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Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Dec. 5, 2023

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Harless lead over Blom grows in Vancouver City Council race

Hockinson school board race tightens

By , Columbian Metro Editor

Kim D. Harless pulled farther ahead of John Blom in the race for Position 1 on the Vancouver City Council on Tuesday, ending the day 51 votes ahead in the latest tally from Clark County Elections.

There are 600 ballots left to tally countywide.

As of Tuesday evening, elections officials had counted 16,664 votes for Harless and 16,613 for Blom, for a margin of 50.08 percent to 49.92 percent for Harless. Blom started out ahead by 449 votes on election night but lost ground in the tally since and lost the lead to Harless on Monday.

An even closer race as more votes come in is the District 1 position on the Hockinson School District Board of Directors. Teresa VanNatta has a 19-vote lead on Tim Hawkins for the seat, or 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent. VanNatta was ahead by 203 votes on election night but has seen that margin narrow as additional votes were tallied.

In Washougal, Sadie McKenzie was comfortably ahead of Donna L. Sinclair for the District 3 seat on the Washougal School District Board of Directors. As of Tuesday, McKenzie had 2,953 votes in both Clark and Skamania counties, or 52.6 percent, while Sinclair had 2,627 votes, or 46.79 percent.

No other races or measures were as close after the county counted 1,084 ballots on Tuesday. To date, the county has tallied 112,205 ballots, representing 34.58 percent of eligible voters.

The next round of results will be released at 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to Clark County Elections. The election will be certified on Nov. 23.

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