City Council, school board remains largely same after election
EVERETT - In the few contested races, voters stuck with the incumbents in most cases.
City Councilman Scott Murphy leveraged his appointed term into a four-year one against challenger Jackie Minchew.
Murphy received 56 percent of the vote to Minchew’s 43 percent as of press time.
Murphy has been praised for asking incisive questions since his appointment in January over June Robinson.
In the two Everett School Board races, voters chose an incumbent and a vice president of the YMCA over a pair of parent watchdogs.
Incumbent Carol Andrews trounced Kim Guymon, who created the Everett School Board Project watchdog group. Andrews held 58 percent of the vote versus Guymon’s 42 percent as of press time.
Newcomer Ted Wenta beat parent Rodman Reynolds in a closer race. Wenta received 54 percent of the vote versus Reynolds’ 45 percent as of press time.
Both were vying for the seat being vacated by Ed Petersen. Petersen had endorsed Wenta.
“The power of the incumbency — too many people stood to lose something by replacing a face on the school board,” Guymon wrote on her Facebook page shortly after the results.
Mayor Ray Stephanson and City Councilmen Paul Roberts and Jeff Moore ran unopposed.
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