Turner, White advance in Walla Walla sheriff race

A newcomer and a longtime Sheriff's Office veteran move on to the general election.

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WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Sheriff's race is now down to two contenders.

Preliminary results from Tuesday's primary election left John Turner and Bill White as the top two in the running to replace retiring Sheriff Mike Humphreys in November's general election. A third candidate, Jim Romine, appears to have been eliminated.

Turner garnered 5,934 votes, about 54 percent of the total, while White finished with 3,543, or about 32 percent, according to the County Auditors Office. Romine finished with 1,484 votes, about 14 percent of the total.

All three candidates listed their party preference as Republican.

Elections Supervisor Debbie Benavides said today several hundred ballots dropped off late Tuesday remain to be counted. In addition, ballots that were mailed in time to be postmarked Tuesday will arrive today. The next count is scheduled to take place Friday.

A former Los Angeles police officer who later became a lawyer, Turner moved to Walla Walla County in 2004 after becoming a managing partner for a local vineyard and winery project.

White, a 31-year veteran with the sheriff's office, is captain of the patrol and investigations division.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318. Check out his blog at blogs.ublabs.org/randomthoughts.

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