Primary election: Franklin County Commission candidates tied

Rosie Rumsey and Mark Faith are in a dead heat to see who will challenge incumbent Brad Peck this fall for his seat on the Franklin County Commission.

Rumsey, the county's human resources director, caught up with Faith, a county building inspector, after being behind by about 50 votes in initial tallies Tuesday night.

Both now have 552 votes each in their bid for Position 1, according to unofficial tallies released Wednesday by the Franklin County Auditor's Office. Peck was still leading both with 1,041 votes.

The top two vote-getters move on to the general election on Nov. 6.

In the Position 2 race, the top two contenders also were tied for votes after Wednesday's second round of ballot counting.

Incumbent Commissioner Bob Koch and his challenger Al Yenney, a Pasco city councilman, are tied at 373 votes each. Lee Barrow is in third place with 265 votes.

Franklin County Auditor Matt Beaton said Wednesday that about 3,200 ballot are left to be counted. The election will be certified Aug. 21.

In Benton County, current state Sen. Jerome Delvin continues to lead Rick Jansons by nearly 1,800 votes for Position 1 on the Benton County Commission. Current Commissioner Leo Bowman is not seeking re-election.

And incumbent James Beaver is leading challenger Edward Cousineau by more than 4,100 votes for Position 3.

About 7,500 ballots are left to be counted in Benton County.

Democratic challenger Richard Reuther will likely join state Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, on the ballot this fall in the 8th Legislative District. Reuther has about 900 votes more than Republican challenger Bob Parks.

Other incumbent state lawmakers in the Mid-Columbia were winning by healthy margins in the primary. State Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, also in the 8th Legislative District, was more than 5,000 votes ahead of Democratic challenger Jay Clough.

In the 16th Legislative District, state Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, is beating challenger Scott Nettles by an almost 6,000-vote margin. State Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, is beating challenger Mary Ruth Edwards by about 3,600 votes.

Pasco resident U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., continues to lead Democratic challenger Mary Baechler by more than 22,000 votes.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is well ahead of challenger and Republican state senator Michael Baumgartner. As of Wednesday, she had 236,558 more votes statewide.

-- Ty Beaver: 582-1402; tbeaver@tricityherald.com