Short and Maycumber lead races in primary election

S-E Staff Reporter

Results are unofficial until final ballot count
As of August 4, only 35 percent of the 30,191 voters cast a ballot in Stevens County for the August 1 primary election, a number that had steady decreased in recent years. In 2014 primary election saw a 40 percent voter participation, which fell to 39 percent in 2014.

As of the last count by Stevens County election officials on Friday, 10,437 ballots had been tallied. There are still an estimated 200 ballots left to count, which will be done on August 15.

Overall, Washington voters returned 984,813 ballots, collected through ballot boxes and mail, with an estimated 26,665 ballots left to count. Statewide voter turnout is at 26 percent.

Current results

The race for state senator in the 7th district is lead by Republican incumbent Shelly Short, who received 67 percent of votes statewide. In Stevens County, Short earned 7,370 votes, 71 percent of the total vote. Karen Hardy, running under the Democratic party, received 33 percent of the votes statewide and 29 percent of the votes in Stevens County.

The race for District 7 state representative saw similar results, with Republican incumbent Jacquelin Maycumber leading by 66 percent of the votes statewide, compared to the 70 percent of total votes she received in Stevens County. Democratic challenger Susan Swanson received 34 percent of the votes statewide and 30 percent in Stevens County.

Statewide numbers are the results from 7th district counties, which are made up of Stevens, Ferry, Pend Oreille, and parts of Okanogan and Northern Spokane County.

Short was appointed state senator by district 7 county commissioners after Brian Dansel vacated the seat to join President Donald Trump's administration. When Short vacated her seat as state representative to take on the role of senator, Maycumber was appointed the open seat by county commissioners.

Vying for the Chewelah mayoral position come the November general election will be incumbent Dorothy Knauss, who received 342 votes (50 percent) and Bob Belknap who received 296 votes( 43 percent) in the primary. The third mayoral candidate, David Wantland, received 47 votes (7 percent). Primary elections are meant to narrow races with more than two candidates, which is why Wantland will not be on the November ballot.

For the Chewelah City Council No. 1 position, Nicole Norvell leads with 53 percent of the votes, followed by John H. Kabosy at 38 percent of votes and Candice Capoeman at 9 percent. Norvell and Kabosy will both move on to November's ballot.

Cori Wuesthoff leads the race for Chewelah City Council No. 2 position with 362 votes (59 percent). Running against Wuesthoff on the November ballot will be Dee Henderson, who received 157 votes in the primary (25 percent). Competitor Joseph Weant received 99 votes (16 percent).

In the Chewelah School District Director Position 1 race, Judith Bean leads with 805 votes (52 percent), followed by T. O. Bakken at 426 votes (28 percent) and Bill Lacy at 275 votes (18 percent).

This year Northport is also holding elections for mayor. Leading candidate is Mike Lamb, who received 51 percent of the votes (44). Competitor Beverly M. Chapman earned 28 percent of the votes and (24) and Brian A. Jouget, who will not move on, earned 21 percent of the votes (18).

Kettle Falls' mayoral race at four candidates had the most entrants of any local race. Leading with 54 percent of the votes (186) is John Ridlington. Trailing behind Ridlington is incumbent Dorothy Slagle at 22 percent (77), Dale M. Drake at 13 percent (44) and Dave Presley at 11 percent (37). Slagle and Ridlington will face-off in November.

These are unofficial results and some numbers are likely to change after the August 15 ballot count.