There are 454,124 registered voters in Pierce County, of which 21 percent cast votes in the 2015 primary election. Key and Gig Harbor peninsulas had a better return rate, at 26 percent.
The FD 16 fire levy passed with 55 percent of the vote. Fifty percent was required to pass.
The Pierce County advisory vote concerning the new administrative building failed, with 56 percent of the voters in opposition.
For Peninsula School District board Position 1, Matt Wilkinson will be challenged by Marcia Harris. For Position 4, Leslie Harbaugh and Garth Jackson will face off in the November general election.
The large field of candidates for the Charter Review Commission was narrowed to Martha Lantz and Randy Boss for Position 1, Brenda Wiest and David Olson for Position 2 and Katie Baird and Beckie Krantz for Position 3. Boss, Olson and Krantz are Gig Harbor residents; the other three reside on the other side of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Fifty-seven percent of the registered voters for Council District 7 who vote for these positions live on the Key or Gig Harbor peninsulas.
Fire department personnel are thrilled with the passage of the fire levy.
“Levy funds will not be received until April and later. An immediate effect will be to act to fill a recently vacated position,” said Chief Guy Allen. “The pending possible downgrade affecting insurance premiums for the Longbranch and Herron Island areas can only be overcome if volunteers come forth that reside in those areas.”