Election Results Favor Incumbents, Show Slow Voter Turnout

By Paige Browning

The first results of the Spokane County primary election were released last night.

Those advancing to the general election for Spokane City Council district-two are incumbent John Snyder who received about 56% of the vote, and John Ahern with about 24-percent. La Verne Biel trails in that race with about 20%.

Advancing for Spokane City Council district three are Candace Mumm with about 56%, and Michael Cannon with about 27%. Candidates Curtis Fackler and Kelly Cruz both received less than 10% of the vote. The winner of this race will replace retiring council member Nancy McLaughlin.

Staff members use dozens of red boxes during ballot sorting at the Spokane County elections office. Photo by Paige Browning.The race for Spokane Valley’s City Council is a bit closer. Advancing are Ed Pace with 36% and Gary Schimmels with 34%, beating DeeDee Loberg who received about 29%.

In the 7th legislative district incumbent senator John Smith got 50% of the vote. Challenger Brian Dansel received about 29%. He’ll advance to the general election against Smith.

There were nine races total decided in the primary election, with the purpose of narrowing down the candidate pool to two. In the general election, dozens of races will be decided.
Voter Turnout 
Statewide voter turnout for the primary is just over 20%, with Spokane a bit better at a 22% turnout. 

In highly-local elections, the turnout surprised county auditor Vicky Dalton. The town of Latah had the best turnout in the county, with more than 57%. That represents 72 out of 125 voters. Dalton was underwhelmed by the turnout in Rockford which has faced recent financial turbulence. The turnout there was about 30%. The 88 votes that came in favored Rockford council candidates Robert Tollefson Chuck Collison to the November ballot. In Latah, voters picked council candidates Teresa Galvin and Larry La Bolle.

Dalton says she would have liked to see at least a 30% countywide turnout.

Complete, updated results: http://www.spokanecounty.org/elections/results.aspx

Photo: Staff members use dozens of red boxes during ballot sorting at the Spokane County elections office. Photo by Paige Browning.
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