(UPDATED) ELECTION: Early Results Show Keel And Nye Winning Big; Belleci Widens Gap In Council Races

In the race for the University Place School Board, Annie Fitzsimmons has a commanding lead.

Updated results from Tuesday's election show Kent Keel and Chris Nye with big wins, and Caroline Belleci maintaining her lead in this year's races for the University Place City Council.

According to results released Wednesday, in the race for Position No. 2, Keel, was leading Steve Smith with 3,598 votes, or about 55 percent. Smith had 2,938 votes, or almost 45 percent.

For Position 6, Nye had a commanding lead over Ken Campbell with 4,169 votes, or about 63 percent. Campbell had 2,398 votes, or about 37 percent.

The narrowest gap continues to be for Position 7, although appointee Caroline Belleci increased her lead over Howard Lee with 3,399 votes, or about 52 percent. Lee had 3,094 votes, almost 48 percent.


University Place School Board

In the race for Position No. 3, Annie Fitzsimmons had a commanding lead over Nick Tennison with 3,732 votes, or 64 percent. Tennison had 2,122 votes, or 36 percent.


West Pierce Fire & Rescue

In the race for the West Pierce Fire & Rescue Position No. 3 , University Place's Daniel Rankin is leading with more almost 58 percent of the votes against Lakewood's Waylin McCurley. Rankin has gotten 7,871 votes to McCurley's 5,780 votes, or 42 percent.


South Sound 911

The measure to create a countywide dispatch system, better known as South Sound 911, was leading with 80,509 votes, or 55 percent.


The Pierce County Auditor's Office counted 150,755 ballots, with another 50,000 left to count. Results are next scheduled to be released 4 p.m., Thursday.

Check back for more election coverage.

James Rand November 12, 2011 at 03:02 AM
Howard, Thank you for running for a seat on the council. Although you did not win, you gave the people of University Place an opportunity to vote for meaningful change. In the end, sadly, they chose more of the same.
bruce holmberg November 16, 2011 at 09:17 PM
.Figueroa will never get my support. I have tried to talk to him at counsel meetings and just because I support Choinere he will not talk to me. I now just stay away from Figeroa. I talk to him at a Republican Party picnic just before the election that I was invited to by Senator Carrel after working in his election, he what’d to talk to me then. He what’d my vote then. If that’s the way Figueroa treats people in his own party he will not get my support. Also, I have heard he treats the other counsel members with disrespect. Not talking to me showed me his true character. I just what to add I have talk to many of my friends and neighbors about this, they won't support him either. One person, one vote adds up. My reason for not supporting Howard Lee. I spent time in the Navy in San Diego and while in port I did volunteer work with the Boy's Club. I have done volunteer work this past year for University Place, including coaching Youth Baseball… I have coached Youth Baseball for five years… I appreciate Howard for serving our country in the Navy and I respect him for that. He claimed to have lived here for some time; I see no work for volunteer time for the city. I also think he would be another Figueroa.
Christie Anderson November 16, 2011 at 10:56 PM
I know a lot of people who feel the same way about bellici and choiniere.
Ernie Lackman November 17, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Chris, Amen to that!
Mike Venuto November 17, 2011 at 03:41 AM
Personally I like Erik and Javier..I must be an avowed independent ? I also have coached youth soccer in UP and Gig Harbor...and I have been an elected official in Pierce County. Confusing outcome in a democratic election are often confusing and unpredictable that is our system of government. It is better than the alternative. To get the outcomes we want we just have to work harder.


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