Primary's done: on to the general election - Salish Current
August 4, 2023
Primary’s done: on to the general election
Salish Current Editorial Staff

Over one-third of registered voters in Whatcom and San Juan counties and one quarter in Skagit turned out for the Aug. 1 primary election. How did they vote? With a few ballots still to be counted, results continue to trend for the top two vote-getters in each race. (Salish Current photo)

August 4, 2023
Primary’s done: on to the general election
Salish Current Editorial Staff

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Primary election day was Aug. 1. Here are returns for top two positions in contested primary races and several fire district levies as of late this week. These candidates will face off in the November general election.

Whatcom County


35.34% voter turnout; 192 ballots left to count; next count is Aug. 7, 5 p.m. Results for all candidates can be found here.

• County Executive
Satpal Sidhu 34.88%
Dan Purdy 27.77%

• County Council District 4
Mark Stremler 46.12%
Kathy Kershner 43.46%

• County Council At-Large Position B
Jon Scanlon 37.35%
Hannah Ordos 30.91%

• City of Bellingham Mayor
Seth Fleetwood 36.94%
Kim Lund 25.27%

• City of Bellingham Council Ward 1
Hannah Stone 57.5%
Eamonn Collins 35.98%

• City of Bellingham Council At-Large
Jace Cotton 34.04%
Russ Whidbee 23.22%

• City of Everson Council Position 5
Ashley Brown 47.02%
Gary Locke 30.5%

• Ferndale School District Director 2
Antonio Machado Catano 46.36%
Brent Bode 39.72%

• Blaine School District Director 2
Ben Lazarus 43.69%
Dean Berkeley 33.05%

• Lynden School District Director 3
David E. Vis 41.05%
Jim Verburg 35.01%

• Meridian School District Director 5
Michelle Simmons 44.82%
J. Riley Sweeney 26%

• Sedro-Woolley School District Director 3 (multi-county result)
Dani Baird Russell 63.25%
Hannah Oliver 32.38%

• Fire Protection District 4 Proposition 2023-01
Approve 70.04%
Reject 29.96%

• Public Hospital District 304 Commissioner 2 (multi-county results)
Ashley Gregorius 63.92%
Debra Lancaster 24.33%

San Juan County

34.2% voter turnout; 150 ballots left to count; next count is Aug. 4, 5 p.m. Results for all candidates can be found here.

• County Fire Protection District No. 2, Proposition 1
Approve 22.96%
Reject 77.04%

• Lopez Island School District Director 3
Sarah Murphy 80.97%
David Kester 14.41%

• County Fire District 2 Commissioner 1
Kate Hansen 39.7%
Toni Knudson 37.03%

• Port of Friday Harbor Commissioner 3
Richard Goodhart 55.68%
Greg Hertel 33.33%

• Port of Orcas Commissioner 3
Rick Fant 39.74%
Mia Kartiganer 36%

Skagit County

24.66% voter turnout; 50 ballots left to count; next count is Aug. 15, 4 p.m. Results for all candidates can be found here.

• City of Anacortes Council Position 3
TJ Fantini 43.7%
Linda Martin 37.15%

• Anacortes School District Position 5
Edward J. Barton 36.41%
Heather J Brennan 33.12%

• Sedro-Woolley School District Director 3 (multi-county results)
Dani Baird Russell 63.25%
Hannah Oliver 32.38%

• Public Hospital District 304 Commissioner 2 (multi-county results)
Ashley Gregorius 63.92%
Debra Lancaster 24.33%

• Fire District 24 Proposition 1— (multi-county results)
Approve 61.48%
Reject 38.52%

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