The latest election results from Friday were good news for incumbent Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough, who appears on his way to finishing second in the primary.
Gough increased his advantage over City Councilmember Mark Smith. The two-term mayor had 26 percent of the vote (1,156 votes) to Smith’s 23 percent (1,042 votes). Gough increased his lead from 108 to 114 votes.
Political newcomer Nicola Smith, the Dean of Student Life and Development at Edmonds Community College, garnered 28 percent (1,246 votes).
“We’re ready to move on to the general election,” Gough said. “I’m happy with where we’re at.”
Gough plans to take a break from the campaign trail to spend time with his family.
The initial close early returns led Mark Smith to decline to concede second place to Gough, but Friday’s numbers seemed to change his mind. Smith declined to comment on latest results.
Another round of results will be released on Friday, Aug. 16. The election will be certified on Aug. 20.
As of Aug. 8, 24.5 percent of Lynnwood’s ballots had been returned, above the countywide average of 21.9 percent.