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September 22, 1997

Local News

Treen, Henderson likely to face off in November

  by Andrew Walgamott
   BOTHELL--With 100 percent of precincts reporting, it appears Leigh Henderson will challenge Debbie Treen for her job as a city councilmember this November. But Gene Underwood was holding out hope that absentee ballots would come through for him.
   Treen leads vote-getters in the race for Position 3 with 1,554 votes followed by Henderson's 600 votes. Underwood trailed with 468. Absentee ballots in Snohomish County had yet to be counted at press time.
   "It's not a real wide margin at this point," Underwood said. "At least until September 26 (when the election is validated), I'm still a candidate," he said. Despite Underwood's hope, Henderson said she was excited to be going on to the November election.
   "What a difference a day makes," Henderson said. She said she will focus on showing her leadership capabilities to the community in the coming weeks. Henderson called her opponent a "very seasoned politician."
   "I'm not; I'm more of your grass roots activist," Henderson said, saying comparisons between the two candidates stopped at their ages. Treen is 42-years-old; Henderson is 41. Treen is Bothell's current deputy mayor; Henderson owns and operates Alexa's Cafe on Main Street.
   Treen, who garnered 59.3 percent of the vote compared to Henderson's 22.9 percent, said that despite her numerical lead, she would focus on Snohomish County where her numbers were lower than she expected. Treen received 56 percent of the vote in Snohomish County as opposed to 60.8 percent in King County.
   She said she wants to understand why she did relatively poorly in the northern county. While campaigning, she learned about community and development issues that she said she would "look deeper into."
   "He who works the hardest wins. I intend to work hard," Treen said.
   Underwood, a Boeing systems analyst, said that if the votes don't pull through, he would watch local politics closer and consider a run at City Council again in two years.