November 07, 2007
Klickitat County election results point to likely upsets
Goldendale and White Salmon will likely have new mayors
GOLDENDALE, Washington (STPNS) -- The talk about town in Goldendale for weeks, if not months, was who would become the next hospital commissioner. It turns out, unofficial voting results Tuesday night at 9 p.m. showed that it will likely be Jim Daniel.
But the race for Goldendale mayor is the news. Arletta Parton was leading the race by four votes: She has 349 votes (50.07 percent), against 12-year incumbent Mayor Mark Sigfrinius, who has 345 votes (49.5 percent).
There are still more votes to be counted as mail-in ballots arrive at the Klickitat County Auditor?s Office. As of 9 p.m., about 45 percent of the eligible voters? ballots had been counted in the general election. Final results won?t be available until Nov. 27, but the auditor?s office will update voting results daily.
?I?m kind of in shock,? Parton said late Tuesday night. ?It?s a very close race.? She said she has felt like the underdog throughout the past few months, and added she had campaigned hard. ?I guess it paid off,? she added.
Sigfrinius said Tuesday night he was just as surprised. ?That?s close,? he said. ?We?ll see what happens.?
In other races:
? Hospital District No. 1, Position No. 1: Daniel is on course to upset primary winner Pat Riley. Daniel has 1,136 votes (55 percent) to Riley?s 882 votes (43 percent) in the race to become one of three Goldendale-area Klickitat Valley Health board members. There are 37 write-in votes, presumably for Delbert Brown.
? Goldendale City Council Position No. 7: Joe Abbott looks to retain his seat with 435 votes (67 percent) over challenger K.G. (Ken) McKune, who has 215 votes (33 percent).
? White Salmon Mayor: David Poucher will replace incumbent, and council-appointed, Mayor Francis H. Gaddis. Poucher has 299 votes (70 percent) over Gaddis, who has 129 votes.
? White Salmon City Council Position No. 1: Richard A. Marx maintains a safe lead to retain his seat with 247 votes (59 percent) to Susan C. Gookin?s 174 votes (41 percent). Gookin was sworn in as the Position No. 3 Council Member this past August and was to serve at least until the Nov. 6 general election, but dropped out to try and up seat Marx.
? White Salmon City Council Position No. 3: A race between newcomers. Leana Johnson, with 198 votes (54 percent) leads Mark H. Peppel, who has 168 votes (46 percent). In White Salmon races, between 30 percent and 40 percent of the eligible voter?s ballots have been counted.
? Lyle School District Position No. 1: One vote separates Incumbent Penny McAnally?s lead over Danny Smith (218 votes to 217 votes). There are six write-un votes.
? Goldendale School District Position No. 1: Incumbent Carl R. Conroy is leading with 1,086 votes (64 percent), over Martha Quigley, who has 601 votes (36 percent).
? Goldendale School District Position No. 2: Incumbent Pat Gallagher has 869 votes (52 percent) over Virginia Falter, who has 806 votes (48 percent).
? Centerville School District Position No. 1: Tony Sarsfield is commanding the race with 81 percent of the votes (93 votes) over David L. Bischoff, who has 19 percent of the votes (22 votes).
? Bickleton School District Position No. 3: Tom Mains is easily winning with 77 percent of the votes (67 votes) over Ellwood Brown, who has 23 percent of the votes (20)
? Parks and Recreation District Position No. 1: Incumbent Anita A. Clever is leading the race with 718 votes (53 percent) over Allan Sullivan?s 622 votes (46 percent).
? Fire District No. 7, Position No. 3, appears to be in the hands of incumbent Paul Enwards, who had 598 votes (65 percent) to challenger Jerry Wilson, who had 315 votes (34 percent).
? Fire District No. 3 Proposition for Levy Lid Lift: Husum-BZ Corner-Snowden voters are heading to approve this proposal with 357 votes (55 percent) in favor to 288 votes (45 percent) in objection.
? In all other unchallenged races, incumbents were maintaining at least a 90 percent approval rate from voters.
? Daily updates to Tuesday?s general election results are made at 5 p.m. To view updated results, go to the elections/ballot results link at www.klickitatcounty.org/auditor
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