Roundup: Lewis County fire district elections


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LCFD 9 EMS levy renewal leans toward passing on election night

By The Chronicle staff

Lewis County Fire District 9’s renewal of emergency medical services (EMS) levy proposal was leaning toward approval on election night, with preliminary results showing 60 “yes” votes, or 56.6% of the vote, to 46 “no” votes, or 43.4% of the vote. 

The EMS levy funds emergency personnel, training, equipment, vehicles and facilities for the district. If passed, the ballot measure would renew the levy for six years. Residents would pay up to 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, which is $150 a year on a $300,000 home valuation.

The preliminary count included the results of 13,338 ballots. The Lewis County Auditor’s Office estimated there were still 701 ballots left to count on election night, with an estimated total voter turnout of 24.15%.

The next ballot count was set to be released at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Election certification will take place on Nov. 28.


Preliminary results show incumbent leading challenger in LCFD 18 race

By The Chronicle staff 

Incumbent Phillip J. Pokorski was leading challenger Phil Congdon 56.3% to 42.22% in preliminary results for the Lewis County Fire District 18 (LCFD18) commissioner position 3 race on election night. 

Pokorski, who has held the position for the last four years, had 76 votes to his name on election night while Congdon, a retired LCFD 18 chief, had 57. Two votes went to a write-in candidate. 


Challenger leads incumbent in LCFD 14 race on election night 

By The Chronicle staff 

Challenger R. John Pollman was leading incumbent Frank Kittock in the Lewis County Fire District 14 commissioner position 3 race on election night. 

Preliminary results showed Pollman had 64.82% of the vote, or 199 votes, and Kittock had 33.88% of the vote, or 104 votes. Four votes went to a write-in candidate on election night. 


John Faber leads race for vacant LCFD 1 commissioner position 

By The Chronicle staff 

Retired Navy machinist mate and data processor John Faber was ahead of fellow challenger Jerome Hicks in the Lewis County Fire District 1 commissioner position 3 race on election night.

With incumbent William “Bill” Kassel not running for re-election, whoever comes out on top in November will be a new face on the board. 

Preliminary results released Tuesday evening showed Faber held 63.57% of the vote, or 253 votes, while Hicks had 137 votes, or 34.42% of the vote. 


Preliminary results show challenger leading incumbent in LCFD 13 race

By The Chronicle staff 

Challenger Justin Shoemaker led incumbent Jereme Chapman by a wide margin in the Lewis County Fire District 13 race on election night.

Preliminary results showed Shoemaker, a firefighter and EMT with Lewis County Fire District 15 in Winlock, with 62.44% of the vote, or 123 votes, to his name. Chapman had 37.06% percent of the vote, or 73 votes, on election night. One vote went to a write-in candidate. 

Chapman began serving on the board in January 2018 and was elected to a four-year term in 2019, according to the Lewis County Auditor’s Office.