Races set for Walla Walla County commission seats


— Incumbent Walla Walla County commissioner Perry Dozier and challenger Chris Blackman appear ready to advance to the November general election Tuesday.

According to preliminary election results, Dozier polled about 53 percent of the vote in the county commission District 2 race and Blackman came in second with about 30 percent. The initial vote totals were 738 for Blackman and 1,323 for Dozier.

The third candidate, former county coroner Frank Brown, came in last with 421 votes, or about 17 percent of the total. The finish eliminates him from the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election.

All three candidates listed their preferences as being for the Republican Party.

This is Blackman’s first run for a county office. Dozier is seeking his second term in office after winning the seat in 2008.

The District 2 seat is one of two positions on the three-member Board of Commissioners up for election this year. The second race is for the District 1 seat, which involves only two candidates, Jim Johnson and Mark Spinks, both of whom stated they prefer the Republican Party.

Johnson, who was appointed to the seat in March, polled slightly less than 82 percent of the vote and Spinks won about 18 percent. The totals were 1,900 for Johnson and 420 for Spinks. Both candidates will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.


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