Wright wins seat on Franklin PUD board

Political newcomer Roger Wright appeared Tuesday to have won a seat on the Franklin PUD Commission.

Wright beat incumbent Chuck Hall with 4,742 votes, or 55 percent of votes counted Tuesday night. Hall had 3,921 votes, or 45 percent of the vote.

Wright, an engineer, said he challenged Hall because Franklin County's power rates were high and he wants to work to bring them under control. Wright said he also would like to look into the cost of bringing broadband service to rural areas.

"I think we need to take a hard look at where and when we provide broadband service," Wright said. "It's too many dollars to not many users, and I'm wondering if there isn't a better way to provide that service."

Hall, who has been on the commission since 2005, owns Auto Machine and Supply in Pasco with his family. He is the current commission president.

"I'm very disappointed," Hall said. "I think the PUD has done a great job."

Franklin County ballots received Tuesday won't be counted until today.