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Snohomish council gets some familiar faces

SNOHOMISH — The City Council will soon have a majority of new members on board to try to navigate the city through its transition from Council-City Manager to Mayor-Council form of government.
Four new faces will replace Councilmen Tom Hamilton, Michael Rohrscheib and Dean Randall, who each chose not to run, and Derrick Burke, who ran for mayor instead of defending his council seat.
Two of the candidates who sewed up their elections have prior council experience, and a third narrowly missed out.
For council position 4, R.C. “Swede” Johnson and Tom Merrill ran for the seat being vacated by Councilman Michael Rohrscheib due to work commitments.
Merrill, a retired IT executive and city open government committee member, was defeating Johnson, a former city councilman, by a 4 percent margin. Merrill had 1,455 votes to Johnson’s 1,370 votes as of the latest available polls Monday.
For the council position 5, the race was close between Linda Redmon and Bob Dvorak. Redmon was winning by a margin of about 3 percent — 1,425 votes over Dvorak’s 1,371 votes.
This seat is being vacated by Councilman Derrick Burke, who made a run for mayor but didn’t make it past the August primary.
Redmon had said at the Young Voters of Snohomish candidate forum that she ran for council to represent the children of Snohomish.
For council position 6, “old school” former city councilman Larry Countryman beat newcomer millennial Eric Reyes by a 10 percent spread. Countryman had 1,570 votes to Reyes’ 1,280 votes. This seat is being vacated by Dean Randall.
For council position 7, former councilman Steve Dana was pulling ahead of Lisa Caldwell by about a 10 percent margin. The difference was 1,564 to 1,245 votes. This seat is being vacated by Tom Hamilton.
City Councilman Jason Sanders defeated challenger Daryl Ferguson by a large margin — 70 percent to 30 percent. Sanders was appointed to council position 3 in January to replace Councilman Zach Wilde, who resigned following the discovery last December Wilde was living in Lake Stevens.
Current city councilwomen Lynn Schilaty and Karen Guzak were not up for re-election.
With Redmon winning a seat, it brings a third woman onto the council for the first time in almost five years when Melody Clemans retired from position 3.
The new city councilmembers will take office in January.

In other races
The Snohomish school board will remain the same as nobody else ran for the four positions up for election.
Fire District 4’s new board member will be Richard Flath, a pastor at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Edmonds. Flath won over Bill Betten by an 11 percent margin.
For Fire District 7, which includes Clearview, incumbent board member Randy Fay took nearly 70 percent of the vote over Rick Edwards.


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