Adams County elections pretty much decided

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RITZVILLE — With an estimated 40 ballots left to be counted, results from Tuesday night’s general election in Adams County are all but decided.

The Adams County Auditor’s Office reports a total of 2,199 ballots have been counted so far, with the next scheduled ballot count set for Monday at 4 p.m. The results are set to be certified by the state auditor’s office November 28.

Although the majority of the races in Adams County were uncontested, a couple of the races were close and a Wednesday ballot count painted a clearer picture with regard to how the races will play out.

Contested results and measures from the general election are as follows:

House Bill 1597 (statewide race, regarding the food fish excise tax rate)

Adams County: Repealed, 1,455 votes, 75.19 percent/Maintained, 480 votes, 24.81 percent.

State: Repealed, 588,663 votes, 56.88 percent/Maintained, 446,195 votes, 43.12 percent.

House Bill 2163 (statewide race)

Adams County: Repealed, 1,602 votes, 82.15 percent/Maintained, 348 votes, 17.85 percent.

State: Repealed, 667,901 votes, 64.6 percent/Maintained, 365,970 votes, 35.4 percent.

House Bill 2242 (statewide race)

Adams County: Repealed, 1,476 votes, 74.77 percent/Maintained, 498 votes, 25.23 percent.

State: Repealed, 640,293 votes, 61.51 percent/Maintained, 400,672 votes, 38.49 percent.

LaCrosse School District Proposition No. 1 Replacement Capital Levy (multi-county race)

Adams County: Yes, 5 votes, 100 percent/No, 0 votes, 0 percent.

Whitman County: Yes, 99 votes, 61.49 percent/No, 62 votes, 38.51 percent.

Othello School District, Director No. 1

Kevin Gilbert, 468 votes, 48.35 percent.

Jenn Stevenson, 500 votes, 51.65 percent.

Town of Lind Mayor

Paula Bell, 149 votes, 73.76 percent.

Jamie Schmunk, 53 votes, 26.24 percent.

Town of Washtucna Council Position No. 3

Timothy Kelley, 44 votes, 75.86 percent.

Marcia Gulley, 14 votes, 24.14 percent.

Fire District No. 4, Proposition No. 1 Maintenance and Operation Levy

Approved, 5 votes, 100 percent.

Rejected, 0 votes, 0 percent.

Washtucna Parks and Recreation No. 2, Proposition No. 1 Maintenance and Operation Levy

Approved, 68 votes, 64.15 percent.

Rejected, 38 votes, 35.85 percent.

Cemetery District No. 2, Proposition No. 1 Maintenance and Operation Levy

Approved, 639 votes, 63.58 percent.

Rejected, 366 votes, 36.42 percent.

Cemetery District No. 3, Proposition No. 1 Maintenance and Operation Levy

Approved, 166 votes, 58.25 percent.

Rejected, 119 votes, 41.75 percent.

Road District No. 1, Proposition No. 1 Property Tax Levy Lid Lift

Approved, 333 votes, 39.36 percent.

Rejected, 513 votes, 60.64 percent.

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