County favors progressive council

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County favors progressive council

KGMI News Reporting
By Dillon Honcoop, Karen Taylor, Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM Wash. – Progressive candidates are the big winners in early local election results.

Barry Buchanan has the early lead over incumbent Kathy Kershner for the Whatcom County Council District 1 seat.

Buchanan says he put in a lot of effort meeting with voters face-to-face.

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Buchanan leads with 55 percent of the vote to Kershner’s 45 percent.

Incumbent Ken Mann appears to hold on to his District 2 seat in the Whatcom County Council with a sizeable lead over challenger Ben Elenbaas.

Mann says he’s proud of his campaign team.

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Mann has 56 percent of the vote to Elenbaas’ 44 percent.

It’s unlikely challenger Michelle Luke will be able to unseat incumbent Carl Weimer from the District 3 seat.

Weimer says his campaign hit the ground running and didn’t stop.

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Weimer leads his challenger Luke by a 56 to 43 percent margin.

In the at-large county council seat race, challenger Rud Browne appears to have defeated incumbent Bill Knutzen.

Browne believes voters wanted change.

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Browne leads with 54 percent of the vote to Knutzen’s 46 percent in the first vote count.