In Tuesday’s political races of particular interest to local voters…

- Pam Roach was easily defeating Matt Richardson in the race for the 31st Legislative District’s Senate seat. Roach, a longtime incumbent, polled 23,781 votes or 67.16 percent of the total. Richardson, a Sumner City Council member, received 11,630 votes or 32.84 percent. Both are Republicans.

- In the 31st District’s Position 1 seat in the House of Representatives, Enumclaw’s Cathy Dahlquist was outpolling Shawn Bunney of Lake Tapps. Dahlquist, a school board member, received 18,478 votes or 52.40 percent. Bunney, coming off two terms on the Pierce County Council and a victim of term limits, received 16,787 votes or 47.60 percent. Both are Republicans.

- In the Position 2 House race, incumbent Christopher Hurst, who has adopted the Independent Democrat label, defeated Republican challenger Patrick Reed. Hurst received 21,848 votes or 57.664 percent to Reed’s 16,055 votes and 42.36 percent.

- Pierce County voters selected a council member to replace Bunney in the Position 1 seat, which represents the eastern portion of the county. Bonney Lake’s Dan Roach, who stepped away from the State Legislature to run for the county post, was an easy winner. He received 25,084 votes or 63.16 percent, compared with Pat McElligott’s 14,563 votes and 36.67 percent.

- In the 8th Congressional District, local voters helped re-elect Republican Dave Reichert. He had a comfortable lead over Democratic challenger Suzan DelBene.

- The future of fire protection and emergency medical services in and around Enumclaw was significantly changed. Voters overwhelmingly chose to annex the city into Fire District 28. Backers of the measure claim things will operate just as they did before, but the decision-making authority switches from the city to the district. The proposal received 85 percent support.

- In Buckley, voters didn't hesitate to reauthorize a levy that provides emergency medical services. The ballot item received 74 percent support.

- NOTE: the numbers quoted above were current as of 5 p.m. Thursday as posted on the Secretary of State, King County and Pierce County websites.

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