EVERETT — A new leader emerged Thursday in a three-person contest for a Lynnwood City Council seat.
Naz Lashgari grabbed a comfortable lead in the race for Position 2 after the latest tally of ballots. Meanwhile, Don Gough and Councilman Patrick Decker continue to battle for runner-up and a spot in the general election.
Lashgari, former chair of the city’s commission on diversity and equity, had 2,065 votes, or 35.1%. Gough, a former mayor, had 1,905 votes, and Decker, who was appointed to the council seat earlier this year, had 1,903 votes. If the results remain this close, a recount might be needed to confirm the second-place finisher.
Lashgari, who was in third on election night, has surged forward on the strength of late-arriving ballots. Decker had led through two rounds of counting.
In Edmonds, incumbent City Councilwoman Kristiana Johnson now finds herself losing the primary to challenger Alicia Crank.
Crank, who trailed by 193 votes on election night, now leads by 271. She has collected 45.6% of ballots cast to Johnson’s 43.5%. Both women are assured of advancing to a November showdown.
With Thursday’s tally, voter turnout countywide was 26.5%. Snohomish County Auditor Garth Fell reported just 350 ballots are left to count. The next update of results will be posted at 5 p.m. Thursday.