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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.

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.

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.
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Challengers want to take business approach to city budget

WENATCHEE — Two business owners challenging two-term Wenatchee City Councilwoman Carolyn Case believe the city needs to take a more creative approach to its financial troubles. Case, Drew Zabrocki and Bryan Campbell square off for the Position 7 council seat in the Aug. 23 primary election. The two with the most votes advance to the November general election.
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City council candidates focus on finances

CHELAN — All three candidates for the lone disputed Chelan City Council seat place fiscal strength at the top of their agendas. Challengers Bob Eier and Ben Higgins and incumbent George Lingard all want to keep their lakeside town in the black while coping with the challenges of the future.

Mayor apologizes, asks for help

WENATCHEE — Mayor Dennis Johnson apologized Friday to officials from the nine cities and counties that helped build the Town Toyota Center and then issued a plea for help. With elected officials from throughout Chelan and Douglas counties crowded into a room at the Town Toyota Center, Johnson asked them to at least consider placing a measure on the ballot asking voters to approve a sales tax increase to help pay for the arena’s $41.8 million debt.
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Cashmere candidate has a history of domestic violence

CASHMERE — The lone candidate for a Cashmere City Council seat has a sexual harassment lawsuit pending against him and a handful of domestic violence convictions in his past. John W. Bryant, 45, is the only person in the running for Cashmere City Council Position 5, for which he filed candidacy papers in June. In August, he was served with a sexual harassment lawsuit — the latest of many claims against him from 1993 to 2007, which have often landed him in court and in jail.
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Candidates offer choice between tourism and youth activities

WENATCHEE — Two candidates vying for the same Wenatchee City Council seat share a lot of ideas. They both want to preserve fire services but would cut recreation and museum funding to balance the budget. They would raise taxes and support more traffic cameras to bring in revenues. And they both think the city is relatively safe, though more should be done to stop gang violence.

Man with theft convictions seeks council seat

OKANOGAN — An Okanogan man who was released from prison last October after stealing nearly $20,000 from an elderly neighbor is now seeking election to the Okanogan City Council. Brian Ellis, 45, is also nine months delinquent on his restitution payments, and now owes more than $25,600 in payments to the victim, court fees and interest.