Kilmer, Tharinger post strong results in primary

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer earned nearly 60 percent of votes in the Aug. 5 primary election results and come November he’ll be challenged for his 6th District Congressional seat by Republican Marty McClendon of Gig Harbor.

McClendon earned a little more than 34 percent of the votes statewide — slightly better in Clallam County with 39 percent — while Kilmer, a Port Angeles native, tallied nearly 59 percent of the votes in the legislative district and 54 percent in Clallam County. Challengers W. Greybeard McPherson of Port Angeles and Douglas Milholland of Port Townsend earned less than 4 percent of last week’s initial tally.

In the race for Legislative District 24’s State Rep. Position 2, incumbent Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness) racked up 57.1 percent of the primary election ballots in the district, outpacing Republican Thomas W. Greisamer (35.3 percent). Greisamer, a Moclips resident, looks to challenge Tharinger in the fall while Libertarian Party candidate Stafford A. Conway of Sequim fell short with less than 8 percent of the vote. In Clallam County, Tharinger holds a 53-39 percent advantage over Greisamer.

In the race for Clallam County Commissioner District 3, Democrat Sissi Bruch of Port Angeles and Republican Bill Peach of Forks each earned more than 41 percent of the primary election ballots to advance to the Nov. 4 general election. Independent Bryon D. Monohon of Forks received a little more than 17 percent of the vote.

Port Angeles’ Mark Nichols holds a slight lead over incumbent William Payne of Sequim in the race for Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney (52 percent to 48).

The county auditor’s office received 1,690 ballots on election day, bringing the total to 14,670 ballots or 31.1 percent of registered voters. By the second tally on Aug. 8, 17,416 ballots — or about 37 percent of registered voters — had been counted.

The primary election is certified on Aug. 19.

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