Status quo prevails in city, school board elections

MARYSVILLE The status quo was the big winner in the Nov. 6 elections, where incumbents prevailed in every contested race for city and school leadership.
The vacant Snohomish County Sheriffs office was the only contested race on the ballot affecting this area, as John Lovick pulled ahead of Tom Greene by 3,599 votes. The former Washington State trooper and state house representative received 73,757 votes to current sheriffs bureau chief Greene, who tallied 70,158. With less than 10,000 votes to be counted on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Greene still held out hope that he could make up the deficit, while Lovick was close to declaring victory.
Im still in it, Greene said, adding that he believes in miracles.
After Gov. Christine Gregoires surprising comeback in the 2004 gubernatorial election recounts, where she won by 129 votes, Greene could be justified for saying anything is possible. While much more comfortable than his opponent, Lovick measured his words carefully.
I feel very, very good about it, Lovick said. Its close, I was hoping it wouldnt be.
Doing the math, Lovick said Greene would have to get 68 percent of the remaining ballots, which might be possible but is not probable. Lovick said he is close to declaring victory but will wait until he gets a call from Greene conceding the race, if trends continue to break his way.
Im not the type of person who feels that the need to run around and do a victory lap or anything like that, Lovick said. Tom also ran an excellent campaign.
He said he was glad that both candidates didnt split the department, something likely to happen when two internal candidates were on the primary ballot, including sheriffs Lt. Rob Biedler, who lost in the three-way Aug. 10 primary.
I think we both did a really good job of avoiding splitting up the ranks of the men and women of the agency, Lovick added.
Greene thanked the scores of volunteers who worked on his campaign, which took the high road, despite many temptations fend off smears by Lovick supporters, according to Greene.
We ran it with integrity, Greene said. We said nothing negative about John, although we had plenty of ammunition we chose not to use it. I still put on a pretty good fight, for having never run a race before.
During the campaign Lovick said voters would get all three of us if they elected him sheriff, but Greene wasnt sure if he would serve under the former state trooper, although its likely Bieder would both Lovick and Biedler got strong support from the sheriffs deputies association, other police unions and the Democratic Party, for the non-partisan race.
Greene didnt think Lovick would keep the current command structure, although Lovick said he hadnt thought that far ahead. If he wins, Lovcick said he would like to sit down with Greene and talk about how they could work together. Greene wasnt sure how that would pan out and wanted to wait for the final tally.
Hes made a huge number of assumptions in this race, Greene said.
In the three contested races for seats on the Marysville School District board of directors, incumbents prevailed handily, with victory margins as high as 69.38 percent for Darci Becker in seat No. 3, 67.68 percent for Cindy Erickson in seat No. 2, and 64.13 percent for Sherri Crenshaw in seat No. 5.
Erickson faced the only real challenger in former newspaper publisher and state and county administrator Donald Wlazlak, who garnered 4,041 votes to her 8,659, the largest total in the three races. Wlazlaks endorsement by the teachers union didnt seem to matter much with voters, who are happy with the way things are going under the leadership of superintendent Larry Nyland and didnt want to switch horses, according to Erickson.
I think people are feeling OK about how things are going in the district, Erickson said. Im feeling pretty good, though I was surprised, I really thought it would be much closer.
Crenshaw and Becker largely got a pass, as their opponents either withdrew outright or simply faded away and didnt actively campaign. It was a huge change for Crenshaw, who quickly withdrew after getting two well-known opponents early this summer, when former Marysville City Councilwoman Lisa Vares and community activist Corinne Diteman filed for the seat. Crenshaw promptly pulled out of the race, but too late to get her name pulled from the Aug. 10 primary, which she won easily. That changed her mind and she got back in, pulling ahead of Vares in the general election, 7,975 votes to 4,392.
Marysville municipal government offices were sealed in June when no challengers filed to unseat any of the three Council members up for election. Mayor Dennis Kendall also drew no takers and will enjoy another four years in office with Council members John Soriano and Lee Phillips, who were re-elected, and Carmen Rasmussen, who was elected to position
No. 7 after being appointed to fill the seat after Vares resigned in November 2005.
Likewise, the two incumbents on the Lakewood School Board faced no challengers, and president Greg Jensen and member Jill Leonard were re-elected. Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon easily defeated his Republican opponent Jack Turk, 65 percent to 34 percent, of the 149,716 votes counted as of last Saturday, Nov. 10. Democrats also prevailed easily on the Snohomish County Council, where Brian Sullivan beat William Cooper in district No. 2, 68 percent to 31 percent, and Mike Cooper beat Renee Radcliff Sinclair 59 percent to 40 percent.
In the race for Snohomish County Treasurer, former county councilman Kirke Sievers drew 52.21 percent to Jerry Lindseys 47.42 percent; Sonya Kraskis 55.67 percent topped her opponent Bob Dantinis 44 percent. Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Diepenbrock and assessor Cindy Portman drew no opponents and walked to victory.
Failure of the roads and transit package means several projects in the Marysville and Arlington area will likely be delayed, including improved freeway interchanges on I-5 at 88th Street NE and 116th Street NE, widening of 88th Street NE to five lanes from State Avenue to 67th Avenue NE. Improvements to 172nd Street NE were also in the multi-billion dollar package, and would have widened the arterial to five lanes from the Arlington Airport to SR 9.
Those plans are on hold, and nobody has a plan B in place.

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