Two longtime public servants seem to be beating out the incumbent for the Port of Kennewick District 2 seat.
Leo Bowman, who recently retired after 16 years as Benton County commissioner, lead in the District 2 race with nearly 43 percent of the votes counted so far, or 1,671, according to Tuesday’s initial results.
Tom Moak, who served 12 years on Kennewick City Council, earned 34 percent, or 1,326 votes, according to the results.
Incumbent Gene Wagner, who has served 12 years as port commissioner, earned nearly 22 percent, or 846 votes, as of Tuesday evening.
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The two candidates with the most votes for the nonpartisan office will advance to the Nov. 5 general election.
Only voters within a district got to cast a ballot for their choice of port commissioner in the primary election.
In the Nov. 5 general election, all Port of Kennewick voters, from West Richland to Finley, will get a chance to vote for both the District 1 and District 2 port commissioners.
Tuesday’s count includes ballots turned in up to about 3 p.m. on Tuesday. The rest of the ballots will be counted starting 8 a.m. Wednesday, with updated results reported at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day until the count is complete.
Primary election results will be certified on Aug. 20.
Port commissioners will earn $1,075 monthly starting next year, plus $104 for each meeting they attend.
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