ELECTION UPDATE: City of Sequim police station proposal is passing

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The Sequim Police Department appears to be closer to a new police station, with the public safety sales tax of one-tenth of 1 percent leading 59.94% percent (953 votes) to 40.06 percent (637 votes), following Wednesday's tabulation.

Clallam County Auditor Patty Rosand said Clallam County staff has tabulated 19,992 primary election ballots.

She said 4,408 additional ballots from the mail and drop box locations came in Wednesday to the courthouse.  So far 43.58% of 45,879 voters have voted.  She anticipates these ballots to be reported by Thursday evening or Friday morning.

The primary election is to be certified by Aug. 21.

The top two candidates in each race advance to the general election, set for Nov. 6. General election ballots are in the mail Oct. 17.

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Below are the Clallam County and statewide results as of 9:35 p.m. Tuesday night:


The city plans to build a police station and emergency operations center with a new city hall for a combined civic center over its current city hall and recently purchased property from Serenity House.

The 30,000 to 36,000-square-foot building would cost about $12-14 million.

City staff said they'd use the tax revenue each year, about $240,000, to help pay for a 30-year bond for the construction along with diverting former rent payments, paying off city debt like the Keeler Park purchase in coming years to free up those funds, and using other revenues such as utilities and real estate excise tax.

Read more about the project in next week's Sequim Gazette.


Position 2 — Tharinger holds lead

Democrat Steve Tharinger is beating challenger Steve Gale, a Republican.

Tharinger, an incumbent, won 54 percent of the vote in Clallam County, in the two-man race for Position 2 in the 24th District in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Tharinger tallied nearly 60 percent across the district with more than 16,000 votes to Gale's 11,825.

Fellow incumbent Kevin Van De Wege, a Democrat, is running unopposed for Position 1.


County Commissioner Dist. No. 2 — Chapman leads, Roth second

In the Clallam County Commissioner seat No. 2 race, incumbent Mike Chapman leads with 39.18 percent (1,938 votes) with Maggie Roth in second with 25.85 percent (1,279 votes) for the top two vote-getters to move on to the general election.

Other candidates — Dale Holiday, Democrat, with 16.19 percent (801 votes); Patti Morris, Democrat, with 11.93 percent (590 votes); and Sandra Long, Independent, with 6.85 percent (339 votes) — trail Chapman.


Clallam Superior Court Judge Position 1 — Rohrer in front, Melly second

Erik Rohrer has more than a third of Clallam County votes in the four-person race for county Judge Position 1 after Wednesday night's count.

Rohrer has 35.9 percent of Clallam votes (4,651), with Christopher Melly in second at 24 percent (3,137 votes).

William Payne is third (20.34 percent) and Curtis Johnson is fourth (19.54 percent).


State senator — Carter, Hargrove move on

With just two in the race, incumbent Jim Hargrove and challenger Larry Carter are headed to the general election, but Hargrove has reason for optimism after Tuesday night's primary results.

Hargrove, a Democrat, leads Carter by a 66-34 split (18,420 votes to 9,543).

Hargrove has served in the state Senate since 1993.


Civic Field renovation proposal passing

A $4 million proposal to add field turf, new lighting and a new hot water boiler to Civic Field in Port Angeles is passing as of Wednesday evening.

The proposal is passing 55 percent to 45 (2,047 "yes" votes to 1,638 "no" votes).

The Port Angeles City Council proposed Ordinance No. 3453 to make capital improvements, renovations and upgrades to the athletic facility off of Race Street.

The ordinance would include $4 million in general obligation bonds, and would levy property taxes annually in excess of regular property tax levies to repay the bonds.


U.S. Senator — Cantwell takes the lead

If Washington state and Clallam County voters have their way, incumbent U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, will face off against Republican Michael Bumgartner in the November General Election.

Cantwell, who has served in the Senate since 2000, received 7,857 votes, nearly 53 percent of all Clallam votes cast. She received nearly 56 percent of ballots cast statewide.

Baumgartner, who now serves in the state Senate, was Cantwell's closest challenger in the field of eight. He received 4,455 votes, just shy of 30 percent in Clallam County. He took in about 30 percent of all ballots cast in the state.

Art Coday, a Republican, received almost 6 percent of the Clallam vote.

Congressional District 6 — Kilmer in front

The battle to grab the U.S. Congressional seat from the 6th District is wide open as Norm Dicks, who has represented the district since 1977, declined to run.

Democrat Derek Kilmer easily outpaced the rest of the field in Clallam voting and across the state. The sole Democrat on the ballot received 7,248 Clallam votes, 48 percent of the total number of votes cast. Statewide he did even better with 54 percent of the 95,000-plus votes.

"I've been saying we need someone to fight for the middle class," Kilmer told the Sequim Gazette Tuesday night.

"Tonight's results are a strong show of support for that," he said. "They want someone who will fight every day to get people back to work, and who will cut through the partisan gridlock and get Congress back to work, too."

Kilmer acknowledged that he and his staff will keep the same focus for the November election.

"We're going to keep working hard," he said.

Three Republicans battled it out for second place in Clallam County. With 17.3 percent of the vote, Bill Driscoll edged out Doug Cloud (14.88 percent) and Jesse Young (12.29 percent).

In statewide voting, Driscoll is second with about 18 percent of the vote while Young (10.6 percent) is third.


Governor — McKenna fares well in state, Clallam

Democrat Jay Inslee leads Republican Rob McKenna statewide in the governor's race (47-43 percent).

