Thurston County Treasurer Shawn Myers, a Democrat, posted a narrow lead over Republican opponent Tom Nelson - the narrowest of any county race in Tuesday's early returns.
Myers led by less than 2 percentage points and wasn’t claiming victory.
“The results are very close. We see that,” she said. “I just want to thank the community, my volunteers at this time and just wait and see.”
The results reflected 74,294 ballots counted out of a total of 149,024 registered voters.
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“It looks like this is very close, very close,” Nelson said, adding, “I’ve won over some people who voted for a Democrat, and I feel good about that in a county that typically will vote more Democrat than Republican.”
The treasurer is responsible for receiving and disbursing more than $2 billion.
Both candidates say they have ideas to improve the office. Myers said the office is working on a Web portal to give up-to-date information about taxing districts and exploring the idea of electronic tax statements.
Nelson proposes sending out postcards to people who are late on paying their property taxes and real estate excise tax payments, and wants to automate the real estate excise tax form.
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