Duenkel captures auditor race



November 17, 2022

Gordon Weeks

Mason County auditor Paddy McGuire, left, and challenger Steve Duenkel look at McGuire's phone while waiting for results on election night, Nov. 8, in Shelton.

A wave of post-election day ballot counts catapulted Steve Duenkel to a narrow victory in the Mason County auditor's race.

Duenkel, the Republican challenger, trailed incumbent Democrat Paddy McGuire by 547 votes in results released election night. By Wednesday's second ballot count, which occurred after the Journal went to press last week, Duenkel had erased McGuire's lead and gained a seven-vote advantage.

Duenkel led by 272 votes after Thursday's count, which was the final before Veterans Day weekend, and was ahead by 281 votes after Monday's count.

The totals announced Monday were 14...

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