Mason County News
Election Results for Schools and City Council
Initial results from Tuesday’s election show the proposed cooperative high school and Southside’s levy failing, Mary M. Knight’s levy passing and close races for Shelton City Council.
For Shelton City Council Member No. 4, Eric Onisko leads with 47.06 percent of the vote or 529 votes. Jason Coots follows with 29.54 percent or 332 votes. And Jess Mosely trails Coots by 69 votes, garnering 23.4 percent or 263.
The top two candidates for Shetlon City Council Member No. 5 are Marilyn Vogler (36.05% or 403 votes) and Deidre Peterson (28.89% or 323 votes). Josh Johnson trails Peterson by 82 votes (21.56% or 241 votes). And the fourth candidate in the race, David Brown, has 13.51% or 151 votes.
Of the five running for Shelton City Council Member No. 6, Bailee Syrek is the leader with 30.9 percent of the vote (335 votes). Followed by Joe Schmit with 27.03 percent (293 votes). Sam Pettis trails Schmitt by 62 votes with 21.31 percent (231 votes). Steve Thompson has 12.83 percent (139 votes). And Charles Orthmann has 7.93 percent (86 votes).
Tracy Moore has a 32-vote lead on Bob Rogers in the race for Shelton City Council Member No. 7. Moore has 44.53 percent (497 votes) to Rogers’ 41.67 percent (465 votes). The third candidate in the race, Mary Eagleson, has 13.8 percent (154 votes).
If the numbers stand, Onsiko and Coots will advance to the April General Election in the Council Member No. 4 race; Vogler and Peterson will face off for Council Member No. 5; Syrek will take on Schmitt for Council Member No. 6; and Moore and Rogers are the top two candidates in the race for Council Member No. 7.
There is a close to even split in the Hood Canal and Pioneer school districts when it comes to building a fourth high school in the county but the construction bonds for a cooperative high school are coming up short of the 60 percent needed to pass.
Initial numbers show Pioneer voters are slightly against the measure with 1,433 voting to approve (49.93%) and 1,437 voting to reject (50.07%). That is a four-vote difference.
In the Hood Canal School District, 51.09 percent of the voters (913 votes) are in favor of the construction bond while 48.94 percent (875 votes) are against.
But again the measure needs 60 percent from both Districts to pass.
Southside School District’s education enrichment levy is failing with 56.2 percent voting “No” (290 votes) and 43.8 percent voting “Yes” (226 votes).
Mary M. Knight’s education enrichment levy is passing with 60.73 percent in favor. That’s 184 voting “Yes” and 119 voting “No”.
More ballots will be counted Wednesday with result released by 4 PM. So far, election officials have counted 6,692 ballots making the turnout for this special election 36.03 percent.