Election results finalized

December 4, 2013

By Sherry Grindeland

A mixture of newcomers and incumbents will be installed on the school board, hospital board and city councils in January in the Snoqualmie Valley. The Nov. 5 King County General Election returns were certified Nov. 26 and the trends that were established in the early counting of the mail-in ballots continued through the end.

Incumbent Marcy Busby won the District 4 seat on the Snoqualmie Valley School District Board. She defeated challenger David Spring 4,385 to 3,971. Tavish MacLean ran unopposed for the District 1 seat.

In Snoqualmie, political newcomer Heather Munden was elected to City Council. She outdistanced former councilmember Terry Sorenson, who was trying to regain a council position, 1,701 to 692.

“I am excited and looking forward to serving Snoqualmie,” Munden said.

Mayor Matt Larson returns for another term. He defeated Ed Pizzuto 1,810 to 627. Larson is excited about the future of Snoqualmie.

“We have a lot of exciting work and projects ahead over the next four years,” he said. “I am very grateful to the residents of Snoqualmie for once again giving me the great honor and privilege to serve them as their mayor.”

Three other Snoqualmie City Council positions, seats one, three and seven, were unopposed and won by Robert Jeans, Bryan Holloway and Kathi Prewitt.

Dariel Norris of Fall City and Gene Pollard of Snoqualmie won the two contested Snoqualmie Valley Hospital District commissioner seats. Pollard outpolled Kevin Hauglie of Fall City, 4,269 to 3,599. Norris defeated current board president Dick Edward Jones 4,962 to 2,477.

Jones unexpectedly stepped down as president of the board of commissioners for the hospital effective Dec. 2. He sent a resignation letter to Hauglie, who is vice president of the board and sent copies to fellow commissioners David Speikers, Joan Young, Pollard, hospital CEO Rodger McCollum and hospital attorney Jay Rodne.

Outgoing commissioners serve through Dec. 31. The newly elected ones join the board in January.

Pollard already had a seat at the hospital board, but in an effort to shake up the status quo, went after Hauglie’s seat.

“I don’t think this is so much a statement about me or Gene but a statement of a community that is not happy with how things in our hospital district are going,” Norris said. “I think this should be taken seriously by all parties, including myself.

“I am humbled, honored and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference. Change is always difficult. Some of the changes are going to happen because of the Affordable Care Act other changes need to happen to encourage a bigger ownership on the part of the Hospital District and the community.”

In North Bend’s Si View Metropolitan Park District, Proposition 1 passed 3,481 to 966. The proposition was a one-year operations and maintenance levy for parks and recreation programs.

Linda Hamm Grez and Mark Joselyn were also unopposed for commissioner seats on the Si View Metropolitan Park District board.

Sherry Grindeland can be reached at editor@snovalleystar.com or 425-392-6434 ext. 246.

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