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Bothell Council, School Board races set for general election | Update
Two big election races for Bothell residents were narrowed down to two candidates each during the primary held on Aug. 6. The race for Bothell City Council Position 5 proved to be close for the top vote getters, while the challenger for the Northshore School District Director No. 1 incumbent became clear.
The race to succeed long time Bothell City Councilman and former mayor Patrick Ewing in Position 5 became more about who would get more votes, than who would advance.
Bothell Planning Commission member Steve Booth and former city council member Tris Samberg have moved on to the general election race in November by garnering the most votes. The third candidate in the race, Nadia Mustafa, earned 10 percent of the vote or close to 500 votes.
“While there are still ballots to be counted, I am very humbled to have received the highest number of votes of those counted so far and to now know that our campaign will move on to the general election in November,” Booth said. “We believe that it is clear that our message of providing positive leadership you can trust, while safeguarding taxpayer dollars and protecting public safety has resonated with voters.”
As of Wednesday afternoon the Secretary of State for Washington had Booth with 46 percent of the vote or 2,268 votes. Samberg has received 43 percent or 2,101 votes, trailing Booth by just 167 votes.
“I’m excited to proceed to the general and am looking forward to connecting with voters in both counties in the months ahead,” said Samberg. “I’ll be knocking on lots of doors to hear first hand what is on peoples’ minds. I hope Bothell voters will take this opportunity to share their ideas, hopes and concerns with me.”
Nearly 5,000 voters participated in the race.
Incumbent Julia Lacey has garnered 7,975 votes and holds a commanding 48.43 percent in the primary race for Northshore School District Director No. 1, according to results released Tuesday night. Lacey will face Kimberly D’Angelo in November as the challenger earned 31.89 percent or 5,252 votes.
D’Angelo received a late endorsement in the race from State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe.
Marci Cheesebrough finished third with 19.68 percent or 3,241 votes in the primary race. The top two vote getters advance to the general election held in November.
More than 16,000 votes have been counted in this race from King and Snohomish Counties.
The Northshore School District Director 1 seat represents the north Bothell area of Snohomish County, including unincorporated areas.
Both primary election results will be certified by Aug. 20.