Voters decided the fate of several measures in the Nov. 6 General Election, including the Arlington School District bond measure and the Tulalip Bay Fire levy, as well as numerous federal and state congressional races.
More than 268,000 ballots were cast in Snohomish County for a turnout of 58.13 percent of registered voters, a higher turnout than the last three midterm elections.
Ballots are still being counted in some races and all vote totals are reported as they were at press time.
Arlington School Bond
With 50.91 percent of voters approving, the Arlington School Bond was rejected by the voters for the second time in a year.
School bonds in Washington state require 60 percent approval to pass.
The $107.5 million bond would have rebuilt Post Middle School, expanded Arlington High School and enacted a number of safety and security improvements to all schools in the district.
“Of course I am disappointed in the results but I remain hopeful for the future,” said Arlington School District Superintendent Chrys Sweeting.
She said that she was encouraged by the participation from the local community in the vote.
“The board will continue to review their options for the next few weeks,” she said, noting that if construction costs continue to rise, future bond proposals may be more costly or able to include less.
Safety and security remains a big priority for the district, said Sweeting.
“We have to do what is important to keep our youngest citizens safe,” she said.
“One of the biggest parts of that is creating a replacement for Post Middle School,” whose lack of hallways make it suboptimal in terms of safety and security, she said.
Tulalip Bay Fire Levy
The Tulalip Bay Fire levy proposal received a lot of support at the ballot box, with 64.63 percent of voters approving.
Fire District 15, the Tulalip Bay Fire Department, covers most of Tulalip.
“We’re excited that our community came out to support us,” said Ryan Shaughnessy, fire chief of the district.
The measure will raise property taxes collected by the district from $1.16 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $1.50 per $1,000.
Those funds will be used to hire three full-time firefighters.
“By adding full-time staff we’ll maintain the same personnel in the department for longer periods,” said Shaughnessy.
Currently, the district’s full-time staff is three captains, with the rest of staff being part-time or volunteer positions.
“Those part-time employees often get hired by other fire districts in the region,” which creates high turnover, said Shaughnessy, who added the levy will give them more consistency within the department.
Emergency Communications Sales Tax
Voters across Snohomish County approved a 0.1 percent sales tax that can only be used to improve emergency response communications.
The proposition was approved with 54.01 percent in favor.
The main use of those funds will be to replace the 20-year-old radio system used by the Snohomish County Emergency Radio System (SERS), the radio system used by firefighters, police officers, paramedics and other emergency response personnel.
“I think the first words I would use are thankful and grateful,” said Brad Steiner, executive director of SERS.
“The system is getting so old that our ability to replace parts and rely on the radios was coming into question,” said Steiner.
They are currently finalizing a contract to replace their current system.
“We’re ready to hit the ground running,” said Steiner. “There’s no rest after the election results came in."
Steiner said he received many good questions from the public.
“There was some people asking about the tax and why it didn’t sunset,” he said.
“This is the beginning of a lot of work to improve emergency communications, and we now have a foundation in place for that,” he said.
Federal Congressional Seats
Incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell will return to the U.S. Senate after receiving 58.77 percent of the votes across the state.
In Washington District 2, which includes Marysville, Tulalip and most of Arlington, incumbent Democrat Rick Larsen received 72.05 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Democrat Suzan DelBene will return to her District 1 seat with 59.07 percent of the vote. District 1 includes parts of Arlington.
State Congressional Seats
District 38, which covers west Marysville, Tulalip and north Everett, saw all three incumbent Democrats keep their seats.
Senator John McCoy received 59.75 percent of the vote while Representative June Robinson received 61.3 percent and Representative Mike Sells ran unopposed.
District 39 had three Republicans elected. The district includes northeast Marysville, Arlington, Monroe and much of rural eastern Snohomish County.
Incumbent Keith Wagoner will retain his senate seat with 58.84 percent of the vote.
Robert Sutherland will take the vacant Pos. 1 seat with 56.66 percent of the vote and incumbent Carolyn Eslick will return with 58.46 percent of the vote.
District 10 only had two representative seats up for election. The district includes the Lake Goodwin area, Silvana and Camano and Whidbey islands.
Incumbent Republican Norma Smith looks to retain her seat with 52.51 percent of the vote.
In a tight race between Democrat Dave Paul and incumbent Republican Dave Hayes, Paul leads with 50.49 percent of the vote, which is a lead of less than 1,000 votes.
Three seats were up for election in District 44, which includes southeast Marysville, Lake Stevens and Mill Creek.
Incumbent Democratic Senator Steve Hobbs will return with 56.11 percent of the vote and incumbent Democratic Representative John Lovick retains his seat with 57.1 percent of the vote.
Democrat Jared Mead looks to flip the last state representative seat as he currently holds 52.22 percent of the vote against incumbent Republican Mark Harmsworth.
Cascade District Court
In the Cascade District Court Judge Pos. 1 race, Kristen Olbrechts received 15,117 votes (46.9 percent) and Jennifer Rancourt received 17,117 votes (53.1 percent).
For the most current election results go to the Washington Secretary of State’s Election and Voting website at https://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/ and the Snohomish County Election’s website at https://snohomishcountywa.gov/227/Election-Results.