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Write-In Candidate for Union Gap Mayor Comes Up Short

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UNION GAP, Wash - The race for the next Union Gap Mayor has been one of the most interesting after the primary was so close it was recounted.  Then current Union Gap city councilmember, Dan Vanover decided to campaign as a write-in candidate for mayor.

Vanover knew it was going to be an up hill battle.  He stood in the Yakima County Auditor's office Tuesday night waiting for the election results.  Out of all the candidates in Yakima County he was the first one there, waiting patiently as the ballots were being counted.

When the results came out, Vanover's subtle reaction signaled that the votes didn't go his way.

The unofficial results show current Union Gap city councimember Jim Lemon in the lead with 43% of the votes, also current councilmember Dan Olson has 34% and Vanover with 20%. 

"For a late stage write-in, we've made a very strong showing, to win would've been a very difficult task," said Vanover.

Vanover entered the race with less then a month to campaign.  He says he will gladly support whoever is officially elected as mayor.