"County races: McDowell, Rowlands emerge"
July 3, 2008 · Updated 12:55 PM
"Incumbent District 2 Island County Commissioner Mac McDowell fought off a strong challenge from Marv Koorn in the Republican primary, and votes for Democrats William Rowlands and Tom Fisher were still being counted late into to see who will face incumbent Commissioner Mike Shelton in the District 1 race.McDowell collected xxxx votes to xxxx for Koorn, with xx of xx precincts reporting at midnight Tuesday. McDowell will go on to face Democratic challenger Lynne Wilcox in November general election. Wilcox received xxxx votes.Exactly who will be Shelton's challenger was a little less clear. Rowlands had gotten xxxx votes by the time the Island County Auditor's Office closed. Fisher, however, is a write-in candidate, and county vote counters were hand-tallying his votes late Tuesday. An exact count was not available at press time, but Fisher put together an organized write-in campaign and the vote was expected to be close. In the 2nd District Republican primary, Koorn, a long-time North Whidbey roads supervisor for the county's Public Works Department, hoped to get the opportunity to face off against Wilcox in November. But that job will go to McDowell, a professional engineer and two-term county commissioner.Here were the vote totals just before midnight Tuesday:County Commissioner Dist. 1Mike Shelton (R), 2470William Rowlands (D), 1480Tom Fisher, 000County Commissioner Dist. 2Mac McDowell (R), 625Marv Koorn (R), 515Lynne Wilcox (D), 472 "