Chapman read the results with his wife, Bobbi, and his younger son Anders at the courthouse Tuesday night.
“I'm always honored and humbled with voters' support,” Chapman said. “I give a lot of credit to Maggie (Roth). She worked hard and ran a clean campaign with no mud slinging.”
For his 2013 goals with Clallam County, Chapman said he wants to continue working with the Department of Ecology to correct the Dungeness Water Rule and to pursue a recent announcement to bring Carlsborg sewer waste to Sequim.
“The economy is still a big issue for people in the county, so we want to keep that front and center,” he said.
With the county's budget proposal, Chapman said his intention stands not to raise taxes.
Chapman said he was grateful for his family's continued support, including his older son Larsson.
Chapman's opponent Maggie Roth learned of the results with her family but said she was in good spirits.
“It's been like an adventure,” she said. “I learned a lot.”
She plans to pursue a position in politics again and attributes her recent run for commissioner to County Prosecutor Deb Kelly.
“If anyone has time, you should look into running,” she said. “People need to know how their county works.”
Simpson said he was "really pleased" by the vote of confidence.
"It's been a wonderful opportunity to serve the community."
"Tonight’s results show that folks want a congressman who understands what struggling middle-class families and small businesses are going through and will who cut through the partisan gridlock to deliver real results to help them," Kilmer said.
"We need to get people back to work and get Congress back to work, too.”
“I congratulate Bill on running a vigorous and hard-fought campaign,” said Kilmer.
Washington state voters have approved initiatives regarding legalization of marijuana and affirming a two-thirds vote to raise taxes and the referendum to allow same-sex marriages, but an initiative to fund charter schools is too close to call, according to general election night returns.
Initiative 1185, or the two-thirds tax initiative, is getting big support statewide (64-36 split) and in Clallam County (70-30). The measure would require that legislative actions raising taxes must be approved by two-thirds legislative majorities or receive voter approval.
Initiative 502, on regarding legalization of marijuana, is passing statewide by a 55.5-44.5 advantage. In Clallam County, voters are approving the initiative by similar numbers. The measure would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution and possession for persons older than 21; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.
Initiative 1240, one regarding charter schools, has a slim lead (50.9-49.1) in the state; Clallam voters approved of the initiative by a 54.8-45.2 margin. This measure would authorize up to 40 publicly-funded charter schools open to all students, operated through approved, nonreligious, nonprofit organizations, with government oversight; and modify certain laws applicable to them as public schools.
Referendum 74, regarding same-sex marriages, is passing statewide with 51.9 percent of the 1.6 million votes cast. In Clallam County, voters are rejecting the measure with just 46.7 percent approving of R-74. This bill would allow same-sex couples to marry, preserve domestic partnerships only for seniors and preserve the right of clergy or religious organizations to refuse to perform, recognize or accommodate any marriage ceremony.