Recount in Waterville mayor race doesn’t change results

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The results of the Aug. 6 primary race for Waterville mayor are finally official.

After a manual recount, Loyd Smith retained his one-vote lead for second place and will move on to the general election.

Jill Daling-Thompson was the top vote-getter but only one vote separated Smith and Charles Driver for the second slot, forcing the automatic recount.

Wednesday’s recount reaffirmed that Smith received 124 votes, to 123 votes for Driver.

Waterville voters are electing a new mayor for the first time in two decades after the retirement of Royal Devaney.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.