Voters in Snoqualmie have chosen a current and a former city mayor to compete for the title of Snoqualmie Mayor in the Nov. 7 general election. As of the election results’ certification yesterday, Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson, and the city’s last mayor, Fuzzy Fletcher, will be the mayoral candidates in November.
Larson, Snoqualmie’s mayor since 2006, received an overwhelming majority of votes in the Aug. 1 primary, 1,472, or 49 percent. Fletcher, who was mayor from 1998 to 2005 and chose not to run for re-election after his second term, received 693, or 23 percent of the vote.
Candidates who also ran for mayor include City Councilman Brad Toft, Snoqualmie businessman Steve Pennington, and builder Edward J. Mortensen. Toft had 612 votes, Pennington, 221 and Mortensen, 15. There were also 5 write-ins.
Asked about his future plans, Pennington said he wasn’t considering a run as a write-in candidate, but said he planned to sit down with both mayoral candidates for a conversation about the need for affordable housing, a stronger Internet infrastructure in the city and greater support for local teens.
A second, less-contested Snoqualmie race also was decided with strong support for the incumbent. In the race for City Council Position 2, office holder Katherine Ross and challenger Lesley Sheppard were chosen by voters to be named on the general election ballot. Ross received 1,402 votes, just over 50 percent and Sheppard received 1,085 votes, 39 percent. A third candidate, A.J. Tong, got 278 votes, 10 percent, and there were 13 write-ins.
Voter turnout for the primary in Snoqualmie was 39 percent.