Most primary ballots were counted Wednesday, tightening the races in some Mid-Columbia races.
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Richland City Council
A Richland City Councilwoman pulled ahead of her closest challenger after more ballots were counted.
Councilwoman Dori Luzzo Gilmour, who’s running to keep her Position 7 seat, had 3,417 votes, or 41.3 percent, after Wednesday’s update.
That put her 31 votes ahead of Michael Alvarez, who was had 3,386 votes, or 40.9 percent.
Alvarez was leading by 19 votes after the first round of ballots were tallied Tuesday night.
Two other candidates also were on the ballot in the Position 7 primary, but were trailing far behind, meaning Luzzo Gilmour and Alvarez will advance to the general election in November.
About 750 ballots are left to be tabulated throughout Benton County, with the next update expected Thursday.
Another Richland council race also had two candidates neck-and-neck.
In the Position 4 race, Ginger Wireman and Ryan Lukson — vying to replace retiring Councilman David Rose — were separated by 46 votes after Wednesday’s update.
Wireman had 3,530 votes, or 43.5 percent, to Lukson’s 3,484 votes, or 43 percent. Wireman was leading by just 15 votes on election night.
She and Lukson will move onto the general election. The third candidate, Michael Luzzo, was trailing with 1,094 votes, or 13 percent.
The standings in two other Richland council races were unchanged Wednesday.
Incumbents Bob Thompson and Sandra Kent both were leading in the races to keep their seats, with Thompson challenger Rhoda Williams and Kent challenger Lloyd Becker on track to advance with them to November.
Former Connell City Councilman Lee Barrow held onto a commanding lead in the race for Connell mayor, with 153 votes, or 65 percent, after Wednesday’s update.
But the race for second place tightened, with current Mayor Bruce “Blacky” Blackwell drawing 41 votes, or 17.5 percent, and Mauro V. Ortiz drawing 40 votes, or 17 percent.
An estimated 16 ballots are left to be counted throughout Franklin County, with the next update is expected Thursday.
Pasco School Board
Brian Griffith eked out ahead in the battle to face off with Pasco school board member Steve Christensen.
Christensen continued to lead his two opponents with 1,940 votes, or 44 percent. Griffith received 1,287 votes, or 29 percent, and Debi Maxwell received 1,169 voters, or 27 percent.
Maxwell’s seven-vote lead on Tuesday evaporated after more ballots were counted Wednesday.
Maxwell had said she wouldn’t be able to take office if elected, but she didn’t leave the race soon enough to take her name off the ballot.
Griffith, a Gesa Credit Union assistant vice president, said Wednesday’s results were positive.
“I’m just going to continue to hope for a positive result and keep my fingers crossed,” he said.
Incumbent Amy Phillips continued to maintain her lead with 45 percent, or 1,989 votes. Challenger Jeffrey Peterson received 1,354 votes and Marlando Sparks had 1,118 votes.
West Richland City Council
Council candidate Robert Perkes had nearly 28 percent of the vote to the almost 25 percent of William “Dan” White on Wednesday, with only an estimated 750 votes left to count across Benton County.
Perkes, a former councilman and owner of a West Richland health care business, likely will face off against current councilman John Smart in November for Position 1.
The count Tuesday was 1,068 votes for Smart, 624 for Perkes and 551 for White.