Challenger Chris Branch held an early lead over incumbent Okanogan County Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy for the District 1 seat in returns posted Tuesday (Nov. 8) by the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office.
In the District 2 contest (which includes the Methow Valley), Andy Hover took an early lead over Ashley Thrasher in the race to replace incumbent Commissioner Ray Campbell, who did not make it past the primary.
Branch and Hover were both drawing about 53% of the votes counted as of Tuesday. But many thousands of ballots remain to be counted.
As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, 7,312 ballots had been tallied and an estimated 7,427 ballots remained to be counted, according to the auditor’s office. The next release of results will be on next Monday (Nov. 14), the auditor’s office said.
In the contentious race for the state Legislative District 12 senate seat (replacing Linda Evans Parlette, who retired), current District 12 Representative Brad Hawkins held a sizable lead over Jon Wyss, drawing about 64 percent of the vote district-wide. Both are Republicans.
In other races of note, as of about 9 p.m. Tuesday:
• Donald J. Trump was leading Hillary Clinton in Okanogan County with 4,048 votes (57%) to Clinton’s 2,630 votes, or 37%, in the presidential race.
• In the race for governor, Republican Bill Bryant led among Okanogan County voters with 4,055 votes, or 57 percent, to Democratic incumbent Jay Inslee’s 3,041, or 43%. The vote was much closer at the statewide level, with heavily Democratic King County yet to report.
• In the Fourth Congressional District, incumbent Republican Dan Newhouse was leading Republican challenger Clint Didier in the district-wide balloting, 58% to 42%. In Okanogan County, Newhouse’s margin was larger: 69% to 31%.
• Statewide, incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Patty Murray had a comfortable lead over Republican challenger Chris Vance, 54% to 46%. In Okanogan County, the figures were reversed, with Vance drawing 54% of the votes to Murray’s 46%.
Returns as of 8 p.m. Tuesday from the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office:
Okanogan County Commissioner, District 1
Sheilah Kennedy (R) 3,199 47%
Chris Branch (I) 3,613 53%
Okanogan County Commissioner, District 2
Andy Hover (R) 3,616 53%
Ashley Thrasher (None) 3,141 47%
12th Legislative District
Brad Hawkins (R) 3.077 64%
Jon Wyss (R) 1,748 36%
Brad Hawkins 1,688 63%
Jon Wyss 1,012 37%
State Representative, District 1
Cary Condotta (R) 3,232 61%
Dan Maher (D) 2,040 39%
Cary Condotta 1,635 55%
Dan Maher 1,340 45%
State Representative, District 2
Mike Steele (R) 3,155 73%
Jerry Paine (R) 1,198 27%
Mike Steele 1,793 75%
Jerry Paine 588 25%
Okanogan County PUD
Commissioner, District 3
Jerry D. Asmussen 3,365 58%
Aaron Kester 2,456 42%
Town of Twisp
Proposition 1, Emergency Medical levy
Yes 76 70%
No 32 30%