Two longtime members of the Kennewick Public Hospital District board were holding off challengers Tuesday night.
Wanda Briggs and Rick Reil had comfortable leads over their opponents according to initial results.
An estimated 15,000 ballots are left to be counted in Benton County. The next update should be available by 11 a.m. today.
In the race for Position 5, Briggs was drawing 7,955 votes, or about 64 percent, against challenger Rick Fehr, who had 4,552 votes, or about 36 percent.
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Fehr, 48, an active member of the Benton County Republican Party, campaigned on his fiscal conservative values and said he would bring fresh energy to an aging board.
Briggs, 74, a retired Tri-City Herald reporter, has been on the board for 15 years and pointed to her passion and experience while campaigning for re-election. She noted Tuesday night that there are still ballots to be counted, but said she was "feeling humbled by the voters who put their faith in me."
She said she will "work very hard not to let them down."
In the race for Position 6, Reil was drawing 8,495 votes, or about 71 percent, against challenger Erik Malson, who had 3,427 votes, or about 29 percent.
Reil, 61, has been on the board for three decades, making him the most tenured member. Like Briggs, he pointed to his experience and history with the district as a strong asset.
"I've always worked hard and I'm going to work even harder to make sure our district stays viable and we can meet the lease payments on the new hospital (opening in the Southridge area next spring) and become an even better hospital district than we already are," Reil said.
Malson, 44, is on the board of the Trios Foundation and pointed to his expertise in finance and business during the campaign.
Trios Health is the new name of the Kennewick General Hospital system. Hospital district commissioners are paid $114 per day spent on meetings, with terms lasting six years.
Election results will be certified on Nov. 26.
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