Ybarra leads Verhey in 13th District primary race

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EPHRATA — Alex Kovach and Phil Wick will compete for the job of Soap Lake mayor in the November general election, and Alex Ybarra has a comfortable lead over Steve Verhey in the race for the 13th district Washington House of Representatives seat. The primary election was Tuesday.

Ybarra (R-Quincy), the incumbent, was appointed to the seat following the resignation of former Representative Matt Manweller, and was required to run for election this year. In unofficial results, Ybarra was leading Verhey, a Democrat from Ellensburg, with 14,403 votes to 6,097 for Verhey district-wide. As of Tuesday night there were 80 write-in votes. The district includes portions of Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln and Yakima counties.

Kovach and Wick are the top two candidates from a field of four in the race for Soap Lake mayor. Incumbent Raymond Gravelle didn’t file for reelection.

Kovach had 172 votes to 103 votes for Wick in the results released Tuesday. Miriam McBride had 19 votes, and Peter Sharp had received 13 votes.

Cameron Carstensen and Lyndsey Mitchell will advance to the general election in the race for a seat on the Almira School Board. Carstensen received 97 votes to 37 votes for Mitchell. Tasha Mings received 19 votes.

Joshua Wood will compete with William Murray for a seat on the Coulee-Hartline School Board. Wood received 119 votes to 96 for Murray. Tracy Holcomb received 51 votes.

The election will be certified on Aug. 20.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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