Kellso takes lead in three-way parks district seat

Other contested races remain unchanged

Robert Kellso edged ahead of two competitors Monday for the Clallam County Park and Recreation District 1 Commissioner Position 3 seat as ballot counts were updated for a third time from last week’s general election.

Kellso had 4,038 votes, or 35.3 percent, for the four-year short and full term. He was leading Dick Neal, at 3,948 votes, or 34.51 percent, and Jason Bushman, at 3,432 votes, or 30 percent.

Outcomes in other contested races were unchanged on Monday.

Clallam County, which reported a voter turnout Monday of 43.45 percent, or 24,922 ballots counted out of 57,359 provided to voters, had an estimated 600 ballots left to count. The next count is scheduled by 5 p.m. today.

Jefferson County reported Monday a voter turnout of 42.2 percent, or 11,695 ballots counted out of 27,716 provided. It had about 419 ballots left to count and expected its next count by 4 p.m. Thursday.

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

Incumbent Larry Jeffryes won a combined total of 62.28 percent, or 7,899 votes for the District 1 seat, a four-year term. Challenger John Graham garnered 37.52 percent, or 4,759 votes.

Incumbent Maren Halvorsen won 69.33 percent, or 8,735 votes, for the at large Position 4 seat, a two-year unexpired term. Challenger Derek Huntington took 30.53 percent, or 3,847 votes.

In other contested races:

Clallam County

• Port of Port Angeles Commissioner District 3 (four-year term), incumbent Connie Beauvais, 12,822 votes, or 55.24 percent, and Lee Whetham, 10,329 votes, or 44.5 percent.

• Port Angeles City Council appointed incumbent Amy Miller was leading challenger Jim Haguewood 54.47 percent, or 3,229 votes, to 45.41 percent, or 2,692 votes.

• Port Angeles City Council Position 6 race (four-year term), incumbent Navarra Carr, 3,319 votes, or 56.51 percent, and Mark Karjalainen, 2,547 votes, or 43.37 percent.

• Port Angeles City Council Position 7 race (four-year term), incumbent Brendan Meyer, 2,938 votes, or 52.08 percent, and Kalli Mae Jones, 2,682 votes, or 47.54 percent.

• One race listed as unopposed had an active write-in candidate. Chris Noble campaigned against Stan Williams for a position on the Port Angeles School Board. Williams won 4,440 votes, 64.03 percent, to the write-in’s 2,494 votes, or 35.97 percent.

• Hospital District No. 1 (Forks) Commissioner Position 4 (six-year term), challenger Amy Kitchel Ruble won 661 votes, or 64.61 percent, to incumbent Sandy Schier’s 358 votes, or 35 percent

• Sequim City Council Position 1 race (four-year term), Kathy Downer, who currently holds Position 2, won 2,351 votes, or 72.67 percent, and incumbent William Armacost had 879 votes, or 27.17 percent.

• Sequim City Council Position 2 race (four-year term), Dan Butler, 2,001 votes, or 62.03 percent, and Jim Black, 1,222 votes, or 37.88 percent.

• Sequim City Council Position 6 race (four-year term), Harmony Rutter, 2,081 votes, or 65.28 percent, and Patrick Day, 1,102 votes, or 34.57 percent.

• Cape Flattery School District Director District 2 race (four-year term), Cathy Walde, 136 votes, or 54.62 percent, and incumbent Don Baker, 111 votes, or 44.58 percent.

Many races are uncontested, including two in which candidates had withdrawn but whose names remained on the ballot. That left Mark Ozias, with 15,482 votes, or 63.7 percent, in place as Clallam County commissioner against Stan McClain, who had withdrawn form the race, who took 35.98 percent, or 8,744 votes, and Sequim School Board member Michael Rocha, with 6,076 votes, or 50.44 percent, still seated as a Sequim School Board member. Sandra Kellso, who withdrew from the race several months ago, won 5,945 votes, or 49.36 percent.

Jefferson County

• Pam Petranek retained her lead over Chuck Fauls for her Port of Port Townsend commission seat, a four-year term. She has won 87.63 percent, or 9,398 votes, to Fauls’ 12.03 percent, or 1,290 votes.

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

Incumbent Simon Little won 83.6 percent, or 4,905 votes, to Annie Bartos’ 16.23 percent, or 952 votes.

Matt Klontz won 81.56 percent, or 4,933 votes, to Nancy Papasodora’s, 18.24 percent, or 1,103 votes.

Incumbent Nathaneal L. O’Hara won 56.53 percent, or 3,361 votes, to challenger Timothy S. Hawley’s 43.22 percent, or 2,570 votes.

• Queets-Clearwater School District Director Position 5 race (two-year unexpired term), Sarah Charles, 61.9 percent, or 13 votes, to incumbent Rosemary Jackson’s 38.1 percent, or eight votes.

• Quilcene School District Director District 1 race (four-year term), Ron Frantz, 71.62 percent, 419 votes, to Ronald Leon Jones’ 27.18 percent, or 159 votes.

• Quilcene School District Director District 4 race (four-year term), James Hodgson, 55.61 percent, or 357 votes, to Anne Bessey’s 44.24 percent or 284 votes.

• A proposed sales tax increase on the Jefferson County ballot won by 79.77 percent, or 3,478 votes, to 20.23 percent, or 882 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.

Elections will be certified on Nov. 28.

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