Most of the other political candidates in races throughout Snohomish County finished celebrating their wins — or lamenting their losses — more than two weeks ago.
But for three of the county’s closest election nail-biters, candidates and voters had to wait until Friday to find out who would take office next.
The Snohomish County Auditor’s Office completed its recounts of those three races Friday afternoon.
After the final recount — the only recount done by hand — only one vote separated John Zambrono from incumbent A.J. Housler for Mountlake Terrace City Council Position 7.
Zambrono received 1,625 votes to Housler’s 1,624.
The next-closest race was in Gold Bar, where after a machine recount Robert Amenn held a two-vote lead over City Council incumbent Dorothy Croshaw.
Amenn received 211 votes, Croshaw received 209 votes, and there were three write-in votes.
After a machine recount in the race for the District 2 Port of Edmonds commissioner, Marianne Burkhart finished 25 votes ahead of incumbent Ken Reid.
Burkhart said she’s glad it’s over.
"Finally!" she said. "It took a long time for the fat lady to sing."
Burkhart said she didn’t expect much to change in the machine recount because the votes were counted electronically the first time.
But she is now gearing up to "hit the ground running" in January by attending meetings and reading about issues that are now before the Port of Edmonds Commission.
And this weekend, she finally gets to celebrate with friends and members of her campaign committee.
"It really is a feeling of awe that so many people, a majority of whom didn’t even know me, were willing to put their trust in me," Burkhart said. "I feel humbled."
Neither Zambrono nor Amenn could be reached for comment Friday evening.
About 130,130 people voted in the Nov. 4 election — a little better than 40 percent turnout.
Reporter Jennifer Warnick: 425-339-3429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.