• Former councilman wins posthumously, Transit tax finishes with over 70% support

    MONTESANO, Wash. – With results certified at the county auditor’s office, Voter turnout for Grays Harbor finished at 48.35% for the November General Election.
    In Aberdeen, Incumbent city councilman John Smith trails to Tawni Andrews by 9 votes, while incumbent Alice Phelps leads over Roberta Myers by 42. The memory of John Erak holds 26 more votes than appointed incumbent Alan Richrod. Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson explained to council this week “The fifth ward will have a vacancy, we will take letters from candidates, and on the December 11th council meeting we will have interviews and vote that night.
    On the Hoquiam side, Richard Pennant leads by 8 votes over incumbent council John Weidl and Denise Anderson leads by 44 votes over incumbent Brenda Carlstrom.
    Incumbent Port Commissioner Chuck Caldwell finished with over %70 of the vote, as did a vote to support the Grays Harbor Transit Authority with a sales tax increase.
    Election results are available online at http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/graysharbor/
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  • Aberdeen council elects Alan Richrod to fill ward 5 seat

    ABERDEEN, Wash. – The city of Aberdeen has a new councilman in ward 5, the council elected Alan Richrod to the position last night. Ward 6 councilman Jim Cook said before his vote that we’ll still see a familiar name on the upcoming ballot “According to the elections office John Erak’s name will remain on the ballot during this election, John was an extraordinary man.
    Erak and Richrod were on the ballot when Erak passed away last month, City Attorney Eric Nelson said the council will need to elect someone to the position again next year if Richrod lost in November.
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