Winners cross the finish line in tight Covington races

Close races don’t qualify for automatic recounts in King County

The Office of the Secretary of State released the certified results, defining the winners in some tight races in Covington.

The race between Incumbent Covington City Councilmember Jennifer Harjehausen and challenger Elizabeth Porter has been a tight race, fluctuating between 10-20 vote difference. On certification day, Nov. 26, Harjehausen defeated Porter with just 50.75 percent of the votes, or 2,322 votes.

In King County, an election legally has to have a machine recount if a race has less than a 2,000 vote difference or if the race has a 0.5 percent difference. Watkins said most recounts qualify by the percentage, especially in smaller cities like Covington. Although the race was tight, it did not qualify for a legal recount.

Halie Watkins, a spokesperson for King County Elections, said recounts in recent history have not changed the original election outcome. If a legal recount is necessary it would take between seven to 10 business day to re-certify the race. Watkins said Covington is unique because there was at least 38 ballots on Friday that had signature verification issues.

Either candidates could also request a recount by the county after the race is certified.

Here is the latest election results as of Tuesday, Nov. 26.

Covington City Council Pos. 1

Incumbent Marlla Mhoon – 37.48 percent or 1,776 votes.

Challenger Kristina Soltys – 62.07 percent or 2,941 votes.

Covington City Council Pos. 2

Incumbent Jennifer Harjehausen – 50.75 percent or 2,322 votes.

Challenger Elizabeth Porter – 48.63 percent or 2,225 votes.

Covington City Council Pos. 3

Jared Koukal – 98.03 percent or 3,378 votes.

Covington City Council Pos. 5

Incumbent Sean Smith – 51.85 percent or 2,368 votes.

Challenger Jonathan Ingram – 47.8 percent or 2,183 votes.

Covington City Council Pos. 7 / Mayor

Jeff Wagner – 97.91 percent or 3,372 votes.

Covington Advisory Proposition No. 1 – Fireworks ban

Yes – 53.44 percent or 2,691 votes.

No – 46.56 percent or 2,345 votes.

Maple Valley City Council Pos. 1

Sean P. Kelly – 95.41 percent or 4,848 votes.

Maple Valley City Council Pos. 3

Incumbent Les Burberry – 59.18 percent or 3,759 votes.

Challenger Victoria Schroff – 40.44 percent or 2,569 votes.

Maple Valley City Council Pos. 5

Incumbent Syd Dawson – 70.68 percent or 4,398 votes.

Challenger Richard Axtell – 28.8 percent or 1,792 votes.

Maple Valley City Council Pos. 7

Linda Johnson – 97.36 percent or 4,752 votes.

Tahoma School District Director No. 2

Katrina Montgomery – 97.76 percent or 7,935 votes.

Tahoma School District Director No. 3

Malia Hollowell – 59.69 percent or 6,633 votes.

Jamie Fairbanks – 39.83 percent or 4,426 votes.

Tahoma School District Director No. 4

Pete Miller – 85.34 percent or 9,239 votes.

Stormy (Lea) Rigtrup – 14.08 percent or 1,524 votes.

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