An estimated 16,000 ballots remain to be counted in the Aug. 4 primary, the Skagit County Auditor Elections Department reported Friday.
Voter turnout thus far is 36.4%, the elections department reported. That could change as overseas ballots and ballots mailed out on Election Day trickle in. Some 80,709 ballots were mailed out; 29,360 ballots had been counted as of Friday, according to the elections department.
An updated vote count will be posted at 5 p.m. Aug. 10 by the elections department. Final election results will be certified on Aug. 18 with the two top finishers, regardless of political party, advancing to the Nov. 3 general election.
Here’s how the results stand as of Friday:
U.S. House of Representatives, District 2
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Washington, one of two Democrats in a field of eight candidates, had received 97,200 votes, or nearly 50%, district-wide in updated results posted Friday. Next were Republican Tim Hazelo, 28,838 votes (15%), and Democrat Jason Call, 26,376 votes (14%).
Larsen of Everett is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He co-chairs or co-founded congressional working groups dealing with issues related to U.S.-China relations and U.S. policy related to the Arctic. He is seeking a 10th term.
Hazelo, a retired Navy flight engineer, supports reduction in regulations, immigration reform, and opening health insurance across state lines. Call is a former math teacher and a member of the state Democratic Central Committee. He supports Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and criminal justice reform.
Skagit County Board of County Commissioners
Burlington Chamber of Commerce CEO Peter Browning and Mount Vernon City Council member Mary Hudson were leading Friday in their bids for county commissioner, District 2.
In updated results posted Friday, Browning, who stated no political party preference, was leading with 3,361 votes (41%). Hudson, a Democrat, had 2,501 votes (31%). Incumbent Ken Dahlstedt, Democrat, had 2,237 votes (27%).
For county commissioner, District 1, incumbent Ron Wesen and county Planning Commissioner Mark Lundsten firmly held the top two spots. Lundsten, a Democrat, was leading Friday with 6,093 votes (51%); Wesen, a Republican, had 5,212 votes 44%); and former Anacortes City Council member Johnny Archibald had 635 votes (5%).
Skagit County Superior Court, Position 3
Former county prosecuting attorney Tom Seguine held a significant lead with 11,769 votes (46%), in updated results posted Friday. Next was senior deputy public defender Elizabeth Yost Neidzwski, who received 7,240 votes (28%) as of Friday, followed by court commissioner Heather D. Shand-Perkins, who received 6,747 votes (26%).
Skagit County Public Utility District Commissioner
Kenneth Goodwin, a Port of Anacortes commissioner who once served as a water district commissioner in Woodinville, was leading in his bid to become Skagit County PUD commissioner from District 1. Goodwin had 2,509 votes (26%) in updated results posted Friday. Entrepreneur Andrew Miller had 2,394 votes (25%); Wim Houppermans, a mechanical engineer, had 2,182 votes (23%); attorney Rick Pitt had 1,659 votes (18%); and postgraduate student Bryce Nickel had 688 votes (7%).