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Measures lag in election return


November 7, 2019

See page 4 for a complete listing of the first

election counts.

First count for Tuesday's general election shows Pullman's $29 million hospital proposal and the county roads levy lid lift proposal both lagging. The first count of the ballots on election night totaled just 3,020 ballots with approximately 4,000 more ballots in the stack to count and more expected to be in the pipeline.

The Pullman Hospital proposal, which failed last April because it failed to meet turnout requirement, booked 1,147 votes in the first count and the tally was below the 60 percent approval mark at 59.7 percent with 643 in favor and 434 opposed.

The county's road levy lift was also under the 60 percent mark with 421 in favor and 342 opposed for 52 percent.

Colfax city council incumbents Mark Mackleit, Jim Kackman and Thomas Huntwork all posted early leads in the first count, and Ben Walker held a lead over Sarina Roberts, 167-127, for the number five seat being vacated by Al Vorderbrueggen.

At Endicott, incumbent Steve Salzman posted a 22-11 lead over challenger Daniel Larson in the mayor's race. Other races in the full ballot at Endicott showed challenger Derek Starrett leading Kenda Hergert 24-9, and challenger Greg Burns leading incumbent Andrew Wolfe 17-16.

In Pullman's two contested city council races, both incumbents are leading. Eileen Macoll holds a slim 515-476 edge over comeback challenger Francis Benjamin, and Ann Parks holds a 354-289 edge over Chris Johnson.

Incumbent Susan Weed posted a strong 728-425 margin over challenger Beth Ficklin in the contested Pullman school board race.

At Tekoa, former mayor John Jaeger posted a 50-38 lead over incumbent Bethany Fletcher 50-38 for council seat three, and B.J. Sperber posted a 48-40 lead over retired county coroner Pete Martin for the open seat five.

Counts for the Tekoa School district races were Jacque Hoffman 62-Michael McHargue 45, and Janette Smith 73-Fran Martin 34.

First counts for Lamont School District show the proposal for a catchup maintenance and operation levy were 14 no and 9 yes. Lamont school directors asked for another one dollar per $1,000 assessed valuation to equal the new $2.50 local levy limit allowed by the legislature.

Lamont was the lone district in the county last February to adhere the state local levy limit which stood at $1.50 at that time.


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