Clallam County Elections Manager Joanne Koon sorts through ballots during Wednesday’s recount at the Clallam County Courthouse to determine the outcome of a Port Angeles City Council seat race. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Clallam County Elections Manager Joanne Koon sorts through ballots during Wednesday’s recount at the Clallam County Courthouse to determine the outcome of a Port Angeles City Council seat race. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Carr confirmed for Port Angeles City Council seat

Manual recount certified

PORT ANGELES — It’s official. Navarra Carr has earned a seat on the Port Angeles City Council.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office certified a recount Friday for Position 6, confirming that Carr had defeated Nina Napiontek by three votes in the 2019 general election.

“I’m really just so honored and humbled to have won,” Carr said in a Friday interview.

“It’s just so surreal, and I’m just feeling a lot of gratitude.”

Navarra Carr

Navarra Carr

Carr had 2,532 votes to Napiontek’s 2,529 votes before and after the recount — a difference of three votes.

There were also 15 write-ins for the Position 6 council race for which Carr and Napiontek competed.

“We did go through those write-ins to make sure that none of those had the candidates’ names,” County Auditor Shoona Riggs said Friday.

The Clallam County Canvassing Board called for a recount in the Position 6 City Council race based on the razor-thin results of the Nov. 5 general election.

“The recount process involved first pulling out all of the ballots for the 13 precincts in the city of Port Angeles, and then sorting the ballots into precincts,” Riggs said in a press release.

“Elections staff from the Clallam County Auditor’s Office worked in teams of two to identify, sort, review and count by hand all 5,920 ballots. The hand count results for each position in each precinct were then compared to the machine count.”

The hand count of city ballots confirmed the results that were certified Nov. 26.

“The vote totals were not changed,” Riggs said.

Carr will take office in early January, joining fellow newcomers Brendan Meyer and Charlie McCaughan.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected].

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