BURLINGTON — One Burlington City Council incumbent is ahead and the other behind after preliminary election results were released Tuesday night.

Joe DeGloria, who’s finishing his first term on council, has the lead with 79 percent. He has 279 votes over challenger and newcomer T. Rye Fogle.

Two-term Councilwoman Tonya Bieche, however, trails newcomer James Stavig with about 35 percent of votes.

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DeGloria said he was glad to have such a strong lead and didn’t comment further.

In earlier interviews, DeGloria said he hopes to be a voice for economic responsibility if he is re-elected to the council.

He wants to meet the growing needs for housing and infrastructure by helping maintain the city’s sales tax revenue.

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Stavig, a first-time candidate, said he had butterflies in his stomach after seeing the results, which showed a solid lead.

“I knocked on a lot of doors,” he said. “Maybe that hard work paid off.”

As a political newcomer, Stavig has said he will bring gumption and new ideas to the council, and was motivated to run after learning his opponent had run unopposed the last two terms.

Bieche said the results are what they are and that she hopes to work with Stavig outside the City Council if he is elected.

— Reporter Brandon Stone: bstone@skagitpublishing.com, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH{p style=”margin-bottom: 0in;”}

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