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Primary election trims Kenmore races to two candidates | Update
The general election for Kenmore City Council is now set as all three races trimmed one candidate from its ranks during the primary on Aug. 6.
Incumbent Kenmore City Council member Laurie Sperry is earning the highest umber of votes out of the nine candidates running for the three separate positions as of the latest results released on Wednesday by King County Elections.
Sperry, who was first elected in 2005, is garnering 2,007 votes in the race for council Position 2. Kenmore resident Bob Black has 764 votes or 22 percent and looks to be the challenger for Sperry during the general election to be held in November. Mark Prince has earned 692 votes or 20 percent during the primary.
All primary election results will be certified on Aug. 20.
Position 4 is the only race guaranteed to put a new member on the council and Kenmore residents Nigel Herbig and Patrick O’Brien looked to be advancing to the general election. The winner will replace long time council member and Deputy Mayor Bob Hensel, who has held the seat since 2003.
Herbig earned the second most votes of any council candidate in the Kenmore primary with 1,654 or 47 percent. Herbig, who is a legislative assistant to State Rep. Jessyn Farrell, earned the endorsement of Hensel at just after announcing his candidacy for the position.
“I knocked on 1,400 doors and I guess my message resonated with voters,” Herbig said.
Herbig will take on environmental activist Patrick O’Brien, who received 1,096 votes or 31 percent of the vote.
“This is the third or fourth time that he has run for council and I think people are familiar with him,” Herbig said. “I am not looking at this as running against him but just getting my vision for the city out there. I want to run as positive of a campaign as I can.”
Kenmore resident Charles Crouch, a former Navy special warfare operator owner of CrossFit Kenmore, is currently in third place with 733 votes or 21 percent. The top two candidates will move on to the general election in November for the position.
Incumbent Kenmore City Council member Allan Van Ness holds a commanding 45 percent of the vote in the race for his position 6 seat, according to King County Elections. Van Ness, who has 1,599 votes, was first elected to the position in 2005.
“I am pleased with the results of the primary election and am grateful for the continued trust, confidence and support of Kenmore residents,” said Van Ness. “I look forward to many productive and friendly discussions of Kenmore’s future as we proceed to the final vote on Nov. 5.”
Kenmore resident Ken Smith will be his challenger in November, earning 1,234 votes or 35 percent.
Kenmore resident and environmental activist Elizabeth Mooney has 651 votes or 18 percent.
The top two candidates from the primary will move on to the general election in November.