Edmonds voters turn out in highest numbers

Mike Nelson bests Neil Tibbott in 49 of 51 precincts
By Brian Soergel | Aug 23, 2019

When primary election results were certified in Snohomish County Tuesday, Aug. 20, there was little suspense. The results for races that affect Edmonds voters have remained unchanged since the first results were released Aug. 6.

Just a little over 24% of registered Snohomish County voters turned in their ballots (115,165 out of 473,398). In the mayoral race, however, 39.81% of registered Edmonds voters turned in ballots. It was the largest percentage turnout in all contested races in Snohomish County.

Edmonds will have a new mayor in 2020 to replace Dave Earling, and it will either be City Councilmember Mike Nelson or City Councilmember Neil Tibbott.

Nelson beat Tibbott in 49 of the city’s 51 voting precincts.

Also on the primary ballot were the two races for open spots of the Edmonds School District board of directors.

Incumbent Gary Noble, a 16-year veteran on the board, finished with 44% of the vote for District 3, and will face Rory Graves, who finished with 22%. Also on the ballot were Jennifer Cail, Mary Schultz, and Boe Lindgren.

“I appreciate the support of the voters in the Edmonds School District,” Noble said, “and I hope to continue to represent them on the school board.”

Said Graves: “Thank you to my supporters and all the voters who turned out in support of my campaign for Edmonds School Board. Once elected, I will work to ensure all Edmonds School District students have equitable access to a quality education, including culturally competent and trauma-informed spaces for all students, accessible tools to engage educators and parents with board decisions, and more efforts to retain quality teachers and aides.”

In District 5, Nancy Katims finished with 54% of the vote, and will face Lisa Hunnewell, who picked up 21%. Also on the ballot were Rina Redrup and D.P. (Casey) Auve.

“I want to thank all my supporters and the voters who have put their confidence in me to best serve the students and families of the Edmonds School District,” Katims said.

“It is clear that voters share my passion for bringing accountability, equity, and improved communication to our district. It’s been an honor to hear from voters about the issues that concern them, and I look forward to connecting with as many people as possible before the November election about my vision for student success.”

Said Hunnewell: "I am grateful to the voters and community members who have supported me and am honored to be moving forward to the general election in November.

"I have learned a great deal in the process and have been so impressed by the community's engagement as people reach out to me to better understand my position on the issues. I am excited for the months ahead and for the opportunity to demonstrate that I am the best candidate for Edmonds School District Position 5."

For Snohomish County Council District 3, which represents Edmonds, incumbent Stephanie Wright will face Willie Russell.


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