After a second day of vote counting, Ron Cronk held a six-vote lead over Bruce Banfield in the race for Lakewood City Council Position 1. Leslie Swalley, the third highest vote getter, was 187 votes behind Cronk.
The top two candidates in this race will advance to the general election in November, ruling out the need for any kind of a recount unless Swalley makes a last-minute comeback following tomorrow’s vote count.
The race for City Council Position 1 had no incumbent as Councilmember and former Mayor Bill Harrison opted not to run for re-election this year.
The other three races for Lakewood City Council seats all feature incumbents holding large leads over challengers. In the race for City Council Position 2, Pad Finnigan is ahead of Jason M. Whalen by 812 votes and Mike Brandsetter trails by 1,699 votes. Helen McGovern leads Lisa Ikeda by 1,501 votes in the race for City Council Position 3 and Paul Calta is in third trailing by 2,511 votes. Current Mayor Doug Richardson leads his race for City Council Position 5 by 2,190 votes over the next-highest vote getter J. Paul Wagemann. The third contender in the race, Anthony Belford, is behind by 3,418 votes.
In other election news, the DuPont EMS levy is passing with a resounding 84 percent yes vote. Six hundred eighteen people voted yes to 110 voting no.
In the race for Steilacoom Historical School District Director – Position 2, Michael Winkler leads the field of three with 1,307 votes. John M. Anderson is second with 871 votes and Nancy Corley-Wheeler is third with 339 votes.
The next vote count will be released at 4 p.m. Sept. 22.