Shavers is back on top, Mauck hangs on

The roller coast ride continues for two men seeking to become the Position 1 state representative in District 10.

Challenger Clyde Shavers, a Democrat from Oak Harbor, is back on top of the vote count after falling behind in the Monday night tally. Rep. Greg Gilday, a Camano Island Republican, was ahead by 15 votes for a single day.

After Tuesday’s count, Shavers has 35,823 votes is his favor and Gilday has 35,634 . That’s a difference of 189 votes, or 0.27%.

District 10 is made up of Island County and parts of Snohomish and Skagit counties. Island County estimates that less than 50 votes are left to count. Snohomish estimate that 1,000 ballots are left to tally while Skagit County estimates a whopping 14,500 ballots haven’t been counted. It’s impossible to know how many of the uncounted ballots in those two counties are in District 10.

Snohomish and Skagit plan to count again tomorrow while Island County’s next count isn’t until Nov. 29, which is the day the canvassing board meets to certify the election.

The race for county assessor seems sure to go to a recount after a similar wild week of vote counting.

Kelly Mauck, a Camano Republican, remains ahead of T.J. Kubisiak, an unaffiliated candidate, by 69 votes. Mauck went from a 884 vote deficit on Election Night to lead by 146 votes Monday night.

A recount is mandatory if the difference between two candidates is less than 150 votes and also less than one-fourth of 1% of the total number of votes cast for both candidates.