SHELTON — Tim Sheldon appears to be re-elected to another term as the 35th District state senator and Sharon Trask still holds a strong lead in the race for Mason County commissioner.
That was the case after Wednesday’s second count of about 5,000 ballots in the Nov. 6 general election. Mason County Auditor’s Office reports that the third count of about 5,200 ballots received will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday
Sheldon’s challenger, Irene Bowling, was still trailing incumbent Sheldon after the latest ballot count Wednesday with with 9,601 votes, or 47.98 percent, to Sheldon’s 10,411 votes, or 52.02 percent.
In the race for District 3 county commissioner, Trask was still ahead of Kevin Schmelzlen after the second count of ballots. Schmelzlen received 10,030 votes, or 47.65 percent, with Trask at 11,018 votes, or 52.35 percent.
After the second count, 22,089 ballots were counted out of 39,191 registered voters for a turnout of 56.36 percent. There are an estimated 5,200 ballots left to count, according to the the Mason County Auditor’s Office elections division.
Other primary Election Night results in Mason County:
• In the race for county auditor, Paddy McGuire was still running ahead of Charles G. Rhodes, 10,218 votes, or 51.15 percent, to 9,758 votes, or 48.85 percent.
• Legislative District 35 incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Griffey was ahead of Democratic challenger James Thomas with 12,780 votes, or 59.3 percent, to 8,771 votes, or 40.7 percent.
• Legislative District 35 incumbent Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, was leading his Democratic challenger David Daggett by 11,575 votes, or 53.77 percent, to 9,951 votes, or 46.23 percent.
• In the race for Mason County assessor, Pattie McLean was leading Melody Peterson by 11,015 votes, or 54.15 percent, to 9,325 votes, or 45.86 percent.
• Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury was still handily defeating opponent Darin Holland with 13,639 votes, or 65.73 percent, to 7,112 votes, or 34.27 percent.
• Incumbent George A. Steele still held a strong lead for Mason County District Court judge with 10,579 votes, or 58.87 percent, to his challenger, Eric Valley, with 7,390 votes, or 41.13 percent.
• Republican challenger Susan Hutchison was leading over incumbent U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell with 11,419 votes, or 52.4 percent, to 10,374 votes, or 47.6 percent.
• Congressional District 3 Incumbent U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, was still ahead in his race against Douglas Dightman with 8,835 votes, or 52.27 percent, compared to 8,068 votes, or 47.73 percent.
• In Congressional District 10, incumbent U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Vancouver, was still far ahead of his challenger, Joseph Brumbles, with 2,745 votes, or 57.6 percent, to 2,021 votes, or 42.4 percent.
• Initiative 1631, the measure proposing a carbon tax to fight pollution in the state, was still strongly losing in Mason County by 15,052 votes, or 69 percent no, to 6,763 votes for, or 31 percent.
• Initiative 1634, the measure to tax certain food items, was passing in Mason County 14,019 yes, or 64.33 percent, to 7,773 no, or 35.67 percent.
• Initiative 1639, the measure to control certain firearms, was losing in Mason County by 11,944 votes against, or 54.65 percent, to 9,913 votes no, or 45.35percent.
• Initiative 940, the measure for additional deadly force training for police officers, was passing in Mason County by 11,066 for, or 50.8 percent, to 10,718 no, or 49.2 percent.
• The races for Mason County clerk, coroner, treasurer and prosecutor were unchallenged.