By The Chronicle
After the first votes were counted Tuesday night, Port of Centralia Commissioner Matt Evans is leading long-time Riverside Fire Authority board member Bonnie Canaday with 65.98 percent of the vote for position 4 on the RFA board.
Evans had 2,069 votes and Canaday trailed with 1,067.
Canaday was most recently Centralia’s mayor and served for 20 years on the city council before resigning this summer after moving out of her district.
Evans is a Port of Centralia commissioner — his term ends in December.
In position 5, Canaday’s husband Lee Coumbs narrowly leads newcomer John Selleck with 50.54 percent of the vote to Selleck’s 49.46.
The candidates are separated by 34 votes.
The position is currently held by Thomas L. Davidson.
Coumbs was also involved in the creation of the RFA and was on the board until two years ago
The results of the next count of remaining ballots will be released at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Contested Lewis County Fire District Board Races
Fire District 1 — Onalaska
- Incumbent Bill Kassel is leading challenger Craig A. Franklin with 65.61 percent of the vote. A total of 503 votes were counted as of Tuesday night.
Fire District 3 — Mossyrock
- Challenger Curtis B. Spahn is leading incumbent Doug Houghtelling with 53.83 percent of the vote for commission position 3 as of Tuesday night. A total of 366 votes were counted.
Fire District 4 — Morton
- Challenger Pam Cool is leading incumbent Kevin Moore with 60.39 percent of the vote for commission position 3, with a total of 154 votes counted as of Tuesday night.
Fire District 6 — Rural Chehalis
- Challenger Travis McGregor is leading incumbent Kirk Johnston with 59.6 percent of the vote for commission position 3, or 754 out of a total of 1,265 votes as of Tuesday night.Fire District 13 — Curtis-Klaber-Boistfort
- Incumbent David Fenn is leading challenger Kyle DePriest with 65.84 percent of the vote for commission position 3, or 106 out of 161 votes as of Tuesday night.
Fire District 18 — Glenoma
- Incumbent Charles (Phil) Congdon is leading challenger Lester Courtney with 63.9 percent of the vote for commission position 3, or 85 of 133 votes as of Tuesday night.