Voters generally favored the incumbents
April 30, 2009 · Updated 4:20 PM
King County Council
Plateau voters helped determine who would fill the Position 9 seat, which came up for election for the first time since the death of longtime councilman Kent Pullen.
Enumclaw pastor Steve Hammond had been chosen by the remainder of the Metropolitan King County Council to fill Pullen's seat until election time, and county voters chose to keep him there. The Republican garnered 11,474 votes (good for 51.2 percent), edging past Democratic challenger Barbara Heavey, who managed 10,936 votes (48.8 percent).
There will be no changes on the City Council, as Jeff Beckwith retained his seat and other incumbents went unopposed.
In an active race against downtown businesswoman Athena Dean, Beckwith managed 1,254 votes (60.2 percent) compared to Dean's 829.
Councilmembers Jim Hogan and Glen Jensen had no opposition.
Two people will return to the Buckley City Council next year, while two new will take their places on the council, although only one race was contested. For council position No. 4, as of Friday, Beverly Schneider led with 441 votes to opponent Cristi Boyle-Barrett's 419. They are looking to fill incumbent Kim Walthers' seat as Walthers did not run again. Three council positions were unopposed. Ron Weigelt is the new councilman for position No. 5, replacing Norm Irons, who decided not to run again. Jan Twardoski retains her council No. 6 position after running unopposed, as did Pat Johnson for council position No. 7.
Carbonado retains two councilmen, Jay Argo and Jon Streepy for council positions No. 3 and 4. Mayor Richie Morgan also ran unopposed. In the only contested race, it appeared incumbent Buck McBride would retain his seat because of his 83-60 lead over challenger James Young.
Carbonado Proposition No. 1, a vote on whether or not to raise the town's property taxes, was failing 88-65 as of Friday , but Proposition No. 2, to raise the town's emergency medical services rates, was passing 90-58.
And as of Friday it appeared South Prairie's fire services problems would be resolved as South Prairie Proposition No. 1, imposing a property tax fee to help pay for fire service protection from Fire Protection District 20, was passing with an overwhelming 101-31 votes.
South Prairie will also have new faces on its Town Council beginning next year as three challengers, Scott Easley, Sr., Chandra Hairston and Chuck Bonato, had leads over the incumbents as of Friday. For council position No. 1, Easley had 99 votes to Tony Caldwell's 35. Hairston had 93 votes to Barbara Wigton's 40 in the race for position No. 4. Bonato was winning by a smaller margin against Arlynn Caldwell for position No. 5, 68-47.
The only incumbent to retain his position is Robert Stanbary in position No. 2, beating write-in challenger James Fredericksen 97-26.
In an election that could bring four new faces to the Wilkeson Town Council, two of the races were too close to call as of Friday, although the incumbents still had a slight edge over their challengers.
The position of council position No. 1 favored incumbent Jim Walker by a mere two votes against Becky Gilbert 86-84. Council position No. 5 was also close with incumbent Jean Finney narrowly leading over Candi Ritting, 86-81.
Darla McQueen, who was appointed to fill in a vacancy in October, will not be returning next year as challenger Janet Kepka had a 98-69 lead for position No. 2.
Newcomers Bernd "Ben" Odanovich and Joan Miller are vying to fill Dale Perry's No. 4 position, as Perry decided not to run again. As of Friday Odanovich was winning with 110 votes to Miller's 59.
Fire Protection District 12 will have no new faces next year. In the only contested race Mike McGinnis was beating challenger Dick Steinmetz 946-602.