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By Ken Stern 

UPDATE – Gilday catching Shavers for LD 10 state representative

One big change in regional elections

 

November 12, 2022



A huge change in the vote count for Legislative District 10 Position 2: State Rep. Greg Gilday (R-Camano Island) has made up almost all of a 2,500 vote deficit, pulling into a near tie, 79 votes behind challenger Clyde Shavers, an Oak Harbor Navy veteran. Gilday collected 59% of the votes counted Nov. 10-11 after getting 47.4% the first two days. No analysis is available to evaluate the impact of the Nov. 1 criticism of Shavers father, that his son badly misrepresented his Navy service experience.

By contrast, districtwide, fellow Democrat Dave Paul (D-Oak Harbor), the Position 1 incumbent, is running 1,158 votes ahead of Shavers. Paul increased his lead against challenger Karen Lesetmoe, an Oak Harbor realtor, to 2,324 votes, 3.7%

Shavers increased his margin in Skagit County by 105 votes Thursday, but Skagit County did not report a vote count Friday as employees were off for Veterans Day. Monday’s county tallies may indicate if voters in the southwestern portion of the county included in LD 10 abandoned Shavers. Skagit County is less than 9% of the district.

Shavers won the August primary districtwide by 1,000 votes.

That is the one big surprise in Skagit County and statewide races after the first week of counting of ballots following election day, Nov. 8.

In Skagit County, 31,951 ballots, 37.4% of the estimated votes cast, have been counted. Headed to victory for county offices are Danny Hagen, county assessor, 57.3% of the vote; Lisa Janicki, county commissioner, 61.4%; Sandy Perkins, county auditor, 57.7% and Don McDermott, sheriff, 67.7%. Hagen takes over for the retiring Dave Thomas. The others are incumbents.

U.S. Senator Patty Murray handily won re-election. Statewide she has 56.7% of the vote against first-time candidate, Republican Tiffany Smiley. Smiley conceded Wednesday.

Smiley carved into Murray's lead in Skagit County: Murray has 55.3% of the vote here.

Congressman Rick Larsen is wining with 61.1% of the vote for the 2nd Congressional District Seat. In Skagit County he has maintained 56.8% of the vote against Dan Matthews.

Steve Hobbs is on his way to election for the Secretary of State position he was appointed to last November. Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson conceded Thursday, though the Associated Press has not called the race.

All unopposed Skagit county officeholders won re-election, as did the three state Supreme Court justices.

Skagit County election staff estimate some 56,000 residents will vote, 66% of the county’s registered voters.

Election results will be updated in the Weekly News Nov. 16 print edition.

Skagit County will certify its vote Tuesday, Nov. 29 and the Secretary of State’s office by Dec. 8.

 

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