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Snohomish County following state in governor's race; local fire issues passing

MARYSVILLE As of late the day after the Aug. 19 primary, Snohomish County is following the rest of the state in helping set up the expected rematch between Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire and Republican challenger Dino Rossi.

Closer to home, EMS levies benefiting the Marysville Fire District and Fire District 12 are both passing.

Both EMS issues are so-called levy lid lifts and would return collection rates for both emergency services to 50 cents per $1,000 in property valuation, the rate voters approved when they last passed a full-fledged levy in 2004.

According to unofficial results from the Snohomish County Auditor's office, the Marysville issue is passing by a healthy margin of 2,686 to 1,666, or 61. 7 percent to 38.2 percent.

In District 12, the vote is closer, with 2,543 votes for the lid lift to 1,827 against, or 58.1 percent to 41.8 percent.

In other races of local interest, early results have Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen facing former Snohomish County Sheriff Rick Bart in November.

According to results posted by the secretary of state, Larsen is handily leading the way with 63,708 votes, or 55.6 percent, to Bart's 41,772, or 36.4 percent.

Far behind the two leaders are Doug Schaffer and Glen Johnson, with 4.8 and 3 percent of the vote respectively.

The District 2 seat held by Larsen covers all or parts of five counties, including Snohomish County. Local results pretty much mirror those from the rest of District 2, with Larsen earning 22,782 votes to Bart's 17,709, or 51.6 percent to 40.1 percent.

For the 10th State Senate District, incumbent Democrat Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen seems likely to face Republican challenger Linda Haddon in November. The district covers three counties, including Snohomish, but Haugen is leading the way with 14,868 voters or 53.3 percent. Haddon has earned 11,675 votes or 41.9 percent.

In Snohomish County, the vote count so far is closer, with Haugen taking in 2,993, or 53.6 percent, to Haddon's 2,281 or 40 percent.

In the race for the 38th District, Position 1 seat, Democratic State Rep. John McCoy is leading the way with 7,972, or 58 percent, over challenger Cris Larson, with 5,581 ballots or, 41 percent. Larson has indicated no party preference.

For the 38th District, Position 2 seat, incumbent Mike Sells ran unopposed.

In District 39, incumbent Republican State Sen. Val Stevens is leading challenger Fred Walser, 10,457 or 56 percent to 7,907 or 43 percent.

In Snohomish County, Stevens has taken 8,327 votes or 57.2 percent to Walser's 6,210, or 42.7 percent.

For the 39th District seat, Position 1, incumbent Republican State Rep. Dan Kristiansen has a narrow lead in voting across four counties, including Snohomish, earning 9.706 votes, or 53.5 percent. Challenger Scott Olson, Democrat, has 8,412, or 46.4 percent.

In Snohomish County, Kristiansen also is coming in on top, with 7,689 votes, 53.5 percent, over Olson, 6,649 or 46.3 percent.

For the Position 2 seat, the top two voter getters are incumbent Republican Kirk Pearson, with 10,095 votes or 55.4 percent compared to Democratic challenger David Personius at 5,965 or 32.7 percent.

In Snohomish County, Pearson has earned 8,121 votes or 56.2 percent, to Personius' vote count of 4,678 or 32.4 percent.

In the 44th District, for Position 1, the incumbent, this time Rep. Hans Dunshee, is leading with 11,272 votes, 58.6 percent, compared to Republican challenger Larry Countryman's 7,893, or 41 percent. For Position 2, incumbent Democratic State Rep. Liz Loomis holds a relatively small lead, 9,912, or 51.9 percent, over Republican challenger Mike Hope, with 9,114, or 47.7 percent.

In a hotly contested judicial race for Superior Court Judge, Position 6, George Appel and Joseph Wilson seem headed for a showdown in November, with the Snohomish County vote putting Appel in the lead with 31,797 votes or 40.5 percent, compared to Wilson's 29,087, or 36.8 percent. Jim Johanson is third and possibly out of the running, garnering, 17,589 votes, or 22.3 percent.

Returning to the governor's race, in Snohomish County, Gregoire is leading Rossi by a margin of 46,482 votes, 50.3 percent, to 41,048, or 44.4 percent. Running as an independent, Marysville resident James White earned 794 ballots, .86 percent.

Statewide, Gregoire has a more narrow lead over Rossi, garnering 456,867 votes, 49.2 percent, to Rossi's 419,990 votes, 45.2 percent. Marysville's White is again an afterthought in the race, picking up 7,347 votes, or .79 percent.

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