Budrow overtakes Hawley in race for sheriff

OKANOGAN – The Nov. 17 vote count of the Nov. 8 General Election from the Okanogan County Auditor’s office shows challenger and former Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow now in the lead for the office of Okanogan County Sheriff by more than 650 votes over incumbent sheriff Tony Hawley.

Earlier vote counts showed Budrow narrowly trailing Hawley by first 23 votes, then closing to within nine votes during the second count. Out of 14,511 votes counted as of Nov. 17, Budrow received 52.35 percent (7,596) to Hawley’s 47.65 percent (6,915).

The closest race remaining at this stage of the count is between the candidates competing for the Okanogan County Commissioner District 3 seat vacated by Jim DeTro. In that contest 576 votes separate the leader, Jon R. Neal from Lloyd E. Caton, Jr. Neal has 52,23 percent (6,752) and Caton 47.77 percent (6,176).

Incumbent Okanogan County Coroner David Rodriguez has a comfortable lead over challenger Rojean (Jeannie) Hughes, 8,807 votes to 4,705.

At least one more count is scheduled before the election is certified on Nov. 29.


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