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West Richland Council Member Winner Might Turn Down Position

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Election results were certified Tuesday and the declared winner in a West Richland City Council race might not take the position. Election results were certified Tuesday and the declared winner in a West Richland City Council race might not take the position.

PROSSER, WA - Election results were certified Tuesday and the declared winner in a West Richland City Council race might not take the position.

Jay Bowman won a seat on the West Richland City Council, but it's uncertain if he'll take the job after he tried to withdraw from the race too late.

Benton County's election administrator says, if Bowman decides to withdraw after winning the election then the council would need to appoint someone for a two year term.

Bowman has until the first council meeting of next year to make his decision whether to take the oath of office.

Administrators say this type of situation is very uncommon.

"It's not that uncommon that the city appoints people to those positions. It is just uncommon that the person that gets elected isn't wanting to take office," said Stuart Holmes, Benton County election administrator.

Bowman received just 65 more votes than his challenger Johan Curtiss.

Some other close races certified Tuesday include the West Richland mayor's race that went to Brent Gerry who defeated Merle Johnson by 169 votes.

And an exceptionally close race in Franklin County, where Bruce Blackwell defeated Gary Walton in the Connell mayor's race by just ten votes.

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