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Close primary results portend tight fall elections

Ron Wesen, Dave Paul finish second

Squeakers and surprises. Some incumbents placed second and several winners of county and state legislative districts’ Aug. 4 primary elections had razor-thin margins. Five-term Second District County Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt has been retired, placing third in his bid for re-election.

Newcomer Mark Lundsten bested District 1 County Commissioner Ron Wesen (R-Bow) by 442 votes of over 19,000 cast. Johnny Archibald, former Anacortes city councilmember is out of the race. The two Anacortes Democrats won 54% of District 1 votes. Citizens countywide will vote for the commissioners in November.

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