Library levy fails

The early primary election results have clearly thinned the number of candidates for the general election, while showing a failure of the Stevens County Rural Library District levy lift proposal.An early tally on August 19 showed the library levy lift defeated by a nearly 60 percent margin, with 5,332 voters against the measure (59.46 percent) and only 3,635 (40.54 percent) in favor.The overall voter turnout for the primary election was around 35 percent of the registered voters in the county, a figure Stevens County Auditor Tim Gray said is common for an off-year election. Of the 10,307 ballots returned, approximately 9,487 were counted as of last Friday, August 19.The primary election pared down to the “top two” candidates for local offices who will move on to the Nov. 8 general election. Only offices with three or more candidates were featured on the primary election ballot. A final count of the primary election will be conducted on August 31.The following are the early election result tallies as of August 19:Chewelah City Council, Position 6:Barbara Mowrey: 130Nick Lasko: 238Jason Norman: 95Colville City Council, Member at Large:Pearl Mance: 197David M. Celebrezze: 109William (Bill) Beatty: 511Deer Park School District, Director District 1:Paul W. Lewis: 136Joshua Gilstrap: 82Jeff Whittle: 237Columbia School District, Director District 2:Crystal L. Simpson: 44Joyce Broussard: 113Henry R. Etue III: 139Stevens County Rural Library District Levy Lift Proposition:Levy yes: 3,635Levy no: 5,332For more information, visit or call the Stevens County Elections Department at 684-7514.