Shawa ahead for treasurer, Walker for assessor, Hamilton well ahead; Baird sweeps to victoryLONG BEACH, Wash. - Pacific County residents voted for a new treasurer and assessor Tuesday and welcomed a new auditor.

They also helped re-elect a Congressman and two state House members, all Democrats, who won easily.

Democrat Tracy Shawa, making her first bid for political office, ousted four-term incumbent Pacific County Treasurer Robert Monohon in the primary.

And on Tuesday she polled 3,131 votes to lead Republican Brady Turner's 2,980 votes in the general election.

The outcome of all the Washington general election races will be determined by absentee ballots. County Auditor's office staff say that there are 2,446 absentee ballots. The next count will be Friday.

For the county assessor's job being vacated by Jerry Porter, Democrat Bruce Walker of Raymond polled 3,272 votes against Republican Lisa Olsen of South Bend, who works in the assessor's office. Olsen garnered 2,802 votes.

County Commissioner Pat Hamilton, a Democrat, is leading Republican Wayne Estes of Raymond. Hamilton has 3,844 votes to Estes' 2,166.

The county commissioners' long-time legislative aide and legal advisor, David Burke, defeated Prosecuting Attorney Mike Smith in the primary and appeared alone on the ballot because no GOP candidate filed. Smith had been prosecutor since 1995.

Also elected unopposed were three incumbents: Sheriff John Didion, Clerk Virginia Leach and South District Court Judge Doug Goelz. Long-time auditor's office employee Pat Gardner filed unopposed to replace retiring Ida Taylor.

For the other local judge's position, incumbent North County District Court Judge Elizabeth Penoyar polled 1,544 votes to Michael Turner's 1,238.

In a nonpartisan race, Incumbent Public Utility District Commissioner Lawrence Remington of South Bend earned 2,962 votes against Gene Barnum, also of South Bend, in his bid to retain his seat. Barnum had 2,068 votes.

The only federal race featured U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, an incumbent Democrat, who was challenged by Republican state Sen. Joseph Zarelli of Ridgefield. In Pacific County, Baird polled 4,369 votes compared with Zarelli's 1,831. Baird handily won districtwide.

Two District 19 state legislative races saw Democrat incumbents retain their seats. Brian Hatfield of Raymond defeated Republican Mike Kayser of Castle Rock, and Mark Doumit of Cathlamet eclipsed Paul Waadevig of Longview. Pacific County votes tallied so far shows Hatfield with 4,313, Kayser 1,900, and in the other race, Doumit 4,205 and Waadvig 1,861. With Senate Majority Leader Sid Snyder of Long Beach announcing his retirement Tuesday, Hatfield or Doumit may be in contention to move to the Senate (see below).

Three state positions on the Washington state Supreme Court were on the ballot. Bobbe Bridge was re-elected unopposed. In the two contested seats, Jim Johnson was leading Mary Fairhurst for an open seat this morning by a slim margin; incumbent Charles Johnson defeated Pam Loginsky.

The five Washington state measures covered technical and tax issues:

• Initiative 776 requires license tab fees to be $30 and repeals some local-option taxes and fees; Pacific County voted yes, along with the rest of the state.

• Initiative 790 adjusts the management of police and firefighters' retirement plans; Pacific County voted yes, and it was ahead in the rest of the state this morning.

• Referendum 51 would have allowed increased gas taxes and truck weight fees; Pacific County voted no, along with the rest of the state.

• Referendum 53 would have set new rates for employers unemployment insurance; Pacific County voted no, along with the rest of the state.

• House Joint Resolution 4220 amends the state Constitution to allow property tax levies for fire departments to be submitted for up to four years (six years for fire station construction) instead of annually. Pacific County voted yes, along with the rest of the state.