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Preliminary results in for primary election


August 9, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Marysville Fire District part-time firefighter/EMTs Andrew Stebliy, left, and Dylan Lowry put a stretcher back into one of the district's emergency response vehicles on Aug. 4.

Preliminary results for August's primary election are in and Marysville's EMS Levy appears to have passed along with several candidates moving on to the ballot in November's general election.

The primary election is for special measures like the Marysville EMS Levy or for races that have more than two candidates, in which the top two candidates will then move on to the general election.

The general election will be on Nov. 7.

Marysville EMS Levy

Marysville residents will have their emergency services levy tax raised to $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Results show 55.41 percent of voters in the Marysville approved the proposition.

Funds will be going to support paramedics, emergency response equipment and the supplies to treat people, said Christie Veley, public education and information specialist at the Marysville Fire District.

"That improves the financial outlook of the district and allows us to provide services at the highest level," she said.

Veley said district officials are thankful to the voters for approving the measure.

"We would like to thank the awesome citizens of this great community for their support," Marysville Fire Chief Martin McFalls said. "We look forward to continuing to provide the highest level of service to our citizens and continuing to improve our EMS systems to better serve you."

An EMS levy was needed because of the declining Marysville levy rate, said Veley. "The levy rate has deteriorated over the last few years," she said.

The last time the Marysville voters approved a levy increase was in 2008, which raised the levy rate to $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value, the same rate as it will be now.

"Unless you re-up your levy it tends to go down over time," said Veley. "So it was at less than what the voters had approved in 2008," she said.

The district has also seen an increased demand for services, which meant more funds were needed to maintain financial stability.

"Call volume has been going up with our staff staying the same," said Veley. "Somewhere along the line there you eventually have to make a change," she said.

From 2011 to 2016 calls to the Marysville Fire District have increased by 43 percent, to a total of 13,861.

Snohomish County Council District 1

County Council District 1 includes Arlington, Marysville, the Stillaguamish Tribe, Darrington, Stanwood, Granite Falls and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe.

Republican Incumbent Nate Nehring got the most votes with 39.62 percent, followed by Democrat Ray Miller with 34.92 percent.

Those two will be moving on to the general election ballot ahead of Republicans Robert Sutherland, who received 10.20 percent of the votes, and Chris Ihler, who received 15.02 percent of the votes.

Nehring is a former Stanwood Middle School teacher and the son of Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

He was appointed to the seat at the beginning of 2017 after former council member Ken Klein took a job at the county.

"I was really pleased with the results and humbled with the trust that the voters have placed in me," said Nehring.

We're not going to take anything for granted and we're going to work really hard going into the general election," he said.

Miller is an Air Force veteran who lives in Marysville and was elected in 2015 to the county's Charter Review Commission.

"We were very pleased that we were in the top two and are moving on to the general election," he said.

"We want to continue to get our message out there," he said, adding he hopes to contribute to solutions to maintaining the county's growth, the opioid epidemic and "the traffic issues and how to find ways to not spend half our lives in gridlock."

Other Races

Marysville City Council Position 2 will be a race between incumbent Donna Wright and Mark James.

The primary election is a close race in which James has received 36.86 percent of the vote, Wright received 34.21 percent of the vote, and Jason Call got 28.51 percent of the vote.

Marysville School District's Board of Directors District 4 seat saw incumbent Bruce Larson and Vanessa Edwards move forward.

District 4 is the eastern area of the school district and includes communities around the Getchell area.

Larson got 42.05 percent of the votes, Edwards received 36.53 percent and Clarence Shaw received 20.72 percent.

The Tulalip Bay Fire Department commissioner position 3 was another close race and David Sherman, with 39.96 percent of the votes, and Buckley "Buck" Evans, with 30.47 percent of the votes, will face each other in the general election.

Candidate Mark Hatch was close behind with nine votes less than Evans.

Rural Arlington Fire District 21 commissioner position 1 was also a three-way race, with incumbent Eric Nordstrom, with 46.04 percent of the votes, and Ken Johnson, with 31.35 percent of the votes, moving on.

Randy Dobbins received 22.39 percent of the votes.

August Primary preliminary results are available at Ballots will continue to be counted, as they are received and processed, through Aug. 14. Results are typically updated on the website after 5 p.m. on weekdays. Official election results will be certified on Aug. 15.


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