Boldt will likely advance to general against Madore

By Stephanie Rice, Columbian Vancouver city government reporter

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Updated: August 9, 2012, 7:20 PM

 

Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt has seemingly secured his second-place finish in the primary election, as updated results released Thursday showed him with an extended lead over Democrat Roman Battan.

“It looks pretty good,” Boldt said Thursday from Stevenson, where he was attending a Washington Association of Counties meeting.

Boldt serves as the organization’s vice president.

Boldt, 57, said he’s thankful for the support of voters and looking forward to facing Vancouver Republican David Madore, 61, in the Nov. 6 general election.

“I was telling a few people the other night that I never thought a silver medal was the best, but it’s pretty good to have right now,” Boldt said.

According to the latest results, Madore has a 487-vote lead over Boldt, a Hockinson Republican.

Boldt has a 212-vote edge over Battan, a Camas resident in his first political race.

An additional 10,649 ballots were counted Thursday. Of those, 2,909 ballots were from voters in District 2 who voted in the commissioner race.

Auditor Greg Kimsey said all but about 3,000 ballots have been counted, and not all of those ballots are from District 2. Kimsey said 1,500 ballots will be counted Friday, Aug. 10, but the remaining ballots will take a few weeks to sort out because they have been challenged or they need to be duplicated because they cannot be read by the scanner.

Battan, 31, said Thursday that he’ll be eager to see the final results, but acknowledged “at this point, it doesn’t really look good.”

He said he’s proud of his campaign and grateful for his supporters.

“It was good to get out and meet people in the community,” he said.

Thursday’s results showed Madore with 32 percent of the vote, Boldt with 29.5 percent, Battan with 28.4 percent and Pat Campbell, a former Vancouver City Councilor who ran as an independent, with 10 percent.

Boldt is seeking his third term representing District 2, which includes most of Vancouver east of Interstate 205, Camas, Washougal and other parts of east county.

In the Nov. 6 general election, candidates run countywide.

Madore, owner of U.S. Digital and opponent of the Columbia River Crossing, has support from the Clark County Republican Party.

Boldt has been endorsed by two of the county’s largest trade organizations — the Building Industry Association of Clark County and the Clark County Association of Realtors — as well as the mayors from all of the cities in the county.

Commissioners serve four-year terms and currently earn $102,228 a year.