Mayor, Other Unopposed Candidates Cruise to Easy Victories

Redmond Mayor John Marchione received 97 percent of the vote in his unopposed bid for a second term, according to early election results.

Redmond Mayor will serve another four years in office following an unopposed re-election campaign for his second term.

The second round of results released by King County on Wednesday evening showed Marchione earning 97 percent of the vote, with 3 percent of respondents choosing to write in another candidate. More results will be released late Wednesday afternoon.

Council members Hank Margeson and Hank Myers also won unopposed bids for re-election on Tuesday, respectively earning 99 and 98 percent of the vote in the early results.

Marchione and Margeson celebrated the victory Tuesday evening at , where they were joined by council members Kim Allen and John Stilin, as well as council candidate , projected to be the winner in the race for Seat 5.

Allen, who endorsed challenger in the race for Seat 7 on the city council, said she wished more of the city races would have been opposed, a sentiment that she said retiring Council President Richard Cole has frequently expressed.

"Every race should be contested every time," Allen said.

Marchione took a slightly different stance, saying the unopposed races reflected positively on the city's performance.

"The lack of candidates overall is a sign that Redmond's running very well," he said.

The two unopposed candidates for the Lake Washington School District's Board of Directors also earned victories on Tuesday night, with Christopher Carlson and Siri Bliesner both receiving 99 percent of the vote. Bliesner will respresent District 5, which includes Redmond.

Board President Jackie Pendergrass will also serve another term on the school board. She earned 55 percent of the vote; her only opponent, Cynthia Hudson, had withdrawn from the race but was still listed on the ballot.

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