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Results of some close election races are ‘wait and see’

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By Amy Daybert
Herald Writer
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Some election races remained close Wednesday evening after 10,000 more ballots were counted and new tallies were released.
Results after the second day of ballot counting in at least two races were within the threshold for a recount, but final results won't be certified until Nov. 29, said Garth Fell, Snohomish County elections manager.
A machine recount is triggered when the final vote count between two candidates is less than one-half of 1 percent, Fell said. A hand recount occurs when the difference between candidates is less than one-quarter of 1 percent.
"There are some close races," Fell said. "We're just going to have to wait and see."
In Monroe, Councilman Jim Kamp's lead over former Councilman Mitch Ruth grew to 49 votes. Kamp led, 968 to 919 votes, or 51.1 percent to 48.5 percent.
Todd Fredrickson's 14-vote lead over Ed Davis in bid for an open council seat grew to 23 votes, 941 to 918.
In the race for a Monroe School District seat, management consultant Nancy Truitt Pierce was still leading incumbent Debra Kolrud. Pierce had 51.8 percent of the votes while Kolrud had 47.9 percent.
Here's a look at some other close races:
Mukilteo City Council
Incumbent Emily Vanderwielen's lead over challenger Terry Preshaw consisted of just nine votes on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, Vanderwielen had 1,671 votes while Preshaw had 1,629 votes.
Granite Falls City Council
Political newcomers Tess Greene and Thomas Gallagher are separated by 18 votes for an open seat on the council. Greene appeared to be holding onto her lead with 212 votes to Gallagher's 194 votes.
Lynnwood City Council
Councilman Ted Hikel continued to fall behind challenger Sid Roberts 48.6 to 51.1 percent.
Edmonds City Council
Council appointee Diane Buckshnis was lagging behind challenger Bob Wilcox by 30 votes, 4,122 to 4,152.
Challenger Joan Bloom held onto a 71 vote lead over councilman D.J. Wilson, 4,052 to 3,981.
Darrington Mayor
Incumbent Mayor Joyce Jones and opponent Dan Rankin, a town councilman, remain locked in a tie since Tuesday, each with 118 votes.
Bothell annexation
A measure to annex 5.6 square miles of unincorporated Snohomish County and increase the size of Bothell by 22,000 people appeared to be failing. It had 2,157 votes against and 2,006 in favor, or 51.8 to 48.2 percent.
Lynnwood Prop. 1
Proposition 1, which would change the city's form of government, continued to fail, 54.5 percent to 45.5 percent in the second round of ballot counting. There were 2,290 votes against it and 1,915 votes in favor of the proposition.
Voter turnout Wednesday was 33.4 percent. County Auditor Carolyn Weikel predicted a turnout of slightly over 50 percent when final tallies are in. That estimate is based on recent history for odd-year elections featuring local races.
The next release of vote totals from the county elections office is scheduled at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; adaybert@heraldnet.com.
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