Clark County sheriff candidates John Horch and Rey Reynolds will advance to the general election in initial results from Tuesday’s primary election that showed a sales tax measure for body cameras and other law enforcement programs receiving strong support.
Horch, the chief criminal deputy at the sheriff’s office, led with 45.59 percent of the vote, leading Vancouver police officer Rey Reynolds with 38.09 percent and sheriff’s deputy David Shook with 16.33 percent.
Proposition 11, which would impose a sales and use tax of 0.1 percent for public safety and criminal justice purposes, was passed with 60.44 percent of the vote.
Election results were released shortly after polls closed at 8 pm
Results in the hotly contested 3rd Congressional District showed Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez leading the race with 31.77 percent over incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler with 24.48 percent. The two women were leading Yacolt Republican Joe Kent with 20.11 percent, Heidi St. John with 15.08 percent, and Vancouver Rep. Vicki Kraft with 3.21 percent.
In Clark County Council District 1, Glen Yung and Hector Hinojosa were leading for the chance to advance to the general election. Yung had 45.73 percent of the vote, Hinojosa had 31.38 percent and Doug Coop had 22.89 percent.
In Clark County Council District 2, Michelle Belkot and Chartisha Roberts were leading. Belkot had 43.81 percent of the vote, Roberts had 34.74 percent and Kim Hamlik had 21.45 percent.
In Clark County Council District 5, Sue Marshall and Don Benton were the top two vote-getters in early results. Marshall had 32.93 percent of the vote, Benton had 26.34 percent, leading Rick Torres with 25.3 percent and incumbent Richard Rylander with 15.44 percent.
Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey and challenger Brett Simpson will both advance to the general election, with 73.43 percent and 26.57 percent of the vote, respectively.
County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick, Clerk Scott G. Weber, Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik and Treasurer Alishia Topper were all unopposed.
Clark Public Utilities Commissioner Nancy Barnes was the top vote-getter on Tuesday, with 61.58 percent of the vote, with Don Steinke in second with 30.16 percent. Carol Dillin received 8.26 percent of the vote.
In school funding measures, La Center School District’s Proposition 5, a replacement educational programs and operations levy of $1.50 per $1,000 assessed value, was passing in initial returns with 51.08 percent in favor.
Ridgefield School District’s Proposition 9, a replacement educational programs and operations levy of $1.50 per $1,000 assessed value, was passing with 57.48 percent in favor.
Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue’s Proposition No. 3, an emergency medical services levy of 50 cents per $1,000 assessed value, was winning with 61.23 percent in favor.
Clark County Fire Protection District 5’s fire protection and emergency medical services levy of $1.25 per $1,000 assessed value was passing with 59.25 percent in favor.
Clark County Fire Protection District’s 6 Proposition No. 2, an emergency medical services levy of 45 cents maximum per $1,000 assessed value, was passed with 78.68 percent in favor.
Clark County Fire Protection District 10’s Proposition No. 2,, a fire protection and emergency medical services levy of $1.35 per $1,000 assessed value, was passing with 63.04 percent in favor.
In the 17th Legislative District, Terri Niles was leading with 45.41 percent of the vote for the Position 1 seat, with Kevin Waters in second with 22.48 percent, Hannah Joy trailed with 17.87 percent and Anthony Ho had 14.15 percent. In the race for the Position 2 seat, Joe Kear led with 46.17 percent, with incumbent Rep. Paul Harris in second with 30.92 percent. Earl Bowerman trailed with 12.26 percent and Justin Forsman had 10.5 percent.
In the race for the 18th Legislative District, Position 2, Dustin Camacho led with 46.83 percent of the vote. John Ley, whose candidacy was scuttled over his place of residence, received 20.33 percent but cannot advance due to a court ruling against him. Greg Cheney was the next highest vote-getter with 19.37 percent and Brad Benton had 13.31 percent.
In the 18th District House Position 1 race, both Stephanie McClintock and John Zingale will advance with 50.5 percent and 49.3 percent of the vote, respectively.
In the 20th Legislative District, Position 1 incumbent Rep. Peter Abbarno was unopposed, as was Position 2 incumbent Rep. Ed Orcutt.
In the 49th Legislative District, incumbent Rep. Sharon Wylie and Park Llafet will advance it in the race for Position 1. Incumbent Rep. Monica Jurado Stonier and Jeremy Baker will advance it the race for Position 2.
Voter turnout based on ballots tallied so far is 20.81 percent, with 40,000 ballots yet to be counted in Clark County, according to Clark County Elections. The next results are expected to be released at 5 pm Wednesday.