Kremen, Crawford win Whatcom County Council positions; parks levy fails

Published on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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After tonight’s most recent voter tallies, outgoing Whatcom County executive Pete Kremen appears to have won the Whatcom County Council race against incumbent Tony Larson, as has county council member Sam Crawford against opponent Christina Maginnis.

The most recent numbers from the county auditor’s office show Kremen leads Larson by just more than 1 full percentage point; Kremen has accumulated 50.9 percent of the vote to Larson’s 49.1 percent. The race between Crawford and Maginnis is separated by about 0.76 percent and 467 votes; Crawford has 50.4 percent while Maginnis has 49.6 percent. The Whatcom County Auditor estimates 200 ballots remain to be counted, so neither Larson nor Maginnis will be able to pull ahead of their opponents after the next count, scheduled for November 16.

For a second year in a row, the Northwest Park and Recreation Districr #2 levy has failed. The yes votes made it to 56.7 percent of the vote, but levies such as this need 60 percent approval or more to pass. The same levy failed with 57.6 percent of the vote in 2010.

The levy would have raised about $350,000 for the district over the next six years and cost 10 cents per $1,000 of a property’s assessed value, or $20 per year on a $200,000 home.

Click here for the most up-to-date election numbers.



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