Three County Council incumbents retain lead

  • Wed Nov 4th, 2009 10:32pm
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Herald staff

Three incumbents on the Snohomish County Council held comfortable leads during a second day of ballot counting, but just one opponent was ready to throw in the towel.

Councilman Dave Gossett, a Democrat, had taken 58 percent of the vote to Republican challenger Bob Meador’s 41.6 percent in District 4 in the south-central part of the county.

“I probably should (call him) at some point and congratulate him on his win and congratulate him that we didn’t have any negative things go on in the campaign,” Meador said Wednesday evening. “I was disappointed that I didn’t do better.”

Despite spending less than $5,000 for campaign signs and brochures, Meador said he worked hard during the campaign. The retired Lynnwood fire chief, who was running as a Republican, said he spent 38 days doorbelling and had four volunteers working hard on his behalf.

Councilman John Koster, the Republican incumbent in the District 1 seat, was leading his Democratic rival Ellen Hiatt Watson, 55.8 percent to 43.8 percent.

Those totals came with 27 percent of the total ballots issued, 101,737 of 371,915. That was about 10 percentage points more than on election night. County elections staff had predicted a turnout of slightly more than 50 percent.

Watson said she was still waiting to see how things would play out.

“There’s still a lot more ballots to be counted,” she said Wednesday evening. “I’m not comforted by the numbers, but it’s too early for me to call it.”

Democratic Councilman Dave Somers’ advantage over Republican opponent Steve Dana was 53.9 percent to 45.7 percent. Somers said on election night that he felt comfortable with the numbers. His share of the total had slipped slightly from 54.2 percent on election night.

“If his lead is decreasing, then Steve’s doing good,” Dana said. “There’s a lot of ballots to count.”

Several other races remained close after Wednesday’s count. Here’s a look at some of the races:

  • For a spot on the Mukilteo School Board, incumbent Jeff Thorp edged ahead of challenger Ken Renfro. The new total is 4,331 to 4,305, giving Thorp a 49.7 percent to 49.4 percent lead. Renfro led by 42 votes on election night.

    Two tight races for the Everett School Board remained close Wednesday.

    Challenger Jessica Olson leads with 52.8 percent over incumbent Karen Madsen, 46.7 percent.

    In a contest for an open seat on the school board, Jeff Russell holds a 383-vote lead over Pam LeSesne. The count is 7,567 to 7,184 with Russell holding 51 percent.

  • In the Monroe mayoral race, Robert Zimmerman maintained his lead over Mayor Donnetta Walser. The former City Councilman was taking 59 percent of the vote, or 1,145 votes, to Walser’s 41 percent, or 793 votes. All City Council candidates who led on Tuesday also held their leads.

    The proposal to add more than 10,000 people to Lake Stevens continued to lead on Wednesday. The proposal had 754 yes votes, or 57 percent, to 569 no votes, or 43 percent. Adding the area south and west of Frontier Village to Lake Stevens would push the city’s population over 24,000.

    In the contentious Granite Falls mayor race, restaurant owner Saleem Haroon kept his lead over incumbent Lyle Romack. Haroon had 311 votes, about 59 percent, after Wednesday’s count, to Romack’s 197, or 38 percent. Romack has been mayor for six years. Haroon is the owner of the Timberline Cafe in Granite Falls.