Primary election

Jackie Brunson, candidate for Skagit County treasurer, reacts after viewing the primary election results Tuesday at the county administration building.

MOUNT VERNON — Jackie Brunson led Tuesday’s primary race for Skagit County treasurer, with Bradley Whaley narrowly ahead of Clyde Williams by about 2 percentage points.

Brunson, a Democrat, said she was excited to see the ballot count thus far, but not surprised.

“I was absolutely thrilled with the results,” Brunson said. “The Treasurer’s Office is an important position, the responsibility of the Treasurer’s Office is great, and we need someone in the office who has experience.”

Brunson led the race Tuesday night with about 60 percent of the vote. Whaley and Williams, both Republicans, squared off with about 21 percent and 19 percent, respectively.

The county treasurer’s role is to serve the county government, as well as various hospital, school and port taxing districts.

The office collectively sees the investment of $600 million, according to the office website.

About 10,000 ballots remain to be counted later this week, according to the county Elections Department.

Results of the election will be certified Aug. 24.

The two candidates with the most votes will advance to the general election Nov. 6.

— Reporter Eric Rosane: 360-416-2139, erosane@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Eric_SVH

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