City races: Stanwood incumbents struggle; Arlington councilwoman trails

In Stanwood, voters asked for a new City Council in the coming year.

In returns posted Tuesday evening, Councilman Andy Chappel was behind newcomer Rick Randall.

Chappel, 57, has served about 10 years on the council. He said he did little campaigning and received 43 percent of the vote to Randall’s 56 percent. Randall, 36, has a background in real estate.

Former Stanwood Mayor Matt McCune, 53, a Boeing engineer, was edging out Councilman Arne Wennerberg, 43, a grocery store manager who served on the council for the past six years. McCune got 55 percent of the vote and Wennerberg received 44 percent.

McCune said he decided to run because he did not like the manner in which most council members treated the current mayor.

In early returns, newcomer Jenna Friebel, 39, a hydrologist with an environmental science firm, was defeating Councilman Bill Carlton, 77, who has been in office for five years. Friebel received 58 percent of the vote to Carlton’s 41 percent.

Friebel, who is married to a firefighter, campaigned on her understanding of flood issues and making sure the city has good emergency protection.

For an open seat, Roger Haskin — a councilman who had been appointed to a two-year seat — ran for Position 6, which is a four-year seat. Haskin tallied 56 percent of the vote to opponent Steve Venema’s 43 percent. Venema, 51, works for Boeing. Haskin, 46, is an auto dealership employee who previously served on the city planning commission.

Newcomers Larry Sather and Elizabeth Callaghan were going after Haskin’s old seat, Callaghan coming out on top.

Callaghan, 24, was appointed two years ago to serve on the city planning commission and is a teacher at a private Christian school. Sather, 68, is a community college teacher. Callaghan got 58 percent of the vote and Sather received 41 percent.


Longtime City Councilwoman Sally Lien, 77, appears to be going down in defeat. Challenger Randy Tendering, 59, an Arlington school bus driver, garnered 52 percent of the vote to Lien’s 47 percent.

With the current strife over the city’s 2012 budget, Lien considered herself brave to run again, she said. She had hoped to win another term and be able to say at the end that she served 20 years on the council.

Tendering believes that raising taxes and fees will drive people and business away from the city, he said.

Snohomish County planning commissioner and former city planning commissioner Ken Klein, 32, received a majority of votes for the at-large seat on the council. He is winning with 52 percent of the vote. Former Arlington fire chief Jim Rankin, 72, got 47 percent of the early returns.

The two-year, at-large seat is currently held by Linda Byrnes, who chose not to run for re-election.


Councilman Dennis Nick appeared to be holding off a challenge from Eric Teegarden, 60 to 40 percent.

Teegarden said he wanted to see Brier build more sidewalks and bicycle lanes as a way to get people out of cars. He also wanted to develop community gardens for people to grow and exchange vegetables.

Nick said community gardens aren’t necessary because Brier’s required minimum lot size of a quarter acre per house means that residents have plenty of room for gardens.

Nick said that he wants to continue to develop the city’s park system, maintain the city’s semi-rural character and keep the city’s sound fiscal condition.


Retired Darrington school teacher and senior center volunteer Mary Requa, 68, was far ahead Tuesday in the only contested race for Darrington Town Council. Motel owner David Singer was trailing Requa 22 percent to 77 percent.

Requa has said she is most concerned for Darrington’s young families and its senior citizens.


Two council members found themselves in neck-and-neck races with their challengers, while a third incumbent lagged farther behind.

Councilman D.J. Wilson, 36, who was seeking a second term on the council, trailed challenger Joan Bloom by 72 votes, 3,977 to 3,905. Bloom, 60, runs a consulting business for care of the elderly and disabled.

Council appointee Diane Buckshnis, 54, seeking her first full term, trailed challenger Bob Wilcox by 38 votes, 4,080 to 4,042. Wilcox, 59, is the former owner of Wilcox Construction in Edmonds.

Veteran Councilwoman Lora Petso, 49, was trailing in her bid for a second full term on the council. Challenger Darlene Stern, 64, wife of the late Edmonds police chief David Stern, led 51 percent to 48 percent.

Frank Yamamoto was leading by a wide margin for the lone open seat on the council over perennial candidate Alvin Rutledge, 69 percent to 31 percent. The spot was opened up when Councilman Steve Bernheim chose not to run for re-election. Yamamoto is owner of Running In Motion, a downtown Edmonds store specializing in supplies for runners.

Gold Bar

Councilwoman Florence Martin appeared to be winning the only contested race, 64 percent to 36 percent, over challenger Joan Amenn on Tuesday night.

Granite Falls

In a race between two political newcomers, Tess Greene was leading Thomas Gallagher for an open seat on the City Council. Greene, who retired from Verizon Communications, had 52 percent of the vote Tuesday night while Gallagher had 48 percent.

Lake Stevens

Todd Welch led challenger Tony Morea for a seat on the Lake Stevens City Council.

