Write-ins put Lewis on Island County ballot against Rep. Smith
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
September 3, 2010 · 3:12 PM
The name “Laura Lewis” will appear on the ballot next to “Norma Smith” in the November general election.
Lewis, a last-minute, write-in candidate, received enough votes from District 10 voters in the primary election to qualify to have her name on the ballot. The last ballots were counted and the election was certified Sept. 1.
Lewis, a Democrat and a Camano Island resident, decided to challenge Smith (R-Clinton), but didn’t sign up as a write-in candidate until early August. By that time, the mail-in ballots had been out for a week.
Still, Lewis managed to get 928 votes, or about 2 percent of the total. She only needed 1 percent to qualify for the ballot.
“I’m excited and terrified at the same time,” she said.
Although her late start makes her an underdog, Lewis said she plans to campaign hard and is optimistic about her prospects.
“The voters are kind of funny this year and may go for a non-incumbent,” she said.
Smith received a total of 27,511 votes in the district.
In the other District 10 race, Rep. Barbara Bailey (R-Oak Harbor) came out well ahead of challenger Tom Riggs in the election, 25,153 to 14,880 votes.
A total of 25,138 ballots were cast in the Island County primary election. That’s 53.4 percent of registered voters. The statewide voter turnout was just under 41 percent.
Here’s a look at the final numbers in Island County contested races:
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Yes - 6,703 votes or 29 percent
No - 16,135 or 71 percent
Dave Mattens, D – 9,910 or 42 percent
Mary Engle, R – 13,436 or 58 percent
Carol Ann Fortune, R – 9,913 or 44 percent
Debra Van Pelt, D – 6,968 or 31 percent
Patricia Terry, D – 5,528 or 25 percent
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Kelly Emerson, R – 4,812 or 59 percent
John Dean, D – 3,343 or 41 percent
Robert Bishop, R – 14,244 or 67 percent
Paul Thompson – 6,979 or 33 percent
Ana Maria Nunez, D – 10,986 or 50 percent
Shane Fortune, R – 11,017 or 50 percent
Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.