Outcomes of Tuesday’s primary elections in the Sequim School Board and Port Angeles County Council races remain unchanged after additional counts of ballots on Thursday. Incumbents remain headed for spots on the November general election ballot.
The state’s top-two primary election decides which candidates in races with three or more go on to the general election on Nov. 7.
Clallam County conducted its third count of primary election ballots on Thursday, with a voter turnout of 37.52 percent, or 15,288 ballots counted out of 40,745 given voters and will do another count Aug. 11. Jefferson County’s voter turnout as of Thursday was 28.8 percent, or 108 ballots out of 375 issued to voters. It;s next count will be Aug. 15.
Port Angeles City Council incumbent Navarra Carr won 56.13 percent of the vote with 2,419 votes. Mark Karjalainen won 33.46 percent, or 1,442 votes. Nick Merrigan won 9.95 percent with 429 votes.
Voters in both counties cast votes for three nonpartisan positions on the Sequim School Board.
Position 1 incumbent Larry Jeffryes won a combined total of 5,422 votes, or 51.56 percent in Clallam and Jefferson counties. Park ranger John Graham garnered a total of 3,013 votes, or 28.65 percent, in Clallam and Jefferson counties. Data technician Jim Shepherd took 2,065 votes, or 19.64 percent in the combined total of Clallam and Jefferson counties.
The Position 4 appointee, former principal Maren Halvorsen, won a combined total of 6,414 votes, or 61.5 percent, in Clallam and Jefferson counties for the two-year unexpired term. Derek Huntington took a combined total of 2,183 votes, or 20.93 percent, in Clallam and Jefferson counties and Dean Christian, who won 1,809 votes, or 17.35 percent in the two-county total.
Position 5 incumbent Michael Rocha won a combined total of 4,538 votes, or 43.94 percent in Clallam and Jefferson counties. Sandra Kellso took a combined total of 3,606 votes, or 34.92 percent, despite her having withdrawn from the race; she withdrew too late to be removed from the ballot. Hunter Gilliam garnered 2,165 votes, or 20.96 percent, in the combined two-county total.