Independent Marc Boldt and Democrat Mike Dalesandro combined to take more than three-quarters of the county chair votes in first returns released tonight, apparently leaving little room for supporters of write-in candidate Liz Pike. The results are likely to change the balance of county council leadership.
Boldt polled 40.39 percent of tonight’s returns, while Dalesandro had 37.62 percent. Pike was at 21.25 percent.
A vote for Pike was seen as keeping control of the five-member council with Madore and Tom Mielke, while either Boldt or Dalesandro are expected to lead the council in a different direction.
After being defeated for the job in the primary, Madore backed Pike and gave more than $185,000 to the state GOP, which in turn gave more than $100,000 to Pike, though she declined to campaign for the job. All told, Madore donated nearly $300,000 of his own money to Pike backers.
The second county council race pits Republican Julie Olson, a former Ridgefield school board member, against Democrat Chuck Green, a C-Tran project manager. In that race, Olson had 51.54 percent, with Green gaining 48.02 percent of first returns. Neither publicly aligned their campaigns with Madore or Mielke.