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Mukilteo EMS hike not approved


Last updated 8/22/2018 at Noon

Results from the Aug. 7 primary election have been certified.

We now know who will be moving on to the November ballot in contested races for state Senator, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Congressman. The top two candidates in each race advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

Mukilteo had its own initiative on the primary ballot, the EMS levy lid lift, which was shot down by Mukilteo voters.

The levy received just 42.94 percent of votes from Mukilteo residents. If it had passed, it would have raised the current EMS property tax levy up to a maximum of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value from 2019 to 2024.

Voters in Mukilteo previously approved a 50 cents per $1,000 levy rate in 2010, but due to a state initiative, the rate was reduced.

All three incumbents for the 21st Legislative District will be moving on to the general election in November, as will incumbent U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen.

Incumbent state Sen. Marko Liias, a Democrat, received the highest percentage of votes in his race, with 48.81 percent. Republican Mario Lotmore will challenge Liias on the November ballot. He received 31 percent of votes.

Democrat Riaz Khan and Independent Scott West failed to qualify for the general election, garnering 13.1 percent and 7.09 percent, respectively.

In the state Representative races, all candidates automatically moved on as only two candidates ran for each position.

Democrat Strom Peterson, the incumbent for Position 1, pulled in over 66 percent of the vote. His challenger, Republican Amy Schaper, received just over 33 percent.

For Position 2, Democratic incumbent Lillian Ortiz-Self received just over 66 percent of the vote, while Republican challenger Petra Bigea had nearly 34 percent.

Adam Cornell, a Democrat and 15-year deputy prosecuting attorney, is running unopposed for the four-year seat. Incumbent Mark Roe is retiring.

Cornell prosecuted the shooter of the 2016 Mukilteo house party, which left three Kamiak graduates dead and a fourth injured.

For the U.S. Senator race, Democrat incumbent Maria Cantwell will be moving on in her bid for reelection and will be opposed by Republican Susan Hutchinson, the former state Republican Party chair and former KIRO news anchor. Cantwell received just under 55 percent of votes statewide, and Hutchinson just over 24 percent.

U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen, a Democrat, will be moving on to the November ballot as well, receiving nearly 65 percent of the vote. The 2nd Congressional District covers all of San Juan and Island counties, as well as parts of Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom counties.

The race to face Larsen in November was tightly contested, but Libertarian Brian Luke will be moving on.

He received 7.87 percent, just beating out Independent Gary Franco, 7.84 percent, Democrat Collin Carlson, 7.70 percent, and Moderate GOP Uncle Mover (Mike the Mover), 7.56 percent.

Just over 43 percent of registered voters participated in the primary election, with 5,940 of 13,793 Mukilteo ballots being returned. Voter turnout in Snohomish County was just over 37 percent.

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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