Huling wins Forks hospital seat

FORKS — Sarah Huling has won a seat on the Forks Community Hospital board against Linda Offut.

After the second ballot count released at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Huling led with 63.17 percent (609 votes) to Offut’s 36.51 percent (352 votes).

A total of 964 votes were cast in the race.

Huling is a diagnostic imager who said she has resigned her position at the hospital effective Jan. 2, and Offut is a retired manager for the Forks Timber Museum and the current appointed office-holder for the Board of Commissioners.

Huling was glad about the results of the election leading up to the second ballot count.

“It feels good,” she said. “I’m grateful to the voters so far.

“I think the community would’ve been good either way. Of course, I hope the votes continue to go my way. I look forward to seeing how it turns out and hopefully serving the community in this capacity.”

Offut did not return a phone call asking for comment.

The position will be a six-year term.

Donald Lawley will continue as the Position 3 commissioner for the hospital district, after running unopposed for reelection.

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Jefferson County reporter Zach Jablonski can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 5, or at [email protected]