Appointee widens lead in Clallam Bay fire district race

Auditor conducts third count of ballots Thursday

PORT ANGELES — Karin Ashton widened her lead against Greg Bellamy Sr. in a race for Clallam County Fire District 5 commission in the latest count Thursday of Tuesday’s general election ballots.

Ashton, the 2017 commissioner appointee, had 57 votes to Bellamy’s 51 for the Position 2 seat, stretching her lead from one vote Wednesday to six votes as of Thursday.

Outcomes in all races in Clallam County remained the same after Thursday’s count.

An overall turnout of 38.15 percent was recorded as of Thursday, with 20,560 votes cast from a pool of 53,887 voters.

The Auditor’s Office had 12,000 ballots to count as of Thursday morning and expected to count 4,000 of those by the end of the day, Voter Registration Coordinator Sherry Price said earlier Thursday afternoon.

The elections office will conduct another count of ballots that will be tabulated as of 4:30 p.m. today that will be available at www.clallam.net, as are the results of Thursday’s count.

Challenger William (Bill) Miano continued to lead incumbent James Barnfather for a county Fire District 3, Position 3 seat, 52.15 percent to 47.60 percent (4,994-4,559 votes).

Challenger J. Mike Rudd continued to lead incumbent Jan L. Richardson for a county Park and Recreation District 1 (Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center), Position 5 seat, 57.96 percent to 1.44 percent (4,649-3,324 votes).

In the closest Port Angeles City Council race, Nina Napiontek maintained her lead over Navarra Carr by 47 votes for the Position 6 seat.

Napiontek was ahead 50.36 percent to 49.27 percent, (2,179-2132 votes).

Brendan Meyer maintained his lead over Martha Cunningham for Position 7, 52.31 percent to 47.19 percent (2,218-2,001 votes), while Charlie McCaughan continued to be ahead of Richard W. “Doc” Robinson, 75.62 percent to 23.70 percent (3,194-1,001 votes).

In the only countywide race, incumbent Port of Port Angeles Commissioner Connie Beauvais was ahead of Maury Modine for the West End-Port Angeles-area District 3 position, 63.46 percent to 36.08 percent (10,780-6,128 votes).

Democratic Clallam County Commissioner Mark Ozias, the incumbent, had a lead of 53.91 percent to 45.85 percent over Republican Brandon Janisse in the Sequim-area District 1-only race, (4,648-3,953 votes).

It was the only partisan race on the ballot.

Olympic Medical Center-Hospital District 2 commissioner candidates Anne Marie Henninger and Jean Hordyk maintained healthy leads over their opponents.

Henninger led Nate Adkisson 64.37 percent to 35.27 percent (10,902-5,973 votes).

Hordyk, the incumbent, led challenger Ted Bowen, 69.17 percent to 39.35 percent, (11,326-4,969 votes).

Mike Gilstrap continued to lead Danny Smith for a Forks City Council Position 4 seat, 56.25 percent to 42.97 percent (144-110 votes).

Katie Marks led Arwen Rice for a Port Angeles School Board Position 3 seat, 64.14 percent to 34.49 percent (4,575-2,422 votes).

Jim Stoffer also led Beth Smithson for a Sequim School Board District 3 seat, 59.42 percent to 40.31 percent (5,266-3,572 votes).

Steve Hopf continued his lead against Keith Cortner for a county Fire District 2, Position 3 seat, 75.06 percent to 24.60 percent (1,764-579 votes).

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Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at [email protected] peninsuladailynews.com.

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