In wake of accusations of ethics violations, Bothell voters elected candidates in three council races Tuesday who challenged City Council leadership over development.
Bothell voters elected three council members Tuesday who had challenged the City Council’s leadership in a city roiled by accusations of ethics violations and the oversized influence of developers in city government.
Incumbent Andy Rheaume, a vocal critic of the council majority led by developer and Mayor Joshua Freed, defeated Freed-supporter Roc Groz in the race for the city’s Position 2 council seat, taking 59 percent of the vote to Groz’s 41 percent.
In contests for two open seats being vacated by two Freed allies, the president of the citizens group OneBothell, James McNeal, defeated software engineer Tim Ottersburg for Position 4, taking 58 percent to his opponent’s 42.
Architect Davina Duerr took 68 percent of the vote for the Position 6 seat, defeating security-firm manager John Lee, who had 32 percent of Tuesday’s vote.
The council elections come about seven months after an ethics probe cleared Freed, in his third council term and first as mayor, of conflict of interest allegations over his investment group’s purchase of the back nine of Wayne Golf Course after a city option to buy the land had lapsed.
Freed’s development firm initially planned to build 50 upscale houses on the 39-acre property, but has since agreed to sell the land to conservation group Forterra. A formal agreement has yet to be finalized.
Bothell includes parts of King and Snohomish counties, and votes are tabulated in both jurisdictions.