Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Although the results remain unofficial and an undetermined number of absentee ballots are yet to be counted, it appears that White Salmon's Roger Holen has again been elected to serve as mayor.
Holen is leading a three-way field, with Penny White Morris and Douglas Charters trailing.
As of 9:15 p.m. on election night, Holen had 158 votes, Morris had 126 votes, and Charters had 72 votes.
In one of two contested races for seats on the White Salmon City Council, challenger Timi Keene was leading incumbent Susan Gookin for Position No. 4 by a 237-102 count in unofficial returns.
In the Position No. 5 council race, meanwhile, Brad Roberts had a 253-91 vote lead on Larry Spencer in a race to fill an open seat on the White Salmon council.
In Bingen, there was one contested City Council race, and political newcomer Timothy Hearn held a slim lead on incumbent Barbara Hylton, 23-15.
In other election results, incumbent Dan Rawding was behind in his bid to keep his seat on the White Salmon School Board over challenger Kris Kreps. Unofficial returns showed Kreps leading Rawding in the race, 574-331.
In Fire District No. 3, two contested positions for seats on the Fire District No. 3 Board of Commissioners were at stake. The election night results showed incumbent Arthur E. House in a virtual tie with challenger Bill Mason. Mason had 181 votes to House's 179 in the battle for Position No. 1. In Position No. 2, challenger Lance S. Stryker was trailing incumbent Terry Mitchell 232-126.
Many of these races remain too close to call, and will be decided by absentee ballots yet to come in.
Several ballot measures were being decided by voters statewide. Here are incomplete vote totals as of 9:15 p.m.:
Initiative No. 901, amending the Clean Indoor Air Act to expand smoking prohibitions by banning smoking in buildings and vehicles open to the public. This was being approved by the state's voters, 62.5 percent to 37.5 percent.
Initiative No. 912, whether to repeal the motor vehicle fuel tax. This measure was being rejected by a 52.9 percent-47.1 percent margin.
Initiative No. 336, concerns medical malpractice and notices on insurance rate increases. This initiative was being rejected 58.9 percent-41.1 percent in unofficial returns.
All results will be updated in the Nov. 17 issue of The Enterprise.