Primary election numbers updated in Clallam County

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office performed another count of Tuesday’s primary election ballots on Monday, for a total voter turnout of 29,150 ballots, or 50.9 percent.

The Jefferson County Auditor’s Office completed its final count of ballots last Friday before the election is certified on Aug. 16.

The office had counted 15,316 ballots out of the 27,410 given to registered voters, for a voter turnout of 55.88 percent.

Clallam County’s next count in the all-mail election will be today at 5 p.m.

Outcomes remained the same as they were on Tuesday night although the numbers changed.

The state’s top-two primary election culls the candidates down to two for the Nov. 8 general election. The two who received the most votes will go on to the general election no matter what their party affiliation.

In Clallam County, the four-way nonpartisan race for the Clallam County Department of Community Development (DCD) director position has been narrowed to former DCD planner Bruce Emery, who had 8,312 votes, or 30.4 percent, and Cherie Kidd, former mayor of Port Angeles, who had 7,621 votes, or 27.9 percent.

Jesse Major — a public records analyst with the county, a former county code enforcement officer and a former reporter for the Peninsula Daily News — won 6,734 votes, or 24.6 percent.

Kevin Russell, a twice-former president of the North Peninsula Builders Association, had 4,421 votes, or 16.16 percent.

Clallam is the only county in the nation to have an elected rather than appointed DCD director.

Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Brotherton, a Democrat, will face challenger Marcia Kelbon, a Republican, in November.

Brotherton has received 2,790 votes, or 55.343 percent. Kelbon, a chemical engineer and lawyer who retired from the biopharmaceutical company Omeros Medical Systems, had 1,600 votes, or 31.73 percent. Jon Cooke, former chair of the county Republican Party and now a state committeeman, received 648 votes, or 12.85 percent.

All three are from Quilcene.

In the state Legislative District 24 contest for Position 1, the general election lineup is narrowed to Rep. Mike Chapman, a Port Angeles Democrat, and Sue Forde of Sequim, chair of the county Republican party, with Matthew Rainwater of Port Angeles in third place.

Legislative District 24 covers Clallam and Jefferson counties and part of Grays Harbor County.

Overall numbers were 31,175 votes, or 57.84 percent, for Chapman; 15,492 votes, or 28.74 percent, for Forde; and 7,188 votes, or 13.34 percent, for Rainwater.

In the state Legislative District 24 contest for Position 2, the general election lineup is narrowed to Rep. Steve Tharinger of Port Townsend, a Democrat, and Republican Brian Pruiett of Carlsborg, with Democrat Darren Corcoran of Elma in third place.

Overall numbers were 27,796 votes, or 51.88 percent, for Tharinger; 22,148 votes, or 41.34 percent, for Pruiett; and 3,565 votes, or 6.65 percent, for Corcoran.

The lineup in the 6th Congressional District race in November will be U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Gig Harbor Democrat, and Elizabeth Kreiselmaier, a Gig Harbor Republican.

In the statewide race for a six-year term for U.S. Senator, Democrat Patty Murray, who’s held the seat since 1993, will be challenged by Republican Tiffany Smiley.

For the two-year term for Washington Secretary of State, appointee Steve Hobbs, a Democrat, will face Republican Bob Hagglund.

The Clallam County commissioner District 3 seat between incumbent Bill Peach of Forks, a Republican, and Mike French, a Democrat who is serving on the Port Angeles City Council, will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

After Monday’s count, Peach had 3,818 votes, or 53.33 percent, while French had 3,325 votes, or 46.4 percent.

Jefferson County Sheriff Joe Nole will face challenger Art Frank in November.

The two, both Democrats, were on the primary ballot.

Nole has received 9,750 votes, or 72.63 percent, and Frank 3,750 votes, or 27.55 percent.

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