Wilson takes lead in Superior Court Judge race

As of 8:04 p.m. Nov. 3, with 77,975 votes counted, Joe Wilson has the lead in the Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Position 2 race with 31,147 votes for 39.94 percent of the vote, and the other candidates seemed ready to acknowledge him as the victor by Nov. 4.

David Hulbert received 12,599 votes for 16.16 percent of the vote. He complimented Wilson on "a well-run campaign and a sizable victory," and wished Wilson the best in his new position.

"I hope he enjoys it as much as I did," Hulbert said. "I live in Snohomish County, so I'm not going anywhere. I'll be continuing my arbitration and mediation practice."

Rico Tessandore received 23,010 votes for 29.51 percent of the vote. He congratulated Wilson, but also considered his own campaign successful as a first effort.

"It shows the importance of running twice," said Tessandore, before joking, "I want to dispel the rumors that I'll be the third baseman for the Mariners now."

Tessandore and Scott Peterson, who received 6,516 votes for 8.36 percent of the vote, both praised The Marysville Globe and The Arlington Times for publishing question-and-answer articles with responses from all the candidates.

"I think the voters made a good choice," Peterson said. "I think Joe Wilson is a good person, and he was nice to me throughout the campaign. When I talked to people, I found that those who had read the voters pamphlets were voting for me, but a majority of voters still voted for Joe, so next time, I'll rely on more than just the voters pamphlets. Still, I think he's a really good guy who will make good decisions, so the people have made a good choice."

Scott Lord, who received 4,249 votes for 5.45 percent of the vote, did not respond to requests for an interview as of press time.

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