With the Whatcom County Executive race now all but decided in favor of former Lynden mayor Jack Louws, attention now turns to the two hotly contested county council positions still up for grabs.
As of the evening of Wednesday, November 9, retiring county executive Pete Kremen has widened his lead against county council member Tony Larson. The latest results from the Whatcom County Auditor show Pete Kremen with 51.6 percent of the vote to Larson’s 48.4 percent; an increase in Kremen's lead of about a tenth of a percentage point from last night.
In the other tightly contested county council position race, Christina Maginnis has narrowed the gap between her and county council member Sam Crawford with only 321 votes now separating the two. Crawford has now secured 50.4 percent of the vote, 0.3 percent down from yesterday, while Maginnis has garnered 49.6 percent, 0.03 percent up from yesterday.
Blaine City Council member Alan Black has slightly caught up with county council member Barbara Brenner, but 13 percentage points still separate them. In the most recent tallies, Brenner secured 56.9 percent of the vote while Black pulled down 43.1 percent.
The Northwest Parks and Recreation District #2 levy was still failing Wednesday evening, but the percentage of yes votes did increase to 55.7 percent; a 1 percentage point increase from Tuesday evening. The levy, which needs 60 percent or more of the vote to pass, proposes to raise $350,000 over the next six years by charging 10 cents per $1,000 of a property's assessed value. The Northwest park and recreation district shares its boundaries with the Blaine school district, minus Point Roberts.
Initiative 1125, which would limit the ways the Washington state senate can spend tollway revenue, has been defeated more soundly after tonight’s totals; 51.5 percent of voters rejected it while 48.5 percent vote for it. The numbers were 50.9 percent voting no and 49 percent voting yes last night.
Statewide voters are still supporting background checks for caretakers of the elderly and the disabled and the privatization of liquor via initiatives 1163 and 1183, respectively.
The Whatcom County Auditor's Office will release the results of another ballot count tomorrow evening, according to its website. Click here for the most up-to-date ballot totals.