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Mayor Gordon Petrie appears to have been re-elected in Emmett for a second four-year term. Petrie outpolled current City Councilman Steve Nebeker 728 to 653 in unofficial final results posted on the Gem County Clerk website Tuesday evening. Petrie was appointed to the office of Mayor in January 2015 and elected unopposed in November 2015.

Tona Henderson is the lone incumbent to be retained in voting for three Emmett City Council seats. Denise Sorenson was the leading vote recipient among the crowded eight candidate field, garnering 605 votes. Henderson was second with 570 and Thomas Butler claimed the final spot with 516 votes.

Ten candidates vied for five school board positions with three incumbents running for re-election. Only Ronnie Weekes of Letha was retained on the board. Gaining spots on the board beginning in January were Mike Garner (1,999), Houston “Hoss” White (1913), Mike Kimball (1,893), Ross Walker (1,680) and Weekes (1,569).

The Gem County Fire District #1 bond request was soundly defeated as it achieved just under a 30 percent approval vote and needed a super majority to authorize the proposed $5.1 million bond offering.

All results are unofficial until they have been formally canvassed and then approved by both the Secretary of State’s office and the Gem County Board of Commissioners.

Full breakdowns of precinct voting and reactions from the candidates will appear in the Nov. 13 print edition of the Messenger Index.

The unofficial final vote tallies are available on the Gem County Clerk website.

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