It’s a wrap: Primary results certified as November matchups set

In Snohomish County, 3,008 ballots got rejected. Some arrived late. Others weren’t signed. Twenty were for the wrong election.


EVERETT — The curtain came down Tuesday on the 2022 primary.

That was the deadline for county canvassing boards to certify results of the Aug. 2 election in which voters set the November matchups for local, state and federal offices.

In Snohomish County, 190,569 voters participated, a turnout of 37.5%, which is roughly the same as 2018, the last midterm election. A majority of them, 109,579, returned their ballots via a designated drop box, according to the final report compiled by Snohomish County Auditor’s Office.

Not every ballot that came in got counted. In all, 3,008 did not get tallied, including 20 ballots cast for the wrong election.

There were 1,800 tossed because they arrived too late and 957 rejected for having a signature that did not match the one on file for the voter. There were 152 ballots that had no signature.

No recounts are required.

Local incumbents seeking legislative and congressional seats will advance. Under Washington’s primary system, the top two vote getters advance to the general election regardless of party.

Democrat Clyde Shavers finished ahead of first-term Rep. Greg Gilday, R-Camano Island, in the 10th Legislative District, which covers all of Island County and parts of Snohomish and Skagit counties. Shavers garnered 52%, winning a majority in Island and Skagit counties. Gilday won handily in the Snohomish County part of the district.

Meanwhile, in the 39th District, two Republicans are set to square off.

Incumbent Rep. Robert Sutherland, R-Granite Falls, will face Snohomish County Councilmember Sam Low after they finished ahead of two Democrat candidates. This newly redrawn district encompasses parts of Snohomish and Skagit counties. It includes Lake Stevens and part of Marysville.

Two Republicans also will battle for a House seat in the 12th District, which includes communities along U.S. 2 in east Snohomish County after redistricting. Incumbent Mike Steele of Chelan won the primary with 80%. Robert Amenn of Gold Bar received 14.4% with write-ins totalling 5%,

Voters in the 38th District will be filling two House seats following the departures of Democratic Reps. Mike Sells and Emily Wicks, both of Everett.

Democrat Julio Cortes and Republican Gary Kemp will vie to succeed Wicks in Position 1. Both are seeking their first win for an elected office. Cortez won the primary with nearly 40%. Kemp, who trailed on Election Night, moved into second in later tallies and edged out Daryl Williams, a Democrat, for the second spot.

In the contest for Position 2, Democrat and first-term Everett City Councilmember Mary Fosse will duel Mark James, a Republican in his second term as a Marysville City Councilmember. The winner will replace the retiring Sells.

Secretary of State Steve Hobbs, a Democrat from Lake Stevens, will face Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, a Tacoma resident running as a nonpartisan. Her current job is nonpartisan.

This marks the first time in more than half a century that no Republican will be competing for this statewide office.

Final results for Snohomish County and the state can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623;; Twitter: @dospueblos.

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