Challenger ends up winning in M’ville school board race

School board challenger Vanessa Edwards increased her lead over Bruce Larson after more ballots were counted by Monday morning.

The pair were in a virtual tie on Election Night, with Edwards leading by 39. By this morning, she had collected 52 percent of the vote while incumbent Larson dropped to 48 percent. Her lead has increased to 433 votes, a lead that cannot likely be overcome.

More ballots will be counted by 5 p.m. today.

As of Monday morning, 142,593 ballots were counted in Snohomish County, of course only a portion of those are from the Marysville-Arlington areas. Turnout so far is 31.5 percent. In all of the other races, the numbers changed, but the results didn’t.

In the other school board race, incumbent Chris Nation was leading Ray Sheldon 63 percent to 37 percent.

For Marysville City Council, Mark James and Tom King were leading longtime incumbents by large margins. James had 59 percent and Donna Wright 41 percent. King had 56 percent and Jeff Seibert 43 percent.

Council incumbents were leading in the other two races: Jeff Vaughan with 66 percent and Robert Weiss with 34 percent; and Michael Stevens with 84 percent and Elijah Olson 15 percent.


Challenger Joshua Roundy was defeating longtime incumbent Chris Raezer for the City Council 71 percent to 29 percent.

Incumbent Jesica Stickles was leading Craig Christianson 54.5 percent to 45 percent.

For school board, incumbent Ursula Ghirardo was behind challenger Judy Fay 59 percent to 41 percent. For the open seat, Marc Rosson had a lead over Lyanne Rolf 60 percent to 40 percent.


Nate Nehring of Stanwood was beating Ray Miller of Marysville 60 percent to 40 percent.

There are other races locally, such as for judge and in Lakewood, but they are uncontested.


County Council: Nehring, 16,832; Miller 11,185.

Arlington Council: Stickles 1,580; Christianson, 1,311.

Roundy 1,980; Raezer 791.

Marysville Council: Vaughan 6,420; Weiss 3,336.

James 5,977; Wright 4,098

King 5,559; Seibert 4,282

Stevens 8,121; Olson 1,476

Arlington School Board: Fay 3,387; Ghirardo 2,368.

Rosson 3,406; Rolf 2,266

Marysville School Board: Nation 7,194; Sheldon 4,441.

Edwards 5,957; Larson 5,524

Cascade Valley Hospital: Tim Cavanaugh 4,181; Randy Tendering 1,743.

Fire District 15: David Sherman 425; Buck Evans 365.

Fire District 21: Eric Nordstrom 906; Ken Johnson 845.

Ed Taft 1,058, Steve Meyers 699.

Fire District 25 levy: Yes 152, No 67.

-Arlington Times reporter Douglas Buell contributed to this report.

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