ALL DEMOCRATS ON THE BALLOT ADVANCE TO THE GENERAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER
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The August primary is officially over and the Clark County Elections department will be hard at work the next week tabulating the remaining ballots. Turn-out was pretty low, hovering around 21% of registered voters in our county actually returning ballots.
The purpose of the August primary is to advance the final two candidates in each race who will face off in the November 2014 general election. While most of the local races had only two candidates running, there were contested elections with three candidates in the 17th, 18th and 49th Legislative Districts as well as three candidates battling it out to run for our 3rd congressional representative in Washington D.C.. In all of the contested primaries, the Democrats prevailed and will each move forward against the top Republican in the race.
Mike Briggs gave the 18th LD it's first democratic win in a primary or general election since 2010. Sharon Wylie and Jim Moeller, in the 49th easily took first place. Wylie will face Anson Service while Moeller's opponent in November will be Lisa Ross. 17th LD Rep Monica Stonier, who faces one of the most difficult challenges in the state was running neck and neck with her opponent, former GOP chair Lynda Wilson. With 30,000 votes left to count, this race is still too close to call. The other 17th race was contested by three candidates including Democrat Richard McCluskey who made a strong showing with 40% against Incumbent Paul Harris.
Craig Pridemore easily beat Jeanne Stewart in a race only voted on in the 3rd County Seat district (Urban Vancouver). In November, the entire county will vote on this race to replace current appointed office holder Ed Barnes. Democratic incumbents Treasurer Doug Lasher and Tony Golik both won their primaries and will be facing Republican challengers in November. Newcomer Deanna Pauli-Hammond made a great showing against her opponent, Incumbent Scott Weber for the position of County Clerk. Weber campaigned on a platform of eliminating the position in 2012 yet continues to run for it. The Sheriff's race was narrowed down from four to two and will feature Republican Chuck Atkins and Shane Gardner who has chosen to run without a party preference.