Bobby Briscoe, Joan Lotze pull ahead in primaries

Bobby Briscoe will face off against Ferndale mayor Gary Jensen in the race for Port of Bellingham commissioner.

As of 8 p.m. on August 4, Briscoe, a Blaine resident and fisherman for more than 40 years, won 44 percent of the vote. Jensen took 39 percent, while Ferndale businessman Lloyd Zimmerman trailed with 17 percent. Briscoe and Jensen will now compete for the seat on the commission, which is currently occupied by Blaine resident Jim Jorgensen.

Joan Lotze maintained a sizable lead over her challengers for the Blaine school district board of directors. Lotze, who was appointed to the board in 2014 to replace outgoing member Susan Holmes, had 59 percent of the vote on Wednesday morning.

Russ Schutt came in second with 21 percent, and Jesse Creydt followed closely behind with 20 percent.

On the county level, Todd Donovan took a healthy lead in the race for Whatcom County Council’s district 1, position B seat. Donovan won 62 percent of the vote. Bruce Ayers came in a distant second, with 17 percent.

The next vote count will be posted on August 5 at 5 p.m. To see the results, visit results.vote.wa.gov/results/20150804/whatcom.

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