Election 2017: Change in Enumclaw; Buckley mayor race close

The 2017 general election is over, and although the results are still two weeks from being certified, many candidates are in the clear to take up their elected positions come winter.

  • Monday, November 13, 2017 2:04pm
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The 2017 general election is over, and although the results are still two weeks from being certified, many candidates are in the clear to take up their elected positions come winter.

But not all results are so clear cut, and with votes still coming in, some races may need a photo-finish to determine who’s in, and who’s out.

ENUMCLAW

The face of city government will be changing in Enumclaw.

The chase for the mayor’s post, a battle between sitting councilmembers Jan Molinaro and Kim Lauk, was decided on Election Night. Molinaro grabbed a lead and was never really challenged; as of Friday, he had taken 58 percent of the vote.

They were looking to replace two-term incumbent Liz Reynolds, who chose against running for another four years in office.

One race that turned dramatically after Election Night was for Position 5 on the council, a contest between newcomers hoping to fill a seat that will become vacant at the end of the year.

Blain Thomas had the early advantage but that soon disappeared. His opponent, Kyle Jacobson, had moved in front by mid-week and eventually claimed more than 72 percent of the vote.

Challengers were doing well in their effort to unseat a pair of current councilmen.

Kael Johnson was holding a slim lead over Anthony Wright, who had been appointed earlier this year to the council, and Tony Binion was leading Steve Cadematori, who also had been appointed this year.

In the Position 7 race, incumbent Hoke Overland was being pushed by Jean Hoiland, but Friday totals showed Overland with a slim 55-vote lead.

BUCKLEY

A remarkably close election could still be in doubt a week after the election.

Incumbent Mayor Pat Johnson and challenger Marvin Sundstrom – a member of the City Council – were locked in a back-and-forth battle that saw the lead change hands daily.

Johnson held a tiny lead on Election Night but Sundstrom, a vocal critic of the present administration, turned things around and mustered a six-vote advantage by Thursday. By Friday, however, it was Johnson enjoying a six-vote margin.

In other Buckley city elections, voters shook things up by ousting incumbents Nora (Lyn) Rose and Cristi Boyle Barrett. Rose will be replaced by challenger Ron Smith and Boyle Barrett is displaced by Connie Bender.

In a race for the Position 2 seat on City Council, Chuck Helmer was leading Luke Wilbanks in a race that was separated by just 11 votes as of Friday.

BONNEY LAKE

The majority of races in Bonney Lake were uncontested, with Mayor Neil Johnson to remain in his seat, as well as deputy mayor Randy McKibbon and Dan Swatman.

Councilman Donn Lewis was the only council member to not seek re-election, and his seat was vied for by Terry Carter and Pablo Monroy.

Carter maintained a comfortable lead since results were posted, and as of Friday, received close to 53 percent of the vote.

Also on Bonney Lake’s ballot was an advisory vote asking residents if they do or do not want the city to allow marijuana stores to open up inside city limits. Close to 63 percent of voters voted no on the measure.

BLACK DIAMOND

Election season was hot in Black Diamond, and temperatures (and tempers) rose as election day crept closer.

But when votes started getting tallied, it became clear there was little competition in the race.

Voters decided to re-elect incumbent Mayor Carol Benson with more than 66 percent of the votes, leaving challenger Judy Baxley far behind.

The council races had similar results, with voters choosing to elect Melissa Oglesbee to council position No. 2 and Erin Rose Stout to position No. 4 with two-thirds of the vote against their challengers, Michelle Young and Ed Hanrahan.

Oglesbee and Stout will be taking the seats of Councilmembers Erika Morgan and Brian Weber respectively.

OTHER RACES

East Pierce Fire and Rescue had two commissioner elections this year.

Voters chose incumbent Ed Egan over challenger Britt Kauffman with close to two-thirds of the vote for commissioner position No. 4.

Voters also chose challenger Randy Kroum over incumbent Victor Proulx with around 54 percent of the vote for position No. 6.

Over in the Enumclaw Fire Department, Jenny Page will succeed David Hannity on the Board of Commissioners.

Page received roughly 60 percent of the vote against Paul Fisher.

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