Proposition 8 leads with close to 55 percent approval
WASHOUGAL — Proposition 8, which would change Washougal’s form of government from Mayor-Council to Council-Manager, is currently leading in approval by a margin of close to 500 votes.
With close to 50 percent of registered voters accounted for, according to Washougal Mayor Molly Coston, the lead in favor is substantial, at nearly 55 percent of the vote.
“I’m actually very excited. I was surprised at the results,” Coston said. “I am very pleased with the turnout of voters. I think that this will even out the playing field, where there’s not too much executive power, delegated in one particular individual.”
A strong supporter of the government change, Coston pushed for the inclusion of Proposition 8 this election by commissioning a committee of involved citizens. The committee was tasked with determining whether or not the option of form change was wise for the city at present.
The committee concluded back in January and February that their recommendation was that Proposition 8 should be brought to a vote, with substantial advantages to be seen in the potential change.
Mayor Coston is still awaiting further results this evening, but remains optimistic about the final count.
“I’m hoping to still be chosen by the council as Mayor,” Coston said. “It will free up quite a bit of time for me, and will be able to still go out and be the public face of Washougal, which is what I like doing the very best.”