One incumbent in the primary election for West Richland City Council had a strong showing Tuesday, but the other will not be on the November ballot.
For Position 1, Councilman John Smart had 822 votes, with each of his challengers receiving fewer than 500 votes each.
For Position 6, Councilman Steven Shupe was in third place and will not advance to the November election. He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the council in February.
In both races, votes for challengers were close.
Running against Smart, Robert Perkes received 476 votes and William “Dan” White received 454 votes.
That left Smart with 47 percent of the vote, Perkes with 27 percent and White with 26 percent. The vote was too close to call Tuesday for the second position on the November ballot.
Benton County reported that 21,390 votes were counted Tuesday evening, with about 3,000 left to count.
The totals for challengers in Position 6 were even closer, but both will advance to the November election.
Fred Brink received 695 votes and Kate Moran received 682 votes. Shupe received 381 votes.
Brink had nearly 40 percent of the votes, Moran had nearly 39 percent and Shupe had just under 22 percent.
Brink would bring 24 years of law enforcement experience with the FBI to the council. He’s currently a national security program manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Moran is a Navy veteran who picked West Richland as her home after her honorable discharge and move to the Tri-Cities in 2015. She is a training specialist at the Hanford vitrification plant project.
Smart is serving on the council for the second year in the Position 1 seat. He is a senior research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Challenger Perkes is a former council member who owns a health care company in West Richland.
White was a Benton Fire District 4 volunteer for 16 years and was instrumental in the development of the Bombing Range Sports Complex in West Richland. He is retired from Hanford.