EPHRATA — Incumbent Bob Bernd and top vegetable-industry executive Patti Paris finished on top in their races for Grant County PUD.
Bernd, 63, will face second-place finisher Ron Baker for the District B post in the November elections. Paris, 57, will face Dale Walker for the District 2 seat.
With 80 percent of the vote counted, Paris, chief financial officer at Columbia Colstor, captured 1,933 votes or just over 41 percent of ballots cast. Walker, a 63-year-old retired farmer and businessman, took 1,537 votes to finish with nearly 33 percent. Both live in Moses Lake.
The third candidate for District 2, Rich Callahan, was eliminated, with 1,195 ballots or nearly 26 percent of the vote. He’s a Royal City businessman.
In the race for District B, Bernd had 2,795 votes or just over 47 percent of the total at the first count Tuesday evening. His opponent Baker, 69, took 2,525 ballots for nearly 43 percent of the vote. Both live in Moses Lake.
Third-place finisher Brandt Castleton took 576 ballots for nearly 10 percent of the vote.
Voter turnout in Grant County was about 38 percent, according to the Grant County auditor’s website. The remaining 2,500 votes cast should be counted today.