By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor
Political newcomer Nicola Smith is on her way to shaking up the Lynnwood political scene.
Smith, the current Edmonds Community College Dean of Student Life and Development, has emerged as the frontrunner among the four mayoral candidates after the initial vote count Tuesday night.
Nicola Smith has garnered 27 percent of the vote (820 votes) in the first political race of her career. Incumbent Mayor Don Gough was in second place with 25 percent (763 votes), while City Councilmember Mark Smith was close behind, also with 25 percent (751 votes). City Council President Loren Simmonds trailed the field with 21 percent (630 votes).
“I think the voters of Lynnwood have cast their ballots for refreshing and resetting their city,” Nicola Smith said. “So now we’ll continue with this momentum as we work toward finishing well in November.”
The next vote count is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. Smith is confident she will be one of the two candidates moving on to the general election.
The fact she is a political novice has worked to her advantage, Nicola Smith said. Gough, Simmonds and Mark Smith have been part of the process that has led to some unpopular decisions, she added.
“I’ve been offering myself as the candidate who gets to come in and reevaluate and see how we can move forward in a positive direction,” Nicola Smith said. “I’m personally and professionally ready to take on the challenge. … I want to make sure to thank all the people who came out and voted. I’m hoping to encourage more civic engagement in Lynnwood.”