One vote separates Woodland council candidates

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Retired aircraft repairman Marshall Allen continues to hold a one-vote lead over Woodland Fire Chief Tony Brentin in Tuesday’s Woodland council primary, according to the latest results from Clark and Cowlitz counties.

Allen and Brentin were initially tied with 205 votes, but the 76-year-old Allen took a one-vote lead after additional votes in Clark County were added to their council race. Brian Ellis finished third with 179 votes.

Cowlitz County is scheduled to update its vote count Friday.

Allen and Brentin, 51, will face off again in the Nov. 8 general election. The winner will replace councilman Darwin Rounds, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in the primary.

Also on the Nov. 8 ballot, Woodland will choose between 56-year-old former police chief Grover Laseke and 59-year-old Councilman J.J. Burke for mayor, and between retired repairman Robert Ripp and retired real estate broker Scott Perry for a second new councilman. Both Ripp and Perry are 70.

Mayor Chuck Blum and councilman Aaron Christopherson elected not to run for re-election to their respective seats.