Close races continue in second day of election returns; city incumbents lead while school board incumbents have mixed success

Local races dominated ballots in the Snoqualmie Valley this election cycle and in the second day of returns, little has changed in the various races.

At Position 1, Councilman Bob Jeans holds about a 150 vote lead over Cristie Coffing, 920 votes to 766, or 55 to 45 percent.

In Position 2, Councilwoman Katherine Ross is ahead of challenger Lesley Sheppard, 957 votes to 720, or 57 to 43 percent.

For Position 3, Councilman Bryan Holloway received 890 votes, 54 percent, to Tom Wood’s 753 votes, 46 percent.

At Position 6, Councilman Sean Sundwall continues to hold a sliver of a lead, 879 votes, 52 percent over Monica Lowney, with 819, 48 percent.

In Position 7, Councilwoman Kathi Prewitt still trails her challenger, Peggy Shepard, by about 100 votes. Shepard received 874 votes, 53 percent, to Prewitt’s 772 and 47 percent.

The race for Position 5 had no incumbent in the running. In early results, Matt Laase jumped ahead with 1,132 votes, 69 percent. His challenger Terry Sorenson had 498 votes, 31 percent.

Finally, in the contest of two mayors, incumbent Mayor Matt Larson again leads his challenger, former Mayor Fuzzy Fletcher, by about 300 votes. So far, Larson has 1,048 votes, 59 percent, to Fletcher’s 743, 41 percent.

North Bend

All of the incumbents on North Bend’s City Council began the vote counts ahead of their opponents, but one by only a 99-vote margin. Ross Loudenback, in Position 4, received 500 votes, 55 percent of the vote. His challenger, Rich Wiltshire, has 401votes, 45 percent.

In the other races, Position 2 incumbent Alan D. Gothelf is ahead of his opponent Ryan Stothers, 572 votes, 65 percent, to 307 votes, 35 percent, although Stothers appeared to have done very little campaigning for the position.

Jeanne Pettersen, unopposed at Position 6, had 660 votes.

Carnation and Duvall

Neither Carnation City Councilmember was challenged in this election. Jim Ribail, at Position 2, has 192 votes. Kimberly Lisk, Position 4, has 172.

On the Duvall City Council, Position 1 incumbent Dianne Brudnicki is enjoying a 55 percent lead over challenger Richard Wilson, who has 45 percent. Brudnicki has received 774 votes so far, Wilson 626.

Running unopposed for Position 2, Matthew Eyer has 1,093 votes. Unopposed at Position 5, Michelle Hogg has 1,067.

At Position 2, with no incumbent running, challenger Amy McHenry leads challenger Chantel Thurman 858votes to 537, or 62 percent to 38 percent.

For position 6, also with no incumbent running, Jennifer Knaplund has received 899 votes, 61 percent, to her challenger, outgoing Duvall Mayor Will Ibershof’s 565 votes, 39 percent.

Councilwoman Amy Ockerlander appears to be headed to the Duvall Mayor’s seat. She has received 1,015 votes, 68 percent, to councilman Jason Walker’s 473, 32 percent.

School Board

Snoqualmie Valley School District’s board races show both incumbents falling behind their challengers. At District 1, challenger Melissa Johnson received 2,640 votes, 51 percent to lead Tavish MacLean in the race. He received 2,497 votes, 49 percent.

District 4 challenger Gary Fancher received 2,697 votes, 53 percent to lead the race against Marci Busby. She received 2,423 votes, 47 percent.

Both incumbent Riverview School Board directors, Lori Maudlin Oviatt and Sabrina Parnell appear to be winning their races, although that was a given for the unopposed Parnell, who received 2,914 votes for District 5. In the race for District 1, Oviatt was challenged by former City Councilman Stuart Lisk. She received 2,525 votes, 65 percent, to Lisk’s 1,337, 35 percent.

Si View Park District

Voters in the Si View Metropolitan Park District continue to show the parks district strong support, with an overwhelming yes vote for the district’s Proposition 1. The measure to preserve a portion of the parks district’s levy, has 2,072 Yes votes, 85 percent, to 368 No votes.

If approved, Proposition 1 will allow the parks district to levy an additional 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, from 2018 to 2023, in order to preserve its funding for parks operations, programs, and facilities.

Si View also had a candidate on the ballot. Commissioner Amy McGhee, Position 1 was up for re-election and unopposed, she received 1,618 votes.

Other races

Ron Pedee, the incumbent at Position 1 of the King County Fire Protection District 38 Board of Commissioners has nearly triple the votes of his challenger, Daniel Lang. Pedee received 965 votes, more than 75 percent, to Lang’s 314 votes.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Commissioner Emma Herron, running unopposed at Position 3, received 3,980 votes.

Incumbent King County Councilwoman leads challenger John Murphy 58 percent to 41 percent in the race for Metropolitan King County Council, District 3.

King County Proposition 1, a levy lid lift for veterans, seniors and vulnerable populations is passing with a strong majority of 66 percent. This measure will renew the expiring four-year levy for veterans services, and fund capital facilities and health programs for seniors and their caregivers, and for such vulnerable populations as homeless youth.

If certified as approved by voters in this election, the levy will start at a rate of approximately 10 cents for $,1000 of assessed value in 2018, then increase by up to 3.5 percent annually, through 2023.

In the 45th Legislative District race for State Senator, Manka Dhingra (D) leads Jinyoung Lee Englund (R) by just over 3,000 votes, 55 to 45 percent.

King County Executive Dow Constantine has a commanding lead over challenger Bill Hirt, 76 percent of the vote, to retain his seat.

Sheriff’s Deputy Mitzi Johanknecht is increasing her lead over Sheriff John Urquhart in the Sheriff’s race, 53 to 47 percent.

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