With a voter turnout of 38.8 percent in the Aug. 1 primary election as of press time on Tuesday, the race for Snoqualmie Mayor appears to be solidly in the hands of current incumbent, Matt Larson, and former Mayor, Fuzzy Fletcher.
Larson, who is running for his fourth term as mayor, holds a commanding lead over four opponents, with 1,461 votes, 48.7 percent. Fletcher is widening his own lead over freshman Snoqualmie City Councilman Brad Toft, from only 8 votes in the initial returns to an 84-vote difference Monday. Fletcher has 690 votes, 23 percent, and Toft has 606 votes, 20 percent. Mayoral candidates Steve Pennington and Edward J. Mortensen follow with 221 votes and 7.4 percent, and 15 votes, 0.5 percent, respectively.
In the race for Snoqualmie City Council Position 2, incumbent Katherine Ross is likely to face challenger Lesley Sheppard in the Nov. 7 general election. Ross leads the primary with 1,390 votes, 50.4 percent. Sheppard has 1,082 votes, 39.2 percent, and is followed by A.J. Tong, with 275 votes, 10 percent.
King County Executive, incumbent Dow Constantine continues to lead in his race, with 301,153 votes, 77 percent. Challenger Bill Hirt, currently with 49,330 votes, 12.6 percent, will be his likely opponent in November.
The county’s Proposition 1, a sales tax for a proposed cultural access program, is failing, with 51 percent voting against. Turnout so far is 33 percent.
Final election results will be certified Aug. 15.