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Reynolds to take mayor’s post in January
Incumbent John Wise and challenger Liz Reynolds waged one of the most contentious battles for mayor Enumclaw has seen in recent years and, when the dust had settled from the Nov. 3 general election, voters had made their preference crystal clear.
It was out with the old and in with the new as Reynolds was elected by nearly a two-to-one margin.
Official results posted late Friday by the King County Election Department showed Reynolds with 1,853 votes or 66 percent of the total. Wise had tallied 937 votes or 34 percent.
Wise is concluding his second term in office and was hoping for a third. Reynolds is finishing her first four-year term on the City Council.
“Voters clearly made a statement that they wanted a change,” Reynolds said Friday morning, adding that she has worked on her campaign every day since a moment in February when she firmly decided to run.
Her campaign strategy was to reach the “unconnected” voter, Reynolds said, to show the difference between her and the incumbent and make a case for change.
“We wanted to light a match, to spark some interest,” she said, “and the numbers on election night spoke for themselves.”
Reynolds said a hallmark of her administration will be calling upon the experience and talent found in the community.
“I know I don’t have all the answers,” she said. “But there’s a lot of expertise out there. We’re in it together, we’re going to work through it together and we’ll move forward together.”
On her first day in office, Reynolds said, she plans on making a symbolic statement – asking each city worker to step outside sometime during the day and simply inhale.
“I’ll ask each employee to step outside and take a breath of fresh air,” she said, “and think about how we can move forward, how we can help one another.”
Asked for his take on the electoral outcome, Wise first offered a “no comment,” but then listed three items he believes contributed to his downfall.
One was a general climate, seen across the nation, of ousting incumbents. Also, he noted a recent 55 percent increase in sewer rates passed by the City Council did nothing to help his cause.
Finally, Wise took a shot at the Reynolds campaign that remained aggressive until the final day.
“They ran a lot of attack ads and did some negative campaigning and the community bought into it,” Wise said.
In the only other city race, Sean Krebs will be elected to the Position 7 seat on the council. Through Friday, he had gathered 65 percent of the vote, compared with Cleet Christianson’s 35 percent.
Krebs previously served two terms on the council, but exited city government four years ago when he unsuccessfully challenged Wise for the mayor’s seat.
Running unopposed were incumbent councilmen Kevin Mahelona and Mike Ennis, as was former councilman Glen Jensen.
A major shift in city politics is unfolding in Black Diamond, where City Councilwoman Rebecca Olness holds a slim lead over longtime incumbent Howard Botts. Through Friday, Olness had 657 votes and 52 percent of the total, compared with Botts’ 48 percent and 605 votes.
In the race for the Position 2 seat on the council, incumbent Geoff Bowie is being ousted by challenger Crain Goodwin. Goodwin has 67 percent of vote and Bowie has 34 percent.
In a race for a vacant seat, William Saas is defeating Jim Kuzaro 56 percent to 44 percent.
In Buckley, incumbent councilwoman Cristi Boyle Barrett was leading challenger Marvin Sundstrom in the council Position 2 race. Following Friday’s count, Boyle Barrett had garnered 425 votes to Sundstrom’s 400.
In the race for Position 7, Mark McNally was leading Bryan Howard with 52 percent of the vote.
In the lone Carbonado race, Joseph King had 80 votes to Sandi Carlson’s 71. They were vying for the Position 1 seat on the City Council. For the Position 2 seat, Kevin Vesey ran unopposed.
In races for the White River School Board, District 3 incumbent Denise Vogel appears safe with 60 percent of the vote, leading Kim Demarest; in the District 4 race, Cassandra Pearson captured 63 percent of the vote, ousting incumbent Joe Dieringer; and in District 1, Michael Jansen was unopposed.