No surprises as election certified

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WALLA WALLA — Final results for the Nov. 6 general election were certified Tuesday, producing no surprises in any local races.

In Walla Walla County, the two contested races for county commission remained unchanged with Jim Johnson winning the Position 1 seat and Perry Dozier winning re-election to the Position 2 seat.

Johnson defeated his opponent, Mark Spinks, with 75 percent, 15,025 votes, to Spinks’ 25 percent, 4,990 votes. Dozier defeated his challenger, Chris Blackman, with 62 percent, 12,823 votes, to Blackman’s 38 percent, 7,798 votes.

All four candidates listed the Republican Party as their party preference.

In Columbia County, the single contested race was for the Position 2 seat on the county commission. That was won by Mike Talbott with 53 percent, 1,132 votes, to opponent Tom Bensel’s 47 percent, 999 votes. Both listed their party preferences as Republican Party.

A multi-county maintenance and operations levy for the Prescott Joint Parks and Recreation District was approved with 228 “yes” votes, or 64 percent, to 127 “no” votes, or 36 percent. Voters from Walla Walla and Columbia counties took part in the election.

The state Legislature’s District 16 races finished with all three incumbents winning.

State Sen. Mike Hewitt won with 32,717 votes, or 70 percent, against his challenger Scott Nettles, who polled 14,197 votes, or 30 percent. Hewitt listed the Republican Party as his party preference and Nettles listed the Democratic Party as his preference.

In the race for the Position 1 seat in the Legislature, State Rep. Maureen Walsh won with 25,503 votes, or 58 percent, against challenger Mary Ruth Edwards, who polled 18,307 votes, or 42 percent. The second race for the Position 2 legislative seat was won by State Rep. Terry Nealey, who ran unopposed and polled 37,331 votes.

Voter turnout was uniformly high in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties.

Walla Walla County had about 80 percent voter turnout with 25,612 ballots counted out of 31,844 registered voters and Columbia County had about 87 percent turnout with 2,312 ballots counted out of 2,661 registered voters.

Garfield county had about an 85 percent turnout with 1,295 ballots counted out of 1,531 registered voters.

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