Sensational Sweets bakery owner Colleen Roberts and Northwest Energy Solutions owner Rick Dyer are leading in the Republican primary for two seats on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
With almost 100 percent of votes counted by 4 a.m., Roberts had 10,199 votes to real estate broker Joel Ockunzzi's 8,920 votes in the race for Position 3 on the board.
"It's been so exciting for a normal person like myself. I'm not an insider," Roberts said.
For Position 1, Dyer had an overwhelming 15,112 votes to retired electrical engineer Henry Marlowe Jr.'s 1,809 votes.
Roberts and Dyer will face write-in winners from the Democratic primaries in the November general election. No Democrats filed to run, although attorney Tonia Moro mounted a late write-in campaign for Position 1 for the Democratic primary and could face Dyer in November.
Write-in winners will not be known until next week since those votes must be counted by hand, said Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker.
As of tabulations this morning, voter turnout was at 52 percent, Walker said.
— Vickie Aldous