By STAFF

Appointed incumbent Ricky Knowles and second-time candidate Karleen Swarztrauber received the two highest vote totals in the three-way Top Two Primary Election for Position 4 on the non-partisan Skyline Hospital Board of Commissioners.

Knowles garnered 896 (54.14%) of the 1,655 votes cast in the Aug. 6 Primary. Swarztrauber tallied 552 votes, or 33.35%. William “Bill” Hollander polled at 11.66% (193 votes). Write-in candidates picked up 14 votes (less than 1%) in an election open to only Klickitat County Hospital District 2 electors.

Knowles and Swarztrauber will square off for the Skyline Board position in this fall’s General Election. Once election results are certified, the winner will serve out the balance of an unexpired 6-year term that lapses on Dec. 31 and begin a new 6-year term in January 2020.

Elsewhere on the Primary Election front, voters in Klickitat County Hospital District No. 1 (Klickitat Valley Hospital, Goldendale) rejected the district’s bond proposal to pay for hospital facilities and equipment.

The vote went 1,368 against (51.16%) to 1, 306 for (48.84%). A simple majority in favor was all the measure needed to pass.

In the only other contested election on Klickitat County Primary ballots, for Position 2 on the non-partisan Dallesport Water District Board of Commis-sioners, David D. McNeal and William “Bill” Clark were the Top Two vote-getters in a three-way race that included Craig H. Stephens.

McNeal received 61 votes to Clark’s 60 (41.78% to 41.1%). Stephens garnered 23 votes in an election open to Dallesport Water District voters only.

Clark and Stephens will be paired on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot in a winner-take-all contest.

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