Columbia County Commissioners race results in runoff
The race for Columbia County Commissioner will result in a run off election in the general election in November.
Four candidates were vying for the position during the May 15 primary election, including the incumbent for the position, Henry Heimuller, who faced opponents with myriad backgrounds in politics and county involvement, but no candidate received the need votes to secure 50 percent, triggering a run-off election.
Unofficial final votes reported as of Wednesday morning indicate that Heimuller took 39.56 percent of the vote, leading the pack, but didn't receive the majority needed to secure the position.
Heimuller has served on the board of commissioners since 2010 and has been elected to two different terms. The 2018 election marks his third bid for the seat.
Heimuller has a background in transit and emergency response and previously worked as a paramedic. He also serves on several other boards and commissions.
He will likely face Paulette Lichatowich in the run off, who received the second highest number of votes earning 27.87 percent of the votes.
Lichatowich also brings a background of political knowledge as a Port of St. Helens Commissioner and a Columbia County planning commissioner. She and her husband also work in fisheries research.
Kimberly Johns, who earned 22.99 percent, followed Licatowitch closely in voting percentage, but as of Wednesday, unofficial results show 139 ballots still under review out of 11,383 that were received, which won't be enough to close the gap, making Licatowitch the mostly likely challenger against Heimuller.
Don Campbell earned 9.19 percent of the vote.
Voter turnout in Columbia County was on par with statewide turnout coming in at 30 percent. Statewide voter turnout for the primary was reported at 29 percent.