Tuesday was the deadline for dropping off or mailing primary election ballots in Washington State. Just over a third of the eligible voters in Klickitat County did so, and here are the results.
The 28 candidates for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Maria Cantwell were whittled down to two – Cantwell herself, a Democrat and Republican Susan Hutchison. It’s worth noting that each of the 28 candidates found some voters in Klickitat County, even if only 5 or 6.
In the Third Congressional district, which includes Klickitat and Skamania Counties, Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler will face Democrat Carolyn Long.
In the 14th state representative district Position 2, incumbent Gina Mosbrucker showed her popularity in both Klickitat County and the rest of the district, grabbing just over 60 percent of the vote in the county and just under 60 percent in the district. She’ll be challenged by Democrat Liz Hallock in November.
In Position 1, which is an open seat due to the retirement of Norm Johnson, Republican Chris Corry will square off against Democrat Sasha Bentley this fall
Several Klickitat County elected incumbents, including the assessor, auditor, clerk, treasurer and prosecuting attorney are running unopposed.
In contested races Klickitat County Sheriff Republican Bob Songer had 60 percent of the votes cast against and will face Democrat Douglas Charters. Charters was also on the ballot running for Democratic precinct officer in White Salmon, and lost that race to Melissa Kay Elliot who polled two thirds of the vote.
Klickitat County Commissioner Dave Sauter, a Republican, pulled down 70 percent of the vote in the county and will face challenger Raymond Clough of the Independent Party
Under Washington’s top two primary system, The two candidates who receive the most votes in the primary advance to the general Election, regardless of their party preference.
And in the heart of a nasty fire season Glenwood Fire District #8 voters easily passed a $1.50 per thousand of assessed valuation tax to support fire and emergency medical services in the district, with yes votes getting 69 percent of those cast.