By Debra Smith Herald Writer
In Edmonds, former City Councilman Dave Earling leads Mayor Mike Cooper by a wide margin, 66 percent to 33 percent.
And Lynnwood voters are rejecting Proposition 1, a measure that would change the city’s form of government. It calls for demoting the mayor and hiring a city manager to run Lynnwood’s day-to-day operations.
With only about half the ballots counted as of Tuesday night, it’s still too early to call the races. The county elections office intends to release new totals daily as more votes are counted.
Voters are apparently not in much of a mood for change in Everett.
All four incumbents — Ron Gipson, Brenda Stonecipher, Drew Nielsen and Shannon Affholter — are winning their respective Everett City Council races in early returns Tuesday night.
Long-time councilman Gipson looks to be on his way to a fifth term on the council. He’s leading challenger June Robinson with 59 percent of the vote.
Councilman Nielsen was winning his race against retired airline pilot Erv Hoglund. Nielsen had 52 percent of the vote. Councilwoman Stonecipher had won 52 percent of the votes counted so far, too. Her opponent, Scott Bader, had 47 percent.
Council president Affholter was well ahead of opponent Jackie Minchew, a music teacher who wanted to raise awareness about declining fuel supplies and global climate change. Affholter had 67 percent of the vote.
In another big local race, Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring appeared to be leading challenger Kelly Wright in his race to retain the position Tuesday night.
Nehring, who was appointed to the mayoral seat in June 2010 and is seeking his first full term, was leading with 62 percent of the vote. Wright, who works for a national security consulting firm, had 37 percent.
Meanwhile, longtime Arlington City Councilman Steve Baker appears to be losing his bid for mayor to Barbara Tolbert, a city airport commissioner and director of the Arlington Fly-In.
Tolbert, who had the support of current Mayor Margaret Larson and the city fire and police associations, is leading with 54 percent of the vote.