BLAINE - Incumbent Charlie Hawkins will advance to the Nov. 5 general election in his bid to keep his Ward 2 seat on the Blaine City Council, according to early results Tuesday night, Aug. 6.
Hawkins was leading with nearly 54 percent of the 231 votes counted Tuesday. He was one of three candidates in the primary race.
"I'm pleased with the result. I think it shows the people who voted have confidence in what I'm doing and want it to continue, and want the council to continue in the direction it's going in," Hawkins said.
Hawkins, a 67-year-old bus driver for Blaine School District, is seeking his third term.
He likely will face Brian Thomasson, a 27-year-old real estate broker, who garnered nearly 32 percent.
"I'm excited with what it looks like. It's still up in the air, but I'd love the opportunity," Thomasson said.
David Gallion, a 62-year-old retired automotive technician, also was vying for the seat in the primary.
He received a little more than 14 percent of the votes. Thirty-nine votes separate Gallion and Thomasson, and it's unknown how many remain to be counted for the Blaine race.
But Gallion conceded the race Tuesday night, given the low voter turnout in the primary.
"I'm pretty far behind. I wish to congratulate Brian Thomasson and Charlie Hawkins and wish them good luck in the general election," Gallion said. "I'm sorry that it turned out that way. I knew I would be the better person for the town, but the town decided differently. That's how democracy works."
The next ballot count will be released Wednesday afternoon.
Results won't be official until they're certified Aug. 20.
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