Lynden business owner and Republican Vincent Buys has officially captured the second representative position for Washington’s 42nd legislative district, winning the contest by 149 votes.
After an automatic machine recount was triggered following the November 23 election certifications, the race between representative-elect Buys and incumbent Kelli Linville has finally been decided. Buys secured 50.1 percent of the vote while Linville received 49.9 percent.
Buys defeated Linville, the incumbent of 17 years, and is among a trio of Republicans headed to Olympia to represent the 42nd district. State senator-elect Doug Ericksen beat Pat Jerns by a wide margin, and former Blaine city council member Jason Overstreet beat Bellingham detective Al Jensen for the district’s first representative position.
While the county-wide race between Buys and Linville could scarcely have been closer, all but two of the seven voting precincts that make up the Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo areas went for Buys in the 2010 election. Buys received 52.8 percent of the vote with 3,606 votes in these areas while Linville captured 47.2 percent.