EVERETT — Incumbent Sid Logan is in the lead for a race to represent District 1 on the Snohomish County Public Utility District’s board of commissioners. Early results Tuesday night showed Logan winning 68.6% of the vote against his challenger Rob Toyer, a former Marysville City Council member.
Logan was ahead with 68.7% in Snohomish County and 66.2% in Island County.
“I’m really pleased,” Logan said Tuesday night. “I feel confident, a lot of ballots were already turned in.”
In his campaign, Logan stressed the need for broadband internet access, continued renewable energy efforts and a steady utility rate.
Three nonpartisan commissioners oversee the Snohomish County PUD, the second-largest publicly owned utility in the state. The commission sets utility rates, directs policy and hires a general manager.
The PUD serves more than 355,000 electric customers in Snohomish County and on Camano Island. It also provides water to more than 21,000 customers through supplies purchased from the city of Everett. Renewable hydropower makes up about 80% of the county’s power supply, most of which comes from the Bonneville Power Administration.
District 1 covers the northern half of the county, including Everett, Marysville, Arlington, Granite Falls, Stanwood and Darrington, and Camano Island in Island County.
Logan was appointed to the post in March 2017 before winning the November 2018 election to complete the final two years of a six-year term. Logan’s appointment runs through the end of this year.
This election is a chance for Logan to serve a regular six-year term.
Logan said previously he will push to keep utility rates as low as possible and explore expanding broadband into rural parts of Snohomish County.
The PUD is on its third year with no rate increase, and Logan said he doesn’t anticipate that changing in 2021.
His other priorities include financial assistance for income-qualified customers and pursuing more renewable energy investment similar to the PUD’s two-acre solar project completed last year.
Mail-in ballots will continue to filter in, with county results certified Nov. 24.