Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember Laura Sonmore led challenger Stephen Barnes 63.25 percent to 36.26 percent Tuesday night, which will likely lead to her fourth full term on the Council.
Sonmore, the longest tenured member of the council, was first appointed to the Council in 2000 and has served continuously since then.
“It’s huge that the city has confidence in what the council is doing,” Sonmore said. “My main goal is to finish the projects that we started years and years ago.”
Sonmore mentioned improvements to Lake Ballinger Park, which she referred to as a mini Green Lake, and the development of the 56th Avenue area in the downtown core as projects she hopes to see successfully completed.
Bryan Wahl won his second term to Council Position No. 5, after running unopposed. Wahl, a self-employed government affairs consultant, was first appointed in 2012 and elected in 2013. His priorities are economic vitality, fiscal responsibility and support of city services.
Seaun Richards was re-elected to Council Position 7, and was also running unopposed. Richards, the owner of Red Onion Burgers in Mountlake Terrace, first won election to the Council in 2011. Richards’ priorities include improving city infrastructure and Main St. revitalization.
Edmonds School District
Director District 1
Carin Chase held a narrow lead, 50.99 percent to 48.63 percent, over Bill Willcock, a 284-vote advantage in initial results. Chase is long-time Democratic activist in the area with diverse work experiences while Willcock, who has a background in high tech and finance, touted his involvement in starting the Edmonds-Woodway Booster Club to support activities and academics.
Director District 3
Long-time incumbent Gary Noble had a big lead Tuesday, 65.4 percent, to 34.24 percent for Mary Murphy.
Susan Phillips, running unopposed, was re-elected to the Director District 4 position she had held prior to resigning last year because of a family emergency.
Diana White was re-elected to the Director District 5 position after running unopposed.
Alderwood Water and Wastewater District Commissioner Position 5
Mountlake Terrace residents also voted in a contested race between Dean Lotz and Mark Mahnkey. Lotz, who worked for the Alderwood Water and Wastewater District for 14 years, led by a big margin — 71.24 percent to 28.08 percent for Mahnkey.
— By Tony Dondero