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Five council seat races decided, one not

The Star of Grand Coulee, Washington

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Only Electric City and Coulee Dam watched races in the battle for city council positions in the election returns last night.

Electric City produced the tightest race, for a four-year term on the city council's Position 3.

Incumbent Gladys (Carol) Nor-dine had 81 votes, while her challenger, Birdie Hensley, had 80. Nordine won an early seat on the council this summer, filling a vacancy, and is the mother of Mayor John Nordine II, who was unchallenged for mayor and garnered 117 votes. Hensley served earlier on the council and had resigned before her term was over.

The race between Nordine and Hensley will be decided by late returns not yet counted.

Incumbent Richard McGuire appears to be headed for a new four-year term and won 107 votes, while challenger Daniel Greely had 59 votes in the Position 2 contest.

In the Position 4 council race, Bradley Parrish is headed for reelection with 99 votes compared to challenger Launi K. Ritter's 65 votes.

Lonna C. Bussert, running unopposed for Position 5, a four-year term, garnered 116 votes.

Coulee Dam saw one incumbent lose his seat. Ken Miles will be replaced on the Coulee Dam Town Council in Position 5, a four-year term, by Keith St. Jeor, who received 104 votes to Miles' 51.

In the race for Position 1, a two-year term,' David Schmidt won over Bonnie Femling, 95-60. Both had earlier served on the council.

Ben Ailing won re-election for another four-year term in Position 4, with 111 votes. He overcame a challenge by Herb Sherburne, who received 47 votes.

Votes mailed by Tuesday will be counted on Friday at 5 p.m. The election will be certified on Nov. 24.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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