WALLA WALLA -- With certification of the Aug. 16 primary election set for today in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties, no changes are in the air in the region's races.
A closely contested Port of Walla Walla race will see incumbent Michael Fredrickson take on Barlow Corkrum in November's general election. Corkrum won the primary with 1,127 votes to Fredrickson's 849. Richard Monacelli came in third with 827 votes.
A close race for second place for City Council is officially over.
City Council position 7 incumbent Dominick Elia and challenger Mary Lou Jenkins will move on to the November ballot, while Paul Mobley is eliminated after coming in third in the Aug. 16 primary.
The auditor's office reported Jenkins as the leader with 1,556 votes, followed by Elia with 1,469 and Mobley with 1,439.
The race for City Council position 4 has not been as close; Jerry Cummins finished with 1,967 votes, followed by John Richard (Dick) Swenson with 1,494 and Jim Hackett 922 votes.
Walla Walla County Auditor Karen Martin said this morning that candidates have three days from certification to request a recount, which in Walla Walla County's case means the deadline is Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. The long stretch between today and that date is due to the weekend, Labor Day and Friday's furlough day for county offices.
Though only 30 votes separated Elia and Mobely for position 7, Mobley said he would not request a recount.
Also in Walla Walla County, Jody Kromm and Jose Godinez will face off for a seat on the Touchet School Board. Kromm received 101 votes to Godinez's 88, and Eric Burt received 41 votes.
The Columbia County Hospital District commission race for the Position 2 seat will pit incumbent Blaine Bickelhaupt against Colleen Sproul. Sproul received 580 votes in Walla Walla and Columbia counties combined, while Bickelhaupt received 514 and third-place finisher Garry Snyder collected 288.
In Garfield County, Ed Bishop, 208 votes, and Derek Shawley, 205 votes, will be in the general election for a Fire District 1 commission seat. Justin Warren finished third with 197 votes.