Madden staying on School Board

The Mirror

Federal Way School Board member Ed Barney appeared to be a loser in his bid for re-election in Tuesday's general election, while a second board incumbent, Thomas Madden, retained his seat.

In unofficial results, Grace Rawsthorne held a 132-vote lead over Barney, the District 1 incumbent since 2001. Rawsthorne polled 6,453 votes (50.3 percent) to Barney's 6,3421 (49.3 percent).

At this point, the margin is large enough that a recount won't be mandatory. State law says a recount is required if less than 2,000 votes are cast and the difference between the candidates is one-half of one percent.

The results from Tuesday's election won't be formally certified until Nov. 28.

Rawsthorne said Wednesday she was waiting for more absentee ballots to be counted to get a better idea of her race's outcome. She spent Tuesday night at home checking the results on the King County election department Web site and at one point was ahead by one vote, she said.

Barney couldn't be reached Wednesday for comment.

Just under 27 percent of the 59,423 registered voters in the school district cast ballots, according to election department officials.

Madden, appointed to the board in April to replace Earl VanDorien Jr., who resigned, won a full four-year term by netting 55 percent of the votes in his race with Helen Stanwell (44.7 percent). Madden said Wednesday he would withhold declaring victory until Stanwell conceded.

Madden, a businessman with children in school, has portrayed himself as a peacemaker on the fractious board. Stanwell, who has worked as a substitute school teacher, was a King County parks official and served in the Army, wanted more professionalism on the board.

Barney said during the campaign he wanted to reinstate band and outdoor education in elementary schools. Rawsthorne, a PTA and school volunteer, wants to close the achievement gap and improve schools that are struggling academically.

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