An incumbent with 14 months on the Port of Kennewick commission appears to have the lead in the dash for the port’s District 1 seat.
Don Barnes, a commercial broker, led with 2,010 votes, or more than 37 percent, according to Tuesday’s initial results.
John Givens, Yakima National Bank senior vice president of credit administration, had received nearly 28 percent of the votes cast so far, or 1,496.
He was followed by Danette Layne, a human resources professional, with just over 22 percent, or 1,193 votes, as of Tuesday evening.
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Barry Bush, a Benton PUD commissioner, received 11 percent, or 597 votes, according to the initial tally.
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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