General election outcomes unchanged after new count

Clallam unable to count ballots Thursday; both counties to update on Monday

Outcomes in contested races were unchanged after a second count of ballots in Tuesday’s general election in Jefferson County on Thursday.

Clallam County, which originally planned to have a third count of outstanding ballots in the all-mail election on Thursday, was unable to do so because of illnesses among employees, according to an elections official. The next Clallam County count is set for Monday by 5 p.m.

The voter turnout as of Thursday in Jefferson County was 35.19 percent, or 9,752 ballots counted out of 27,716 provided registered voters. In Clallam County, it was 39.67 percent, or 22,757 ballots counted out of 57,359 provided voters.

The next Jefferson County ballot count is set for Monday by 4 p.m.

Sequim School Board outcomes in contested races remained the same after the new count in Jefferson County. The Sequim district is largely in Clallam County but extends into East Jefferson County.

Incumbent Larry Jeffryes won a combined total of 78.86 percent, or 7,018 votes for the District 1 seat, a four-year term. Challenger John Graham garnered 36.47 percent, or 4,040 votes.

Incumbent Maren Halvorsen won 70.43 percent, or 7,752 votes, for the at-large Position 4 seat, a two-year unexpired term. Challenger Derek Huntington took 29.42 percent, or 3,238 votes.

In other contested races:

Jefferson County

• Pam Petranek retained her massive lead over Chuck Fauls for her Port of Port Townsend commission seat, a four-year term. She has won 87.7 percent, or 7,883 votes, to Fauls’ 11.97 percent, or 1,076 votes. There had been 30 write-in votes in that election as of Thursday.

• Candidates also have garnered large margins for contested seats on the Port Townsend School Board.

Incumbent Simon Little won 82.79 percent, or 4,030 votes, to Annie Bartos’ 17.5 percent, or 830 votes.

Matt Klontz won 81.51 percent, or 4,081 votes, to Nancy Papasodora’s, 18.35 percent, or 919 votes.

Incumbent Nathaneal L. O’Hara won 55.32 percent, or 2,531 votes, to challenger Timothy S. Hawley’s 44.42 percent, or 2,188 votes.

• A proposed sales tax increase on the Jefferson County ballot won by 80.23 percent, or 2,848 votes, to 19.77 percent, or 702 votes. The measure, which needed only a simple majority to pass, will raise the sales tax, which is now 9.1 percent, by 0.3 percent in Port Townsend to fund street and sidewalk improvements in the town.

• In the Queets-Clearwater School District Director Position 5 race (two-year unexpired term), Sarah Charles, 64.71 percent, or 11 votes, to incumbent Rosemary Jackson’s 35.29 percent, or six votes.

• Quilcene School District Director District 1 race (four-year term), Ron Frantz, 70.45 percent, 348 votes, to Ronald Leon Jones’ 28.34 percent, or 140 votes.

• Quilcene School District Director District 4 race (four-year term), James Hodgson, 58.75 percent, or 307 votes, to Anne Bessey’s 43.07 percent or 233 votes.

Totals were unchanged from Wednesday in Clallam County races.

Elections will be certified on Nov. 28.

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