Plunkett, Peterson, Fraley-Monillas leading in council races

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Edmonds voters are returning two incumbents — real estate agent Michael Plunkett and cheese shop owner Strom Peterson — to the City Council, while newcomer Adrienne Fraley-Monillas is leading former councilmember Lora Petso for Council Position 3.

With ballots from an estimated 56 percent of expected Edmonds voters counted last night, Plunkett had a substantial lead over Edmonds attorney Priya Cloutier for Council Position 1, receiving 4,818 votes (63 percent) to Cloutier’s 2,798 ( 37 percent.) The two had engaged in some hard-hitting attacks by mail, with two-term councilmember Plunkett claiming that Cloutier not voted in some local elections. The Cloutier campaign accused Plunkett of making private land-use deals benefiting developers, including those who had contributed to his campaign. The Edmonds Police Association, which had endorsed Cloutier, mailed a letter to voters that strongly attacked Plunkett, who had campaigned on a public safety platform.

While disappointed with the outcome, Cloutier last night called the campaign “an experience of a lifetime.” She and her husband Todd, a recently retired naval officer, have two sons in Edmonds public schools and plan to stay active in the community.

In position 2, Peterson, owner of the Resident Cheesemonger in downtown Edmonds, is leading challenger Buckshnis, a retired banker, 54 percent to 46 percent. Buckshnis, with 3,494 votes as of yesterday, had campaigned on her financial background in light of the city’s estimated $7 million budget deficit. Peterson (4,065 votes), who ran unsuccessfully for the council twice before being appointed to a vacant seat late last year, cited his support of environmental issues (he spearheaded the council’s ban on plastic bags) and new business development.

Former councilmember Lora Petso was trailing Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, 45 percent to 54 percent (this race drew a nearly 1 percent write-in vote). Both women had ousted current Councilmember Ron Wambolt in the August primary election. Petso, an attorney who spent no money on her race other than the filing fee yet still garnered more than 3,300 votes, is a budget watchdog who said that no matter the election outcome, she will continue to attend council meetings and raise questions about the city’s finances. Fraley-Monillas, a school administrator who lives in Edmonds’ Lake Ballinger neighborhood and had lost a previous council race to current Council President D.J. Wilson, pledged to represent all of Edmonds’ neighborhoods, not just those in the downtown core.

In another local contest, Edmonds School Board incumbent Susan Phillips has a comfortable lead over challenger Mark Zandberg in position 4. And the Sno-Isle Library levy is passing narrowly, 51-49 percent.

Snohomish County will issue an updated election results report at 5 p.m. today, and My Edmonds News will update the numbers for local races at that time. Countywide voter turnout for ballots counted as of last night was 24 percent, with 90,951 ballots returned out of 371,915 issued.

Here are all the local results as reported by Snohomish County last night:

CITY OF EDMONDS COUNCIL POS 1
Vote Count Percent
Michael Plunkett 4,818 63.03%
Priya Cloutier 2,798 36.60%
Write-In 28 0.37%
Total 7,644 100.00%

CITY OF EDMONDS COUNCIL POS 2
Vote Count Percent
Diane Buckshnis 3,494 46.10%
Strom Peterson 4,065 53.64%
Write-In 20 0.26%
Total 7,579 100.00%

CITY OF EDMONDS COUNCIL POS 3
Vote Count Percent
Adrienne Fraley-Monillas 4,009 54.02%
Lora Petso 3,352 45.16%
Write-In 61 0.82%
Total 7,422 100.00%

EDMONDS MUNICIPAL COURT POS 1
Vote Count Percent
Douglas J. Fair 6,052 99.08%
Write-In 56 0.92%
Total 6,108 100.00%

SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE POS 2
Vote Count Percent
Joe Wilson 31,147 39.94%
David Hulbert 12,599 16.16%
Rico Tessandore 23,010 29.51%
Scott Peterson 6,516 8.36%
Scott Lord 4,249 5.45%
Write-In 454 0.58%
Total 77,975 100.00%

SNO-ISLE LIBRARY DISTRICT

Vote Count Percent
APPROVED 36,893 51.34%
REJECTED 34,961 48.66%
Total 71,854 100.00%
HOSP DIST 2 COMMISSIONER POS 2
Vote Count Percent
Larry Hadland 6,706 38.22%
Frederick Langer 10,760 61.33%
Write-In 78 0.44%
Total 17,544 100.00%


PORT OF EDMONDS COMM DIST 1
Vote Count Percent
Patrick E. Vezetinski 1,472 41.16%
Frederick G. Gouge 2,098 58.67%
Write-In 6 0.17%
Total 3,576 100.00%

PORT OF EDMONDS COMM DIST 3
Vote Count Percent
Bruce Faires 3,153 99.21%
Write-In 25 0.79%
Total 3,178 100.00%

PORT OF EDM COMM-AT-LARGE POS 5
Vote Count Percent
Mary Lou Block 3,215 98.98%
Write-In 33 1.02%
Total 3,248 100.00%

CITY OF WOODWAY MAYOR

Vote Count Percent
Carla A. Nichols 222 93.28%
Write-In 16 6.72%
Total 238 100.00%

CITY OF WOODWAY COUNCIL POS 1
Vote Count Percent
Thomas Whitson 225 99.12%
Write-In 2 0.88%
Total 227 100.00%

CITY OF WOODWAY COUNCIL POS 2
Vote Count Percent
Kent Saltonstall 213 97.26%
Write-In 6 2.74%
Total 219 100.00%

CITY OF WOODWAY COUNCIL POS 3
Vote Count Percent
William W. (Bill) Anderson 226 99.12%
Write-In 2 0.88%
Total 228 100.00%

CITY OF WOODWAY COUNCIL POS 5
Vote Count Percent
Elizabeth Mitchell 219 99.10%
Write-In 2 0.90%
Total 221 100.00%

EDMONDS SD #15 DIRECTOR DIST 2

Vote Count Percent
Ann McMurray 15,054 98.61%
Write-In 212 1.39%
Total 15,266 100.00%

EDMONDS SD #15 DIRECTOR DIST 4
Vote Count Percent
Susan Phillips 11,048 66.39%
Mark Zandberg 5,516 33.15%
Write-In 77 0.46%
Total 16,641 100.00%

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