Wednesday, November 7, 2007
It appears that voters in the city of White Salmon are seeking a significant change in the direction of their city government.
In incomplete returns on Nov. 6, White Salmon mayoral candidate David Poucher has a strong lead over incumbent Mayor Francis Gaddis.
Poucher, who currently serves on the city's Planning Commission, has a lead of 170 votes: Poucher has 299 votes, or nearly 70 percent; Gaddis has 129 votes, or 30.1 percent.
In another key city race that pitted two current White Salmon City Council members, Richard Marx had a big lead over challenger and fellow incumbent Susan Gookin for a four-year term in Position No. 1. Marx had 247 votes as opposed to 174 for Gookin.
In another interesting contest, two newcomers were running too close to call. With an undetermined number of ballots yet to come in and be counted, Leana Johnson had 198 votes to Mark Peppel's 168 votes.
City Council il candidate Bob Landgren, running unopposed for the Position 2 seat, had 337 votes against 12 write-ins.
Elsewhere, Husum-BZ Corner-Snowden area voters were giving solid support to the levy lid lift proposal for local Fire District No. 3. The "Yes" votes were at 357 votes, 55.4 percent; opposed to 288 "No" votes, or 44.6 percent.
Among the key statewide ballot measures, Referendum No. 67 -- which would make it unlawful for insurers to unreasonably deny certain coverage claims -- was leading handily. As of 9:05 p.m. on Nov. 6, the measure had 365,565 votes, 56.5 percent; to 281,463 votes, or 43.5 percent, in incomplete statewide returns.
Resolution No. 4204, which would provides for approval of school district property tax levies by majority vote, was not finding favor with the state's voters. The election night tally showed 262,880 votes in favor of the change, but 297,086 votes against.
All results are incomplete and unofficial; as ballots will continue to come in to election offices over the next several days.
Updated results will be available next week in The Enterprise.