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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.
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Grant prosecutor’s race is on, again

EPHRATA — In a repeat of last year’s race for Grant County prosecutor, Albert Lin is challenging incumbent Angus Lee i n the general election Nov. 2. This time, Lee has served as prosecutor for almost two years.
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Obama’s message mixed on bipartisanship

WASHINGTON — Facing the prospect of big Republican gains in Congress, President Barack Obama is sending voters a mixed message: He says he sees opportunities to work with the GOP after Election Day yet warns Washington could be consumed by gridlock if the opposition takes control. It’s a strategy based on Obama’s need for voters to see him as the same politician who ran for the White House promising a new era of bipartisanship, at the same time he rallies his base to try to stave off sweeping Republican victories ...

Republicans make plans for taking over House

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri illustrates the Democrats’ predicament as they try to maintain control of the House of Representatives. After winning 66 percent of the vote two years ago, he is facing a tough re-election battle against Vicki Hartzler, a former Missouri House member from Harrisonville.
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Senate control hinges on few key races

WASHINGTON — When voters choose between Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina in California’s hard-fought Senate race Nov. 2, they also may be deciding control of the entire U.S. Senate. The contest between the three-term Democratic incumbent and the Republican former Hewlett-Packard CEO is shaping up as one of a small handful of races around the country that will determine whether Democrats retain power in the Senate or cede it to Republicans, three election handicappers told the San Jose Mercury News.

Hospital bond proposal closer to passing

EPHRATA — A bond proposal by the Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata came closer to passing Wednesday after the Grant County Auditor’s Office counted more ballots. The proposal is now losing with 2,078 votes or 59.5 percent of voters in favor, and 1,414 votes or 40.5 percent against. The proposal was losing by 58.7 percent on Tuesday after the first batch of ballots were tallied.
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Pins and needles at Eastmont schools

EAST WENATCHEE — Pins and needles doesn’t quite cover it. The Eastmont School District is less than a percentage point away from passing its $30.8 million school improvement bond. As of last Friday, the bond measure gathered 5,282 votes of approval, 59.4 percent, with 3,610 votes rejecting the measure. With 1,500 votes left to count, the measure could be a heartbreaker or the ultimate comeback story.
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Eastmont bond in winning territory

WATERVILLE — Eastmont School District’s proposed $30.8 million bond edged into winning territory Wednesday afternoon. But with 200 ballots left to count, it’s not a done deal. Douglas County election officials counted 1,500 more ballots and say 60.53 percent now support the bond. The measure needs 60 percent of the vote to pass.

Hunt concedes in commission race

WATERVILLE — Bridgeport Mayor Steve Jenkins is Douglas County’s newest county commissioner, securing his narrow lead against incumbent Mary Hunt on Wednesday in the latest post-election vote tally. Hunt conceded the election around 6 p.m. Wednesday in a phone call to her challenger, Jenkins said this morning.
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Count nearly done: Wiggins wins

Bainbridge Island attorney Charlie Wiggins has been elected to the state Supreme Court, unseating incumbent Richard Sanders after a tight race in which Sanders effectively conceded on Friday. As more votes were counted this week, Sanders acknowledged the trend favored Wiggins. In an e-mail to supporters Friday, Sanders said he would likely lose.

It’s official: Eastmont bond passes

WATERVILLE — The latest numbers from the Douglas County Auditor’s Office show that the Eastmont bond will pass. Only 28 votes were left to count after the last tally Monday afternoon. It’s not enough to change the outcome.

Eastmont sells bonds, saves $1 million

EAST WENATCHEE — Taxpayers will likely pay a little less than they expected to remodel Eastmont schools. Eastmont School District saved $1 million in its first round of bond sales Wednesday by taking advantage of good rates and a federal construction finance program.
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Chelan County assessor looks for a house in Chelan County

WENATCHEE — Chelan County Assessor Vicki Trudell — the former Vicki Griffin — said she wasn’t about to turn down a marriage proposal from the man she loved just because he was from Douglas County. “I didn’t plan on getting married when I was running for election, but a wonderful man stepped into my life and asked me to marry him and I wasn’t about to say no,” Trudell said. “It’s created a situation that now I have to deal with. Sometimes life throws you a curveball, but this one ...
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Farivar declares run for mayoral race

LEAVENWORTH — Leavenworth City Councilwoman Cheri Kelley Farivar says she plans to run for the mayoral post held for the past four years by Rob Eaton. Farivar, elected to the council in 2009, says she’d hope to focus on fiscal responsibility, planning and transparent governance if elected.