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Endresen tops Henden, fireworks' vote fizzles
Kitsap County Commissioner incumbents Chris Endresen and Jan Angel will see another four years in the Courthouse according to unofficial results released by the Kitsap County Auditor.
In County Commissioner District 1, Endresen (D) had garnered 41,334 votes (52.37 percent) to challenger Scott Hendens (R) 37,509 votes (47.53 percent). In County Commissioner District 2, Jan Angel (R) opened up a large lead with 41,537 votes (53.04 percent) to challenger Charlotte Garridos (D) 36,653 (46.80 percent).
Kitsap County voters also doused an advisory vote on a potential fireworks ban with 42,921 votes (54.27 percent) against and 36,174 (45.73 percent) in favor.
County voters will gave Rep. Phil Rockefeller (D) the nod for the State Senator District 23 slot with 25,615 votes (57.96 percent). Rockefeller beat Doug Kitchens (R), who garnered 18,533 votes (41.93 percent).
In the State Representative District 23 Position 1, Sherry Appleton (D) won with 24,409 votes (55.41 percent) over Frank Mahaffay (R), who earned 18,678 votes (42.40 percent).
In State Representative District 23 Position 2, incumbent Beverly Woods (R) won easily with 24,592 votes (56.40 percent) to Terry Ducheanes (D) 18,973 votes (43.51 percent).
In the U.S. Representative Congressional District 6, incumbent Norm Dicks (D) had a huge lead of 27,387 votes (69.75 percent) to Doug Clouds (R) 11,815 votes (30.09 percent)
County voters also returned incumbent Congressman Jay Inslee (D) to District 1 and with 25,697 votes (60.82 percent) to Randy Eastwoods (R) 15,892 votes (37.61 percent).
In national politics, Sen. John Kerry conceded to President George W. Bush after Bush garnered 274 electoral votes. Two-hundred and seventy are required for the office. Locally, and state wide, voters supported Kerry, who earned 42,862 Kitsap County votes (51.57 percent) to Bushs 38,885 votes (46.79 percent).
County votes mirrored those of the rest of the state, favoring Patty Murray (D) over Gearge Nethercutt (R) for the U.S. Senator Position 2. Murray earned 44,887 county votes (54.48 percent) to Nethercutts 35,629 (43.24 percent).
The state Governors race was also mirrored locally and is locked in a dead heat with Christine Gregoire (D) and Dino Rossi (R) both hovering around 48 percent. Kitsap County voters voted 48.57 percent for Gregoire and 48.93 percent for Rossi.
State initiatives followed suit, with the state results mirroring county results. Unofficial statewide results were unavailable but county votes are as folllows:
Initiative to the People 872 Top two vote primary
Yes 47,702 58.96%
No 33,200 41.04%
Initiative to the People 884 Sales tax for education
Yes 29,265 35.88%
No 52,298 64.12%
Initiative to the People 892 Non-tribal gaming machines
Yes 32,636 39.81%
No 49,351 60.19%
Referendum Measure 55 Charter Schools
Approved 34,559 43.09%
Rejected 45,638 56.91%
Initiative to the Legislature 297 Toxic clean up
Yes 51,255 64.78%
No 27,862 35.22%