Sheriff Elfo, Ericksen lead in respective races

Published on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Incumbent Whatcom County sheriff Bill Elfo will move on to the November general elections in a veritable landslide while state senator Doug Ericksen appears to be advancing also, but with a narrower margin.

After Tuesday evening’s count, Elfo received 23,192 votes, 73.5 percent of the vote, while his closest competitor, county sheriff’s detective Steve Harris, received 14.6 percent of the vote with 4,615 votes. Sheriff’s deputy Bob Taylor received 11.9 percent with 3,755 votes.

In the county executive race, Ericksen (R-Ferndale) was leading with 37.2 percent of the vote at 11,914 votes while former Lynden mayor Jack Louws came in behind him with 9,086 votes, or 28.4 percent of the vote. Former county planning director David Stalheim received 8,220 votes, 25.7 percent, while former county public utility district 1 manager Tom Anderson captured 8.6 percent with 2,747 votes.

As of Tuesday evening, the county auditor’s office had counted 32,873 of a total 42,873 ballots returned. The auditor’s office will start counting the remaining 10,000 at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17.

Voter turnout stood at 27.7 percent after the first ballot count. Check the county auditor’s website for the most up-to-date results.