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Siddoway wins Appeals Court seat

Laurel Siddoway of Spokane will win the Appeals Court seat to which she was appointed this spring, ballots tallied Thursday show.

Siddoway, 56, consistently led Spokane attorney Harvey Dunham since Tuesday’s ballot counts, and with most ballots counted in the six-county district Thursday evening her election seems certain. She leads Dunham by more than 2,800 votes for the Division 3 position.

Dunham leads in four counties, but they have only about 1,800 ballots left to count. Spokane elections officials estimate they have about 10,000 more ballots to count, and Siddoway is collecting about 53 percent of the ballots in the district’s most-populous county.

The outcome is similar to a 2008 Appeals Court race between Dunham and Kevin Korsmo. Dunham won in most surrounding counties, but Korsmo won handily in Spokane County and retained the seat he received by appointment from Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Siddoway was appointed this spring by Gregoire to a seat that became open with Judge John Schultheis’ retirement.

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