Both Pullman incumbents take most votes in primary election

CODY COTTIER, Evergreen reporter

Both the incumbents running for reelection in Pullman’s primary races, for city council Ward 1 and Pullman School District director, came out in the lead and will continue on to the November election.

City council Ward 1 incumbent Al Sorensen, after earning 59 percent of the vote, or just over 500 votes, will face Eric Fejeran, the chair of the Whitman County Democrats, who received 25 percent, or 215 votes.

However, the race was technically already decided, as Hannah Krauss dropped out too late to be removed from the ballot. Krauss received 140 votes.

Pullman School District director incumbent Karl Johanson won 35 percent, or about 530 votes. In November he will face Nathan Roberts, a WSU professor who won 25 percent, or 376 votes.

Elizabeth Siler, a WSU professor who also dropped out the school district race after the deadline, received 20 percent, or 307 votes.

Just 186 people voted for city council Ward 2, and Garren Shannon won 44 percent, or 82 votes. Shannon has worked on the Pullman Planning Commission for six years. He will face Dan Records, an investigator for WSU’s Office of Equal Opportunity who received 27 percent, or 50 votes.

Austin Brown, a recent WSU graduate and former ASWSU senator, won almost 20 percent.

In total, 2,589 people voted in the primary election.