By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Although mailed-in ballots are still arriving at Snohomish County Elections, the numbers returned each day are slowing to a trickle.
This means many of the local races with three or more candidates have narrowed down to the two who will be on November’s General Election ballot.
None of this year's Mill Creek City Council races attracted more than two candidates, so this aspect of the General Election is already set.
The Snohomish County Auditor’s Office reported on Thursday, August 8, 2019, that the overall turnout for the Primary Election was 24%.
The election will be officially finalized and certified on August 20th.
The following preliminary results are as of Thursday, August 8th.
Fire District 7 EMS Levy Lift
It looks like Fire District 7’s effort to increase the EMS Levy has failed with only about 42% “yes” votes so far.
City of Mill Creek property owners pay for Fire District 7 services with a separate property tax levy as set by the city council, but voters outside city limits were asked to approve a levy lift to restore the EMS property tax rate from $1.36 per $1,000 back up to to the voter approved $1.50 per $1,000.
Snohomish County Council District 2
There was a lot of competition for this county council seat representing the Everett, Mukilteo, and Tulalip areas of west Snohomish County.
Incumbent Brian Sullivan is term limited and is giving up his county council position at the end of the year, which provided encouragement for the contenders.
The single Republican candidate, Anna Rohrbough, is ahead of everyone else with 35% of the votes so far. She is sure to be on the General Election ballot.
The seven Democratic candidates split the remaining votes with Megan Dunn and Jennifer Gregerson in the lead.
Dunn seems to be the one who will challenge Rohrbough in November, with a 191 lead over Gregerson.
Snohomish County Council District 3
So far incumbent Stephanie Wright is way ahead of the other two candidates for this county council position with almost 80% of the votes, so she is on the General Election ballot for sure.
Willie Russel is currently in second place with 10%.
City of Bothell Council Position 6
Incumbent Davina Duerr will certainly be on November’s ballot with 71% of the votes so far.
In second place is Sean Palermo with 17%.
City of Snohomish Council-at-Large Position 2
Elizabeth Larsen and Judith Kuleta are ahead of the one other candidate and will be on November’s ballot.
As of Thursday, they had each received about 37% of the votes.
Everett School District 2 Director-at-Large Position 1
Incumbent Jamyang Nhangkar will be challenged by Andrew Nicholls in November’s General Election.
According to Thursday’s vote count, Nhangkar has 43% of the votes and Nicholls has 35%.
Everett School District 2 Director-at-Large Position 2
Mill Creek Planning Commissioner April Berg and Everett business owner Brian Hollingshead will be on the November General Election ballot.
Berg leads Hollingshead by about 1,200 votes as of Thursday evening.