Welch, who had about 51 percent of the vote, is a systems administrator for Memory Lane. Morea, a regional facilities management specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, had about 48 percent.

In another race, incumbent Suzanne Quigley held a strong lead over Craig Suhadolnik.

Quigley, who is seeking her second full council term, had about 64 percent of the vote while Suhadolnik, founder and executive of a Bellevue-based networking company, had about 35 percent.


Lynnwood’s recent financial troubles may be spelling trouble for two City Council members. Two councilmen were trailing Tuesday in their bids to keep their seats.

Ted Hikel, 73, who has served 20 years during two separate stints on the council, was behind challenger Sid Roberts about 51 to 49 percent. Roberts, 57, is a real-estate broker.

Council appointee Ed dos Remedios, 68, was trailing in his bid for a first full term on the council, lagging behind challenger Benjamin Goodwin, roughly 51 to 48 percent. Goodwin, 34, is an e-commerce specialist for Costco.

Two other councilmen led in their bids to keep their positions. Jim Smith, 60, a 24-year veteran of the council, was ahead of challenger Van AuBuchon, 51 to 48 percent.

In the other race, Councilman Loren Simmonds, 68, was leading in his bid for a fourth term on the council, 53 to 47 percent over Michael Moore, 38.


In the race for Marysville City Council Position 5, Rob Toyer, a financial adviser who is on the city’s planning commission, was leading Tuesday night with about 52 percent of the vote. Scott Allen, who has a background in health care management, received about 47 percent.

Stephen Muller was leading Roger Hoen in the race for council Position 6.

Muller, who is an Edward Jones financial adviser and former city planning commissioner, had about 64 percent of the vote. Hoen, a retired food service manager who served on the state Liquor Control Board, had 35 percent of the vote.

Mill Creek

Incumbent Mike Todd received 62 percent of the vote Tuesday night for a seat on the Mill Creek City Council, putting him ahead of challenger Charlie Gibbons who received about 38 percent of the total. Todd has served on council since 2005, including being appointed mayor by the council in 2010.

Todd said he hopes to preserve the city’s character, responsible fiscal planning and creating a 25-year strategic plan to guide the city.


Current Councilwoman Bridgette Tuttle was behind challenger Jason Gamble, 52 to 47 percent.

Councilman Jim Kamp was leading in his effort to keep his seat against former Councilman Mitch Ruth. On Tuesday night, Kamp led 51 percent to 49 percent.

For an open seat, Todd Fredrickson, who is making his fourth bid for office, held a narrow 14 vote lead — 783 votes to 769 — over planning commissioner Ed Davis. Fredrickson had 50.3 percent of the vote compared to Davis’ 49.4 percent.

In the race for the two-year council-at-large position, first-time candidate Kevin Hanford had 73 percent of the vote compared to his opponent, Joel Phillips, who had 26 percent.

Mountlake Terrace

One of three incumbents running Tuesday was losing.

Challenger Seaun Richards was ahead of incumbent John Zambrano with 54 percent to 45 percent.

Richards, a restaurant owner, aims to improve communication between the council and residents, maintain financial stability and entice new businesses to the city and revitalize the downtown corridor.

Incumbent Laura Sonmore was leading challenger Christina O’Brien 65 to 35 percent.

The council’s longest-serving member, Sonmore’s priorities include upholding leadership and city services, maintaining community safety and recreation opportunities and communicating with residents.

Incumbent Michelle Robles kept a lead over challenger Robert Reedy, 63 to 36 percent.


Tuesday’s ballot offered four contested City Council races.

Steve Schmalz, vice president of the Mukilteo Arts Guild, was leading Ted Wheeler, who works in commercial construction, in the race for the Position 4 seat. Schmalz had about 56 percent of the vote while Wheeler had 44 percent.

Just nine votes separated incumbent Emily Vanderwielen and challenger Terry Preshaw in the Position 5 race.

Vanderwielen, who is seeking her second full term, had 1,497 votes. Preshaw, an international business immigration lawyer, had 1,488.

In the race for Position 6, incumbent Linda Grafer was leading E. Scott Casselman. Grafer, who retired from the health benefits industry, had about 53 percent of the vote while Casselman, a retired physician, had 46 percent.

Councilwoman Jennifer Gregerson held a strong lead in her bid to retain her Position 7 seat. Gregerson, seeking her third term, was ahead with 71 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Carolyn “Dode” Carlson, a retired post office manager, had about 28 percent of the vote.


Kay George was leading Councilwoman Marianne Naslund 61 percent to 39 percent.

Councilman Joe Neigel appeared to be holding onto his seat for another four years, leading opponent Bart Dalmasso 51 to 48 percent.

Reporters Amy Daybert, Alejandro Dominguez, Gale Fiege, Katie Murdoch and Bill Sheets contributed to this story.

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