By Kristi Pihl, November 5, 2013, Tri-City Herald
Don Barnes and Tom Moak may get the chance to lead the charge on redeveloping Vista Field and Columbia Drive.
They were in the lead for two of the three Port of Kennewick commission seats as of Tuesday’s initial results.
Incumbent Barnes garnered 8,187 votes or 57 percent for the remaining two years in a six-year term for District 1, according to initial results.
His opponent, John Givens, 67, senior vice president of credit administration at Yakima National Bank, received 6,123 votes or 43 percent.
“I feel privileged to have fared this well against John because he is a very experienced and highly qualified candidate,” said Barnes, 61, a commercial broker who was appointed to the commission in May 2012.
Barnes said he appreciates the chance to continue to serve on the commission, especially considering the tremendous opportunity that the port has with its current projects.
Meanwhile, with District 2, Moak, 60, who served 12 years on the Kennewick City Council, had earned 8,008 votes or 54 percent.
Leo Bowman, 74, who recently retired after 16 years as a Benton County commissioner, had 6,923 votes or 46 percent.
Moak, manager of the Kennewick main branch of Mid-Columbia Libraries, said he’s pleased that voters bought into his vision for the port’s projects, including downtown, Columbia Drive and Vista Field.
Tuesday’s results do include some ballots received Tuesday. More ballots will be counted today, and election results will be certified Nov. 26.
Port commissioners will earn $1,075 monthly starting next year, plus $104 for each meeting they attend.