6 council hopefuls moving on to fall ballot

Over, Khan, Gray, Chen fall short in bids for City Council
By Nicholas Johnson | Aug 09, 2017
Courtesy of: Peter Zieve Candidates Peter Zieve, left, and James Yoo celebrate primary election results Tuesday night, Aug. 1, at Zieve’s home in Harbour Pointe. Both are moving on to the general election, Zieve facing incumbent Bob Champion and Yoo facing fellow candidate Anna Rohrbough.

Six candidates for City Council are turning their attention to the November general election after this month’s primary election knocked four hopefuls out of the running.

“The Mukilteo races are far enough apart that any outstanding ballots won’t have an impact on the outcome,” Elections and Recording Manager Garth Fell said.

About five Mukilteo ballots remain to be counted and some 22 have signature issues that voters can clear up by Aug. 14, Fell said. Results so far are based on ballots counted as of Friday, Aug. 4. The next update is set for Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 9. Primary election results will be certified Aug. 15.

Position 3 candidates Troy Gray and Maxwell Chen are out, as are Tina Over and Riaz Khan, who sought election to Positions 2 and 3, respectively.

Khan, who lost a 2015 general election bid for City Council as well as a 2016 primary bid for the state Legislature, received about 25 percent of the vote, his best showing yet.

“I was hoping to win,” he said. “A lot of people told me if you want to get elected here you have to be a white person. I still don’t believe that.”

Khan said he is not ready to throw his support behind either of his opponents – Anna Rohrbough, who received 44.48 percent (2,219) of the vote, and James Yoo, who garnered 30.21 percent (1,507).

“I’m not surprised,” Rohrbough said of Khan’s lack of support. “I don’t think he knows who I am.”

Khan said he plans to run for a seat in the state Legislature next year, and he said he’d be back to run for City Council in 2019.

First-time candidate Tina Over, who received 18.83 percent (944) of the vote, said she also plans to run for City Council again in 2019. For now, she said plans to support incumbent City Council President Bob Champion, who claimed 54.28 percent (2,721) of the vote, while first-time candidate Peter Zieve received 26.71 percent (1,339).

“I know I will be voting for Bob in the general,” she said. “Clearly, I wasn’t ever going to vote for Peter.”

Over said she could have done made more door-to-door visits during her campaigning. That’s something she’ll remember in 2019. Zieve said he’ll be doing more of that himself ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.

“Going against the incumbent isn’t the easiest thing to do,” he said. “If I can just spend more time with the voters, I can do better. I was only able to doorbell a couple districts, like One Clubhouse Lane and the area behind Columbia Elementary.”

Zieve and Position 1 candidate James Yoo celebrated together Tuesday night, Aug. 1, at Zieve’s home, along with supporters of both candidates.

“It was really fun,” Zieve said. “He likes me and I like him.”

Yoo played down the joint celebration, saying, “I don’t know him very well.”

For many, the toughest choice on the November ballot will be between Sarah Kneller and Tony Markey. Kneller claimed 40.59 percent (2,006) of the vote and Markey claimed 37.84 percent (1,870).

Markey said he believes the deciding factor will be experience.

“As time goes on I think the difference between us will become pretty evident,” he said. “The difference in our experience is starkly dramatic.”

Kneller said she hopes to earn the community's support ahead of the general election by continuing to engage.

"My campaign and candidacy has always been about listening to, learning from and engaging with our community," she said. "I'm grateful to have the opportunity to continue doing so."

All in all, Mukilteo saw 35.94 percent turnout, which Fell said is pretty average for Mukilteo, just like 23.65 percent is an average level of turnout countywide.

“Mukilteo tends to have a higher turnout percentage wise than the rest of the county,” Fell said.

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