Labor-backed candidates in Vancouver advance to general election

Four Vancouver City Council candidates endorsed by the Southwest Washington Central Labor Council in the Aug. 6 primary advanced to the November general election.

Incumbent Councilor Jack Burkman was the top vote-getter for Position 1, in unofficial results. He out-polled three challengers with 7,733 votes (45.4 percent). Finishing second was Michelle Doan with 3,660 votes (21.5 percent).

The top two vote-getters in each race advance to the general election.

Political newcomer Alishia Topper and three-time candidate Anne McEnerny-Ogle advanced in their respective races. Topper will challenge incumbent councilor Jeanne E. Stewart for Position 2. Stewart received 6,836 votes (39.7 percent) to Topper’s 5,518 votes (32 percent). A third candidate, Ty Stober, received 4,871 votes. McEnerny-Ogle was the top vote-getter in a five-person race for Position 3. She bested incumbent Jeanne Harris, the longest-serving member of the City Council, collecting 6,158 votes (35.6 percent). Frank Decker was second with 4,257 votes (24.6 percent). Harris, who has served 16 years on the council,  finished fourth.

The labor council also endorsed the re-election of Tim Leavitt for mayor. Leavitt is being challenged by City Councilor Bill Turlay. Since they were the only two candidates to file for the seat, they automatically advanced to the general election.

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