Dan Lindgren holds a commanding lead in Tuesday’s three-way primary for the Grays Harbor County Assessor’s seat, setting up a possible rematch with incumbent Rick Hole, who finds himself in a tight race for the right to run for re-election in November.
“This is the best-case scenario for me right now,” Lindgren told The Vidette. “For the primary, I rolled the dice and took a chance at not spending a lot more campaign funds and getting the word out as best we can. I’m glad I did and will have just that much more firepower for the General Election. I’m happy with the results and glad the Harbor sees the same thing I see.”
In the initial vote counting, Hole holds a narrow lead over Loni Hooper for second. Only two candidates will advance to the General Election.
Lindgren, an appraiser for Grays Harbor County, lost to Hole in the last General Election. This time he garnered 43.1 percent (4,698 votes), more than 13 percentage points ahead of Hole, who received 29.8 percent of the vote. Trailing just behind is Hooper, Pacific County’s chief appraiser, with 27.2 percent. Hole’s lead over Hooper is just 284 votes, out of a total of more than 10,900 counted so far in the race.
However, Hole told The Vidette that he is comfortable where he is at, adding that he’ll just have to work harder to convince voters to support him in the General Election.
“I think we’ve been talking to people about cost effective government and it’s a good message and it’s what we’re doing here,” Hole said. “We’ve been working hard. My supporters have been working hard. I know the other candidates have been running a strong campaign and, to me, thats what it’s all about. Citizens make informed choices and it’s looking good for us right now.”
Lindgren, however, points out that 70 percent of the county voted against Hole, who has been under fire for the way he runs his office and issues involving the annual revaluation process.
“Now, I need to convince those who picked Loni Hooper to vote for me now for a real change,” Lindgren said.
The two candidates for county prosecutor got to take the temperature of voters on Tuesday, though both will advance to the November election.
After Tuesday’s count, Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Katie Svoboda was in the lead with 54.2 percent of the tally (5,443 votes). Her opponent, former Grays Harbor prosecutor and judge Mike Spencer, fell short of Svoboda by 850 votes.
Spencer was the predecessor to recently retired prosecutor Stew Menefee. Svoboda was the preferred replacement for Menefee, but a battle between the Grays Harbor Democrats and the county commissioners derailed her bid to be appointed to the post. The Democrats left Spencer off the list of choices given to the commissioners, even though he had expressed interest in the appointment. The commissioners instead stuck with Interim Prosecutor Gerald Fuller, who is not running for the office.