Wednesday election update: Prop 1 still favored, but short on votes

The number of counted ballots continued to rise Wednesday — but 2,578 ballots is still nearly 1,500 short of the 4,030 ballots needed to verify the vote for Mountlake Terrace’s Prop 1 for a new City Hall and police station expansion.

Updated results were released by Snohomish County Elections at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Of the ballots counted, the measure is still strongly favored, with 68.23 percent of ballots voting yes.

If passed, the City will be able to raise $12.5 million to build an approximately 18,000 square-foot City Hall building, as well as add approximately 3,000 square feet to the existing police station.

The new building is needed so the City can stop renting office space to conduct City Hall business. The City of Mountlake Terrace has been renting space from Redstone Corporate Center, located at 6100 219th St. S.W., for City Hall space following a 2008 ceiling collapse in the old City Hall building, which made the building unsafe for employees. Rent costs the city about $40,000 per month.

City of Mountlake Terrace Proposition No. 1 – Civic Campus Bonds
19/19 100.00%
Under Votes 73
Over Votes 0
Vote Count Percent
YES 1,759 68.23%
NO 819 31.77%
Total 2,578 100.00%

All three incumbent candidates for the Mountlake Terrace City Council continued to lead in the polls on Wednesday.

City of Mountlake Terrace Council Position 1
19/19 100.00%
Under Votes 203
Over Votes 0
Vote Count Percent
Rick Ryan 1,637 66.87%
Stephen Barnes 804 32.84%
Write-In (if any) 7 0.29%
Total 2,448 100.00%


City of Mountlake Terrace Council Position 2
19/19 100.00%
Under Votes 201
Over Votes 0
Vote Count Percent
Margaret Loiseau 1,053 42.98%
Jerry E. Smith 1,388 56.65%
Write-In (if any) 9 0.37%
Total 2,450 100.00%


City of Mountlake Terrace Council Position 3
19/19 100.00%
Under Votes 574
Over Votes 0
Vote Count Percent
Douglas B. McCardle 2,019 97.21%
Write-In (if any) 58 2.79%
Total 2,077 100.00%

And the status of races for the Edmonds School District Board of Directors also remained unchanged following Tuesday’s results, with long-time incumbent Ann McMurray leading challenger Mitchell Below for District 2 and Deborah Kilgore ahead of Cathy Baylor for District 4.

Edmonds School District 15 Director District 2
169/169 100.00%
Under Votes 2573
Over Votes 5
Vote Count Percent
Ann McMurray 9,784 55.69%
Mitchell Below 7,734 44.02%
Write-In (if any) 51 0.29%
Total 17,569 100.00%

Edmonds School District 15 Director District 4
169/169 100.00%
Under Votes 2560
Over Votes 10
Vote Count Percent
Deborah Kilgore 10,362 58.95%
Cathy Baylor 7,140 40.62%
Write-In (if any) 75 0.43%
Total 17,577 100.00%

Finally, in the tightly contested Snohomish County Fire District 1 race, incumbent David Chan closed the gap against challenger Michael Ellis, trailing by just three votes in Wednesday’s vote count. Ellis had a 103-vote lead over Chan on Tuesday.

Fire District 1 Commissioner Position 3
136/136 100.00%
Under Votes 1110
Over Votes 1
Vote Count Percent
David F. Chan 5,750 49.83%
Michael Ellis 5,753 49.85%
Write-In (if any) 37 0.32%
Total 11,540 100.00%

County Council- District 4

152/152 100.00%
Under Votes 747
Over Votes 4
Vote Count Percent
Terry Ryan (Prefers Democratic Party) 10,514 63.59%
Marcus Barton (Prefers Republican Party) 5,977 36.15%
Write-In (if any) 44 0.27%
Total 16,535 100.00%

The next set of results will be released at approximately 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9

        1. GREAT NEWS! The County has just reported that they have received 4,483 ballots from Mountlake Terrace voters. As long as at least 4,030 of those ballots had a vote for or against Proposition 1, and approval rate remains above 60% (currently at 68%), we’re getting a new City Hall.

    1. It would be nice if the percentage of votes counted was included in this article. If they have only counted say 30% of the votes then this is a non-issue, while at the same time if they have counted 80% its a problem.

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