Incumbent adds to slim lead in Pomeroy Fire District 2 race

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POMEROY -- Pomeroy Fire District 2 incumbent Ed Bishop picked up 16 votes to take a three-vote lead for fire commissioner position 3 when votes were tabulated Friday. Bishop had 208 votes

A total of 610 votes were counted, with 31 additional ballots counted since the last count the evening of the primary election. A final vote count will be made Aug. 31 at 4 p.m.

Derek J. Shawley came through Friday's count with 205 votes, an increase of 7 over Tuesday's count, while Justin Warren picked up 8 votes for a total of 197.

Unless the count changes Aug. 31, Bishop and Shawley will face off in the November general election.

If there were a two-vote difference between any of the candidates, a recount would be required, auditor Donna Deal said.

The additional votes boosted Garfield County's voter turnout to nearly 41 percent.

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