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Assessor, Prosecutor Seats Key In Fall General Election

Primary election update

Runoffs for Assessor and Prosecuting Attorney will be the key 2010 General Election contests in Klickitat County this fall.

In the race for

Klickitat County Assessor

, Republican Darlene Johnson of White Salmon will face off against Democrat Victoria Allen of Goldendale. Each candidate received roughly 36 percent of votes in a county-wide Top Two Primary Election on Aug. 17.

The final pairing for

County Prosecuting Attorney

will be Republican Lori Hoctor of Goldendale versus Republican Craig Juris of Goldendale. Hoctor garnered nearly 51 percent of the votes in the county-wide primary, while Juris polled about 31 percent.

In another race of local interest, Goldendale attorney Rick Hansen continued to hold a substantial lead in the nonpartisan contest for

East District Court Judge

of Klickitat County. Should his vote total remain above 50 percent through county certification on Sept. 1, Hansen--under election rules that apply only to judicial races--will be the only candidate to qualify for the Nov. 2 General Election ballot.

Partisan General Election races of interest to

Skamania County

voters will feature incumbent District 3 Commissioner Jamie Tolfree, a Democrat, versus Republican challenger Bob Anderson of Carson; a contest pitting an appointed incumbent, County Auditor Tim Todd (R), against a write-in candidate, Teri Wyckoff (R); and a runoff between Prosecuting Attorney hopefuls Adam Kick, a Democrat, and either Randall Krog or David Stanton, both Republicans.

Also of note: the nonpartisan race for Position 2 on the Skamania County Public Utility District board of commissioners pitting incumbent Curtis Esch against challenger Judith Lanz.

Statewide

, voters gave Justice Jim Johnson a huge victory in his bid for a second six-year term on the Washington Supreme Court.

The Position 1 incumbent received some 63 percent of primary votes compared to 37 percent for his challenger, Tacoma attorney Stan Rumbaugh. (The percentages were 71 to 29, Johnson, in Klickitat County.) As a result, only Johnson's name will appear on General Election ballots.

Another Supreme Court incumbent, Position 6 Justice Richard Sanders, and challenger Charlie Wiggins are headed for a runoff in November. Sanders received 47 percent of the primary vote compared to 40 percent for Wiggins (58 percent to 31 percent, Sanders, in Klickitat County).

In races for

federal offices

, incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D) will be opposed by two-time gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi (R) in the statewide General Election, while closer to home, eight-term incumbent 4th District Congressman Doc Hastings (R) will go head-to-head with primary runner-up Jay Clough in a fall election that will be decided by voters in Klickitat, Skamania, Benton, Franklin, Yakima, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Adams and Grant counties.

Nearly 59 percent of primary voters gave their support to Hastings, a Pasco resident who was first elected to Congress in 1994. Clough, a self-styled conservative Democrat from Kennewick, was second in a six-candidate field with almost 23 percent.

To the west, voters in Skamania County and the I-5 corridor will be sending a new member to Congress in 2011. Their choices to succeed outgoing 3rd District Rep. Brian Baird are Democrat Denny Heck of Olympia or Republican Jaime Herrera of Ridgefield.

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