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Incumbents Roger Bell and Russell Carlson were returned to office in preliminary results from Selah’s City Council election.

Meanwhile, there were 41 write-in votes against Mayor Sherry Raymond, who was facing a last-minute write-in campaign by Bill Callahan.

Callahan said he knew he faced an uphill battle when he launched his campaign last week, but said he was grateful for the people who supported him at campaign events and on social media.

“Regardless of the outcome, it shows for Selah that nobody in our little community can take their position for granted,” Callahan said, noting that the write-in votes show dissatisfaction with Raymond, who was leading with 91.7% of the vote, or 454 votes.

In preliminary results, Bell was leading Ellen Overby with 66% of the vote, or 383-191 votes, in the council Position 5 race, while Carlson was ahead of Crispin Garza with 78% of the vote, or 441 to 120, in the Position 7 race.

“I was optimistic, but I am grateful for the results,” Carlson said.

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Bell said he thought he would win all along, but said Overby also ran a good campaign.

In the race for council Position 4, Clifford Peterson was leading Buffy Ibach with 58% of the vote, or 327 to 230. The seat was previously held by John Tierney, who chose not to run again.

“I was hoping for more, but with local elections it’s always hard to read,” said Peterson, who was disappointed with the overall low voter turnout.

Councilmen Kevin Wickenhagen and Jeremy Burke were unopposed in their bids to fill the positions vacated earlier this year by Jeremie Dufault and Rachael Glaspie. They will serve the remaining two years on those terms.

Also unopposed was Dave Kerby, who was running for the seat held by Councilwoman Diane Underwood, who chose not to run for another term.

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