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Election: Tight race in council, new faces on school board

Rand and Penny Wilhelmsen are pleased with the incoming results of the Peninsula School Board election Nov. 3 at their home with friends.
Rand and Penny Wilhelmsen are pleased with the incoming results of the Peninsula School Board election Nov. 3 at their home with friends. Special to the Gateway

The city of Gig Harbor had 48.4 percent of ballots returned during this year’s election, a high number throughout Pierce County.

Races included positions on the Peninsula School District Board of Directors and the Gig Harbor City Council.

As of Tuesday, one race was still up in the air. With a razor-thin margin, incumbent councilmember Michael Perrow leads challenger Jeni Woock. On election night, the difference was 25 votes. As of Tuesday (Nov. 10), his lead stands at 23 votes.

It’s still close, but there are very few ballots left to count.

After the first count of ballots, Woock thanked the citizens of the city on her official Facebook page: “However this election turns out it has been my very, very great pleasure to walk and talk and meet and shake hands with each of you!”

Perrow shared a similar sentiment on Nov. 4: “Engaging with fellow citizens on the issues important to them has been a valuable experience.”

Ken Malich defeated Al Abbott to retain his council seat. At the Monday night City Council meeting, Abbott took time in public comment to thank Malich for a great campaign. In council comments, Malich also thanked Abbott.

Rahna Lovrovich ran unopposed to retain her council seat.

On the school board side, three new members were added to the board. Rand Wilhelmsen was the only incumbent re-elected.

Leslie Harbaugh released a statement on Thursday night (Nov. 5) after her win over Garth Jackson was sealed.

“An enormous thank-you goes out to all of my supporters,” Harbaugh said in the release. “From letters to sign-waving to doorbelling, you helped me get the word out about PSD needs, our children’s best interests, and the future of our community. I truly appreciate your support.”

Marcia Harris defeated current board president Matt Wilkinson. Deb Krishnadasan, who ran unopposed, also sealed her seat on the board.

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