Orange, Coston enjoy large leads in respective races

Early results available for 2017 General Election

VANCOUVER — The first report of results from the 2017 General Election was released by the Clark County Elections Department Tuesday evening and Don Orange and Molly Coston had large leads in two of the key races on the ballot.

Don Orange
Don Orange

Orange, a Vancouver businessman, leads Kris Greene 24,875 votes (64.24 percent) to 13,644 (35.24 percent) in the race for Vancouver Port District Commissioner, District 1, Position 1.

Molly Coston
Molly Coston

Coston, a former member of the Washougal City Council, held a double-digit advantage (54.01 percent to 41.98 percent) over current Washougal Council Member Dan Coursey. Coston had 1,091 votes to Coursey’s 848.

In the race for mayor of the city of Vancouver, Council Member Anne McEnerny-Ogle has 16,425 votes (74.72 percent). Steven Cox, who dropped out of the race too late for his name to be removed from the ballot, has 5,157 votes (23.46 percent).

Three council positions were on the ballot in Vancouver. In the race for Position 1, Scott Campbell, who died on Sept. 17, received 12,908 votes (61.54 percent) to Maureen McGoldrick’s 7,794 (37.16 percent). A Campbell victory would mean the Vancouver City Council would accept applications for the vacant position after the first of the year and then appoint someone.

In the race for Position 2, current council member Alishia Topper has wide margin over her opponent Justin Forsman, 16,984 votes (78.72 percent) to 4,485 (20.79 percent).

Linda Glover also had a sizeable lead in the race for Position 3 on the Vancouver City Council. Glover had 14,144 votes (66.53 percent) and Michelle Beardshear had 6,968 (32.77 percent).

There were three advisory votes on the ballot and voters overwhelming opted to repeal each.

For a complete report of election results, go to: will update this report.


About The Author

Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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