(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
TURNOUT GROWS TO 30 PERCENT: Chewelah races widen in margin as more votes are counted. 9,690 ballots have been counted, with an estimated 3,600 to go…
No races have changed in the Nov. 5 General Election as trends show local races continue to widen in ballot margins numbers-wise. The Stevens County Auditors’ office did an additional count on Nov. 8 and has counted 9,690 ballots with 3,600 estimated to go. Right now voter turnout for an odd-year election is 30.3 percent, but that number will go up as more ballots are counted.
Anyone hoping for big changes in races will be dissapointed. Results from Election Night have basically solidified.
The big Chewelah School Levy Measure for security and technology improvements has 55 percent of yes votes (851 votes) as opposed to 44 percent of the no votes (669 votes).
In the Chewelah City Council No. 4 position, Ryan Sieber now has 53 percent of the vote (294 votes) over incumbent John May’s 46 percent (254). In Council-At-Large seat, Ashley Grubb has 59 percent (313 votes) of the vote, while John H. Wight has 39 percent (208) of the vote.
In the Chewelah School District At-Large race, T.O. Bakken had 54 percent of the vote (669 votes) and Warren Stewart has 44 percent of the votes (540).
In the Director No. 2 position, Sean Petersen, despite telling everyone to vote for Kyra Rolstad, has 34 percent of the vote (428) while Rolstad has 64 percent of the vote (809 votes).
For Springdale Council No. 4, Harold Love has 60 percent of the vote (31 votes) over Jeff Burris’ 39 percent of the vote (20 votes).
In the Colville Mayors’ race, Ralph Lane Jr. has 55 percent of the vote (495 votes) while incumbent Lou Janke has 43 percent of the vote (383 votes)
In the Mary Walker (Springdale) School District Position No. 2 race, Maichael Moehnke has 56 percent (281 votes) of the vote while April Steinbach has 41 percent (209 votes) of the vote. In the position No. 3 race, Amy Roy has 50 percent of the vote (253).
The next ballot count will be on Nov. 14 at 12 p.m. and the election will be certified on Nov. 26.