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New elections count shows little change
Little changed in Island County races in the second count of votes from the Nov. 6 election.The number of votes increased, but percentages remained the same in the two races for Island County commissioner.Republican candidate Jill Johnson is still ahead of Democratic incumbent, Angie Homola, by 2 percent for the District 2 commissioner race. Johnson has 19,104 votes, or 51 percent, which Homola has 18,328, or 49 percent.Incumbent Commissioner Helen Price-Johnson, a District 1 Democrat, still leads Republican challenger Jeff Lauderdale by 4 percent. Price Johnson has 19,564 votes, or 52 percent, while Lauderdale received 17,801 ballots cast in his favor, or just under 48 percent.Vote counts from the three counties in Legislative District 10 show that Oak Harbor resident Barbara Bailey, a Republican, is well ahead of incumbent state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen. Bailey currently has 29,842 votes, or nearly 53 percent, while Haugen has 26,790 votes, or just over 47 percent.Republican Rep. Norma Smith remains far ahead of Democratic challenger Aaron Simpson. Smith has 33,672 votes, or 61 percent, while Simpson has 21,655, or 39 percent.Republican Dave Hayes is ahead of Democrat Tom Riggs in the race for the other state representative seat in District 10. Hayes has 28,446 votes, or 52 percent, while Riggs has 26,279, or 48 percent.