Incumbent South Bend mayor’s write-in candidacy fails

Newcomer Julie Struck is well on her way to defeating incumbent and write-in candidate Kirk Church in an unconventional South Bend mayoral race.

Church, who had originally decided against running for re-election and then changed course, registering as a write-in, received 54 votes compared to Struck’s 340, her lead adding up to a commanding 86.3 percent as of Tuesday.

In two contested South Bend council races, former councilwoman Pat Neve held a 225 to 152 vote lead over incumbent Cheryl Seals, and Councilman Bob Hall looks headed for re-election with a 218 to 171 vote lead over challenger Kathy Balcom.

In the race for Port of Willapa Harbor Commissioner Position 3, Todd P. Stephens garnered 60.6 percent of the vote, 1,314 votes compared with Arthur Zeigler’s 856.

As of Tuesday night, the Pacific County Auditor’s Office had counted a total of 5,816 ballots for 42.8 percent turnout of its 13,587 registered voters. They have an estimated 600 ballots left to be counted, and will do so Friday afternoon.

Running unopposed were Raymond Mayor Bob Jungar, Raymond council members Jason Dunsmoor, Vicki Flemetis, Dee Roberts and Randy Flemetis. Karla Webber also ran unopposed for South Bend Council.


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