Area Voters Heard Loud and Clear With School Board, Council Results
Aside from Sheriff Jerry Hatcher being recalled in Tuesday August 3rd's election, some other big results in Benton and Franklin Counties.
In Benton County, the City Council and School Board races are shaping up to possibly have a significant impact on Kennewick.
For City Council, Bill McKay, a strong conservative, retained his seat for now and moved on, while John Trumbo also advanced. He is considered the same as well.
In perhaps one of the bigger stories, it appears incumbent Councilman Don Britain has been beaten by newcomer and conservative candidate Gretl Crawford. She had strong backing from the Benton County Republican Party. They will square off in November.
In Richland, Chaune' Fitzgerald and Theresa Richardson firmly won their City Council primaries.
In the Kennewick School Board race, Micah Valentine had an 8 percent lead, while newcomer Gabe Galbreath had a 200 plus vote lead for his position. Both candidates have strong GOP backing, and their campaigns are direct results of dissatisfaction with the board's performance during the COVID lockdowns.
In Richland dynamic candidate Audra Byrd cruised to a 13% margin of victory. He too is considered a strong student and family first candidate. The top 2 in all these races move on to the fall.
In other races, Benton City voters rejected a proposal to adopt the council/city manager form of government by a 53 to 46 percent margin.
Now, it's on to the general elections in November. In Benton County, according to the Auditor's office, 29 percent of ballots were returned, in Franklin County that margin was just over 16 percent, according to the Auditor's website.
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