Fraley-Monillas still in lead as more votes counted Thursday

Updated with statement from Adrienne Fraley-Monillas

Incumbent Edmonds City Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas increased her lead slightly over challenger Ron Wambolt in the race for Position 3, according to the latest election results released Thursday.

With 8,590 votes counted so far, Fraley-Monillas has 4,413 votes to 4,152 for Wambolt. The remaining votes — 25 counted so far — are write-ins.

Fraley-Monillas issued the following statement Thursday night:

While all the votes are yet to be counted I am pleased with the initial results and remain optimistic that the numbers will continue to trend in our favor.

I would like to thank all the volunteers who devoted their free time to knock on doors, make phone calls, and put up yard signs.  I am truly grateful for the countless hours they devoted. This whole campaign has been a wonderful opportunity to meet so many engaged citizens.

If I win, I will continue to represent all the citizens in all the areas of Edmonds. For the past 2 years The City of Edmonds has forgotten that Edmonds is more than just the downtown, and has not put enough work into developing the outer neighborhoods. The downtown area is important to our culture and character but should not be our only investment. I will continue to push for re-development along our section of highway-99.

The council’s strategic plan should not be ignored or watered down by fear of change.  The same goes with budgeting by priorities, possibly our most important tool to be used for financial sustainability of our city.

If we can follow what the citizens have said within the strategic plan, Edmonds can only become a stronger base for representing our 40,000 citizens.

You can see the complete vote totals for all Nov. 5 general election races here.

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