Incumbents appear to have retained seats on Brinnon School Board

Ron Stephens

Ron Stephens

PORT TOWNSEND — Incumbents Ron Stephens and Joe Baisch appeared assured of keeping their seats on the Brinnon School Board after the initial vote of ballots on Election Day.

Ron Stephens, 76, won 182 votes, or 58.15 percent, in his bid to retain his Position 2 seat while challenger Cortney Beck, 29, received 131 votes, or 41.85 percent.

Joe Baisch, 71, Position 3 incumbent, received 181 votes, or 52.92 percent, while challenger Jolene Elkins, 50, earned 161 votes, or 47.08 percent.

Joe Baisch

Joe Baisch

Mary Fickett, running unopposed for Position 1 since Laura Beck withdrew, won 167 votes, or 54.93 percent.

Beck, whose name remained on the ballot, received 137 votes, or 45.07 percent.

The next count of votes will be Friday.

Stephens, officer in charge of the Brinnon Post Office, is happy with the results so far for the election.

“I feel good,” Stephens said. “I feel like I accomplished what I need to do.”

Cortney Beck, a Quilcene Middle School teacher, was unavailable for comment Wednesday.

Elkins, office manager of Windermere Hood Canal Real Estate, was at home playing with her grandson when she saw the that she was trailing in the election.

“It’s still kind of close, so I’m going to wait until the November 8 count,” Elkins said. “It looks like it will go to Joe.

“I wasn’t running against Joe; I was running for the school board. Joe is a great guy and would do well.

“I will run again because I think we have a great school system and I want to be part of that.”

Baisch, owner of Mount Jupiter Water System Management and substitute teacher, was unavailable for comment Wednesday.

The winners of the elections will be sworn in at a board meeting following the elections certification on Nov. 26.

________

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

More in Politics

County commissioner David Sullivan to retire

‘I think it’s a good time for a transition’

Presidential primary ballots mailed today

Voting for Washington’s 2020 Presidential Primary is nearly underway with ballots set… Continue reading

State House passes bill to expand court-ordered gun confiscation

Measure would apply to those subject to vulnerable adult protection orders

Presidential primary ballots to hit the mail this week

Names of five Democratic candidates who left race still appear

Primary ballots to be mailed to voters

Military, overseas ballots were mailed Jan. 24

Washington state moves to eliminate youth solitary confinement

Studies suggest practice is psychologically damaging, can lead teens to suicide

Wild Olympics passes House, heads to Senate

HR 2642 approved as part of Protecting America’s Wilderness Act

Kilmer to conduct town hall meeting in Port Angeles

Saturday event will take place at Elwha Klallam Heritage Center

College grant funding bill signed into law

Inslee inks first new measure of this year’s legislative session

Most Read