The Montesano City Council incumbents all fared well on election night on Nov. 7.
Incumbent Ian Cope earned 559 votes (58.17 percent) to Barry Iverson’s 402 votes (41.83 percent) in the Council Position 2 race.
“I’m thrilled to have another four years serving on the city council and appreciative of the people of Montesano for putting their trust in me for another four years,” Cope told The Vidette.
Cope said he’s served on the council about two-and-a-half years so far, initially having been appointed to his position.
In the Montesano race for Council Position 6, incumbent Tyler Trimble took 504 votes (53.96 percent) to Ray Meyers’ 430 votes (46.04 percent). Meyers had dropped out of the race long ago due to health concerns, however his decision to drop from the race came too late to have his name removed from ballots.
Trimble is now going into his second term on the council.
“There’s always things that we are looking to improve and our job is to work for our constituents,” Trimble said, adding that he realizes that not everyone will be happy with every stance he takes. “We’ve just got to continue doing what we think is best for Montesano.”
Trimble further stated he is pleased by what he views as positive campaigning in Montesano this election go around.
A similar spread was seen in the race for Council Position 3, where Kim Cristobal garnered 521 votes (55.13 percent) to Robert Hatley’s 424 votes (44.87 percent). Both were newcomers to the Montesano political scene.
“It was a challenging race against a very competent opponent,” Cristobal commented. “Even if I had lost, the city still would have won. I look forward to serving on the council.”
Asked why she opted to run for office, Cristobal stated that she’s only lived in the area for a few years but wanted to get involved in effecting positive change for the community.
Running uncontested was Clint Bryson for Montesano Council Position 1.
The election will be certified on Nov. 28.