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Election results: Marci Busby ahead in Snoqualmie school race; Hospital challengers ahead
The Nov. 5 general election so far favors the challengers, with an exception—the Snoqualmie Valley School District board race between Marci Busby and David Spring.
However, early returns saw challengers in the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital district play upsetter to incumbents, while newcomer Heather Munden was beating former councilmember Terry Sorenson by a wide margin.
Both local tax measures gathered strong support.
Si View Metro Parks' Prop. 1 one-year maintenance and operations levy was passing by a wide margin, 27 percent, 1,778 votes to 545.
Fall City Fire District 27's Prop. 1, an M&O levy, was passing with 72.74 percent, 619 to 232 votes.
In the Snoqualmie Valley School District, the race between incumbent Marci Busby and challenger David Spring saw Busby with a 200-vote lead. Busby had 52 percent of the vote, or 2,273 to David Spring's 47.5 percent, or 2,079 votes.
Tavish MacLean is unopposed for the District 1 seat, and garnered 3,320 votes. Write-in candidates garnered 32 votes.
In Snoqualmie, Mayor Matt Larson was elected to his third term with 73.6 percent of the vote, or 957 votes. Challenger Ed Pizzuto received 338 votes.
In the contested race for position 5, newcomer Heather Munden was leading former councilman Terry Soreson, 70 percent to 29 percent. Munden had 903 votes to Sorenson's 372 votes.
Bob Jeans, at position 1, Bryan Holloway at position 3, and Kathi Prewitt at position 7 were re-elected and unopposed.
In North Bend, Alan Gothelf, for position 2, Ross Loudenback at position 4 and Jeanne Petterson at position 6 were re-elected, unopposed.
In Carnation, Jim Berger at position 2 and Kim Lisk were unopposed and re-elected.
For the Public Hospital District 4 (Snoqualmie Valley Hospital) Position 2 race, challenger Dariel Norris was leading by a large margin, with 65 percent to incumbent Dick Jones' 34 percent.
As of Wednesday morning, Norris had 2,621 votes to Jones' 1,377.
In the Position 4 race, challenger and commissioner Gene Pollard was winning against incumbent Kevin Hauglie. Pollard had 55.3 percent of the vote, 2,333 votes, to Hauglie's 44 percent, or 1,869 votes. That race saw 14 write-in votes.
Commenting to the Valley Record Wednesday, Hauglie remarked that, with under a quarter of registered voters counted, "it is early and I remain optimistic. The hospital is full, clinics are very busy and the entire team remains diligent carrying out our mission of quality health care."
I-522, which would have labeled genetically engineered food, was failing with a 54 percent "no" vote. About 541,000 Washington residents voted against it, with nearly 446,000 voting for the measure.
I-517, which would have set penalties for interfering with signature-gatherers, require that all measures receiving sufficient signatures appear on the ballot, and extend time for gathering petition signatures, was failing with a 60 percent "no" vote, with 573,000 people voting against the measure, 381,600 voting for it.
• The next ballot count in the general election is Wednesday afternoon. You can see results at http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/currentelections/201311/results/browseraces.aspx