McKenna edged out Inslee in Clallam voting. McKenna, the state's Attorney General since 2004, picked up 6,894 — 45.31 percent of local votes cast.

Inslee, who first represented eastern Washington in the U.S. House of Representatives, and later won two terms in Congress serving western Washington, received 6,585 Clallam votes — 43.28 percent.

Lieutenant Governor — Owen leads

Democrat Brad Owen leads both in state voting and locally.

Statewide, Owen collected 49 percent of all Washington votes, with Republican Bill Finkbeiner in second at 25 percent. Independent Republican Glenn Anderson is third (18 percent).

In Clallam, Owen collected nearly half the votes (49 percent, 7,077 votes) with Finkbeiner (24 percent) and Anderson (21 percent) trailing.

Owen has served as Washington State Lieutenant Governor since 1996, seeking his fourth re-election this fall.

Secretary of State — Wyman leads

Republican Kim Wyman has a big lead in statewide results for Secretary of State, tallying nearly 39.5 percent (360,304 votes) of the state turnout Tuesday night.

Democrat Kathleen Drew is second with about 21 percent.

In Clallam, locals turned out for Wyman in similar fashion with about 42 percent (5,870 votes) of the turnout. Drew is second with 21 percent of the votes, and Democrat Greg Nickels is third (16 percent).

Wyman has been Thurston County's auditor since 2001.

Washington State State Auditor — Watkins leads the way

In the state race for Auditor, James Watkins, Republican, leads with 45.9 percent (400,124 votes), and Troy Kelley is in second with about 24 percent (208,750 votes).

Other candidates Craig Pridemore, Democrat, trails with 20.3 percent (177,455 votes), and Mark Miloscia, Democrat, with 9.85 percent (85,918 votes).

In Clallam County, Watkins is the top vote-getter with 53 percent (7,017 votes) and Kelley is second with 22 percent (2,866 votes).

Washington State Attorney General — Ferguson leads Dunn

In the State Attorney General race, Bob Ferguson, Democrat, leads Reagan Dunn, Republican, 52 percent (471,359 votes) to 38.5 percent (349,422 votes).

Clallam County favors Ferguson over Dunn, 49-38.5 percent (6,875-5,368).

Commissioner of Public Lands — Goldmark on goal

The race for Commissioner of Public Lands sees Democratic incumbent Peter Goldmark taking about 52 percent of the votes statewide and Republican Clint Didier second at about 41 percent.

Locally, Didier leads Goldmark by fewer than 200 votes. Didier is picking up 46 percent of the vote while Goldmark received 45 percent of the Clallam vote.

Superintendent of Public Instruction — Dorn leads

Incumbent Randy Dorn easily outpaced his opponents in the race for Superintendent of Public Education in both state and Clallam results.

In the general election he will likely face off against Ronald Higgins, who took about 16 percent of state votes and 20 percent of the Clallam vote, or James Bauckman, who tallied 13.7 percent of the state ballots and 17 percent locally.

Insurance Commissioner — Kreidler leads

State and Clallam County voters picked Democrat Mike Kreidler over Republicans John R. Adams and Scott Reilly in the race for Insurance Commissioner.

Kreidler picked up just shy of 55 percent of the statewide ballots and 51 percent of the Clallam vote.


Supreme Court Justice Position 2 — The other Owens leads

Susan Owens' bid for reelection to the Supreme Court is faring well after garnering about 63.5 percent of ballots cast statewide.

Owens tallied 489,634 votes, far ahead of Douglas W. McQuaid (24 percent, 184,655 votes).

In Clallam County, Owens had an even better showing with nearly 68 percent (8,235 votes) of the vote. McQuaid is a distant second (23 percent).

In 2000, Owens became the seventh woman to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court, joining the court after serving 19 years as District Court Judge in Western Clallam County.

Supreme Court Justice Position 8 — Gonzalez has edge

Steven Gonzalez has a lead in state returns over Bruce O. Danielson for Washington State Supreme Court position 8.

Gonzalez has about 58 percent of the votes to Danielson's 42 percent on the state level. In Clallam, Danielson leads Gonzalez by less than 100 votes.

Gonzalez was appointed to the court in January. Danielson has served as King County Superior Court Arbitrator since 1989.

Supreme Court Justice Position 9 — McCloud has slight edge

Sheryl Gordon McCloud leads a four-way race for the ninth Washington State Supreme Court judge position.

McCloud has about 31 percent of statewide votes, with Richard Sanders second (27.8 percent), Bruce Hilyer third (25.96 percent) and John W. Ladenburg in fourth (15.6 percent).

In Clallam, McCloud leads with 39 percent of ballots cast (4,521 votes), with Sanders second (30 percent) and Hilyer third (19.3 percent).

McCloud is a Bainbridge Island native who has worked as a public defender and in both large and small law firms; she's also taught as an adjunct professor at Seattle University.

Court of Appeals, Division 2, District 2, Judge Position 2 — Loginsky has lead

Pamela Loginsky has a decided advantage in a six-person campaign for Judge Position 2.

She has about 27 percent of the ballots cast in the district. Thomas Bjorgen is second with 18 percent of the votes while Brendan Williams (16.2 percent) is third.

In Clallam, Loginsky has about 29 percent of the vote while Jim Foley is second (17 percent) and Bjorgen is third (16 percent).

Since 1999 Loginsky has served as the staff attorney for the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.

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