A change could be taking place on the Mill Creek City Council.
Newcomer Rosemary Bennetts was leading incumbent John Hudgins in early returns for the Tuesday, Nov. 8 election. Bennett’s lead, wasn’t large, ahead of Hudgins by a count of 847 votes to 750, giving her just under 53 percent of the early tally.
Bennetts was at home trying unsuccessfully to get the results from the Snohomish County election results Web page, when she received a phone call that she was leading.
“I’m excited,” she said. “I guess I’ll just have to keep waiting. We still have a ways to go.”
Nonetheless, Bennetts admitted that perhaps the voters of Mill Creek were “looking for a change.”
Hudgins, who has served one term on the Council, was at home Tuesday night having a gathering with “some good friends.” He also was struggling to get the results online when he got the news he was trailing. Hudgins didn’t have any initial comment on the early returns.
“I’ll just be glad when tomorrow’s here,” he said.
In the other contested City Council race, Terry Ryan was winning handily over 20-year-old newcomer Brady Austin, with Ryan receiving just under 72 percent of the early returns.
“I’ve really enjoyed the doorbelling this year,” Ryan said. “The consistent thing that I’ve heard is that people were pleased with my 10 years of service to the city.”
Austin, meanwhile, was not discouraged by the early results.
“We’ve been out all day, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., holding up signs,” Austin said. “Hopefully we’ll see a steady rise.”
Three Council incumbents were unopposed and will remain in office: Donna Michelson, Mary Kay Voss and Mike Todd. Todd will finish the remaining two years of Jack Start’s term. Start passed away in April. Michelson and Voss will both serve another four years.