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11/14/2012 3:33:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
No surprises in local races

By Michelle Lovato
Assistant Editor

Chelan County voters made their mark in the Nov. 6 general election by sending nearly all incumbent politicians back to their post.

Upon the release of its last numbers on Nov. 9, running politicians learned their fate, their future and their folly.

The most closely contested county-wide race was between Chelan County Superior Court Judge Alicia H. Nakata and challenger Travis Brant.

Around 200 votes separated Nakata and Brandt in the race for Chelan Superior Court Judge, Position 3, at the time of publication. At the Chelan County Auditor's Nov. 9 vote count release, Nakata led the race with 14,064 votes or 50.36 percent while Brandt collected 13,861 votes, or 49.64 percent of the total vote. The Auditor's offices reported that 1,050 ballots were yet uncounted.

Voters in Chelan County's Fire Protection District 7 rejected a one-percent property tax increase 57.56 percent to 42.44 percent. Of the 2,679 votes counted, 1,542 denied the tax while 1,137 agreed to the increase.

Voters in the city of Leavenworth overwhelmingly approved annexation into Chelan County Fire District No. 3, with 86.05 percent approving the measure and 13.95 percent voting against it, which equates to 2,029 voters for the annexation and 329 voters against it.

Chelan County Fire District No. 3 Chief Kelly O'Brien said he didn't know of any opposition to the annexation measure. Now the city and the fire district can make longer-term plans, elect Leavenworth residents to the fire district commission and exercise more control over how the district manages fire.

Incumbent Ron Walter enjoyed a nearly two-to-one victory over challenger Gary Schoessler in the race for Chelan County Commissioner in District 1. Walter gathered 16,167 votes or 66.14-percent of the total, while Schoessler received 8,278 votes, which equated to 33.86- percent of the total.

"I feel honored that the citizens have re-elected me and given me their trust to continue to serve them, to continue to provide existing county services with the dollars available and to look for innovation to provide better services in an economical fashion," Walter said.

Doug England scored an easy victory over challenger Mary T. Signorelli for the Chelan County's Commissioner 3 seat. England, who gathered 17,278 votes or 60.81-percent of the total as opposed to challenger Mary T. Signorelli who collected a total 11,136 votes, or 39.19 percent of the total. England won his second-term seat to the Chelan County Commission seat.

"I hoped (voter support) would be there," England said. "That was the feedback we were getting, its nice to see the face-to-face contact was backed up by the results. It encourages us to be diligent in monitoring the budget, promote the economy and well being of the county."

Acting Chelan County Assessor, Deanna Walter easily defeated her challenger DeWayne G. Crater for Chelan County Assessor.

Walter won 75.76 percent of the vote - or 18,425 votes - while Crater gained 24.24 percent of voter's approval - or 5,894 votes.

Judge Lesley A. Allan ran unopposed for her position as Chelan Superior Court Judge, Position 1. Allan gathered a total of 15,133 votes.

Judge T.W "Chip" Small ran unopposed for his position as Chelan Superior Court Judge, Position 2. Small collected 15,500 votes.

Two Chelan County PUD Commissioners ran in the Nov. 6 election unopposed.

Randy Smith won re-election with 19,822 votes and Carnan Bergren won with 19,822 votes.

Vince Lovato is the editor of the Lake Chelan Mirror, 509.682.2213

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