WALLA WALLA - The ballot count from the Aug. 17 primary election has been certified.
According to the Walla Walla County Auditor's Office, interest in this year's races was at an all-time high with a voter turnout of 47 percent. Out of a total of 30,352 registered voters, a final tally of 14,209 ballots were cast.
In the Walla Walla County sheriff's race, the top two finishers who will advance to the November election were John Turner, who finished with 7,132 votes, or about 55 percent, and Bill White who finished with 4,211 votes, or about 42 percent.
The third candidate, Jim Romine, finished with 1,753 votes, about 13 percent of the vote. All three candidates listed their party preference as Republican.
In the coroner's race, the top two finishers were Richard Greenwood with 4,236 votes, or about 34 percent, and Virginia Romine with 2,794 votes, or about 22 percent. Both listed their party preference as Republican.
The other candidates were Jim Schmerer, no party preference, with 2,452 votes or about 19 percent and Frank Brown, the incumbent coroner, with 1,772 ballots, or about 14 percent. Brown, who ran as a write-in candidate, listed his party preference as Republican. The final candidate in the coroner's race was Ken Hall, no party preference, who finished with 1,328 votes or about 11 percent.
In the race for the county commission District 3 seat, incumbent candidate Greg Tompkins finished with 3,656 votes, slightly more than 99 percent, and write-in candidate Kevin Young finished with 35 votes, or just under 1 percent. Young's failure to garner 1 percent of the total votes means his name will not appear on the November ballot, said Debbie Benavides, county election supervisor.
In the race for the Distict 16 state Representative Position 1 seat, incumbent candidate Maureen Walsh finished with 22,137 votes, or 82 percent. Her challenger, Pasco resident Brenda High, finished with 4,758 votes, or about 14 percent. Walsh, who prefers the Republican Party, and High, who prefers the Constitution Party, both advance to the November ballot.
District 16 covers all of Walla Walla and Columbia counties along with portions of Benton and Franklin counties.