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Updated Clark County election results show few changes

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: August 2, 2023, 5:08pm

Updated elections results from the Aug. 1 primary and special election showed little change in race outcomes, although voter turnout did improve slightly.

With 17,495 ballots counted, turnout rose to 19.21 percent, up from 14.85 percent on Tuesday. There were 91,067 eligible voters in Clark County for the primary.

County Auditor Greg Kimsey said Tuesday he was optimistic that once all ballots were counted, turnout would be closer to 22 percent.

Incumbent Shane Bowman held onto his lead in the Battle Ground City Council Position 2 race. Victoria Ferrer and Eric Overholser also held onto their leads in the Position 3 and Position 7 races, respectively.

In the Woodland mayoral race, challenger Todd Dinehart continued to lead over incumbent Will Finn with a combined 537 votes, or 54.13 percent of votes cast in Clark County and Cowlitz County. Finn has 312 votes or 31.45 percent of votes cast.

A proposed levy lid lift for Clark County Fire Protection District 3, the only measure on the primary ballot, appears to have failed to pass with 4,244 votes against and 3,616 votes in favor.

In the race for fire protection District 5 Position 1 commissioner, incumbent Mike Lyon’s sweeping lead remained intact. Lyons received 8,337 votes or 87.72 percent of votes cast. Craig Hancock is in second place with 899 votes or 9.46 percent.

The two candidates to receive the most votes in the primary will move on to the Nov. 7 general election. The next updated election results will be posted Aug. 9.