MOUNT VERNON — Two Mount Vernon City Council incumbents will advance to the Nov. 7 general election after primary election results were certified Tuesday.
City councilmen Dale Ragan and Ken Quam will go up against political newcomers Richard Brocksmith and Iris Carías, respectively.
Brocksmith got 1,502 votes to Ragan’s 1,470 in the race for the at-large seat, while Quam had 411 to Carías’ 400 in the race for Ward 1, Position 2.
In the two Sedro-Woolley City Council races that appeared on the Aug. 1 primary ballot, incumbent Brenda Kinzer advances against Dennis O’Neil, and Pola Kelley moves on against Jared Couch.
Kinzer had 70 votes to O’Neil’s 59, and Kelley 464 to Couch’s 429. Couch advanced by one vote over the third person in the at-large council race, Mary Andersson.
A hand recount of votes for Couch and Andersson is required per state law because the deficit of one vote is less than 150 votes and 0.25 percent. This will happen Thursday.
Eric A. Johnson earned 49 percent of the vote in the Sedro-Woolley School Board District 4 race, and advances with Wendie M. Granberg.
Ken Goodwin will advance in the Port of Anacortes Position 1 race, with 59 percent of the vote. Allen Workman advances as well.
Also on the primary ballot were two ballot measures.
A vote to increase Island Hospital’s levy by 31 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value passed with 52 percent of the vote, while a vote to annex a region south of Mount Vernon into the Skagit Transit District failed after getting 38 percent yes votes.
About 29 percent of registered voters took part in the primary election, according to the Skagit County Elections Department.
Those advancing out of the primary election will join others on the November ballot.
In Concrete, Mayor Jason Miller will defend his seat against Lesley DeKrey.
Among other contested races on the November ballot are two city council positions each in Anacortes and Burlington, as will be one additional city council race each in Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley.