Gregerson likely next mayor of Mukilteo

Nov 07, 2013

Jennifer Gregerson has kept her lead over Mayor Joe Marine in the mayoral race by 10 percent.

As of 4:40 p.m. on Nov. 6, Gregerson has 1,780 or 55.14 percent of the votes and Marine is following with 1,425 or 44.14 percent, according to unofficial results released by Snohomish County Elections.

Marine wasn’t about to concede on Nov. 5, but as more votes are counted and the results haven’t changed in his favor, it appears as though Gregerson will become the next mayor of Mukilteo. Marine trails by 355 votes.

A total of 6,549 ballots were returned Tuesday for the Mukilteo Nov. 5 election. About half or 3,307 ballots have been counted so far.

Unofficial results for the Mukilteo City Council Position 1 race, as of Wednesday, however, are so close that it may end up calling for a state-mandated recount.

Ted Wheeler’s lead over Terry Preshaw was 49.97 percent to 49.33 percent of the votes. That’s a 19 vote lead or two-thirds of a percent. The write-in votes counted were at 21 on Wednesday.

An automatic recount by the canvassing board is called for if the vote margin is less than one-half of 1 percent. If the vote margin is less than one-quarter of 1 percent, a recount by hand is required.

Either candidate may request – and pay for – a recount if the margin is more than one-half of 1 percent.

The other council races have clearer results.

Incumbent Randy Lord continues to have a strong lead over challenger Fred Taylor in the Position 3 race with 2,087 or 70.36 percent of the votes to Taylor’s 871 or 29.37 percent.

Incumbent Richard Emery still trails challenger Bob Champion in the Position 2 race with 1,365 or 46.48 percent of the votes to Champion’s 1,561 or 53.15 percent.

A total of 13,113 ballots were mailed to voters registered in Mukilteo; 49.94 percent of ballots were returned to the elections office.

The next results will be released at 5 p.m. on Nov. 7. The election will be certified on Nov. 26.

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

-Sara Bruestle

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