Election 2021: Crank maintains lead over Johnson in Friday Edmonds City Council primary results

Edmonds City Council Position 1 challenger Alicia Crank maintained her edge over incumbent Kristiana Johnson in the latest primary election returns released Friday by the Snohomish County Elections Office.

In a mirror of results reported Thursday, Crank has 46% of the vote compared to 43% for Johnson. The third candidate in the race, Brian Hartman, continues to garner 11% of the votes cast so far.

In the four-way race for Edmonds City Council Position 2, challenger Janelle Cass had 32% of the overall votes reported, while fellow challenger Will Chen had 28%. Appointed incumbent Luke Distelhorst came in at 24% and challenger Lora Petso had 16% of the votes cast as of Friday.

The primary narrows the field to the top two vote-getters, who will face off in the Nov. 2 general election. You can view the latest primary election results at this link. The next set of results will be released Wednesday, Aug. 11 at approximately 5 p.m.

  1. November will be close for Cass and Chen. Distelhorst voters more likely to go for Chen in light of Cass bringing in new voters who were motivated to primary Distelhorst. This really explains our high turnout I think. As many people voted against Luke as voted for someone else. Cass has a lot of work to do, Chen’s race to lose. It really comes down to their campaigns. Johnson I think has an easier victory in November. The runoff voters I think are more leaning towards Johnson.

    1. A good and interesting analysis Matt. I think I probably agree that more of the Distelhorst voters will go for Chen since he is endorsed by the Democratic party. However, functionally Chen and Cass have extremely similar moderate policies, Chen certainly does not fit in the radicalistic Social Justice Warrior mold that may have attracted some of the Distelhorst voters. Reasonable moderate policies do not fire up the far right or far left, but they are good for responsible productive policies.

      If we consider most of the Distelhorst vote going for Chen with some sitting out, and most of Petso’s vote going to Cass with some going to Chen, than it will be a pretty even race with potentially a slight advantage for Chen. Even though the enthusiasm for Cass was a powerful force in this election.

      I don’t know anything about Brian Hartmen as he was absent for voters guide, interviews, and debates. I am surprised that he received 10% of the votes, but whoever gets the most of his votes will likely win. Crank was much better organized than Johnson and had a much more noticeable presence as well as a significant fundraising advantage. However, people have been very angry with the council this last year, and really a lot comes down to how close voters think Crank would align with the current gang of 4. Not just with voting, but also their habit of holier-than-though stonewalling of public opinions that are different that theirs.

      I am convinced that Crank will be both independent and approachable. However, the other 13K voters is where that will be decided.

      I am a fan of Chen, Cass, Johnson, and Crank, so not matter how the vote goes in November, I think we have good Council options in the race for these two seats. I would hope that AFM does not have much of a chance for reelection, and that these two seats are where the race really is.

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