Election results show Acker, Wong, Upton leading contested races | Update

This post was updated at 4 p.m. on Nov. 9, and at 3 p.m. on Nov. 16.

This year’s contentious general election featured races for three seats on the Mercer Island City Council and two on the School Board of Directors, and preliminary results were posted at about 8 p.m. on Nov. 7.

There was one uncontested race, as Salim Nice was the only candidate running for City Council Position 2. He earned 3,771 of the votes that were counted before Nov. 7, and 5,928 votes as of the Nov. 15 update. There are 17,935 registered voters on Mercer Island.

The council will play a bit of musical chairs, as Nice was appointed to fill a vacancy in Position 4 left by Jeff Sanderson over the summer. Nice will take over Position 2 (currently held by Dan Grausz, who is not running for re-election) in January.

Whoever wins the race for Position 6 (Mark Coen or Benson Wong) will also be sworn in then. Wong was leading, earning 65.22 percent of the vote to Coen’s 34.78 percent, on Election Day.

The election results will be certified on Nov. 28, and the successful candidate for Position 4 (Joy Langley or Tom Acker) will be sworn in the next day. On Nov. 15, Acker was leading with 55.6 percent of the vote to Langley’s 44.4 percent, out of 8,210 votes. Langley conceded on Nov. 9.

“Regardless of who you supported in this election, it is now time for us to come together,” Acker wrote on his website. “The next step is for all of us to work together collaboratively on the significant challenges facing Mercer Island… Going forward, it is imperative the community is aware of what is happening and is also engaged in the decision-making process. Our campaign has focused exclusively on these issues and I will continue to do so once the election is certified.”

The Acker-Langley race received the highest number of votes, and had a turnout of about 46 percent among Mercer Island voters as of Nov. 15. Final turnout was over 50 percent in the 2015 election.

There were technically two contested races for School Board seats in 2017, though one candidate stopped campaigning in September. Diana Lein’s name still appeared on the ballot for School Board Director Position 4, though she said she withdrew and endorsed her opponent, Deborah Schneider Lurie. On Nov. 7, Lurie was leading with 62.75 percent of the vote.

Brian Giannini Upton and Caifeng Wu were running for School Board Director Position 2, with Upton leading 72.07 percent to Wu’s 27.93 percent on of the vote Election Day. More ballots were counted as of Nov. 15, but the results were relatively unchanged.

Contested races for King County Executive and King County Sheriff were also on the ballot, along with King County Proposition No. 1 (a levy lid lift for veterans, seniors and vulnerable populations).

Preliminary results showed incumbent sheriff and Mercer Island resident John Urquhart trailing challenger Mitzi Johanknecht, who earned 51.84 percent of the vote to Urquhart’s 48.16 percent. Johanknecht’s lead had increased by Nov. 15 (56.7 percent to 43.3 percent).

Incumbent executive Dow Constantine was leading challenger Bill Hirt 75.4 percent to 24.6 percent on Nov. 7, and Prop 1 was passing with 66.06 percent of the vote.

Results can also be viewed at www.kingcounty.gov/elections.

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