Gregerson leads mayor's race in early returns

By Sara Bruestle | Nov 06, 2013

The results aren’t official yet, but as of press time, Jennifer Gregerson is ahead of Mayor Joe Marine in the mayoral race by 10.78 percent.

Early returns in the Mukilteo Nov. 5 election show Gregerson leading with 55.05 percent of the votes and Marine following with 44.27 percent, according to results released by Snohomish County Elections around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday.

“I’m not ready to say anything yet,” Marine said of the results. “So far there’s 2,900 votes in, and we typically get over 6,000. I obviously want to see the numbers go the other way for me. We’re about halfway there.”

Gregerson, however, is confident that the results will hold.

“I’m looking forward to getting to work for Mukilteo,” she said. “There’s still a lot of votes to count, but I’m optimistic. I’m proud of the race we ran and our volunteers and supporters.”

The Mukilteo City Council races for three seats on the seven-seat council looks to be an upset, favoring neither incumbents nor challengers.

Incumbent Randy Lord has a strong lead to win back his seat, whereas Incumbent Richard Emery trails his challenger.

The race between Ted Wheeler and Terry Preshaw is too close to call.

As of press time, Lord was leading with 69.87 percent of the votes to challenger Fred Taylor’s 29.83 percent in the race for Position 3.

Early returns show Wheeler with a very slight lead over challenger Preshaw for Position 1, the only open seat on council. Wheeler held 50.24 percent of the votes, and Preshaw held 49.09 percent.

As of press time, challenger Bob Champion was leading with 54.23 percent of the votes to Emery’s 45.36 percent in the race for Position 2.

In the Mukilteo School District races, three incumbents ran unopposed for three school board seats.

Judy Schwab is winning the District 2 seat with 98.09 percent of the votes.

As of press time, Jeff Thorp is winning the District 4 seat with 98.16 percent of the votes.

And John Gahagan is winning the District 5 seat with 98.24 percent.

In the Mukilteo Water and Wastewater District Commission race, the early returns favor the incumbent. Comissioner Tom Rainville was leading with 54.21 percent of the votes to challenger Troylyn Goldsberry’s 45.36 percent for Position 3.

Also running unopposed is Glen Bachman for District 3 on the Port of Everett Commission, left open by Michael Hoffmann’s decision to retire.

As of press time, Bachman is winning the seat with 97.98 percent of the votes.

Returns were made available starting after 8 p.m. Tuesday. The next results will be released at 5 p.m. on Nov. 6.

See up-to-date results at www.snoco.org/elections/results/ecurrent.htm.

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