Dexter’s lead over Berglund grows in second count of ballots in Clallam County

PORT ANGELES — Kate Dexter’s lead over Travis Berglund in Port Angeles City Council Position 4 grew after Thursday’s ballot count.

She was leading by only 37 votes after the Tuesday count, but her lead expanded to 296 Thursday.

“I feel good about how things are looking,” Dexter said. “I feel good about how we ran our campaigns and I feel good about these results.”

Results in other races were unchanged after the Clallam County Auditor’s Office processed ballots Thursday.

The next ballot count is scheduled for Monday at 4:30 p.m. There are an estimated 544 ballots to count.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office counted 6,987 ballots Thursday, bringing voter turnout up to 41.89 percent.

The total number of ballots counted so far in Clallam County is 21,373 out of 51,021 registered voters.

Dexter earned 53.09 percent of the total votes, or 2,540. Berglund took 46.91 percent of the votes, or 2,244.

“I’m excited about the possibility of joining the other newly elected council members to serve the citizens of Port Angeles,” she said. “I’m very thankful for the amazing group of people who helped me get to today.”

Berglund said he wanted to congratulate Dexter on her win and that he had attempted to call her shortly after ballots were counted.

“She ran a good campaign,” he said. “I think she’ll serve the city well.”

Berglund said he didn’t know if he would run for city council again in the future, but he does plan to continue to be involved.

“It was a great experience,” he said. “I love this town.”

He said he is thankful for everyone who voted for him and he is thankful with how people voted on other measures on the ballot.

He was thankful citizens rejected the second-class city measure, voted against fluoride and supported William Shore Memorial Pool’s expansion.

Meanwhile, Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin had a commanding 3,373-to-1,390-vote lead over Artur Wojnowski in their bids for City Council Position 3. That’s a difference of 70.82 percent to 29.18 percent.

In uncontested City Council races, Mike French and Jim Moran had insurmountable leads on Jake Oppelt and Todd Negus, both of whom dropped out of the race after the deadline for removing their names from the ballot.

The gap on the fluoride advisory vote expanded to 3,157, or 57.55 percent, against adding fluoride to the Port Angeles water supply. Votes in favor of adding fluoride grew to 2,329, or 42.54 percent.

Voters showed more support for expanding William Shore Memorial Pool’s debt capacity with 6,152 votes, or 69.98 percent, in favor of the measure. There were 2,639 votes, or 30.02 percent, against expanding the pool.

Support for a 0.1 percent sales tax for juvenile services also grew. There were 12,729 votes, or 61,85 percent, in favor of the tax. There were 7,850 votes, or 38.15 percent, against the tax.

Other outcomes in contests were unchanged.

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Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected].

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