By The Independent Staff
A long-awaited election night came and went bringing new victors into government and keeping some familiar faces as well.
The biggest news of the night was Republican nominee Donald Trump being the likely US president over Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton, by earning 276 electoral votes to Clinton’s 218. The AP announced this by 11:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Some states had yet to be called by press time.
In Stevens County, Donald Trump earned 66 percent (8,463 votes) of the vote compared to Hillary Clinton’s 27 percent (3,477).
US Representative District No. 5
Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers won re-election after earning 58 percent of the vote (117,287) compared to Democrat challenger Joe Pakootas’ 41 percent (83,812).
McMorris Rodgers got 66 percent (8,503) of the vote in Stevens County, compared to Joe Pakootas 33 percent (4,264).
In the Washington governor’s race, Democratic incumbent Jay Inslee is projected to win after hauling in 56 percent (1,096,925 votes) of the vote over Republican challenger Bill Bryant who got 43 percent of the vote (851,346).
Stevens County favored Bill Bryant 67 percent (4,111) to 32 percent (8,690) over Inslee.
Washington Commissioner of Public Lands
The Washington Commissioner of Public Lands race has Democrat Hilary Franz expected to win (54 to 45 percent statewide) over Republican Steve McLaughlin.
Stevens County Commissioners
In local races, Republican Steve Parker kept his county commissioner No. 3 seat by earning 70 percent of the vote (8,581 votes) over challenging Democrat Matt Wolohan’s 29 percent (3,535 votes).
Washington Supreme Court
In the Washington Supreme Court, Greg Zempel fell to Barbara Madsen (63 percent to 36 percent) in Pos. No. 3, Mary Yu defeated David DeWolf (58 to 41 percent) in Pos. No. 1 and Charles Wiggins won over Dave Larson (58 percent to 41 percent).
In the Tri-County Superior court races, Patrick Monasmith won Pos. No. 1 (74 percent to 25 percent) over C. Olivia Irwin.
In Pos. No. 2, Jessica Taylor won her race against Terry Willians 60 to 39 percent.
The Chewelah School District measure to dissolve and reapportionment districts passed 75 to 24 percent (1,359 votes to 433) meaning that “at-large” school board members can be elected from outside their designated areas.
The school bond to construct a new Lakeside High School was rejected 52 percent to 47 percent (1,240 to 1,125).
Wade Carpenter won his unopposed race for Public Utility District Commissioner Pos. No. 1, hauling in 9,077 votes.
Initiative Measure No. 1433 that would raise the minimum wage several times over the next four years and grant paid sick leave, passed statewide with 59 percent of the vote (1,142,984 votes to 778,685 votes of no). It was voted No in Stevens County by 64 percent of the voters (8,254 votes to 4,587 votes).
Initiative Measure No. 1464 concerning campaign finance laws and lobbyists failed to pass, as did Initiative No. 732 which would have imposed a carbon tax.
The carbon tax initiative failed 58 percent to 41 percent (1,090,123 votes to 771,623 votes).
Initiative No. 1501 which imposed harsher penalties on those taking advantage of seniors of vulnerable individuals passed 71 percent to 28 percent statewide (1,368,821 to 543,760).
Initiative No. 1491 concerning court-issued extreme risk protection orders temporarily preventing access to firearms passed statewide 71 percent (1,376,127) to 28 percent (557,894). Stevens County went against the state, voting no 56 percent (7,246) to 43 percent (5,536).
NOTE: These are preliminary results. There has been a total of 13,100 ballots counted in Stevens County, with 10,000 more ballots to count. Voter turnout was 43 percent. Next ballot count is Nov. 14.