The Lacey Fire District 3 commission incumbents posted large leads Tuesday night in early returns.
In the Position No. 1 race, in which both candidates demonstrated a wealth of experience, voters threw their support to incumbent Gene Dobry, who captured nearly 66 percent of the vote to Paul Perz’s 33.8 percent.
Perz is a former assistant state fire marshal, a job he held for seven years. Dobry, recently retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was seeking a second six-year term on the commission.
In the Position No. 2 race, Sylvia Roberts, who was appointed to a vacant seat in the spring, was winning with nearly 60 percent of the vote. Her challenger, James Holcomb, was trailing with about 41.2 percent.
Roberts worked in education for 37 years, both as a teacher and administrator. After she retired, she returned to Lacey from the Snohomish area, wanting to give back to the community. Her parents, she recalled, suffered health problems late in their lives, and they had turned to Lacey Fire District 3 for assistance over the years.
Roberts will complete the remainder of the six-year term cut short when Dennis Jones resigned in January for health and personal reasons.
Little was known about Holcomb. He reportedly did not attend campaign events with the other candidates. Public records show that he worked for the crafts store Michaels.