Whatcom council races closer, but progressives maintain decisive leads


2013 elections


The four races for seats on the Whatcom County Council got closer Wednesday, Nov. 6, but the slate of candidates endorsed by the Democrats - Rud Browne, Barry Buchanan, Ken Mann and Carl Weimer - all maintained what should be safe leads.

In the closest race, incumbent Bill Knutzen trails Browne by 51/2 percentage points.

Knutzen would need 60 percent of the remaining ballots if turnout ends up at about 50 percent, which is what the secretary of state has predicted for the state as a whole.

The other incumbent on the verge of losing a seat is Kathy Kershner, who made gains in Wednesday's count but is still 6 percentage points behind Buchanan.

Mann leads challenger Ben Elenbaas by 7 percentage points. Weimer still has the biggest lead, 55 percent to 45 percent over Michelle Luke.

Knutzen, reached by phone late Wednesday, said he isn't conceding.

The county Auditor's Office said it will update the vote count at 3 p.m. Thursday.


Reach Ralph Schwartz at 360-715-2289 or ralph.schwartz@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Politics Blog at bellinghamherald.com/politics-blog or follow him on Twitter at @bhamheraldpolitics.

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