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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.

He’ll 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.

“It’s 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, he’ll 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 didn’t know me may have voted for Lary. That’s 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 Huntington’s 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 Fitzwater’s 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
Tom Saunders 26.67%
Kathleen Dolan-Bowes 13.39%
Lary Coppola 58.17%
Port Orchard City Council At-Large Position
Dennis Xavier Goss 18.55%
Jerry Childs 49.75%
Dick Fitzwater 30.58%
Port of Manchester District 10 Commissioner Position 3
Steve Pedersen 30.00%
Phil Paquette 23.02%
Mark Rebelowski 24.88%
Dave Kimble 21.05%
Port of Bremerton 1 Commissioner District 2
Larry Stokes 56.33%
Martin D. DiIenno 14.57%
Mary Ann Huntington 27.36%

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