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Primary Election results
Port Orchard mayor hopeful Lary Coppola got a major head start towards his goal Tuesday night, securing 58.2 percent of the vote for the primary.
Hell head into the November general election against Tom Saunders, who polled 26.7 percent.
Kathleen Dolan-Bowes, who only managed 13.4 percent of the vote, was eliminated.
Coppola did not acknowledge the near-60-percent result as an automatic win in November, explaining that there were more doors to knock on and more residents to meet.
Its a long time between now and November, Coppola said.
Saunders hopes to secure some of Dolan-Bowes supporters, and hoped that by getting his face out there, hell even change the minds of those who voted for Coppola.
By getting out there and letting the public know who I am face-to-face, I think I have a very good chance of getting a lot more votes by the general, Saunders said. People that didnt know me may have voted for Lary. Thats why I want to get out there and let them know who I am.
Meanwhile, Larry Stokes took a strong lead over incumbent Mary Ann Huntington in the Port of Bremerton race. Stokes won 56.3 percent of the support, followed by Huntingtons 27.4 percent.
Jerry Childs, downtown Port Orchard resident and active participant in the Downtown Overlay District conversations, secured the top spot for the two-year, at-large seat on the Port Orchard City Council, with 49.7 percent support, followed by Dick Fitzwaters 30.5 percent support.
Dennis Xavier Goss earned 18.6 percent support, and will not advance to the general election.
The Port of Manchester race ended with very close margins. Taking the lead is Steve Pedersen with an even 30 percent of the vote, followed closely behind by Mark Rebelowski with 24.9 percent, Phil Paquette with 23 percent and Dave Kimble with 21 percent.
As of Tuesday evening, 9,155 -- or 28.6 percent -- of the ballots had been counted. County Elections Manager Dolores Gilmore predicts that, in the end, the turnout would be about 40 to 45 percent -- about average for this county.
For a non-partisan primary election ... it is looking like its going to be right about the same percentage turnout rate, Gilmore said, crediting the higher turnout even at an early election to the mail-in ballot system. It tends to increase the turnout rather than the old days when you had a polling place election, and turnouts were quite a bit lighter.
Results below are as of 8:47 p.m. Tuesday.
|Port Orchard Mayor|
|Port Orchard City Council At-Large Position|
|Dennis Xavier Goss||18.55%|
|Port of Manchester District 10 Commissioner Position 3|
|Port of Bremerton 1 Commissioner District 2|
|Martin D. DiIenno||14.57%|
|Mary Ann Huntington||27.36%|