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 Eyman’s 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.”

    Eyman’s 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

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