After taking an early lead in the general election Nov. 2, Eatonville businessman David Baublits is set to become Eatonville's new mayor.
According to unofficial Pierce County election results, Baublits built his lead over his opponent Bob Walters, a current town councilmember, all but securing the win. Final vote tallies were not available by press time, but as of 2 p.m. Friday, Baublits had secured 581 votes to Walter's 365. Baublits will replace outgoing Mayor Mike Schaub, who was defeated in the primary election this summer.
Prior to the Aug. 3 primary election Baublits told the Dispatch his desire to become Eatonville's next mayor stems from frustration with current town leaders and officials, as well as concern for the town's future.
“I’m not the kind of a guy who sits back and waits,” the businessman said at the time. “I’m the kind of guy who jumps in and takes action.”
In July, Baublits said if he was elected, one of his top goals would be to update the town's comprehensive plan and replace the town administrator, Abbi Gribi. In September, Gribi announced she had been hired as the city administrator for Newport, Washington. In addition, Baublits said he intended to replace Eatonville's contract planner and contract public works director with a full-time planner and public works director.
Baublits also stated in July he wants to collaborate with residents and businesses to establish a town theme and develop a business environment attractive to people driving through to entice them to get out and spend money.
“We need to get tourist dollars attached to citizen dollars,” he said at the time. “We shouldn’t be making the town viable on the backs of our citizens.”
In the other Town Council races, Kyle Litzenberger will assume the Council Position 1 seat currently filled by Jennie Hannah, who opted to not run again. In the Council Position 2 seat, currently filled by Walter, Peter Paul was leading Joe Hagen, 476-448 votes, as of Friday.
In the contested Eatonville School District director 2 race, after trailing her challenger, Sarah Cole, after Nov. 2 early results, Ashley Sova is on track to assume the School Board seat.
As of Friday, Pierce County Elections anticipated 400 more ballots left to tally. To see daily updated election results, go to https://www.piercecountywa.gov/6573/View-Election-Results.
2021 General Election results as of 2 p.m. Friday
David Baublits: 581 Votes, 60.9 Percent
Bob Walter: 365 Votes, 38.26 Percent
Council Position 1
Kyle Litzenberger: 559 Votes, 61.23 Percent
Nathon Style Smith: 349 Votes, 38.23 Percent
Council Position 2
Peter Paul: 476 Votes, 51.24 Percent
Joe Hagen: 448 Votes, 48.22 Percent
Eatonville School District No. 404
Director District 2
Ashley Sova: 2,026 Votes, 52.54 Percent
Sarah Cole: 1,816 Votes, 47.1 Percent
BETHEL SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 403
Director District 4
Terrance Mayers Sr.: 10,640 votes, 71.74 percent
Rick Payne: 3,992 votes, 26.91 percent
Fire Protection District 21 — Graham
Commissioner Position 3
Russell T. Barstow: 7,596 Votes, 82.97 Percent
Cassandra Merritt: 1,519 Votes, 16.59 Percent
Charter Amendment: Election Procedures - Prosecuting Attorney a Nonpartisan Office
Approved 114,563 Votes, 68.14 Percent
Rejected 53,569 Votes, 31.86 Percent
Port of Tacoma
Commissioner Position 1
John McCarthy: 127,088 Votes, 79.82 Percent
Laura Gilbert: 31,429 Votes, 19.74 Percent
Commissioner Position 2
Dick Marzano: 97,055 Votes, 60.59 Percent
Elizabeth Pew: 62,512 Votes, 39.03 Percent
Commissioner Position 4
Don Meyer: 88,498 Votes, 55.32 Percent
Mary M. Bacon: 70,912 Votes, 44.32 Percent
Advisory Vote No. 36: Behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention tax
Repealed: 924,538 Votes, 54.11 Percent
Maintained: 784,072 Votes, 45.89 Percent
Advisory Vote No. 37: 7 percent tax on capital gains in excess of $250,000
Repealed: 1,049,022 Votes, 61.22 Percent
Maintained: 664,508 Votes, 38.78 Percent
Advisory Vote No. 38: Tax on captive insurers
Repealed: 961,644 Votes, 57.33 Percent
Maintained: 715,651 Votes, 42.67 Percent