Ballot returns so far are slow throughout North Central Washington, but elections officials say they expect a similar voter turnout as the last odd-year general election — between 50 and 55 percent of registered voters. To be counted, ballots for today’s election must be postmarked by today, or dropped at a dropbox by 8 p.m. in locations around North Central Washington.
CHELAN — After electing a new mayor and three new council members two years ago, Chelan voters decided to stick with an incumbent this year. Actually, four of them. Skip (Cameron) Morehouse is winning his bid for re-election against challenger Bob Eier, taking 59 percent of the vote so far. He has served for three and a half years, and was elected to another four-year term.
CHELAN — Chelan voters installed a new majority on the Chelan County Fire District 7 Commission, electing two new members to the three-member board Tuesday. “I think the people out there were looking for change,” said Rick Nedrow, who captured almost 68 percent of the vote to beat incumbent Commissioner Dan Wright.
LEAVENWORTH — Cascade School Board member Carrie Sorensen holds a strong lead in defending her seat against challenger Ammy Snow, but Snow said she isn’t ready to concede just yet. Sorensen, appointed to an empty board seat in 2005 and winning election in 2006, held her own with 1,100 tallied votes to Snow’s 841. The seat was the only one contested among Cascade’s board; Teddy Rieke and Hans A. Weirich both returned to their seats without competition.
QUINCY — On Tuesday, voters approved a district reapportionment that will reduce board member districts from five to three. In a 1,028 for and 365 against vote, the school board will continue to have five directors, three of whom will reside in specific districts and two will become at-large positions.
A death in the family kept former Chelan County Auditor Evelyn Arnold from attending her own going-away party this fall. So she said she felt unsettled, as if she hadn’t had a chance to say goodbye, before leaving for her new job as King County elections supervisor.
CHELAN — Chelan City Councilman and attorney Stan Morse has announced his bid to unseat Dennis Bolz on the Chelan County PUD commission. “Energy is our world. It’s fascinating and it’s critical to everything we do in this county,” said Morse, 55, in a phone interview Thursday. “The PUD is where it’s happening. That’s where the future is taking place, that and in agriculture. I want to make a difference.”
WATERVILLE — James H. “Jim” Ruud announced Monday that he will seek a second term as Douglas County assessor. As of this morning, he is the only candidate who has filed for Douglas County assessor. Ruud, a Republican living in Waterville, said he came into the office at the peak of the real estate bubble, which was followed by a downturn in property values.
OLYMPIA — Incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., gained several new challengers Monday, including a man who would like to see the construction of orbital space colonies. Election officials began accepting filings for those who want to be candidates for public office in the upcoming August primary.
The period for filing for election in North Central Washington ended at 5 p.m. Friday. The primary election will be held Aug. 17, and the general election will be Nov. 2. Here’s the final list of who filed:
OLYMPIA — The state has fined Robert Schiffner $4,200 for failing to file reports disclosing campaign expenses or contributions during the 2009 election. A Moses Lake attorney, Schiffner ran against Prosecutor D. Angus Lee, and former Deputy Prosecutor Albert Lin, for Grant County prosecutor and lost in the primary in August.
WENATCHEE — Two candidates for Chelan County sheriff think incumbent Sheriff Mike Harum is responsible for a federal agency investigating them for violations of the Hatch Act. Harum denies the allegation and says he thinks the Hatch Act should be modified so that it does not affect people running for sheriff races in small communities.
EPHRATA — After filing for offices last week, candidates throughout the state are ramping up their campaigns for the coming election season. In Grant County, last year’s race for prosecuting attorney between Prosecutor D. Angus Lee and former Deputy Prosecutor Albert Lin never really ended.
MOSES LAKE — Tom Jones of Moses Lake, a candidate for Grant County sheriff, is cancer-free after treatment at Central Washington Hospital, according to a news release from his campaign workers. Jones said he is continuing his campaign for sheriff. He was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia July 1. He received chemotherapy at Central Washington Hospital July 2-28 and has since returned home, the release states.
WENATCHEE — Call it savvy campaigning, an electorate ready for a change or beginner’s luck, but Chelan County Sheriff candidate Brian Burnett swept Tuesday’s primary vote, beating incumbent Mike Harum by a decisive 34 percent of the vote. Burnett and Harum will advance to the general election Nov. 2. The third contender, Mike Hartnett was eliminated, but said he favors Burnett in November.
OKANOGAN — Republicans Charleen Groomes and Rae Jean Kelley will face each other in November for the job of Okanogan County clerk. With 72 percent of the vote counted, Groomes finished on top in Tuesday’s primary vote, taking 2,572 votes for nearly 43 percent of the total.