Early returns show many incumbents leading; EMS levy passing

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Below is a summary of early primary election results, released by the Secretary of State’s Office on Aug. 7.

Election results will be certified by each county on Aug. 21. The Secretary of State will certify final results on Aug. 24.

South County Fire RFA EMS Levy

Early returns show the South County Fire Regional Fire Authority (RFA) EMS levy passing with 61.01 percent of votes.

This EMS (emergency medical services) levy is a single levy that will replace two separate levies that existed before the RFA was formed — one in Lynnwood and one in the area of the former Fire District 1, which includes Esperance and other unincorporated areas of Snohomish County, but not Edmonds. The levy rate is 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

Of the 19,170 ballots counted as of Tuesday, Aug. 7, 11,695 voted yes for the levy, while 7,475 voted no.

District primaries

Tuesday’s election also saw several primary races for state Legislature. In each of these races, the top two vote-getters will advance to the November ballot, regardless of party.

21st Legislative District

Incumbent Marko Liias leads three challengers in the race for Legislative District 21 State Senator with 49.67 percent of votes. In second place is Mario Lionel Lotmore with 30.57 percent of votes, followed by Riaz Khan and Scott West with 12.82 percent and 6.94 percent respectively.

The two primary races for Legislative District 21 State Representative were held as a formality — since both races had only two candidates each, all will advance to the general election this fall. In both races, the incumbent candidate leads the challenger with approximately two-thirds of the vote. For Position 1, Strom Peterson has 66.87 percent of votes with challenger Amy Schaper picking up 33.13 percent of votes. Position 2’s race shows Lillian Ortiz-Self with 66.51 percent of votes and challenger Petra Bigea getting 33.49 percent.

The 21st Legislative District includes parts of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo and nearby unincorporated areas.

32nd Legislative District

For the results of the 32nd Legislative District, click here.

PUD Commissioner

Voters in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace also got to select their choice for PUD Commissioner — and early results show a very close race.

Challenger Rebecca Wolfe, an environmental activist from Edmonds, leads the race with 30.13 percent of votes. Incumbent Kathy Vaughn, of Lynnwood, is not far behind with 29.21 percent of votes. David Chan, a current South County Fire Commissioner, is in third with 28.34 percent. Trailing behind the top three are Maggie Mae with 8.41 percent and Kaili Chickering with 3.91 percent. Mae and Chickering both live in Lynnwood.

In the primary, the PUD Commissioner for District 2 only appeared on ballots within the district. However, in the general election, voters from all over Snohomish County will be able to vote on all commissioner positions. PUD Commissioner District 2 includes Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Woodway, Mukilteo and unincorporated areas near those municipalities.

The Snohomish County Public Utility District includes all of Snohomish County plus Camano Island.

Congressional District 7 U.S. Representative

Incumbent Pramila Jayapal, a Seattle Democrat, easily topped her challenger, Republican Craig Keller, in the Congressional District 7 U.S. Representative race.

Jayapal won 81 percent of votes in Tuesday’s primary.

U.S. Senate

Incumbent Senator Maria Cantwell will face challenger Susan Hutchinson in the general election.

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