The unofficial results from the General Election show a new commissioner for the City of Shelton and Port of Shelton, a tight race for Shelton Mayor and the sales tax increase for transportation improvements in the City passing as well as mixed result for Shelton School Board and other races.
In the race for Shelton City Commissioner of Finance and Accounting, challenger Kathy McDowell leads incumbent Mike Olsen 693 votes (61.88%) to 419 votes (37.41%) with eight write-ins.
For Shelton Mayor, incumbent Gary Cronce leads challenger Marilyn Vogler by 36 votes. That’s 581 voting for Cronce (51.33%) and 543 voting for Vogler (47.97%) with eight write-ins.
And the City of Shelton Transportation Benefit District Sales and Use Tax for Transportation Improvements is passing with 58.84% approval. That’s 639 voting “Yes” to increase the sales tax 0.02% to fix the streets in Shelton and 447 voting “No”.
In the Port of Shelton Commissioner Position No. 1 race, challenger Sue Patterson has a substantial lead on incumbent Tom Wallitner. Patterson has 55.04% of the vote (1,878 votes) to Wallitner’s 44.26% (1,510 votes) with 24 write-ins.
In the Shelton School Board races:
Sandy Tarzwell has a 97-vote lead on Cheryl Williams for Director District No. 1. That’s 1,312 votes (51.47%) for Tarzwell and 1,215 votes (47.67%) for Williams with 22 write-ins.
For Director District No. 2, Ginger Seslar has a 96-vote lead on Ross Gallagher. That’s 1,389 votes (51.46%) for Seslar and 1,293 votes (47.91%) for Gallagher with 17 write-ins.
Sally Brownfield has a substantial lead on William (Bill) Shanahan for Director Position No. 1. Brownfield has 1,698 votes (64.08%) to Shanahan’s 929 votes (35.06%) with 23 write-ins.
And in the race for the Director District No. 2 Position, Keri Davidson has a substantial lead on Terry C. Miller. Davidson has 64.69% of the vote (1,629 votes) to Miller’s 34.55% (870 votes) with 19 write-ins.
In the North Mason School District, the incumbents have substantial leads.
Laura Boad leads Travis Couture 68.9% (1,613 votes) to 30.84% (722 votes) with 6 write-ins for Director District No. 3.
John Campbell leads Nancy C. Williams 60.93% (1, 277 votes) to 38.72% (875 votes) with 8 write-ins for Director ?District No. 4.
For Grapeview School District Director Position No. 5, Don Torrey leads Steve Van Denover 291 votes (57.74%) to 206 votes (41.27%)
In the Mary M. Knight School District:
Cynthia Brehmeyer 147 votes (65.04%); Rick Johnson 77 votes (34.07%) for Director District No. 3.
Patti J. McLean 121 votes (54.54%); Steven J. Messman 100 votes (44.25% for Director Position No. 2.
Moving to the contested Fire Commission races…
Randy Grauer leads Mike Petcu 361 votes to 183 for Fire District 3 Commissioner Position No. 1.
Rich Heinrich leads Merlyn Flakus 242 votes to 214 for Fire District 6 Commissioner Position No. 3.
Marvin C. Anderson leads Mike Decapua 133 votes to 74 for Fire District 9 Commission Position No. 3.
Jody Dick leads Terri S. Wood 111 votes to 99 for Fire District 12 Commissioner Position No. 3.
Bob Burbridge leads L. Steve Edmondson 109 votes to 91 for Fire District 16 Commission Position No. 3. Also, the Fire District’s Property Tax Levy Lid Lift measure is failing with 54.17% voting “No”.
In the North Mason Regional Fire Authority:
Paul M. Severson has 60.24% (868 votes) to Thomas Wampold’s 38.86% (560 votes) for Commission Position No. 4.
Robert (Bob) Miller has 60.54% (847 votes) to Merrill Wallace’s 38.74% (542 votes) for Commissioner Position No. 5.
In the race for Maggie Lake Water District Commissioner Position No. 3, Robert K. Sample leads Peter Bissinger 31 votes to 16.
And for Trails End Water District Commissioner Position No. 2, Deborah Watson has 82.5% of the vote (66 votes) to Roni German’s 17.5% (14 votes).
Election officials in the Mason County Auditor’s Office counted 11,381 ballots Tuesday night making the turnout 31.76%. Mason County Auditor Karen Herr says possibly 2500 additional ballots will be counted Wednesday with updated results available about 4 PM.