Reimann leads in vote for Port of Pasco board

A longtime Franklin County farmer may be the newest Port of Pasco commissioner.

Ron Reimann, 68, was leading Tuesday night with more than 62 percent of the votes for the District 1 position being vacated by retiring President Bill Clark.

Reimann had 3,984 votes, while Greg Crook, 26, who started Tri-Cities Aviation, had 2,411 votes, or nearly 38 percent.

The nonpartisan position is for a five-year term.

So far, 7,742 ballots have been counted, and officials estimate 1,900 remain to be counted. In Franklin County, 27,410 ballots were issued.

Tuesday's tally does not include ballots turned in on Election Day. The next ballot count will be at 5 p.m. today.

Reimann, a Vietnam veteran who served in the Army, said he has experience handling budgets while working with T & R Farms, his family's farming business in Franklin County.

He also is the president of Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association and has served in other roles supporting agriculture.