– The Thurston County Auditor’s Office released election results at 4:36pm this evening, with mayoral candidate Joe DePinto now 19 votes from Foster’s total.
– Editor’s Note:
One thing has become crystal clear no matter who wins the mayoral position; Yelm voters are mirroring national voting patterns – with nearly half of the voters choosing a first-time mayoral candidate over the interim-mayor, plus soundly electing a new councilor over a two-term incumbent. Voters want change and lack trust in “The Old Guard’s” polices and methods, for when the music stops, will have led Yelm citizens to carry a heavy burden and pay a high price for past decisions.
That is a threshold this city has now reached.
The first priority for whoever becomes the mayor-elect is to reach-out to the divided electorate and welcome all to “Team Yelm!”
“United we stand, divided we fall,” quoting the motto of the State of Kentucky.
The Yelm Community Blog projects Cody Colt defeating Russ Hendrickson and Terri Kaminski defeating James Blair. With Colt’s win over Hendrickson, the “slam dunk” complicit-council-majority voting by what is termed “The Old Guard” will finally be over, for Colt brings a fresh perspective that is not beholding to anyone!
The totals do not include write-ins.
City of Yelm Mayor
Joe DePinto 611
JW Foster 630
Difference = 19 votes
Total Votes 1,241
City of Yelm City Council, Position No. 3
Cody Colt 596
Russ Hendrickson 530
Difference = 66 votes
Total Votes 1,126
City of Yelm City Council, Position No. 7
James C. Blair 552
Terry Kaminski 620
Difference = 68 votes
Total Votes 1,172
Uncontested Council positions all received less than 900 votes each:
Pos. 1, EJ Curry 866
Pos. 3, Tad Stillwell 895
Pos. 4, Tracey Wood 876