King County Elections released preliminary election results around 8:15 p.m., Nov. 5. Of 1,329,464 registered county voters, 312,930 ballots were returned as of election night.
In the City of North Bend, 980 ballots were counted out of 4,861 registered voters as of election night.
North Bend Mayor
For Mayor, Rob McFarland garnered 68.09 percent (606) of the vote, while Rich Wiltshire received 31.24 percent (278) of the vote, according to preliminary results.
The race for North Bend mayor was an interesting situation. Wiltshire had dropped out of the race before the results of the Primary Election came in. He still earned second place in that election, so he was still on the General Election ballot.
Halei Watkins, communications officer for King County Elections, said that a candidate announcing they are dropping out does not mean anything from a legal or balloting standpoint once the deadline has passed. Watkins said that the Monday following filing week in May is the deadline to remove your name from the ballot and if a candidate misses that, they are still on the ballot even if they publicly announce they will not campaign.
There were also two city council races for position 3 and position 7. Candidates for positions 1, 5 and 6 ran unopposed.
For Pos. 3, Heather Koellen garnered 53.42 percent (468) of the vote, while Olivia Moe received 46.35 percent (406) of the vote, according to preliminary results.
For Pos. 7, Mary Miller received 63.13 percent (560) of the vote, while Darren Glazier gathered 36.64 percent (325) of the vote, according to preliminary results.
For Pos. 1, Jonathan Rose, who ran unopposed, garnered 96.51 percent (580) of the vote, according to preliminary results.
For Pos. 5, Brenden Elwood, who ran unopposed, garnered 97.79 percent (620) of the vote, according to preliminary results.
For Pos. 6, Chris Garcia, who ran unopposed, garnered 97.25 percent (602) of the vote, according to preliminary results.
Ballots were due by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Final results will be certified on Nov. 26.
For more information, go online to www.kingcounty.gov/election.