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Dead heat in race for Franklin Commissioner No. 1 seat

Only 128 votes separate Top 3 candidates, with thousands of potential ballots yet to be counted

PASCO — It’s a dead heat in the race for the Franklin County Commission District No. 1 seat.

At the end of the first night of counting in the Aug. 4 primary election, only 128 votes separates the three candidates vying for the seat.

Incumbent Republican Brad Peck is edging his challengers with 1,528 votes, or 34.88%

Democrat Kim Lehrman, who so far has collected the most campaign funds in the race, was in send place, just 78 votes down at 1,400 votes, or 33.1 percent.

And just behind her, Franklin County Auditor Republican Matt Beaton has 1,400 votes, or 31.96%.

So far, county elections officials have counted 12,695 votes; there are 38,795 voters registered in the county.

With a voter turnout, so far, of 32.72%, counting of late-arriving ballots will determine who will advance to the general election.

Only the Top 2 candidates will advance.


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