Election update: Mistachkin takes small lead in judicial race

A third round of ballot counting took place Thursday afternoon. Here is an update on some of the closer local races around the Harbor.

Superior Court Judge

After a second round of votes counted Wednesday afternoon, challenger David Mistachkin took the lead over current Grays Harbor County Superior Court Judge Ray Kahler. Kahler had led by 20 votes on election night.

After Thursday’s count, Mistachkin now has 12,398 votes (51.17 percent) to Kahler with 11,831 votes.

Kahler was appointed last November after Judge F. Mark McCauley retired. Kahler was an attorney and former partner at Stritmatter Kessler Whelan (offices in Hoquiam and Seattle) for 21 years prior to his appointment,working mostly in the area of personal injury cases.

Mistachkin, a lawyer and partner with the Aberdeen firm of Ingram, Zelasko & Goodwin, has served as a Grays Harbor District Court Judge (2015-2016) and touted his 15 years as a trial attorney in running for the Superior Court position.

County Clerk

After Thursday’s count, Kym Foster still leads Janice Louthan in the race for Grays Harbor County Clerk. Foster has 13,336 votes (51.51 percent) to 12,553 for Louthan.

County Auditor

Joe MacLean is still leading Chris Thomas after Thursday’s release of general election results in the race for Grays Harbor County Auditor. MacLean’s lead, which was just 347 votes, is now 314 votes — 13,600 (50.58 percent) to Thomas’ 13,286.

State representative, 19th District

Republican incumbent Jim Walsh of Aberdeen is still holding on to his narrow lead. Walsh has 25,201 votes (50.53 percent) to 24,673 for Democratic challenger Erin Frasier of Pe Ell. Those numbers do not include a Thursday vote count for either Pacific or Lewis counties, as the Secretary of State’s Office website did not have those counties’ results at the time this article was published.