Incumbents lead in council races

MARYSVILLE — As of 5:43 p.m. Nov. 6, the Marysville City Council incumbents are well ahead of their respective challengers.

City Council Position 2 incumbent Donna Wright has 3,691 votes for 59.31 percent of the vote, while her challenger Quinn King has 2,503 votes for 40.22 percent of the vote, with 6,223 votes counted. Council Position 3 incumbent Jeff Seibert has 3,276 votes for 53.56 percent of the vote, while his challenger Patrick Larson Jr. has 2,807 votes for 45.89 percent of the vote, with 6,117 votes counted.

“For our first time out, we did pretty well, especially since we didn’t take a single penny in endorsements,” King said of himself and Larson, while congratulating Wright and Seibert. “It’s been one heck of a learning experience. I won’t wonder what it could have been like to have done this, 30 years from now. I’m not going to stop. I’ll keep going.”

Although Wright expressed the same caution as King about proclaiming victory prematurely, she considers it an honor to serve the citizens of Marysville.

“During these challenging economic times, we need to position ourselves for the future, which looks bright,” Wright said. “I enjoy working with the city staff and the Council, which is stable now. I thank the people for voting for me, because without them I wouldn’t be here.”

Presuming his wide lead holds, Seibert explained that his priorities for his next term will continue to be improving city services and the quality of life, while developing the economy and keeping taxes low. While Seibert joined Wright in thanking their supporters, Larson echoed King’s opinion that they’d done well under the circumstances.

“I had a lot going on and the campaign kind of got put on the back burner,” said Larson, who offered his own congratulations to the incumbents. “Given that, I didn’t expect to do as well as I did. I didn’t have any idea how this all worked, but now that I see how it functions, I might run for mayor next time.”

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