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Burnett sweeps sheriff primary

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.

Groomes to face Kelley for county clerk

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.

Take a tour of schools on bond project list

EAST WENATCHEE — See for yourself the remodel projects that Eastmont School District plans to finish if voters approve the $30.8 million bond measure Nov. 2. Public tours with the school board are set for Sterling Intermediate School on Oct. 11 and Grant Elementary School on Nov. 15, both at 5:30 p.m.

Upper valley candidate forum set for Wednesday

PESHASTIN — The Peshastin Community Council will host a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School. Candidates will give a three-minute introduction and answer questions audience members submit in writing.

4-H robotics club starts with grant

WENATCHEE — Chelan-Douglas 4-H is recruiting middle and high school students for a regional robotics club, thanks to a $50,000 grant from National 4-H Council and JC Penney. The Washington State University Extension office, 400 Washington St., will host an information night at 7 p.m. Oct. 28.
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Democrats make pre-election pitch to help seniors

WASHINGTON — Democrats are making a pre-election pitch to give Social Security recipients a one-time payment of $250, part of a larger effort to convince senior voters that their party, and not Republicans, will best look out for the 58 million people who get the government retirement and disability benefits. The $250 check is meant to make up for a second year without a cost-of-living increase due to low inflation.

O’Donnell, Coons spar in Delaware debate

WILMINGTON, Del. — Republican Christine O’Donnell challenged her Democratic rival Tuesday to show where the Constitution requires separation of church and state, drawing criticism from her opponent, laughter from her audience and a quick defense from prominent conservatives. “Where in the Constitution is separation of church and state?” O’Donnell asked while Democrat Chris Coons sat a few feet away.
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Boehner hoping election is a mandate on Obama

WASHINGTON — Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, the House Republican leader, returned to the campaign trail Friday with a speech that attempted to frame the November election as a referendum on the Obama administration’s agenda — rather than simply a choice between candidates. The speech represented a return of a defiant Boehner who delivered what is becoming his signature cry of “Hell, no!” as he takes on President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats.
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Douglas County deals with last-minute ballot problem

WATERVILLE — While Douglas County officials had to deal with a last-minute ballot issue over the weekend, other North Central Washington elections officials were busy this morning counting all the ballots that came in over the weekend. Ballots for the general election must be returned or postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday.
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Competitive Senate race tops state ballot

OLYMPIA — The U.S. Senate bid between powerful Democratic incumbent Patty Murray and Republican Dino Rossi is the top race on a very crowded ballot for Washington state voters, who also will decide a handful of competitive House races that could play a role in which party controls Congress. Nine statewide ballot measures, including a measure that would create an income tax on the state’s highest earners, dozens of legislative races and a competitive Supreme Court contest also highlight Tuesday’s midterm elections, leading Secretary of State Sam Reed to predict ...

Armstrong survives Tea Party run

WENATCHEE — Rep. Mike Armstrong has apparently defeated a challenge by Cliff Courtney, a self-described Tea Party supporter. But not without a run for his money. After serving for 10 years as Dist. 12 Representative, Armstrong is winning with 53 percent of the vote, or less than 1,500 votes out of a total of nearly 30,000 counted in the four counties represented by District 12, according to the Secretary of State’s website.
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Burnett savors win

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.

Grant County prosecutor retains post

EPHRATA — For the second time in two years, Grant County voters decided Tuesday to retain Angus Lee as Grant County prosecutor. Only this time, he was elected to a four-year term.

Jones leads in Grant sheriff’s race

EPHRATA — Tom Jones is the apparent winner in the race for Grant County sheriff. Early returns gave the patrol sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office 56.6 percent of the vote. That contrasts with 43.4 percent for two-term incumbent Frank DeTrolio.
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Bernd and Walker lead in Grant County PUD

EPHRATA — With about 78 percent of votes tallied, it looks like incumbent Bob Bernd and come-from-behind candidate Dale Walker will fill the vacant spots on the Grant County PUD Commission. A Moses Lake businessman, Bernd, 64, captured 8,643 votes through Tuesday over his opponent Ron Baker’s 7,199 votes for a nearly 10 percent victory margin for the four-year District B post.
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Congdon sweeps, Bolz ahead by a nose

WENATCHEE — With 89 percent of the vote counted, incumbent Ann Congdon is easily defeating challenger Jenae Pape-Miller for a second six-year seat on the Chelan County PUD commission for District 3. The race for the PUD’s four-year at-large District B seat remains too close to call, with incumbent Dennis Bolz leading challenger Stan Morse by a nose — 8,846 votes to 8,396, with an estimated 2,200 left to count.

Goehner easily defeats challenger

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.”

Eastmont schools’ improvement bond failing

EAST WENATCHEE — At first, the bad news barely rose above the excited chatter of Eastmont’s campaign committee Tuesday night. “Hey folks, it didn’t pass,” Superintendent Garn Christensen called out. “Fifty-seven percent.”

Jenkins has lead on Hunt

EAST WENATCHEE — Bridgeport Mayor Steve Jenkins has a 2 percent lead in a tight race for Douglas County commissioner. Incumbent Mary Hunt trails by 160 votes. She received 49 percent of the vote, compared to Jenkins’ 51 percent. Jenkins said he’s pleased but admitted that 2 percent isn’t much with 3,000 votes left to count.