Voter support for emergency communications strong
Hyer leads Miller in Primary results
August 4, 2022
POMEROY--Incumbent Sheriff Drew Hyer received about a hundred more votes than challenger Kurt Miller, and Garfield County voters approved Proposition No. 1 to fund emergency communication systems and facilities, results from the August 2 Primary Election showed.
Voter turnout in Garfield County was 52.47%, with 893 ballots counted as of the election deadline, with an estimated 35 remaining to be counted.
Proposition No. 1 saw an overwhelming 71.8% approval, 588 casting yes votes to 230 opposed.
Both Hyer and Miller, Republicans, will move on to the General Election in November. Hyer received 480 votes and 55.17% versus Miller's 383 votes and 44.02%.
Garfield County voters favored U.S. Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley with 502 votes and 58.71%, compared to incumbent Democrat Patty Murray's 201 votes and 23.51%. Statewide, Murray received 557,978 and 54% of the vote. Smiley will face Murray in the General, having received 330,176 votes, or 31.96%.
Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers captured 70.97% of county votes. Democrat Natasha Hill received 134 votes. Districtwide, incumbent McMorris Rodgers, with 51% of the vote, will face Hill, who received 30%, in November.
District 9 Republican House of Representative incumbents Mary Dye of Pomeroy and Joe Schmick of Colfax both received nearly 98%.
Unopposed county candidates included:
Assessor: Brian S. Barrels, (R), votes.
Auditor: McKenzie Lueck, (NP), 767 votes.
Clerk: Marie Gormsen, (R), 747 votes.
Prosecutor: Matt L. Newberg, (R), 716 votes.
Treasurer: Tereasa Summers, (D), 681 votes.
Commissioner, District 3: Justin E. Dixon, (R), 242 votes.
Top vote getters in the Secretary of State in Garfield County were Bob Hagglund, Republican, 210 votes, 27.45%; and Keith L. Wagoner, Republican, 193 votes, 25.23%. Statewide, Democrat Steve Hobbs received 415,619 votes and 41.2%; and nonpartisan Julie Anderson, 129,616 votes and 12.85%.