Edmonds election results are in, and the race that was expected to be close — between incumbent Edmonds City Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas and former councilmember Ron Wambolt — didn’t disappoint.
Fraley-Monillas, the one-term councilmember who beat Wambolt in the primary election four years ago, was leading the retired business executive by 174 votes in initial results reported Tuesday.
Fraley-Monillas, a retired adult training program supervisor, said she is “cautiously optimistic” that her lead will hold up, noting that she continued to make get-out-the-vote phone calls up until 5 p.m. on Election Day and didn’t finish doorbelling until last Saturday.
Wambolt said that he isn’t ready to throw in the towel. “Obviously we had hoped for results that were more favorable for me,” he said. “We estimate that probably only about 50 percent of the final number of votes have been counted, so we feel the ultimate winner is yet to be decided.”
The other two council races were lopsided, with two-term incumbent Strom Peterson defeating challenger Alvin Rutledge with 73 percent of the vote and Councilmember Kristiana Johnson, who had been appointed to a vacant seat, winning 66 percent of the vote to beat back a challenge from Randy Hayden.
There were no surprises in other local election results. Both Edmonds School Board incumbents on the ballot won re-election; District 2 Boardmember Ann McMurray was running unopposed while District 4 Boardmember Susan Phillips beat challenger Leticia (Leti) Solis, earning 76 percent of the vote.
Incumbents for Edmonds Port Commissioner seats (Fred Gouge, Bruce Faires and Mary Lou Block) all ran all unopposed, as did incumbents for Edmonds Municipal Court Judge (Doug Fair) and Town of Woodway Mayor (Carla Nichols) and Woodway Councilmembers (Bill Anderson, Kent Saltonstall and Thomas Whitson).
Also unopposed and winning re-election were Hospital Commissioner Bob Knowles and Olympic View Water District Commissioner (and current Edmonds City Council President) Lora Petso.
The next round of election results will be released at 5 p.m. Wednesday. You can see all results on the Snohomoish County Election website.