In the race for mayor of Mount Vernon, incumbent Jill Boudreau leads first-time candidate Sarah Nuanes 59% to 41%, according to Tuesday’s early election results.
Boudreau, who is completing her second term as mayor, has received 2,083 votes, compared to Nuanes’ 1,456.
Countywide about 14,000 ballots remain to be counted.
Boudreau said she was pleased with the results, but isn’t declaring victory yet.
“I never feel super comfortable with the first results,” she said.
After what she said was a tough campaign, Boudreau said she was thankful for the work of her team and for the support of the electorate.
“I’m excited to be looking at four more years,” she said.
If her lead holds, Boudreau said she would be only the second mayor in city history to serve more than two terms.
In a written statement, Nuanes thanked her family and her campaign team for supporting her candidacy.
She said she hopes city leadership takes notice of her support, and the issues her campaign raised about affordable housing and accountability.
In the race for City Council Ward 1 Position 1, incumbent Erin Moberg holds a comfortable lead over opponent Shelley Acero.
According to initial results, Moberg holds 65% of the vote, or 2,049 votes, compared to Acero’s 34%, or 1,064 votes.
Moberg was excited to see the results but isn’t ready to declare victory.
“With that many ballots (remaining), there’s always a chance the results change,” she said.
The Skagit County Elections Department will continue to release updated ballot counts until the results are certified on Nov. 26.