Kitsap keys Dare's win
June 11, 2008 · Updated 11:05 AM
"Republican Frank Dare will face off against Democratic incumbent Kathy Haigh for a spot in the Legislature representing the 35th District in the Nov. 7 general election.Although his opponent in the primary, Wendy Ervin of Shelton, conceded the close-fought race, a mandatory recount was conducted yesterday at the Givens Community Center in Port Orchard. The final count is due today.State law requires a recount of the ballots when candidates are separated by less than one-half of 1 percent of votes cast.Ervin won by narrow margins in three 35th District counties, Mason, Thurston and Grays Harbor. But Dare took Kitsap, with 2,272 votes to Ervin's 1,929. All of Mason and parts of Kitsap, Grays Harbor and Thurston are included in the 35th District.I don't think it will change much, but I'm glad (Ervin) conceded. It will eliminate more waiting, Dare, a resident of Olympia, said of the recount.Dare said he didn't think he'd go to the Givens Center to observe the recount.He's busily planning his campaign against Haigh.I'm actively working on presentation points for a debate with Haigh, he said. I'm in the middle of writing a letter to focus on the issue.There are four issues Dare would like to discuss, he said: taxes, education, social programs and transportation.Transportation is an issue that touches on many others around it, so we need to take a look at everything else that's impacted by it, he said.Ervin said she doesn't expect any surprises from the recount either.I really don't expect any differences, she said.She plans on running again in the future, but next time I'll be giving myself enough time. I started kind of late this time.Ervin, who said former 35th District representative Peggy Johnson asked her to run for office, plans to develop campaign staff earlier.I didn't have the contacts to run a campaign this time, she said.In the meantime, she plans to maintain contact with residents who did call her about issues important to them.Over the time I was campaigning I began to develop a database of people who had specific interests and problems, she said. They trusted me with their names and numbers in the hopes I would help.She said she'll continue to try to find ways to advocate for those people. "