful for every vote and for the support of my many active campaign supporters," he wrote.

In the Director District 5 race, incumbent Dan Popp holds the lead with 57.13 percent and 4,321 votes to Peggy Johnson's 42.49 percent and 3,214 percent.

In the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District No. 4 race, challenger Gene Pollard is leading incumbent Karyn Denton by 38 votes. Pollard is at 3,732 votes, or 50.03 percent, to Denton's 3,694, or 49.52 percent. There were 33 write-in votes cast.

Pollard also declined to comment on the outcome, but said "Both my opponent and I have proposed greater transparency and accountability on the part of the administration and board of Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. I hope that will be the result, regardless of who wins this contest."

In council races, for North Bend's Position 7 race, Ryan Kolodejchuk led with 52.74 percent, or 702 votes, to Piper Muio's 46.43 percent and 618 votes.

The North Bend proposition for a sales tax for transportation improvements was passing at 59.87 percent, or 922 votes, to 40.13 percent and 618 "no" votes.

For mayor, Ken Hearing had 1,152 votes, or 92.68 percent. There were 91 write-in votes, or 7.32 percent.

In the city of Snoqualmie, the incumbents led. In council position 2, Jeff MacNichols led Kevin Ostrem, 69.85 percent to 30 percent, 1,406 votes to 604. In position 4, Kingston Wall had a tighter race, but was still leading Terry Sorenson, 55 percent to 44.7 percent, with 1,086 votes to 882. 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, 64.34 percent to 34.76 percent.

Si View still ahead

Si View's District's Prop. 1, a six-year measure to restore levy funding, was at 87.47 percent approval with 3,903 "yes" votes and 559 "no" votes. Prop. 2, a one-year operations and maintenance levy, was at 74.57 percent approval, with 3,325 "yes" votes and 1,134 "no" votes. That measure requires a 60 percent "supermajority" to pass.

The election will be certified on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

You can follow the results at http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections.aspx

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