Tolbert leading Arlington mayor's race

Arlington Mayor-elect Barbara Tolbert. - Courtesy photo.
Arlington Mayor-elect Barbara Tolbert.
— image credit: Courtesy photo.

ARLINGTON — The city of Arlington is set to have not only a new mayor, but also three new members on its City Council.

As of Nov. 15 at 4:22 p.m., Barbara Tolbert is leading Steve Baker in the Arlington mayor's race by 2,224 votes, or 52.75 percent of the vote, to 1,954 votes, or 46.35 percent of the vote, out of 4,216 votes counted.

Tolbert believes that her message of overcoming challenges as a community resonated with Arlington voters, many of whom she met with face-to-face while doorbelling.

"I wanted them to know that I'm accessible and easy to talk to," said Tolbert, who praised not only her campaign volunteers, but also her fellow candidates in this year's race. "People who want to serve the public should be honored, regardless of the outcome. It's up to all of us now to come together and make positive changes."

On the City Council, Ken Klein leads Jim Rankin by 2,091 votes, or 53.14 percent of the vote, to 1,825 votes, or 46.38 percent of the vote, out of 3,935 votes counted, while Randy Tendering leads Sally Lien by 2,141 votes, or 53.81 percent of the vote, to 1,820 votes, or 45.74 percent of the vote, out of 3,979 votes counted.

"I'm proud that a large number of citizens in Arlington have put their trust in me, and if the results hold, I look forward to guiding the city of Arlington to prosperity," Klein said. "I believe that my experience in business management and my focus on financial accountability struck a chord with Arlingtonians."

Just as Klein thanked his family and his supporters for their sacrifices during the campaign, so too did Tendering thank the voters who cast their ballots for him.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to serve the people of Arlington," Tendering said. "I look forward to looking at the budget to figure out ways to save money."

Lien contacted Tendering to congratulate him on his victory and praise him for "running a good, clean campaign." She volunteered to him him, but admitted that she was ready to step down.

"I will freely admit that the last two years have been hard and complex due to budget problems and the fall in sales tax collection," Lien said. "The voters gave me permission to retire, which I greatly appreciate."

Running unopposed were Marilyn Oertle, who received 3,455 votes, or 98.52 percent of 3,507 votes counted, and Dick Butner, who received 3,360 votes, or 98.45 percent of 3,413 votes counted.

On the Arlington School Board, Jeff Huleatt leads Jerry Twitchell by 4,495 votes, or 58.34 percent of the vote, to 3,171 votes, or 41.16 percent of the vote, out of 7,705 votes counted. Running unopposed were Jim Weiss, who received 6,500 votes, or 97.94 percent of 6,637 votes counted, and Kay Duskin, who received 6,608 votes, or 97.46 percent of 6,780 votes counted.

All three Lakewood School Board members up for election ran unopposed, with Kelly Allen receiving 2,889 votes, or 98.90 percent of 2,921 votes counted; Gregory Jensen receiving 2,933 votes, or 98.89 percent of 2,966 votes counted; and Lawrence Bean receiving 2,874 votes, or 98.76 percent of 2,910 votes counted.

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