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WENATCHEE — Incumbent Keith Goehner will keep his seat on the Chelan County Commission after winning more than 71 percent of the vote Tuesday night.
His challenger, Dave Tait, said he thought he would fare better than 28.7 percent, but “I knew it was a challenge when I started, and it’s OK.”
Goehner said he was pleased and gratified by the results.
“It was a humbling experience,” he said. “I really appreciate the support of the people and I’m looking forward to four more years of community service.”
Tait ran against Goehner two years ago as a write-in candidate and ended up with 31 percent of the vote.
Tait said he wanted to “keep his theories to himself” about why he lost this time.
“I’m not a sore loser by any stretch of the imagination,” he said.
Tait raised nearly $4,000, mostly from donations from gravel and asphalt companies, unions and local citizens, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission.
Goehner raised $7,500 with contributions from orchards, farms, local businesses and local citizens. He spent $1,800. Tait spent about $3,000, the PDC said.
“It was good it was a learning experience,” Tait said. “That’s how I’ve been my whole life is trial and error.”
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