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Hamilton and Corvallis residents overwhelmingly voted down a $5.84 million bond and $350,000 annual operating levy for the Bitterroot Aquatic Center at Tuesday’s general election.

The bond failed by a vote of 4,073 to 1,586. The levy went down by a similar margin of 4.134 to 1,612.

Votes for two registered write-in candidates in Stevensville still had to be tallied.

About 40% of the electorate returned the mail-in ballots.

In Hamilton City Council’s Ward 1, challenger Robin Pruitt defeated incumbent Joe Petrusaitis by a vote of 274 to 129.

In Darby, Nancy McKinney won with a better than 2-to-1 lead over fellow newcomer Rick Hammond with a vote of 54 to 25.

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In Stevensville, Jaimie Williams won in the contest for a Council Ward 1 position by a vote of 123 to 89 over former council member Stacie Barker.

Both registered write-in candidates came up short in Stevensville races. Ravalli County Clerk and Recorder Regina Plettenberg said those write-in numbers would be available Wednesday afternoon. 

Incumbent Patrick Shourd ran as a registered write-in candidate against Robert Michalson for a four-term in Ward 2. Michalson had 92 votes. Shourd had 84. 

Incumbent Dempsey H. Vick II had 132 votes. His challenger, Trenis Hindle, also a registered write-in candidate, had 68 votes. 

Shourd and Vick were both appointed to the positions in August after three members of the council abruptly resigned in July. Barker and Michalson were among those who resigned their posts following months of acrimony between the council and mayor.

Results will be updated online at ravallirepublic.com.

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