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Newly elected: Gary Forner wins close race for Ilwaco mayor, Mary DeLong narrowly holds onto Port of Peninsula Commission seat, Holli Kemmer and Kevin Cline to serve Long Beach City Council

By AMY NILE

anile@chinookobserver.com

Published on November 13, 2017 4:45PM

Gary Forner

Gary Forner

Mary DeLong

Mary DeLong


SOUTH BEND — Gary Forner won the race for Ilwaco’s next mayor by seven votes, election results released Monday afternoon by the Pacific County Auditor’s office show.

The longtime city councilman and volunteer firefighter beat challenger Sam Lund, a retired nurse and educator, by 127 to 120 votes. That’s about 51.4 to 48.6 percent.


Port of Peninsula


In another close race, Mary DeLong held onto her seat on the Port of Peninsula Commission with 52 to 48 percent voter support, Monday’s ballot count showed. DeLong, a retired port manager, beat former bank president Dennis Long by 943 to 869 votes.


Long Beach City Council


Long Beach City Councilwoman Holli Kemmer was elected to keep the seat she was appointed to in 2016 seat by 71.9 percent, election results show. She beat former councilman Mark Perez with 287 versus 112 votes.

Political newcomer Kevin “Isa” Cline beat opponent John Nechvatal for a seat on the Long Beach City Council with 58.7 percent of the vote, returns showed Monday. Cline, a volunteer Long Beach firefighter and Boys & Girls Club program coordinator beat Nechvatal, a cashier at Sid’s Market, with 206 to 145 votes.

Pacific County had 14,375 registered voters in the Nov. 7 election. Turnout was about 41 percent.

The county is expected to certify the final election results on Nov. 28.

Twitter: @AmyNileReports



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