Second round of ballot counting doesn't change election results

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WALLA WALLA - The latest vote totals for Tuesday's elections in Walla Walla County show no change in the finishing orders.

The county Auditors Office completed its latest count Friday afternoon. The next count will be on Wednesday.

In the county sheriff's race, John Turner remained firmly in the lead with 9,399 votes, or 54 percent. His challenger, Bill White, was trailing with 7,917 votes, or 46 percent.

In the county coroner's race, Richard Greenwood remained in the lead with 8,783 votes, or 55 percent. Virginia Romine, had 7,127 votes, or about 45 percent.

Kris Hedine remained the front-runner for Walla Walla County District Court part-time judge with 8,986 votes, or 58 percent. Bridie Monahan had 6,487 votes, or 42 percent.

According to County Auditor Karen Martin, 19,028 ballots have been counted with 2,400 remaining. A total of 30,183 ballots were sent out.

In races for the state Legislature, incumbent Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, remained the leader for the state Representative Position 1 seat in District 16 with 30,527 votes, or about 78 percent. Brenda High, trailed with 8,746 votes, or 22 percent.

Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, ran unopposed for the District 16 Position 2 position. He had garnered 32,860 votes as of Friday.

There were no changes in the totals to races in Columbia County, which is not scheduled to conduct its next count until Nov. 23.

Garfield County Treasurer Karen Roosevelt lost a percentage point in her advantage over challenger Lynette Fischer in a count of outstanding ballots Friday, but with 61 percent of the total votes, she will retain her seat. She received 721 votes to Fischer's 458, or 39 percent.

Columbia County, which will not count votes until Nov. 23, remains in the lead for statewide voter turnout, with 80.31 percent turnout. Garfield County was at 78.72 percent.

Walla Walla County's turnout went from 43.25 percent to 63 percent, and the overall state turnout is now at 58.28 percent.

The Prescott Park and Recreation District levy vote lost some ground with Friday's count, but still appears to be passing, with 64 percent approval rate. The vote, including those reported from Columbia County is 178 yes, to 99 no.

The District board is seeking $100,000 to operate and maintain the pool and Fieldview Park. The pool was not open this summer because voters did not pass levies two different times.

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