Here’s a roundup of post-election news from around the Mid-Columbia
In informal post-election vigil is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Richland’s John Dam Plaza, 1815 George Washington Way.
The Love Not Hate event originated with a Facebook post and aims to unify area residents after a divisive campaign season.
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Cheyenne Brown Ockerman, a Richland resident, suggested the vigil when a friend asked how the community could show love for residents unnerved by Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency.
“There is such a feeling of uncertainty in the community right now. Just scrolling through my Facebook page, people are panicking,” she said.
She wants the vigil to attract residents of all political persuasions to show there is a community for everyone.
Adam Brault, a Richland businessman, is publicizing the event in the hope a large crowd will set the stage for peace in the community.
“I have a number of friends who, when they look at he results of the election, they aren’t just disappointed by the results. They’re scared about the impact on their lives,” he said.
Ballot count goes on
While local residents process the results of Tuesday’s election, the Benton and Franklin elections offices continue to process ballots received Tuesday. The next results are published at 5 p.m. The Herald is updating unsettled races shortly afterwards.
McBurney concedes to Fearing
Patrick McBurney, candidate for the Washington Court of Appeals Division II, conceded the election to Judge George Fearing Wednesday morning. Fearing, the incumbent, defeated his Richland challenger with 54 percent of the vote.
“This campaign congratulates Judge Fearing, and many thanks are extended to the supporters of the campaign. Thank you to thousands of people who voted for both candidates,” he said in a statement.