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WENATCHEE — Brian Burnett hoped for a significant win Tuesday night.
He didn’t want to be on pins and needles while late votes were counted in the race for Chelan County sheriff.
“The number 62.5 has been in my head the last couple of days,” he said about 10 minutes before the actual election results came in.
Turns out, he was way off.
Early returns gave Burnett 74 percent of the vote, compared with almost 26 percent for incumbent Mike Harum.
“I’m amazed by those numbers,” Burnett told a crowd of about 80 people gathered inside Brian’s Salad Bar Express in downtown Wenatchee. “That’s not a ‘me’ thing, it’s a ‘we’ thing, and I am humbled.”
Harum, reached by phone at his home, was asked if he expected Burnett to win by such a wide margin. “No, certainly not,” he replied. “I think it has to do with the negative campaign that Brian Burnett ran against me.”
He said he plans to retire from the Sheriff’s Office when his term is up, and added that he has been offered jobs outside the department “in the last couple of years, more so in the last few months.”
Harum was seeking his third term.
Burnett said that he won’t announce his choice for undersheriff for about a month.
Burnett also outpaced his opponent in campaign funds. As of Tuesday, he had raised $45,713. That contrasts with $27,943 raised by Harum.
Next up for Burnett, who has taken this week off from his job as a sheriff’s deputy, is helping supporters remove political signs from around the county. He said his supporters put up 200 large signs and more than 1,000 small signs. He predicted that most of them would be down by this weekend, and joked, “if I can find them all.”
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