Rebecca Francik is one step closer to another term in the Pasco City Council seat she has held for 21 years.
Initial returns in Tuesday’s primary election show Francik got one of the top two spots to move to the Nov. 7 general election.
Business owner David Milne nabbed the second spot, in a pool of three active challengers. A fourth opponent filed to run, but did not campaign because of a family issue that cropped up.
Francik received 477 votes, or 40 percent of the returns. Milne has 312 votes, or 26 percent.
Franklin County Auditor’s Office will tabulate more votes Wednesday to Aug. 15, the deadline to finalize the election results.
District 5 covers a large swath of west Pasco, west of Highway 395 and south of Interstate 182 to the Columbia River, plus the area west of Broadmoor Boulevard. It is a two-year term.
Francik’s other challengers were: Russell E. Glatt with 194 votes or 16 percent and Joan Larsen with 111 votes or 9 percent.
Mark “Doc” MacFarlan got 105 votes, or 9 percent. He told the Herald before the election that he could not serve on the council at this time.
Francik, 61, joined the council in 1996 and currently serves as mayor pro tem.
A librarian and teacher at Rowena Chess Elementary School in Pasco, she’s said that it helps to have someone on council who’s familiar with the city’s long-term plans and has implemented projects based on citizen input.
Francik has said she is passionate about Pasco and loves to build things that make a community vibrant and livable for all citizens.
Milne, 44, owns Milne Power Tool and Repair near the downtown Pasco core. This is his second time challenging Francik.
He’s said he would serve on the council like he runs his business — with openness, honesty and integrity,
Milne, who points out that he is not a politician, said he is ready to be part of a new generation of leaders who is ready to learn and give back to his city.