Election results show Gouge won only 10 of 27 districts

No surprises after election certified
By Brian Soergel | Nov 29, 2017

There were no last-minute surprises this week after the Snohomish County Canvassing Board certified results of the Nov. 7 general election.

First-time candidate Angela Harris defeated current District 1 Port of Edmonds Commissioner Fred Gouge with 53 percent of the vote. Gouge won only 10 of 27 voter precincts, including both in the Town of Woodway.

Harris will be the lone new commissioner.

Two of the three incumbents running to retain their commissioner seats came out ahead: Bruce Faires defeated challenger Lora Petso with 52 percent of the vote, winning 18 precincts.

For Position 5 – an at-large position – Steve Johnston defeated challenger Susan Paine with 53 percent of the vote. He won 19 of the 27 districts. There was one tie.

City Council

In the race for three Edmonds City Council seats, incumbent Mike Nelson ran unopposed for Position 2 and incumbent Adrienne Fraley-Monillas handily defeated Alvin Rutledge to retain her Position 3 seat. She tallied 74 percent of the vote and came out on top in all voting precincts.

In the most contested race, incumbent Kristiana Johnson also handily defeated a challenger. She received 62 percent of the vote against Josh Thompson, who led all council candidates in fundraising.

Johnson won every precinct but one, precinct 27, roughly bordered by 220th Street SW on the south, 92nd Avenue West to Pine Street going north, and parts of Bowdoin Way east to Five Corners and then south on 84th Avenue W.

School District

In the race for Edmonds School Board Position 4, Deborah Kilgore beat Cathy Baylor with 60 percent of the vote. Both Lynnwood residents were running for office for the first time.

Fire District 1

There was one race, for Position 3 in Fire District 1, which serves Edmonds. Incumbent David Chan, who in March was caught on a hot mic making racist remarks – which he later apologized for – beat 28-year-old challenger Michael Ellis, a Mountlake Terrace police officer.

Chan finished with 51 percent of the vote.

Although the district serves Edmonds, residents are not permitted to vote for commissioners. Fire District 1 recently merged with the Lynnwood Fire Department and is now called South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue.

According to the county auditor’s office, 29,628 ballots were mailed to Edmonds residents. Of those, 12,101 were returned, or 40.8 percent. The city had the highest rate of return for cities with over 40,000 residents, which includes Everett and Marysville.

Cities with more than a 50 percent rate included Mukilteo, Snohomish and Index.

The countywide return rate was 32.7 percent.

 

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