EVERETT — The top two Democratic contenders for Snohomish County Council District 2 switched places in new vote counts from Tuesday’s primary election.
Everett political organizer Megan Dunn on Wednesday edged past Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, who had the advantage a day earlier for the second-most votes.
Dunn had nearly 13% to Gregerson’s 12.6%. With the district’s strong historical preference for Democrats, whoever comes out ahead will be the front-runner in the Nov. 5 general election. The remainder of the vote was divided among five other Democrats.
“We’re still really encouraged by this set of returns,” Dunn said. “We’re going to continue watching for the next two days, but we’re optimistic. Most people I talked to in the past couple of days waited until the last day to turn their ballot in.”
Dunn’s lead over Gregerson, however, was just 65 votes, with many more ballots still to tally. County elections officials reported counting an additional 1,873 ballots since Tuesday, with some 5,800 to go.
On Tuesday, Gregerson had been ahead by 11 votes.
New totals are expected at 5 p.m. Thursday.
The top two candidates in each primary contest advance to the general election, regardless of political party.
This year’s District 2 race attracted a crowd of candidates because there’s no incumbent for the first time since 2007. Brian Sullivan, a Democrat, is stepping down after 12 years because of term limits. The district covers the Everett, Mukilteo and Tulalip areas.
County Council members are set to earn an annual salary of $126,571 starting next year.
In another County Council race — District 3 in southwest Snohomish County — incumbent Stephanie Wright had sewn up more than 78% of the votes in her bid for a third term. Two other candidates were competing for her job.
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