The final tally from the Aug. 16 primary indicates just over 23 percent of Snohomish County residents participated in the vote. Only two races affecting Marysville and Arlington residents were decided by the ballot-the field of candidates for mayor of Arlington and a seat on Marysville's school board was narrowed to two in each contest.
With just under 2,800 ballots returned, the race for the Arlington mayor's job will be between Steve Baker, current city councilmember, and Barb Tolbert, director of the Arlington Fly-In. Baker was the top vote-getter with 809, with Tolbert garnering 777 votes. In third place was business woman Debora Nelson, with 479 votes.
The Marysville School Board District 3 Director seat attracted four candidates, and the top two–Darci Becker and Pete Lundberg–will advance to the fall election.
Lundberg, a former middle school principal, was the first-place finisher in the primary with 2,602 votes to incumbent Becker's 2,372. A total of 7,697 ballots were cast in the race, with third place taken by Michael Hansen with 1,920 votes.
Although the results don't have any impact, county executive candidates Aaron Reardon and Mike Hope also appeared on the primary ballot. Reardon, a Democrat who has served two terms as county executive, bested Hope, a Republic state representative, by a small margin-46,573 to 42,311.
The general election will be held by mail-in ballots, with a Nov. 8 deadline.