SOUTH BEND Counties have certified election returns for the 2011 General Election, with results from 1.94 million ballots. Secretary of State Sam Reed and Gov. Chris Gregoire certified the election this past Monday.
The state enjoyed a better-than-expected turnout of 52.95 percent, or 6 percentage points higher than forecast for the off-year election with no statewide contests such as governor, Senate or president on the ballot. Secretary of State Sam Reed said Wednesday he was pleased with the turnout:
This was our first statewide election conducted completely by mail, and there was a flurry of interest in our statewide ballot measures, including Tim Eymans initiative dealing with tolls and light rail and the Costco-sponsored liquor privatization proposal. There was record spending on the liquor measure, including saturation advertising, and lots of people were talking about it.
Eymans I-1125 was defeated 53.2 percent to 46.8 percent, with a margin of defeat of about 120,000, primarily in King County. The liquor measure, I-1183, passed handily, 58.7 percent to 41.3 percent, carrying most counties. A third initiative, I-1163, sponsored by Service Employees International Union, to require training of homecare workers, was even more popular, passing 65-35 and carrying all 39 counties.
San Juan County had the highest turnout, almost 70 percent (69.55 percent). Other counties also broke 60 percent, including Columbia, Garfield, Island, Jefferson, Lincoln, Pacific and Pend Oreille. Pacific County, with 61.45 percent, was eighth out of 39 statewide. Pacific had the best turnout in the southwest quadrant of the state.
Here are the final results in contested races in the county:
Long Beach City Council
Mark Perez 255 53.7 percent
Rhonda Benson 220 46.3 percent
Ilwaco City Council
Vinessa Mulinix 184 54.6 percent
Don Berger 153 45.4 percent
South Bend City Council
Lisa Olsen 248 51.9 percent
Ed Hensley 230 48.1 percent
Port of Willapa Harbor
Tim Bond 1,658 53.5 percent
Frank Porembski 1,440 46.5 percent
Willapa Harbor Hospital Board
Tim Russ 2,203 79.8 percent
Ky Han 559 20.2 percent
Ilwaco Hospital Board
Nancy Gorshe 3,237 80.9 percent
DeWayne LaPointe 766 19.1 percent
Raymond School Board
Jason Dunsmoor 598 56.1 percent
Joey Maneman 468 43.9 percent
Raymond School Board
Beth Stevens 769 71.7 percent
Eugene Maneman 303 28.3 percent
North Beach Water Board
Gwen Brake 650 59.4 percent
Glenn Ripley 444 40.6 percent