Race tight in Walla Walla City Council primary

While Position 4 appears set, the seat held by Council member Dominick Elia is a close affair for all three candidates.

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WALLA WALLA - A tight City Council primary race could see an incumbent finishing second or even ousted.

In the race for City Council Position 7, challenger Mary Lou Jenkins received 34.6 percent of the vote and incumbent Dominick Elia had 33.3 percent. Paul Mobley was trailing with 32.1 percent of the votes.

The tally in the race at 8:15 p.m. with 53 ballots to count, as well as any not in hand at the county election office, was Jenkins, 1,361; Elia, 1,310; and Mobley, 1,262.

In the race for City Council Position 4, incumbent Jerry Cummins received 45.6 percent of the vote and Dick Swenson, 33.3 percent.

Jim Hackett was in third with 21.1 percent of the votes.

The tally at 8:15 p.m. with 53 ballots left to check was Cummins, 1,766; Swenson, 1,289 and Hackett, 816.

Four other candidates vying for two other City Council positions will also appearing on the November ballot.

Barbara Clark and Bradley Sandau will run for Position 5, and Fred Mitchell and Chris Plucker will run for Position 6, putting the total number of candidates for City Council on the November ballot at eight.

The county placed the current number of ballots cast at 4,917.

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