The results of the Nov. 8 General Election may be unofficial, but the outcomes of several races of local interest are, by the numbers, crystal clear.
White Salmon Mayor David Poucher has been re-elected to serve a second 4-year term. His chief opponent, Mark Peppel, will remain on the City Council; he has two years left on a 4-year term. Write-in candidate for mayor Richard Marx will leave the council at the end of the year.
Also out on the City Council starting next year is Adrian Bradford. In the race for Position No. 1, Bradford fell in his first stand for election to another first-time candidate, Bill Werst.
Still too close to call is the Position No. 1 race between incumbent Bob Landgren and challenger George Rau. Going into the final count on Nov. 29, Rau leads 281 to 260.
Jason Sabourin ran unopposed for Position No. 3, currently held by Bradford — who ran for Position No. 1, currently held by Marx — and will take office in January.
Allan Wolf, who faced off against David Kelly for Position No. 5, will be sworn in as City Councilor once the General Election results are certified by the County Canvassing Board on Nov. 29.
Clyde Knowles has been keeping the seat warm since a mid-July appointment. Wolf, like his challenger and the other men who will take council seats in short order, was making his first run for public office.
Fire District Races
Voters in Klickitat County Fire Protection District No. 3 have elected Jonathan Riggleman and Mark Zoller, both first-time candidates for Fire Commissioner, to the district’s three-person board of commissioners. Riggleman defeated rookie campaigner Nancy Sliwa in the contest for Position No. 1, and Zoller denied incumbent Jim Hulbert re-election to Position No. 2. The term of office for both positions is 6 years.
Also winning contested Fire Commissioner races in west county were: Terry Wroe, over write-in Robert G. Bach, in Appleton; and Philip Haner slightly ahead of Arlen Aleckson on High Prairie.
Port District Races
Voters chose to retain incumbent Wayne Vinyard of Glenwood in Position No. 3 on the Klickitat County Port District No. 1 Board of Commissioners. Vinyard, a forester, was elected to serve another 6-year term over first-time candidate Cheryl Park of Husum, a consultant to the aviation industry.
Bill Schmitt of Appleton ran unopposed in the election for the final two years of an unexpired 6-year term in Position No. 2.
School Board Races
White Salmon Valley School District voters favored the candidacies of first-time office-seekers Dave Karlson and Eric Shank over those of incumbents Tom Stevenson and Jeff Cooper, respectively. Stevenson was running for a sixth 4-year term in Position No. 4, while Cooper was seeking a second term in Position No. 1.
Position No. 2 incumbent Deborah Bergstrom did not face a challenge in her first stand for election.
In the Lyle School District, Jeff Eiesland ousted embattled Board Chairman Dennis Hoeye from Position No. 5. Hoeye, a Dallesport resident, has been accused of sexual misconduct by a Lyle student.
Voters in the Glenwood School District are favoring Dave Wasgatt, Jennifer Hallenbeck and Eric Jacobsen for Pos. 4, 3 and 1 respectively. Wasgatt and Hallenbeck are leading in races against Adam McFall and Elizabeth R. Jones, for full 4-year terms. Jacobsen is ahead of Brent K. Gimlin, with the winner in line to serve out a 2-year unexpired term.
Klickitat County voters joined a statewide majority in supporting the passage of Initiative 1183, 59.2 percent Yes to 40.8 percent No. The last count done by the County Auditor’s Office showed the county vote split 3,370 for and 3,232 against the privatization of liquor control and sales.
Voters here also favored passage of initiatives 1125 (3,737 Yes, 2,629 No) and 1163 (4,341 Yes, 2,104 No). I-1125, which dealt with transportation revenues and expenditures, failed statewide, 52 percent against vs. 48 percent for. I-1163, regarding background checks and training for in-home care workers, passed by a wide margin, 65.4 percent to 34.6 percent.