Harris on way to defeating Gouge in Port

Chan nudges ahead in fire district
Nov 20, 2017

With updated numbers from Nov. 7’s general election, it appears clear that most local races are settled.

The most surprising result? First-time candidate Angela Harris defeating current District 1 Port of Edmonds Commissioner Fred Gouge with 53 percent of the vote

“I am honored that voters have put their trust in me,” Harris said. “I look forward to representing them and wish the very best to my opponent, Mr. Gouge, who fought a hard race.”

Did she expect to win against the longtime commissioner?

“As a first-time candidate, I must say that seeing your name on the ballot is almost a shock in itself – even though you put it there – let alone when the numbers begin rolling in and you hold the lead.

“It’s exciting, and I’m so grateful to voters for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to serving with the rest of the commissioners, and I am hopeful we can work together to build strong working relationships with each other, with the city, City Council and with Edmonds and Town of Woodway residents.

“With good working relationships and collaboration, I feel we can work to find additional ways to mitigate stormwater issues, analyze the effects of climate change, update the Harbor Square master plan so we have an active plan on record, put a restoration plan in place for the Edmonds Marsh, support the daylighting of Willow Creek, look to additional sources for tourism, and do so while continuing the excellent offerings and service at the Marina.

“I look forward to serving, and I don’t take the responsibility lightly. I am humbled at the trust voters have put into a new candidate, and I will work hard to remain worthy of that trust.”

Harris ouldl be the lone new commissioner.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, two of the three incumbents running to retain their commissioner seats at the Port of Edmonds had leads: Bruce Faires was defeating challenger Lora Petso with 52 percent of the vote.

For Position 5 – an at-large position – Steve Johnston was defeating challenger Susan Paine with 53 percent of the vote.

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’s tallied almost 75 percent of the vote.

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

“It feels great to be in the lead,” Johnson said. “I am humbled by the support of the voters in Edmonds. The next big tasks before the City Council are the city’s 2018 budget and 20-year capital facilities program and six-year capital improvement budget.”

School District

In the race for Edmonds School Board Position 4, Deborah Kilgore maintains a substantial lead over Cathy Baylor with 60 percent of the vote. Both Lynnwood residents are 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 – was losing to 28-year-old challenger Michael Ellis, a Mountlake Terrace police officer, after the first count.

But Chan has now pulled ahead, 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.

Election numbers will be certified Nov. 28.


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