New counts, similar outcomes in primary

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— The latest vote totals for this week’s primary election showed no real changes in outcomes.

The vote for the city of Walla Walla aquatics center continued to show voters solidly against with about 58 percent voting to reject the proposal and about 42 percent voting to approve. The latest totals are 3,184 against versus 2,272 in favor.

A second ballot measure, a $7 million bond issue for the College Avenue-Rose Street reconstruction project, appears headed for passage with 70 percent of the College Place voters approving the issue as opposed to about 30 percent against. The vote totals as of today were 867 to approve and 370 to reject.

Two races for Walla Walla County commission seats showed no surprises. In the contest for the commissioner District 2 seat, the top two finishers remained Chris Blackman and Perry Dozier. Blackman’s total was 738 votes, about 29 percent of the total, to Dozier’s 1,323 votes, which was about 55 percent.

A third candidate, former county coroner Frank Brown, faces elimination after receiving 421 votes, which was about 16 percent of the.

In the second race for the county commission District 1 seat, Jim Johnson remained in the lead with about 81 percent of the vote while his opponent, Mark Spinks, trailed with about 19 percent.

The latest vote totals were 2,463 for Johnson and 570 for Spinks. Both candidates will advance to the general election in November.

In state races, the incumbents for the three Legislative District 16 seats retained their leads.

State Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, was leading his opponent Scott Nettles, Democratic Party preference, with about 70 percent of the vote versus Nettles’ 30 percent. Vote totals were 13,587 for Hewitt and 5,724 for Nettles.

State Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, continued to lead Mary Ruth Edwards by about 62 percent to Edwards’ 38 percent. The vote totals were 11,082 for Walsh versus 6,705 for Edwards. Both candidates listed their preference as Republican Party.

State Rep. Terry Nealey, R-Dayton, is running unopposed.

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