PORT TOWNSEND — Kristina Mayer clearly won a spot on the November general election ballot in the contest for a seat on the Chimacum School Board, but the other contender remained in doubt after the initial count of ballots tonight.
Mayer received more than 53 percent of the vote while Gary Frogner and Steve Martin were very close in their race for a place on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Four candidates filed for the Chimacum School Board seat being vacated by chair Mike Gould, who did not run for reelection.
Mayer, 66, is the owner of KLMayer Consulting Group, LLC, in Chimacum.
Frogner was slightly ahead of Martin, 19.55 percent to 19.22 percent, for a spot on the ballot. That race will have to wait to be called until the next count of ballots in the all-mail election. Today, the Auditor’s Office said the next count would be by 4 p.m. Friday.
Frogner, 66, is a retired senior director of West Coast operations for Concurrent Technologies Corp., in Pennsylvania.
Steve Martin, 47, is the owner of NW Landworks, Inc., of Chimacum.
Student Jeremiah “Jeremy” Perrot, 21, was apparently eliminated with 7.5 percent of the vote.
State law requires that races appear on the primary ballot if more than two candidates filed for the post — except in the case of partisan races. The top two vote-getters go on to the November general election which, this year, will be Nov. 5.
This year, state law allows voters to register in person up to 8 p.m. the day of election. The Jefferson County Auditor’s Office cut off the count for voter turnout at 7 p.m. Tuesday and will add any who come in after that to the next count of ballots.
The office issued 22,322 ballots to registered voters and received 6,798 for a voter turnout of 30.5, with 122 challenged ballots, according to the Auditor’s Office.
The office counted 6,676 ballots tonight.
Proposition 1 seemed to be passing handily with more than 68 percent of the vote.
The measure would would expand the East Jefferson Fire Rescue board from three members to five so that Port Townsend can have representation on the board after the city was annexed into the fire district following voter approval in February.