There were only a handful of contested races on the general election ballot for Klickitat County and the White Salmon area to be decided on Nov. 3, and voter turnout was relatively light. However, as the many campaign signs around the community revealed, the competition for two seats on the White Salmon City Council attracted the most attention locally.
Incumbent White Salmon council member Mark Peppel was running ahead of challenger Darlene Johnson in unofficial returns. Peppel had 218 votes, while Johnson trailed with 193 votes.
In the other contested race for one of the seats on the five-member White Salmon City Council, Anthony Coulter, with 215 votes, was leading Troy Wamsley, who had 185 votes. (For the full story see this week's Enterprise.)