Apparently, it was not a good night to be an incumbent. There were two contested races for key positions in White Salmon's city government, and in both cases the challengers held leads in incomplete returns.
Although all results are unofficial, in the White Salmon mayor's contest, two-term incumbent Mayor Roger Holen appeared to be losing in his bid to serve as mayor for a third four-year term. Political newcomer Linda Jones held a 37-vote lead on election night, although an undetermined number of absentee ballots were yet to come in.
As of 10 p.m. on the evening of Nov. 4, Jones was leading with 227 votes to Holen's 190 votes.
Jones, owner of two businesses in downtown White Salmon, is in her first political campaign.
Holen has served as the city's mayor since 1995.
The other contested position at stake on Tuesday's general election ballot in White Salmon was a seat on the White Salmon City Council. The incumbent, Tim Stone -- who was running as a write-in candidate -- was losing in his bid for a second term to Ricky Marx, a member of the city's Planning Commission.
Unofficial results on election night had Marx with 192 votes, while Stone had 177 votes.
Stone has served on the City Council for four years.
Most races across the county featured candidates without opponents. There were four contested school board races, however -- two in Klickitat and two in Lyle.
For Position No. 1 in the Lyle School District, Penny McAnally was leading Danny Smith. McAnally had 238 votes to 183 votes for Smith.
For Position No. 5 in Lyle, Jeff Eiesland was leading Richard A. Becker by 272 votes to 153 votes.
In the Klickitat School Board race for Position No. 3, Marie Davis was trailing Andy Schlangen. Schlangen had 87 votes, while Davis had 57.
For Position No. 5 in Klickitat, Ray C. Painter had a slim, four-vote lead over Art Justman III in incomplete returns. Painter had 74 votes to Justman's 70 votes.
A statewide ballot measure that would repeal ergonomics regulations, Initiative Measure No. 841, appeared to be passing. With all but a few counties reporting, the "Yes" votes (to repeal) were at approximately 302,000 (53.13 percent), while "No" votes were at about 267,000 (46.87 percent).
Updated results will appear in next week's issue of The Enterprise