Kelbon congratulates Brotherton in Jefferson County

Next counts to be on Monday

PORT TOWNSEND — Marcia Kelbon has congratulated Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Brotherton on retaining his seat, she said Friday.

The Republican challenger had intended to wait until more ballots were counted, she had said.

But given that no more ballots would be counted until Monday due to the Veterans’ Day holiday, “and basic math with the data at hand, I did extend my congratulations to Greg Brotherton this evening as well as some thoughts,” she said in an email on Friday.

Brotherton, the incumbent District 3 commissioner and a Democrat, had won 11,367 votes, or 68.2 percent, to Kelbon’s 5,285 votes, or 31.7 percent, after Thursday’s count,

District 3 covers the west and much of south Jefferson County and includes Brinnon, Discovery Bay, Gardiner, Port Ludlow and Quilcene.

Outcomes of elections in both Jefferson and Clallam counties were unchanged after Thursday’s ballots counts, which left 6,500 still on hand in Clallam County and 3,989 still on hand in Jefferson County.

The next count by both county auditor offices will be on Monday.

Clallam County voter turnout was 58.27 percent after Thursday’s count. Jefferson County’s voter turnout was 61.6 percent. The statewide turnout was 44.87 percent.

Other results so far in county races:

• Jefferson County Sheriff Joe Nole retained his seat with 10,612 votes, or 68.15 percent, against fellow Democrat Detective Art Frank, who won 4,864 votes, or 31.24 percent.

• Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue will merge with East Jefferson Fire Rescue after voters overwhelmingly approved the more with 2,708 votes, or 87.4 percent.

• Port Angeles City Council member Mike French, a Democrat, was leading incumbent Republican Bill Peach in the race for the Clallam County Board of Commissioners District 3 position with 52 percent of the vote to Peach’s 48 percent.

• Former Sequim Mayor Ken Hays led long-time incumbent Will Purser for Clallam County Public Utility District No. 1 Board of Commissioners, District 1, 51 percent to 49 percent.

• Former planner Bruce Emery took 66 percent of the vote in the race for director of the Department of Community Development to former Port Angeles Mayor Cherie Kidd’s 34 percent. Kidd conceded to Emery on Wednesday.

• Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King won 76 percent of the vote for Clallam County Sheriff over Port Townsend Police Officer Marc Titterness’s 24 percent.

Unopposed candidates were reelected.

The election will be certified Nov. 29.