Wednesday vote counts in: Buckshnis edges closer to Wilcox

Just 87 votes separate incumbent Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis and her challenger Bob Wilcox, according to the latest election returns posted Wednesday.

Buckshnis now has 3,241 votes, or 45 percent, to Wilcox’s 3,328 votes, or 46 percent. Initial results posted Tuesday night had Wilcox, a retired Edmonds business owner, 141 votes ahead of Buckshnis, a retired banker.

In the race for Edmonds mayor, incumbent Mike Cooper now has 39 percent, or 2,926 votes, against challenger Dave Earling’s 53 percent, or 3,991 votes. It was a slight change in the favor of Cooper, who stood at 38 percent to Earling’s 54 percent Tuesday.

You can view complete election results that includes Wednesday’s totals here.


  1. Number of votes received is more relevant than percentages. Dave Earling increased his lead over Mike Cooper from the initital 1,019 votes to 1,065 votes.

  2. Ron B.:
    Since you obviously have a close relationship with Ms. Buckshnis, perhaps you can influence her to do the right thing and clarify the slur that she made about me. She has never responded to my posting below.

    Ron Wambolt on August 6th, 2011 at 12:00 am
    Ms. Buckshnis:

    Do not leave a vague comment like “I know someone who use to work with you at Fluke”.Tell us what you are inferring – be explicit.

  3. Ron W: After all the serious slurs you have thrown at Ms. Buckshnis, I find it hard to believe that any reasonable person would think she owes you any response to this.

  4. Joe:

    I haven’t thrown any slurs at Ms. Buckshnis; my criticisms, based upon first-hand knowledge, have been clear.

  5. Ron W.
    I am truly embarrassed that I once supported you and voted for you! Diane Buckshnis is the best thing that happened to Edmonds. She brought honesty and integrity in Edmonds’ leadership and courageously made public the flaws of a system that was grievously used during the former administration. I applaud her and have an enormous amount of respect for Diane who stood up to our former Mayor”s public sarcasm and who endures your constant pettiness. I wish you’d get over the fact that you were not re-elected and go on with your life. Enough is enough of the nastiness. it does not help Edmonds in any way! Thanks Ron B. for defining her so well in your message. I totally agree with you.

  6. Betty:
    I hope that you’re enjoying Pittsburg and that your home here soon sells; I know what it’s like to move to an other city with an unsold home left behind. You have two very good agents!

  7. We didn’t get rid of Mr. Hines. He quit after his legal action against the city failed. I think his inability to handle pressure from city council says he was the wrong person for the job.

    I don’t know what you mean by getting rid of Ron W. In terms of democracy, we already did. In the last two years he has lost to Lora Petso, Diane Buckshnis and Mike Cooper. But if I had the power to suppress his opinions here, I would not use it. Although I sometimes disagree with him, I’m glad he takes the time to say what he thinks.

    As to the suggestion that we should “get to know” Mr. Wilcox, I’m not sure what you are suggesting. I think I’ve read everything that has been posted about him and what he says about himself, here and elsewhere. And based on that, I agree with Ron B. He appears to be a nice guy with an impressive personal story. I’ll even go further than that and say that I think he might be a good person to have on the council. But the question is not whether Mr. Wilcox is qualified – it’s about whether we’d have a better council with Mr. Wilcox or Ms. Buckshnis. She brings unique talents to the council that I think will be more valuable than what Mr. Wilcox would bring.

    I find it interesting that a vocal few are trying to dismiss Ms. Buckshnis’ efforts toward financial transparency. Bob Wilcox says he agrees with Buckshnis’ efforts to bring more transparency to city finances.

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