With three races too close to call after Tuesday’s preliminary election results, candidates are awaiting the next voting update from Snohomish County Elections, scheduled to be released at 5 p.m. today.
Win or lose, candidates for the City Council races in question say they are proud of their efforts to focus on important issues during what was an often-contentious election cycle.
“I’m very proud of the fact that we ran a very positive campaign,” said Bob Wilcox, who is challenging incumbent Diane Buckshnis for City Council Position 4. “We discouraged our supporters from going negative.” As of last night, Wilcox — recently retired from Wilcox Construction — had a razor-thin lead of 38 votes over Buckshnis, a retired banker.
Darlene Stern, who has a 237-vote edge over incumbent Lora Petso, was cautiously optimistic about her chances as she greeted her supporters during a joint campaign party at Frank Yamamoto’s Running in Motion store last night. “So far, it’s looking good,” Stern said. Petso, meanwhile, sent out a message on Facebook: “Down 237 votes with at least 3,000 to be counted. Whatever the outcome — thanks to everyone for their support — this was a tough election for a number of reasons — your support is greatly appreciated and will be remembered.”
Joan Bloom, 72 votes ahead of first-term Councilmember DJ Wilson, reflected on her efforts as she gathered with campaign supporters at Dimitri’s Taverna Tuesday night. “I believe my message of transparency in government resonated with people,” Bloom said.
As for incumbent Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper, who is trailing badly in his race against challenger Dave Earling, he said in an email this morning that “the results certainly don’t look good for me. I am proud of the accomplishments I made while being mayor, but the voters look like they decided on change.”
Cooper said that he would issue a more formal statement after today’s election results are released.