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Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-17 conUnuedfrompage A-1 Griffey with 50.3 percent of the vote. She led Griffey by 223 votes. "So far, if I'm ahead a little bit, it's a good sign," Haigh said Wednesday morn- ing. "It really is too early to tell. Friday well have a better idea for sure." Griffey was leading Haigh with 50.3 percent of the vote in Mason Coun- ty, with 93 more votes than Haigh. "I'm not going to say we're going to win but I'm absolutely proud of my team," Griffey said Wednesday morn- ing. "We have to be positive." Mason County Auditor Karen Herr said her office planned to count more than 3,000 ballots 4 p.m. Wednesday, afLer the Journal's press deadline. "(Wednesday night), to be honest, we could see a swing the other direction, the way the ballots were trending coming in late," Griffey said. "If we keep trend- ing the way we trend in this county, we could win this election." Haigh narrowly defeated Griffey in the state representa- tive races in 2010 and 2012. "The last three cy- cles, it has been very close," Haigh said. Haigh was first Haigh elected to the state House in 1998. Griffey is a firefighter with Central Mason Fire & EMS and has not previously served in elected office. Haigh has spoken in favor of balancing state funding among early childhood edu- Griffey cation, kindergarten through 12th grade and higher education. Griffey has also spoken in favor of in- creasing state funding to education and "The three cycles, it has been cleseo" Kathy Haigh, 35th District state representative also said he wanted to loosen restrictions under the Growth Management Act. Haigh commented on the amount of money spent on campaign costs in this year's election. "The amount of money that went into these campaigns for me is just over- whelming," Haigh said. "I would like to see us have a conversation ... about how we can cut back the amount of money that goes into campaigns." Haigh's campaign raised $209,542 and Griffey's campaign raised $138,823. continued frompage A-1 In Mason County, Sheldon led by a narrower margin with about a 500-vote lead over Bowling. "She won't be able to catch me," Sheldon said. "I think the votes will continue to trend my way. My polling said I would win." Mason County Auditor Karen Herr said her of- fice planned to count more than 3,000 ballots by 4 p.m. Wednesday after the Jour- nal's deadline. "I think itwas more emo- tional for the liberal Demo- crats than it was a business Sheldon decision," Sheldon said. "It was nasty - the whole race was nasty. I think it was about party loyalty." Sheldon said education and jobs will be his priority in the coming legislative session. "I'm looking forward to the next legislative term very Bowling much," he said. Sheldon was first elected to the state Senate in 1997. He was one of two Democrats to join Senate Republicans in 2012 to form the coalition caucus. He has served as presi- dent pro-tempore of the state Senate since 2013. He is also a Mason County commis- sioner. Sheldon's largest cam- paign contributions came from Republican organiza- tions. Bowling has owned and operated Bowling Music Stu- dios Inc. for 34 years. She started teaching piano les- sons at age 13 and has a doc- torate degree in music from the University of Washing- ton. RESULTS AT A GLANCE Mason County election results as of 8 p.m. Nov. 4, courtesy of the Mason County Auditor's Office: Voter turnout: 45.73 percent State Initiative 1351 Yes: 48.57 percent No: 51.43 percent State Initiative 591 Yes: 54.62 percent No: 45.38 percent State Initiative 594 Yes: 50.8 percent No: 49.2 percent Mason County Auditor Karen Herr, unopposed, 11;359 votes Mason County Clerk Ginger Brooks, unopposed, 11,161 votes Mason County Coroner Wes Stockwell, unopposed, 11,346 votes Mason County Prosecutor Michael Dorcy, unopposed, 10,984 votes Mason County Sheriff Casey Salisbury, unopposed, 11,523 votes Mason County Treasurer Lisa Frazier, unopposed, 11,134 votes Mason County District Court Judge Victoria Meadows, unopposed, 10,785 votes :? Publk Utility District Distdct 2 Ronald Gold, 759 votes 1 Commissioner $10 Gift Certificate with your new subscription to the Journal! Call (360) :nk for your the" Enjoy OU