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Low voter turnout decides council races, ballot meaures

SPOKANE, Wash. - 22825668

On Tuesday night, a low percentage of voters turned out to send a new face to Spokane City Council and were deciding who would be the new mayors for both Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls.

With 75-percent of ballots counted in Spokane County, the results for Spokane's three city council seats are in and Candace Mumm will be the new face in council chambers.

Voters Tuesday resoundingly decided to give Jon Snyder a second term in office; Snyder the incumbent soundly trounced former state legislator John Ahern, 64 percent to 36 percent for Council District 2, Position 2.

"I think that we're going to get the police and firefighters staffing back up with this new budget," Snyder said at his victory party at the Public Market. "I'm really happy that the mayor's budget has done a 180 from last year and we're restoring those cuts."

In the race for Council District 3, Position 2, Candace Mumm defeated Michael Cannon, 55 percent to 45 percent, for the position being vacated by Nancy McLaughlin, who did not run for re-election.

"Let's get some improvements with the police, having a little more contact I think we've got some plans for that with the precinct model, I know the north side is very excited to have more police presence on the street and in the neighborhoods," she said at her victory party hosted at Central Foods in Kendall Yards.

Meanwhile over in Kootenai County, there were a number of seats up for grabs in both Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls as both incumbent mayors were not running for re-election.

Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem chose not to run for re-election this year, pitting Joseph B. Kunka against Mary Souza and Steve Widmyer. With the first returns in at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, Widmyer has a commanding lead with 57-percent of the vote to Souza's 42-percent and Kunka bringing up the pack with two-percent.

In Post Falls, Mayor Clay Larkin also decided not to run for re-election, opening up the field to challengers Ronald Jacobson and Kerri Thoreson. Tuesday night returns show that voters are overwhelming supporting Jacobson as the next mayor of Post Falls with 66-percent of the vote.

Voter turnout was low in Spokane County, with 28-percent of registered voters casting ballots, though, as a counterpoint, Spokane County's returns were three-percent higher than the statewide average for voter turnout.

For a look at other election results from Tuesday evening, click here.