We begin with the biggest race in the area, the 4th Congressional District race to replace the retiring Doc Hastings, who has been in office for 20 years.
Out of a full dozen candidates on the ballot, Clint Didier (30.4%) and Dan Newhouse (26.6%) advance to the general election in November.
Four candidates were on the ballot for the 5th Congressional District, which includes Walla Walla. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the incumbent, is searching for a sixth term. There were four on the ballot in this race and McMorris Rodgers (51.7%) opponent will be Joe Pakootas (28.9%) in November.
The proposed Benton County Public Safety Tax has passed for now (Yes – 53.4%, No-46.4%) – it only takes a simple majority for this to pass. If approved and if passed, Benton County would receive an additional 32 police officers, a mental health court, continued funding for the metro drug task force and more. Anyone shopping in the county would pay three cents on a $10 purchase.
In the county races, Brian Winter (49.4%) and Jim Keightley (22.1%) will advance in November in the race for Yakima County Sheriff to replace the retiring Ken Irwin. In the race for Yakima County Auditor, Charles Ross (40.4%) and Micah Cawley (34.7%) will advance to November.
In the race for Franklin County Sheriff, incumbent Richard Lathim (47.9%) is being challenged by Pasco Police Captain Jim Raymond (52.1%). The two will advance to November.
In the race for Walla Walla Sheriff, incumbent John Turner was facing two challengers who work for him. Turner (45.4%) will face Tom Cooper (29.6%) for the position in November. And in the race for Walla Walla Coroner, incumbent Richard Greenwood (57.8%) will face the former coroner Frank Brown (27.2%) for the position in November.
For complete county election results, click below.
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