Updated election results Wednesday shook up two Skagit County races.

Brendan McGoffin overtook Dave Bates in the race for a Sedro-Woolley City Council seat in Ward 1.

While the two were tied Tuesday night at 64 votes apiece, McGoffin now has 99 votes to Bates’ 73.

Meanwhile, Skagit County Fire District 8’s levy, which was passing by eight votes Tuesday night, is now failing by 27. There have been 758 votes against and 731 for.

The levy for the fire district, which serves the area around Sedro-Woolley and into Hamilton, would raise the district’s levy lid by 28 cents, to $1.25 per $1,000 in assessed property value.

The county Elections Department counted about 5,500 ballots Wednesday and has now counted 23,078. It has an estimated 15,600 left to count.

The next ballot count is expected at 5 p.m. Friday.

Results in other races stayed the same, though some races have narrowed.

While the Mount Vernon School District’s supplemental levy is still failing, the margin has shrunk from 132 votes to 41 votes.

In the race for Mount Vernon mayor, first-time candidate Sarah Nuanes made up some ground, but still trails incumbent Jill Boudreau.

Updated results show Nuanes with 42% of the vote, or 2,086 votes, compared to Boudreau’s 58%, or 2,824 votes.

Two-term incumbent Steve Sexton maintained his lead over Councilman Joe DeGloria in the race for Burlington mayor, with 54% of the vote to DeGloria’s 46%.

In Sedro-Woolley, incumbent Julia Johnson continues to lead the mayoral race. She has received 61% of the vote to Dennis O’Neil’s 39%.

With 69% of the vote, State Sen. Liz Lovelett, D-Anacortes, maintained her lead over challenger Daniel Miller, who sits at about 30%.

In the race for Hamilton mayor, challenger Carla Vandiver continues to lead incumbent Joan Cromwell 38 votes to 24.

In the Hamilton Town Council Position 2 race, Theresa Boots and Travis Patrick are now tied with 30 votes each. Boots led Patrick by one vote on Tuesday.

Two incumbents running for re-election on the La Conner School Board still trail their challengers by wide margins.

Kate Szurek now holds 40% of the vote in the race for the District 1 seat, compared to challenger John Agen’s 60%.

And in District 2, challenger Marlys Baker holds 67% of the vote, compared to incumbent Janie Beasley’s 33%.

— Reporter Brandon Stone: bstone@skagitpublishing.com, 360-416-2112, Twitter: @Brandon_SVH

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