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Runyon, Jara ahead in council primary

Roy Runyon remained in control of the Bremerton City Council District 4 primary election as he extended his lead over Carlos Jara and Trent England Wednesday afternoon.

With 371 votes counted, Runyon had 139 votes or 37 percent of the vote, while Jara was a distant second with 98 votes or 26 percent of the vote. England was a close third with 90 votes, for 24 percent and Virginia Starr received 39 votes for 11 percent.

After seeing the initial results, Runyon said he felt good going into Tuesday’s night election.

“I received a pretty positive response from my doorbelling, and I’ve lived in the district for more than two years, so I know the issues,” he said.

The hard work before the primary election paid off, but more work remains before the Nov. 6 general election, he said.

“I really enjoy campaigning and getting to know people,” he said.

However, when asked about his keys to success in the general election, Runyon said, “I’m keeping that close to the vest.”

As far as voter turnout, Runyon said he was pleased with the overall numbers because of the early primary date and the fact that many voters were still out of town.

“I’d say it’s pretty good,” Runyon said. “The real work begins in January when I take office.”

As Runyon’s most likely challenger in the Nov. 6 general election, Jara said he feels pretty good about the results.

“I’m thankful to the people who voted for me, and I look forward to continuing to meet people,” Jara said.

Although the election results won’t be certified until Sept. 5 Jara said he is moving ahead in his preparations to challenge Runyon.

“I think people will see Roy and I are very different,” Jara said. “I’m more of an optimist and I think a lot of people will connect with that.”

In the only other local election, residents in West Hills sharply voted against being annexed into the city as 147 votes were cast against, while only 22 were cast in favor.

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