Election 2021: Chen narrows gap in Position 2 city council race

A total of 113 votes now separate the two candidates in the Edmonds City Council Position 2 race. Will Chen narrowed the gap with opponent Janelle Cass in the latest election returns released by the Snohomish County Elections Office Thursday.

As of Thursday, Chen had 6,495 votes — or 49.50% — to 6,608 votes (50.37%) for Cass. In Wednesday’s returns, Cass had 52% of the votes counted so far, and Chen 48%.

There were also slight changes in the other two city council races. For Position 1, Alicia Crank had 45% of the vote Thursday — compared to 43% Wednesday — while incumbent Councilmember Kristiana Johnson had 55% of the vote — a decrease from 57% in Wednesday’s returns. And in Position 3, incumbent Councilmember Adrienne Fraley-Monillas posted 35% of the vote, up from 33% Wednesday, while former City Councilmember Neil Tibbott had 65%. (He had 67% Wednesday.)

You can see all results at this link. The next round of results will be released at 5 p.m. Nov. 5.

  1. Wow! This is a very interesting race between two strong candidates. It appears that the winner may have a very slim margin. I wonder what the margin parameters are that trigger an automatic recount?

    1. Very exciting indeed. It is great to see the passion and interest in both of these great candidates. I definitely feel like Edmonds would win out either way.

      Margins definitely matter for this, whomever wins position 2 should definitely make a serious attempt to reach out to the supporters of the other candidate, and those supporters should make a serious attempt to be receptive.

      Neal Tibbott won by a landside, and it is pretty clear that the voters gave him a mandate for his platform. For the other races, I liked aspects in all four of the other candidates, and it seemed like Edmonds voters also did as well.

      The key to success of this next council will be productive collaboration.

      I am definitely happy that I voted in this election!

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