Incumbent Whatcom County sheriff Bill Elfo will most likely face county sheriff's detective Steve Harris in the November general elections while state senator Doug Ericksen's opponent for the county executive race remains to be decided.
After Wednesday evening’s count, the percentage of the vote Elfo received dropped a bit to 73.3 percent with 28,348 votes. Harris's percentage increased to 14.9 percent with 5,771 votes while Sheriff’s deputy Bob Taylor's percentage dropped 0.01 percent to 11.8 percent with 4,549 votes.
In the county executive race, Ericksen (R-Ferndale) maintained his lead with 36.3 percent of the vote at 14,257 votes. Former Lynden mayor Jack Louws's percentage dropped to 28.1 percent while former county planning director David Stalheim jumped about 3 percentage points to 27.1 percent and 10,653 votes. Former county public utility district 1 manager Tom Anderson held on to 8.6 percent with 3,389 votes.
As of Wednesday evening, the county auditor’s office had counted 40,455 of a total 43,455 ballots returned. The auditor’s office will start counting the remaining 3,000 at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18.
Voter turnout increased from around 27 percent to 34.1 percent after the second round of ballot counting. The primary election ballot counts are not official until August 31 when the county auditor will certify the results. Check the county auditor’s website for the most up-to-date results.