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Election: Jacobson wins race for mayor


November 30, 2017

Wahkiakum County's final tally of general election ballots on Tuesday produced no changes from previous totals.

Incumbent Mayor Dale Jacobson won a close election for mayor, 72-65, over write-in candidate Laurel Waller.

When votes were first counted Nov. 7, Waller led 58-53. In the second round, Jacobson led 69-65, and when votes were counted Nov. 17, he added three more to his total.

Waller had filed as a candidate for Council Position 5 and defeated write-in candidate Jean Burnham, who was appointed to the council earlier this year, 99-43.

In the other contested council race for Position 4, Tanya Waller, Laurel's daughter, defeated incumbent Bernadette Goodroe 88-72.

In voting for Position 2 on the board of commissioners for Wahkiakum Port District 2, incumbent Scott Anderson led Bruce M. Holland 340-178.

The Naselle/Grays River Valley School District had the only other contested race for voters in Wahkiakum County.

In the election for Director District 4, Amy Chadwick beat Tim Haataia 294-264. As previously reported, Haataia received 121 votes in Wahkiakum and 143 in Pacific County for a total of 264 votes; Amy Chadwick had 93 in Wahkiakum and 202 in Pacific for 295 votes.

The Secretary of State's election office will issue final certification of the election on Friday.

Other results from the general election include:

--N/GRVSD Director 2--Amy Hunt 191 votes in Wahkiakum and 292 in Pacific for a total of 483.

--N/GRVSD Director 5--Lonnie Eaton 189 in Wahkiakum and 311 in Pacific for a total of 500.

--Wahkiakum School District Director 1--Shawn Merz 634.

--WSD Director 3--Susan M. O'Connor 618.

--WSD Director 5--Robin Westphall 600.

--Cathlamet Town Council Position 3--Sue Cameron 103.

--Fire District 1, Position 2--Ronald Kimmel 171.

--Fire District 2, Position 2--Oliver van den Berghe 55.

--Fire District 3, Position 2--Nick Nikkila 176.

--Fire District 4, Position 2--James McCoy 278.

--Cemetery District 2, Position 2--Kent Martin 61.

Skamokawa Water and Sewer, Position 1--David A. Blalock 15.

Wahkiakum County voters agreed with voters state wide in three advisory ballots for the legislature, voting to repeal all three.

In passing three tax measures, the legislature referred the measures to the public, but the advisory votes are nonbinding. The measures were:

--Advisory 16, Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1597: Wahkiakum voted to repeal 662-217, 75.31 percent; state wide, voters voted to repeal by 57.24 percent. The measure concerned passage of a food fish excise tax.

--Advisory 17, Engrossed House Bill 2163: Wahkiakum voted to repeal 662-217, 75.31 percent; state wide, voters voted to repeal by 64.85 percent. The measure concerned an expansion of the Business and Occupation Tax and a narrowing of certain exemptions.

--Advisory 18, Engrossed House Bill 2242: Wahkiakum voted to repeal 656-225, 74.46 percent; state wide, voters voted to repeal by 61.94 percent. The measure concerned modifications and additions to state property taxes for common schools.


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