Friday’s ballot count only reversed one result from earlier counts in Tuesday’s general election, and the near-final tally confirmed a drastic makeover of the Longview City Council and defeat of Longview’s $119 million school bond.
All Cowlitz County ballots have been counted except for those that may straggle in through the mail next week.
Longview City Councilman Mike Wallin widened his lead over opponent John Melink to 111 votes, and by earning 50.37% of the vote he avoids an automatic recount. He had led by just three votes in Tuesday’s initial tally.
In the other close council race, incumbent Longview Councilman/Mayor Don Jensen fell to challenger Ruth Kendall by 214 votes. Kendall won 50.9% ballots, enough to dodge an automatic recount. (An automatic recount occurs when candidates are within a half percentage point of each other.)
Friday’s results also confirmed the defeat of the $119 million Longview school bond. It ended up with 58.05% approval, just short of the 60% supermajority needed.
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In what had been a narrow lead for an open Woodland City Council seat, DeeAnna Holland picked up a slug of votes and ended up besting Scott Peabody 665-556. Holland won 54.2% of the vote.
Friday’s count also sealed the failure of Woodland’s levy lift to hire more police. The measure Friday had 49.8% “yes” votes. However, a late-week debate arose about whether the measure needed a simple majority or a supermajority to pass. It got neither, but city officials perhaps might feel more apt to resubmit the levy if it only needs to clear the lower hurdle.
Castle Rock’s library levy also failed, falling about three percentage points shy of the supermajority needed to pass.
In the only election reversal, challenger Tracy Morgan beat Val Tinney in the race for an “at large” seat on the Castle Rock School Board. Morgan, who trailed in earlier counts, has a 26-vote lead over Tinney.
Election results must be certified by Nov. 26.