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Evan Smith |
Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 2:57 p.m.

Incumbents winning south county elections

Incumbents are on their way to winning all positions in Mountlake Terrace, Brier and Woodway on the Nov. 5 ballot in votes counted through Nov. 13.

The results came with nearly all of expected ballots counted.

Snohomish County officials had counted ballots from 40.36 percent of county voters through Wednesday afternoon, close to the expected 41 percent. County officials plan to release updated returns Thursday. Officials will certify final results Nov. 26.

Mountlake Terrace: Five Council incumbents win

Incumbents are on their way to winning all five Mountlake Terrace positions on the Nov. 5 ballot in votes counted through Nov. 13.

All of the Terrace City Council incumbents apparently have won, with four re-elected to four-year terms and one elected to fill the last two years of the term he holds by appointment.

Incumbent Councilmen Rick Ryan and Jerry Smith apparently have won re-election without opposition. In addition, Councilman Doug McCardle, Councilwoman Kyoko Wright and appointed Councilman Bryan Wahl all hold clear leads over challengers backed by the BetterMLT organization that helped defeat three recent tax proposals to pay for a new city-hall and police-station complex.

McCardle holds a 52.75 percent to 46.65 percent lead over BetterMLT-backed challenger Stephen Barnes; Wright holds a 61.58 percent to 37.94 percent lead over challenger Wanda Clarke-Morin; and Wahl holds a 56.16 percent to 43.41 percent lead over anti-tax activist Leonard French for the last two years of the term that Wahl has held since he replaced former Councilwoman Michelle Robles.

The 4,500 Mountlake Terrace ballots counted through Wednesday were 96 percent of 4,688 votes received through Thursday.

Smith for several years has been presiding over the council as a mayor in Mountlake Terrace's council-manager form of government.

Brier: Mayor re-elected; four councilmen unopposed

Brier Mayor Bob Colinas leads challenger Adam Gregorich by a 71.02 percent to 28.56 percent margin, and Councilmen Mike Gallagher, John Joplin, Martin Krienke and Marc Olson are winning unopposed.

The 2,318 Brier ballots counted through Wednesday were 97 percent of the 2,384 ballots received through Thursday.

Woodway: Incumbent mayor, councilmen unopposed

Woodway Mayor Carla Nichols, and Town Councilmen Bill Anderson, Kent Saltonstall and Thomas Whitson all won re-election without opposition.

The 518 Woodway ballots counted the Wednesday made up 95 percent of the 544 ballots received through Thursday.

Evan Smith can be reached at

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