Clallam Primary Election: Henninger, Adkisson advance in Hospital District race

Nearly all of the ballots are in and the Clallam County primary election has been decided.

No primary races flipped on Aug. 9 when the Clallam County Auditor’s Office tabulated 1,628 late-arriving primary ballots.

The next count will take place next Friday, Aug. 16, Clallam County elections manager Becky Pettigrew said.

The primary election — which determines the top two vote-getters who will advance to the general election — will be certified Aug. 20.

“What will be left to count will be anything that was mailed by Election Day but took a while to get to us (such as from our military and overseas voters), along with any ballots that had been challenged (such as for the voter forgetting to sign their ballot) but that were later ‘cured’ by the voter submitting a signed form to us,” Pettigrew said in an email.

The top-two vote-getters in the primary advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

Ann Marie Henninger and Nate Adkisson were leading Warren Pierce in the race for a Sequim-area Olympic Medical Center commissioner seat. Henninger had 8,299 votes, Adkisson had 3,307 votes and Pierce had 2,513 votes.

In the closest primary contest, Brendan Meyer led former Port Angeles resident Tara Martin Lopez by 14 votes Friday in the race for second place for Port Angeles City Council Position 7.

In the beauty contest for the Sequim-area District 1 Clallam County commission seat, Mark Ozias, a Democrat, was leading Republican challenger Brandon Janisse 5,185 votes to 3,317 votes.

Ozias and Janisse each advanced to the general election.

Partisan races must be included on the top-two primary ballots even if only two candidates have filed.

Ozias’s primary victory means his name will appear first on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Countywide voter turnout was 30.64 percent as of last week’s count.

The Auditor’s Office had received 15,612 of the 50,956 ballots mailed to registered voters.