Several North Central Washington communities are electing new mayors for the first time in years, and sometimes decades, in Tuesday’s general election.
That includes East Wenatchee, where Mayor Steve Lacy did not run again after leading the city since 1998.
In Waterville, Royal Devaney, who has been mayor for the past 27 year, also did not seek re-election.
Though he did not seek to return as mayor, Lacy did run for a position on the East Wenatche Sewer District Board and was losing handily to Greg Peterson. Peterson has 1,553 votes to Lacy’s 853.
In Leavenworth, Mayor Cheri Farivar is not seeking re-election after serving since 2011.
East Wenatchee mayor
Jerrilea Crawford holds the lead over Tim Detering in the race for East Wenatchee mayor.
The results Tuesday show Crawford with 667 votes to Detering’s 582. That’s 53.40 percent for Crawford and 46.60 percent for Detering.
Both are currently members of the city council and are seeking to replace longtime Mayor Lacy.
It’s a tight race to replace Farivar as mayor, with Carl Florea getting 256 votes to Scott Bradshaw’s 227.
Florea has 53 percent of the vote to Bradshaw’s 47.
Cashmere Mayor Jim Fletcher, who was appointed to the position in 2018, appears to have been elected for another four years.
Fletcher, with 241 votes was easily outdistancing Larry J. Bruehl, with 136 votes.
In a race between the mayor of Chelan and the city’s former mayor, it was former Mayor Bob Goedde holding a lead of just under 100 votes over Mayor Mike Cooney.
The first returns Tuesday have Goedde with 511 votes to Cooney’s 414.
Cooney has been mayor since 2016 and is seeking his second term. Goedde served eight years as mayor, from 2008-2015.
John Alt, who was appointed mayor in 2018, is losing to challenger Mike Buckingham.
Buckingham has 190 votes, or 62 percent, to Alt’s 115 votes.
Seeking to replace longtime Waterville mayor Royal Devaney were Jill Daling Thompson and Loyd Smith, who are separated by only two votes after the initial count.
Thompson has 133 votes to Smith’s 131.