Edmonds Election 2011: Close races for city council incumbents in early returns

Incumbents on the Edmonds City Council were running neck-and-neck with their challengers in early election returns Tuesday night.

For Position 4, Councilmember Diane Buckshnis was trailing challenger Bob Wilcox by 38 votes. Buckshnis is a retired banker who was appointed to fill the council seat left vacant by the death of Peggy Pritchard Olson. Wilcox is long-time Edmonds business owner, recently retired from Wilcox Construction.

In Position 5, citizen activist Joan Bloom had a 72-vote lead over public affairs consultant DJ Wilson, who is seeking his second term on the council.

And for Position 7, attorney and parks advocate Lora Petso, appointed to the council following the resignation of Dave Orvis in May 2010, was trailing retired escrow company manager Darlene Stern by 237 votes.

The only decisive council race was for Position 6, an open seat vacated by Steve Bernheim, who chose not to run for re-election. Edmonds business owner Frank Yamamoto defeated long-time community volunteer Alvin Rutledge by a margin of 69 percent to 31 percent.

More election results will be reported at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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