Mutchler holding lead over Watson for Ferndale mayor

Jon Mutchler
Jon Mutchler The Bellingham Herald

Jon Mutchler has increased his slim lead over Cathy Watson in the Ferndale mayor race, according to the latest tally.

A total of 95 votes now separate the two candidates, more than the 73-vote difference in Wednesday’s vote count. Mutchler has 52 percent of the votes, while Watson sits at 48 percent, according to counts released Thursday afternoon, Nov. 5.

95 votes separate Jon Mutchler and Cathy Watson

More ballots remain to be counted, with the next update expected Friday afternoon.

Whoever wins would replace Gary Jensen as Ferndale mayor. Jensen ran for a seat on the Port of Bellingham Commission but lost to Robert “Bobby” Briscoe.

Both Mutchler and Watson are on City Council currently, though Watson’s term expires at the end of this year. Rebecca Xczar, a member of the Ferndale planning commission and former chairwoman of the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board, ran unopposed for the position that will be vacated by Watson.

Mutchler’s term on council expires at the end of 2017, so his seat will be vacated if he becomes mayor. The council would appoint a new member if he is elected.

Teresa Taylor held on to the lead for the position four seat over incumbent Paul Ingram. In Thursday’s counts, she had 1,377 votes to Ingram’s 1,321.

Keith Olson maintained 65 percent of the vote in the latest count, easily winning his bid for re-election over Glenn Stewart.

The other new face on the council will be Greg Hansen, the son of Mel Hansen. Mel Hansen was a longtime member of the council who decided not to seek re-election this year.

Reach Wilson Criscione at 360-756-2803 or wilson.criscione@bellinghamherald.com.