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By Roger Harnack
Franklin Connection 

Raymond has commanding lead in sheriff's race


Last updated 11/9/2022 at 2:40am

PASCO – Voters appear to have given Sheriff Jim D. Raymond another term in office as the county’s top cop.

At the end of the first day of counting in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election, Raymond had amassed nearly three-quarters of the ballots tallied in the race for Franklin County sheriff.

Raymond had an initial count of 11,075 votes (73.81%). Challenger Chris Turner had a total of 3,837 votes (25.57%).

There were 1,778 undervotes, 5 overvotes and 93 write-ins also cast in the election.

Election officials said 16,788 ballots out of 42,831 sent to voters have been counted already.

The preliminary results were similar to the Aug. 2 primary election in which the two squared off.

In that election, Raymond had 8,483 votes (70.07%) and Turner had 3,506 votes (28.96%).

County election officials will be counting additional ballots later today, Nov. 9.

Late-arriving ballots post-marked prior to or on election day will be counted over the next two weeks.

The final results will be certified Nov. 29.

Author Bio

Roger Harnack, Publisher

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Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.


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