EVERETT — Cassie Franklin and Judy Tuohy are likely to face off in November in the Everett mayor’s race, barring an unusual turn of events.
Brian Sullivan was running a close third behind Tuohy in the latest update from Tuesday’s primary. With few votes left to count, Sullivan’s chances of making it through the top-two primary appeared to be dwindling.
“We want to make sure every vote gets counted before we make any decisions,” Sullivan’s campaign manager, Mark Peckham, said Thursday afternoon. “It’s looking rough for us, but it’s still a tight race.”
By Thursday, turnout for all of Snohomish County approached 24 percent. That’s close to the projected total for the mid-summer primary.
In Everett, there were about 150 ballots left to tally, county elections manager Garth Fell said. A few more could straggle in through the mail.
Franklin widened her lead to 31.6 percent. That put her 275 votes ahead of her City Council colleague Judy Tuohy, who is in second place with 29.5 percent. If elected, either one would be the first woman to lead the city.
“I would just love to thank everybody for their support and I’m really grateful for the folks who came out and voted and I’m ready to work hard for the general (election),” Franklin said.
Tuohy was 67 votes ahead of Sullivan, who had 29 percent of the total. On Wednesday, fewer than 100 votes had separated the first- and third-place finishers.
“I had a really good bump today which was great after yesterday,” Tuohy said. “It’s so close that I really hate to be far out there in guessing how we’re going to end up. I am more optimistic tonight than I was last night, but we need to finish the vote. It’s just that close.”
Another candidate, Shean Nasin, was a distant fourth with 9.6 percent of the 13,197 ballots tallied in Everett as of Thursday.
Primary results will change the political landscape in other parts of the county.
In a Stanwood City Council race, incumbent Dorothy Gorsuch appeared to be out of contention, with challengers Judy Williams and Mike Braley on their way to the general election. Williams had 42.2 percent of the total and Braley 36.1 percent. Gorsuch trailed with 21.5 percent.
In the race for the Edmonds School District board, Deborah Kilgore was the frontrunner with 44.2 percent. The second slot was not as clear. Opponents Cindy Sackett and Cathy Baylor were separated by just 11 votes. Both received just under 27.7 percent of the vote.
Rikki King contributed to this report.