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Brian Sullivan bumped in close primary for Everett mayor

EVERETT — Two City Councilwomen will likely face off in November’s mayoral election, but there are a few more ballots to be counted this week.
Mayoral candidates Cassie Franklin, Judy Tuohy and Brian Sullivan all jostled for the top two positions in the primary to let two
through to the general election.
Franklin, a city councilwoman, eked out a 288-vote lead as of press time Monday, Aug. 7, enough to lock down first place. She has 4,220 votes, or 31.65 percent of the vote.
Tuohy, the city council’s president, sits second with 3,932 votes (29.5 percent) and County Councilman Sullivan is third with 3,865 votes (28.9 percent ).
First-time candidate Shean Nasin trailed in fourth with 1,278 votes, or 9.5 percent of the pie.
The results are not final, but the order looks static. There are scant few votes left to tabulate.
Tuohy opened the primary narrowly leading over Franklin and Sullivan in first-night count. Tuohy lost traction later as Franklin and Sullivan gained more votes in the following consecutive tallies from the county election office.
Precinct-by-precinct data gave clues on which parts of Everett favored which candidate, but overall
Franklin and Sullivan were more evenly matched in capturing a larger number of voter precincts than Tuohy did. The city has 95 voter precincts.
Numbers from Thursday’s tally suggest that Sullivan and Franklin split up most of central and south Everett while Tuohy eked out precinct wins in north Everett west of Broadway and precincts along the waterfront up 41st Street and Mukilteo Boulevard (such as in the Boulevard Bluffs and Harborview-Seahurst-Glenhaven neighborhoods). Franklin was a close second in most precincts Tuohy won.
Sullivan’s took a couple of precinct wins in north Everett in two precincts in the Riverside Neighborhood and a precinct in the Delta Neighborhood.
Tuohy’s strongest showings were in the traditionally recognized more affluent areas of town.
Franklin took her own Port Gardner Neighborhood and some surrounding areas.
With one candidate who took one-third of the vote eliminated, the whole picture may be reset for the run to November.
Each candidate’s approach differed. All want to take up exiting Mayor Ray Stephanson’s seat. It will be the first time since 2003 a new face will be the elected executive of Everett.
Franklin, the CEO of the teen shelter Cocoon House, emphasized a collaborative approach to leading the city of smokestacks. She carries Stephanson’s endorsement.
Sullivan, a career politician and former Mukilteo mayor, spoke of reforms in public safety and campaigned on fixing the city. He entered the race gunning for Stephanson before the longtime mayor chose instead to retire.
Tuohy, who rejuvenated the Schack Art Center, in her campaign emphasized better neighborhoods and improving quality of life in the city.
Party politics didn’t spoil the race as all three are Democrats. The mayor’s position is non-partisan. (Nasin said he’s indepen-dent.)
As of the latest numbers, 13,335 votes have been tallied overall in the race, or about 24 percent of the ballots mailed out. This turnout is relatively high for a primary.
In the high-profile 2012 council primary between Scott Bader, June Robinson, ex-mayor Pete Kinch, Bill Paulsen and Jon Ott, 14,573 ballots were cast in that race. That council race was one of the highest-profile battles in recent past. Bader defended his seat and won re-election; Robinson was later appointed to a state representative seat in 2013.
The primary election will be certified Monday, Aug. 15.
Whichever councilmember is elected mayor will open a vacant seat on the council.

City Council races
City Council incumbents Jeff Moore, Paul Roberts and Scott Murphy had healthy leads over their competitors.
In the race for council position 3, Murphy has 7,752
votes in latest available polls, or just over 60 percent of the vote.
Libertarian Jennifer Hesse has a more than 1,000-vote lead over Democrat Jonathan Peebles for second place, with 3,104 votes for Hesse and 1,873 votes for Peebles.
The race is nonpartisan,
but candidate party identification was clear in the race. Murphy said in a Tribune interview that he is unaffiliated with any party.
For council position 1, Roberts will face journalist Lee Dart this November. Roberts has almost
60 percent of the vote while Dart captured about a 25 percent share.
Challenger Justin Murta, another Libertarian,
picked up about 17 percent of the vote.
The best-funded council race is for council position 2 between Moore and
challenger Alex Lark. Moore led over Lark 49 percent to 40 percent at last count.
The third challenger in that race, Jordan Marsh, ran a largely silent campaign but still picked up about 9 per-
cent of the vote.


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