WALLA WALLA, Washington – The 2019 general election results are in. In the city of Walla Walla, this year marked the first time council members were elected based on wards as voters chose candidates to represent the West and East wards, plus two at-large members.
G. ‘Ted’ Koehler won the seat for City Council Position 4 – East Ward; Susan Smiley-Nakonieczny won the seat for City Council Position 5 – West Ward; and incumbent Steve Moss beat a challenge from Julian Saturno for the at-large Council Position 7. Councilman Tom Scribner was unchallenged for the at-large Council Position 6 seat.
In the race for the District 1 Port of Walla Walla Commission challenger Kip Kelly handily won over incumbent Peter Swant.
Other candidates up for election in local races were not challenged.
Voters in Washington appear to be rejecting Referendum 88 which asked voters to decide if they support Initiative 1000, which amends current statutes to allow a person’s minority status to be considered as a contributing factor in state employment, contracting, and college admissions.
Initiative 976 appears to be passing. It would lower most taxes paid through vehicle registration to $30 and revoke the authority of state and local governments to add taxes and fees without voter approval.
The results of the general election will be certified by each county on November 26. The Secretary of State certifies final results by December 5.