Trumbo leads only Kennewick City Council race without incumbent; 3 councilmen re-elected for another 4 years

Kristi Pihl, Tri-City HeraldNovember 5, 2013 

Kennewick voters were re-electing three Kennewick city councilmen for another four years.

In the lead for three of the city's seven council seats were incumbents Bob Parks, Don Britain and Greg Jones.

In the only race without an incumbent, John Trumbo, a former Tri-City Herald reporter, was leading with 4,315 votes, or 57 percent of those counted so far.

His opponent for the Position 3 seat, Roy "Bubba" Plunkett, a field work supervisor at the Hanford tank farms, earned 3,259 votes or 43 percent as of Tuesday.

Trumbo, 66, and Plunkett, 47, a Kennewick Improvement Board member, were competing for John Hubbard's former seat representing Ward 3, the eastern part of the city.

"I am pleased that the voters apparently have selected me as a member of the city council in Kennewick," Trumbo said.

He said he looks forward to using his experience as a reporter to help raise public confidence in government and ensure accountability.

Meanwhile, Hubbard, 76, a retired Hanford engineer, was losing to incumbent Parks, 43, a nuclear operator at Hanford.

Hubbard, who moved out of his district, challenged Parks, the council's at-large member, for the District 4 seat.

Parks, who has served on the council for 12 years, had 4,187 votes, or 55 percent, as of Tuesday evening. Hubbard, who is finishing his first four-year term, had 3,438 votes, or 45 percent.

"This is my last race, so it's good to go out on a winning note," Parks said.

In the Position 1 seat, incumbent Britain, 52, a WorkFirst case manager with the Department of Social and Health Services, was in the lead with 4,587 votes or 61 percent of the initial results.

His challenger, Matt Boehnke, 45, a project manager at Energy Northwest, earned 2,993 votes, or 39 percent.

For Position 2, Jones, 48, who was appointed in a unanimous vote in March, received 4,901 votes, or 66 percent.

Jones is the Department of Energy's Richland Operation Office assistant manager of business and financial operations and the Hanford site chief financial officer.

Ed Pacheco, 52, a master K-9 handler with Hanford Patrol, received 2,569 votes, or 34 percent.

Tuesday's results do include some ballots received Tuesday. More ballots will be counted today, and election results will be certified Nov. 26.

Kennewick council members are paid about $12,000 a year.

-- Kristi Pihl: 582-1512;

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