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Klickitat Co. voters reject GMO labels

Klickitat County residents were nearly evenly split on whether to make it easier to collect signatures and pass initiative and referendum measure, approving it by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin.

Voters were much more certain about opposing the labeling of genetically-engineered foods, defeating the measure in Klickitat County by a 64 to 36 percent margin.

Klickitat County Clerk Renea Campbell, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Saundra Olson in April, easily won election on her own, garnering 71 percent of the vote against challenger Sherill Basse’s 29 percent. And both incumbent members of the Goldendale City Council survived election challenges.

Deanna Luth, appointed in March to fill out the term of Mindy Jackson, who moved away, won election in her own right, defeating challenger Ken McKune with 70 percent of the vote. And Lucille Bevis won re-election against Darlene Williamson with 67 percent of the vote.

In the only other contested race of more than 50 special district elections, Wayne Goodrich defeated Jan Brending in a White Salmon School District Board contest, 491 to 446. Goodrich also led in the portion of the school district that is in Skamania County 79 to 77. Multi-district total was 570 to 523, or 52 to 48 percent

The only money measure on the ballot, a request for a levy lid lift by the Port of Klickitat failed by a better than two to one margin.

Final total was 1,415 to 656 or 68 to 32 percent. Currently, the Port levies 17 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation; it used to have an Industrial Development District levy of 35 cents per $1,000, but that expired at the end of 2012.

The Port District had proposed to raise its levy rate to 45 cents per $1,000 for collection in 2014 and approval to increase levy amounts in the remaining five years of the temporary lift by up to 3 percent per year.

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