WALLA WALLA -- State Rep. Laura Grant and Terry Nealey survived their first tests in a run for the state legislature.
They were the top two finishers in Tuesday's primary election for the 16th Legislative District seat held by the late Rep. Bill Grant, D-Walla Walla. Both will now advance to the November general election.
According to preliminary results Grant had about 46 percent, 9,223 votes, of the total Tuesday night and Nealey was second with 7,528 votes, or about 38 percent. Finishing behind them were Kevin Young with 2,000 votes, about 10 percent of the total, and Dave Roberts with 1,203 votes, about 6 percent.
The 16th Legislative District covers all of Walla Walla and Columbia counties along with portions of Benton and Franklin counties.
Grant, who is running as a Democrat, is the daughter of Bill Grant. A Walla Walla resident, she was appointed to the seat earlier this year by a joint meeting of the county commissioners from the counties in the district.
Nealey, a Dayton resident, is running as a Republican. This is his second try for election, having run against Bill Grant in the November 2008 general election. Grant was re-elected to the seat he had held for 22 years, but died of cancer in January.
Young, who is also a Walla Walla resident, also ran as a Republican while Roberts campaigned as a "Reagan Independent."
In Walla Walla County's one other contested election, College Place residents Alexander Scott and Bryan Aulick will face each other for the City Council Position 2 seat after finishing in the top two spots Tuesday.
Scott finished first with about 54 percent, 535 votes, while Aulick got about 35 percent with 342 votes. A third candidate, Jacob Brassington, was eliminated after receiving 104 votes, or about 11 percent.