Lindgren, Raines appear headed toward victory in Aug. 2 primary election

Two Grays Harbor County officials appeared on their way to victory in contested races in the Tuesday, Aug. 2, primary election, according to preliminary results.

Grays Harbor County Assessor Dan Lindgren, a Democrat, received 5,991 votes or 55.19 percent compared with Republican challenger Rick Hole, who picked up 44.67 percent or 4,849 votes. Lindgren is seeking his third consecutive term in office.

In the race for Grays Harbor County Commissioner District 3, incumbent Vickie Raines got 2,151 votes. Challengers Lisa Zaborac and JR Streifel received 1,386 and 1,003 votes, respectively.

In the contest to replace outgoing Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott, the early nod favored Darrin Wallace by a wide margin. Wallace received 6,817 votes compared with 2,780 for Michael Catlett.

But the early election results were not as kind to Grays Harbor County Coroner Bob Kegel, who was trailing challenger George Kelley. Kegel, a Democrat, picked up 4,502 votes compared with 5,440 votes for Kelley, a nonpartisan candidate.

The preliminary results reflect a total of 11,149 ballots counted, as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office estimates about 5,000 ballots remain to be counted. The next update is expected to be at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4.