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Clark County Aug. 1 election turnout inches up, but results unchanged

Updated vote count shows 19.67% of voters cast ballots

By , Columbian staff writer

The most recent results from the Aug. 1 primary showed a slight increase in voter turnout and no change in election results.

With 17,637 ballots counted out of 91,067 eligible voters, turnout was at 19.67 percent. That’s well below turnout for prior odd-year primaries and below the 22 percent turnout Auditor Greg Kimsey hoped for.

In the race for Battle Ground’s three city council seats, incumbent Shane Bowman held onto his wide lead over challengers Josh VanGelder and C.R. Wiley for the Position 2 seat. Bowman received 1,785 votes, or 56.24 percent of votes cast. VanGelder received 1,208 votes, or 38.06 percent, and Wiley had 151 votes, or 4.76 percent of votes cast.

In the Position 3 race, Victoria Ferrer continued to outpace incumbent Daniel Dingman. Ferrer had 1,840 votes, or 58.14 percent, while Dingman had 1,195 votes, or 37.76 percent. Craig Wigginton had 119 votes, or 3.76 percent of votes cast.

Eric Overholser kept his lead over Josie Calderon and Max Booth for the Position 7 seat. Overholser received 1,675 votes, or 52.72 percent of votes cast, to Calderon’s 1,389 votes, or 43.72 percent. Booth had 93 votes, or 2.93 percent.

In the Woodland mayoral race, voters in Clark and Cowlitz counties gave the lead to Todd Dinehart over current Mayor Will Finn with 562 votes, or 47.34 percent of votes cast. Finn received 357 votes, or 30.07 percent. The third candidate, Joanna Lovejoy, received 161 votes, or 13.56 percent of votes cast.

Cowlitz County will next update its election results on Thursday.

Mike Lyons’ landslide win in the Clark County Fire Protection District 5 commissioner’s race was unchanged. Lyons received 8,400 votes, 87.69 percent of votes cast, compared with 229 votes for Christopher Justice and 907 votes for Craig Hancock.

Clark County Fire Protection District 3’s levy lid lift proposition failed to pass with 54.12 percent of votes against the measure to 45.88 percent in favor.

The next updated ballot total will be posted on Aug. 14. The primary election will be certified on Aug. 15.