By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor
The top two finishers in the Lynnwood mayoral race remained the same after the latest round of results were released Wednesday.
Edmonds Community College Dean of Student Life and Development Nicola Smith remained in the lead with 28 percent of the vote (1,064 votes). Incumbent Mayor Don Gough extended his narrow edge over City Councilmember Mark Smith. Gough has 26 percent (978 votes), while Mark Smith has 24 percent (917). Gough increased his 12-vote lead to 61.
“I think it’s still a little early to concede,” Mark Smith said. “The trend is not good.”
The top two finishers advance to the November general election.
City Council President Loren Simmonds trailed the field with 20 percent (764 votes).
“I’m disappointed at this point,” Simmonds said. “Obviously no one who runs for political office enjoys losing.”
Mark Smith noted that just over 18 percent of the ballots have been counted and election officials were predicting a 30 percent return of ballots.
“We’ll hope for the best,” Mark Smith said.
What is clear is the win by Nicola Smith, Mark Smith added. “She has a clear victory. She ran a good campaign.”
Mark Smith, who is not related to Nicola Smith, wasn’t surprised by her strong showing, even though this is her first run for public office.
“I think the last four years have been very difficult for the city,” Mark Smith said. “I don’t think it’s surprising somebody new puts up such a strong showing.”
The next round of results will be released at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.