Incumbents leading in Marysville City Council races

MARYSVILLE — As of Thursday, Nov. 7, at 4:46 p.m., the incumbents of the Marysville City Council appeared to be keeping their jobs by comfortable margins.

In the Position 1 race, Jeffrey Vaughan's 4,704 votes counted, or 69.54 percent of the votes counted, were leading Elijah Olson's 2,017 votes counted, or 29.82 percent of the votes counted.

"The way I look at it, this election wasn't about the past year, or the past two years, but the past 10 years," said Vaughan, touting his accomplishments alongside his fellow City Council members during that time. "We've worked with a team effort toward a common vision, and told the people what we were doing, and voters seem to have responded to that. They can see the positive changes that have occurred in this city, which we plan to continue."

Vaughan described himself as "humbled" to be given the responsibility of "focusing on what's important to our citizens," and encouraged all Marysville citizens, whether they voted for him or not, to approach him with their concerns.

"We need our citizens to be more involved, and to share their ideas and feedback with us," said Vaughan, who plans to make a priority out of bringing more employers to Marysville, both through an industrial north end and a revitalized downtown.

"I've enjoyed meeting people through this campaign," said Olson, who credited his ground game, his volunteers and nearly $1,300 in donations with helping him get as far as he did in this election. "It was an honor to meet Jeff Vaughan. He treated me like a real human being, and we had an amicable relationship throughout. When I called to congratulate him, he even offered me some words of wisdom and encouraged me to keep going."

While Olson expects he'll make another bid for the City Council, he laughed and acknowledged that he'd like to take a break for a while in the meantime.

"I was asking people to take a risk on me, since I'm young and I have a lot of passion," Olson said. "I do learn from my experiences, so I'll try to incorporate these lessons, but I still believe in the central importance of upholding liberty."

Olson thanked his girlfriend in particular for taking much of the filing work of his campaign upon herself.

In the Position 3 race, Jeff Seibert's 4,030 votes counted, or 59.57 percent of the votes counted, were leading B.J. Guillot's 2,694 votes counted, or 39.82 percent of the votes counted.

"You never know what the voters will do, but they apparently believe that I've done a good job of representing them, so it's thanks to them that I'm here," Seibert said.

Before his current term ends, Seibert is focusing his attentions on the city budget for the coming year, after which he's eager to tackle the challenge of traffic congestion within the city, especially with the potential coming of more coal trains.

"I'd prefer there not to be even more coal trains, but we need to come up with a plan to get around that if it is going to happen," Seibert said. "In addition to the voters, I'd like to thank B.J. Guillot for running a clean, friendly campaign, and I've encouraged him to stay involved."

For his part, Guillot blamed scheduling conflicts for preventing him from putting in as much face-to-face campaigning as he would have liked, but he thoroughly reciprocated Seibert's sentiments.

"Marysville is still in a good spot, and the Council's got a lot of good people on it," Guillot said. "I like all of the people who are currently serving. I'd definitely consider doing this again, but since I already serve on the Marysville Library Board, I'm wondering if I might be able to help out the city in other ways, through serving on other boards and commissions."

In the meantime, Guillot is taking Seibert's advice, and plans to continue attending City Council meetings.

"I'll keep my eyes peeled for opportunities as they pop up, but I've already learned so much just from attending those Council meetings," Guillot said.

In the Position 7 race, Kamille Norton's 4,220 votes counted, or 62.84 percent of the votes counted, were leading Scott Allen's 2,457 votes counted, or 36.59 percent of the votes counted.

As for the Snohomish County Council District 1 race, in which there was no incumbent, Republican Ken Klein's 12,754 votes counted, or 55.02 percent of the votes counted, were leading Bill Blake's 10,176 votes counted, or 43.9 percent of the votes counted.

"One of the biggest things that helped me out was getting face-time with the voters," Klein said. "I knocked on 10,000 doors during this campaign. It also helped to be an incumbent on the Arlington City Council, and to have experience in both the private and public sectors. I had the support of business groups and a number of both Republicans and Democrats."

Klein's first priority in office would be to foster economic growth by diversifying Snohomish County's economy, as well as by streamlining its regulatory processes.

"We're already doing a great job of being on the same page as our businesses and the state Legislature, so I'm looking to build on that," Klein said. "We have the infrastructure in place to attract even more talent. I'm excited to get started on working together with my fellow County Council members to make Snohomish County a great place to live, work and play."

While Blake wouldn't rule out another run, what matters most to him is that he gave it a shot this time.

"I'm just really glad I tried," Blake said. "I didn't want to be 70 years old and saying to myself, 'Boy, I wish I'd tried.' You shouldn't hesitate to chase your dreams while you can."

Blake is also grateful for the connections he's made throughout the county and state, on up to receiving calls from Democratic U.S. Representatives Rick Larsen and Suzan DelBene.

"I'll always try to do different things," Blake said. "I'm not ready to retire. There's a lot of good things I'm looking forward to doing with the city of Arlington, in storm water and natural resources. I've got a great job here, with good bosses. I knew I was a bit of an underdog in a conservative area like this, but I felt like I had a chance. In the end, I have no regrets. I did it the way I wanted, and I'm glad that both sides kept it positive."

In the Lakewood School District Director District 1 race, incumbent Oscar Escalante's 1,184 votes counted, or 51.84 percent of the votes counted, were leading Michael Blank's 1,076 votes counted, or 47.11 percent of the votes counted.

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