After the first General Election ballot count on Tuesday, lifelong South Beach resident Rob Bearden has a commanding lead against incumbent Desiree Dodson to fill the Position 4 seat on the Westport City Council. The council slot is the only contested race on the South Beach.
Bearden currently has 295 votes, equaling a 73.75 percent share of the ballots counted, with Dodson earning 105 votes for a 26.25 percent share.
Ocosta EMS levy close call
The second time may the charm for a Grays Harbor Fire District 14 Emergency Services levy request, but more ballot counts will be needed to determine if the measure passes.
A fire district levy request not only needs at least a 60 percent approval rating, but also must validate by having the total votes cast in the current election equal to or exceeding 40 percent of all votes cast in the previous General Election.
The magic number for validation this time around is 164 votes and that hurdle is jumped. So far, 206 votes have been counted.
However, making the 60 percent YES vote threshold is still up in the air—albeit very close to success—with a current 59.2 percent approval.
The District’s levy request fell five votes short of validation in last August’s Primary Election.
If passed, the District will be authorized to levy upon the regular taxable property within the district, in addition to the regular levy, the sum of $94,000, or approximately 90 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation, for collection in 2014 for the provision of emergency medical care and ambulance services.
This excess levy would replace the current levy that will expire at the end of this year.
All other candidates for various local boards and commissions are running unopposed and no Write-In candidates have received any votes.