(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.

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James Rand November 09, 2011 at 02:47 PM
The citizens of UP are gluttons for punishment. It looks like Belleci, Nye, and Choinere will have some fun now.
Mike Venuto November 09, 2011 at 04:29 PM
UP has a lot of capable people qualified run for the City Offices...it is good to see a competitive election.
Stephen November 09, 2011 at 05:57 PM
The people have spoken! And they were wrong again.
Christie Anderson November 09, 2011 at 06:27 PM
As of last nights last postings, there are still about 3000 votes that have yet to be counted, based on previous year's total. I have faith that sanity may yet prevail.
Christie Anderson November 09, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Let us have faith that those remaining on the council will see the light and not give others the power to abuse our fair city further.
Ernie Lackman November 09, 2011 at 07:29 PM
I am in disbelief at the results at position 7. It appears the voters are okay with the status quo and look forward to the continuation of "I so move", the one contribution the incumbent appears to make at council meetings.
Jonathan November 09, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Chris, The application of statistics on the results thus far reveals that there is better than 99% confidence level that Belleci will win her race. So you should feel free to proceed to the next stage of post election bereavement. That Lee did as well as he did is indicative of the considerable benefit of having the pre-existing Figueroa political organization dropped in his lap. I am reassured that even the best political organization in the City appears now unable to raise an unsuitable candidate in to office. I'm left wondering how well the Figueroa political organization will serve candidate Figueroa in two years.
Ernie Lackman November 09, 2011 at 09:30 PM
The power brokers of the time were certainly able to raise an unsuitable candidate into office. I watched Choinere trail those two around like a puppy dog until his election. Now it appears his main goal is disparage Figueroa at every opportunity. Every time I observe him at council meetings I am reminded of the song "Send in the Clowns"
Dr. Curt Oland November 09, 2011 at 11:25 PM
I find it interesting Belleci was able to win. Obviously 55 million in debt isn't enough to sway the people. I'm glad I don't have to pay that bill.
Jack November 10, 2011 at 12:22 AM
Well Chris, it looks like the 3000 votes you were counting on only expanded Ms. Belleci's lead. It would appear that sanity DID prevail and that democracy works.
Dr. Curt Oland November 10, 2011 at 03:47 AM
Well let us hope the campaign opened the eyes of all the old and new council members. Congrats to the winners.
Christie Anderson November 10, 2011 at 07:29 AM
Hey jack, I am not completely disappointed about this election. In fact, there are opportunities that may present themselves to the benefit of us all. And if not, enjoy your tax burdens! :-)
Christie Anderson November 10, 2011 at 07:31 AM
LOL @ "Send in the Clowns"
Howard and Barbara Lee November 11, 2011 at 04:08 AM
Campaigning for a city council position was an interesting journey! I made two important observations during the campaign. First, there are many increditably great people here in UP, who I would have never met if I hadn't run for public office. Secondly, these people are passionate about wanting UP to achieve its potential as a great place to live, work, and retire. I can't thank my supporters enough for their contributions of both money and personal time. Thanks again, Howard Lee
Ken Campbell November 11, 2011 at 04:46 AM
My congratulations to Chris, Caroline and Kent! I wish you well in your endeavors to serve our city. Thank you to Steve and Howard! Thank you to the people of UP!
Howard and Barbara Lee November 11, 2011 at 05:11 AM
I concur with Ken's comments. Each winner brings strengths to the city council which will allow our fine city to achieve it full potential. Press On!
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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