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Hospital bond passes
"Whidbey Island voters gave a resounding yes to Whidbey General Hospital's request for a $5 million bond, and appeared to favor incumbents in 10th District races for state House and Senate.With a majority of the vote counted Tuesday, the hospital bond was passing with ease, 6,313 votes to 2,015 votes, or 76 percent to 24 percent. The lead was so decisive that elections officials were certain the measure would pass, even though it needed a 60 percent supermajority.In fact, the only suspense for much of the night was whether or not the hospital bond issue would draw enough voters. In order for a bond to be validated, 40 percent of the number of people who voted in the last election had to vote this time around. That meant 7,756 total votes were needed, a tally surpassed late in the night.We're feeling optimistic, Whidbey General Hospital spokeswoman Trish Rose said at around 10 p.m., when the measure was passing with 77 percent of the vote. It's going great.In the state House and Senate races, incumbent Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island collected 5,409 votes, to 4,482 for Norma Smith, a Langley Republican who will challenge Haugen in the general election in November. In the 10th District Position 1 House race, the primary offered a November preview that also seemed to favor incumbents. Rep. Kelly Barlean got 5,749 votes to 3,456 votes for Democrat John McCoy, and in the Position 2 race, Rep. Dave Anderson, D-Clinton got 4,660 votes to 4,411 votes for Republican Barry Sehlin.Hospital bond supporters were out in force on election night. Whidbey General officials appeared to do an effective job leading up to the vote explaining that the new bond would replace one that is expiring. The no new tax approach seemed to soothe voters.The $5 million measure will allow the hospital to pursue a major remodel, with added space for services such as cardiac rehabilitation, medical ambulatory care and rehabilitation services.It will cost 26 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. Property owners will actually see a slight decrease in the next few years in hospital taxes as the old bond expires. The new bond will continue until 2011. The hospital bond was just one of several matters facing voters on a crowded primary ballot. Voters pared down several crowded races for positions in state government, from secretary of state to commissioner of public lands. Here were the latest vote tallies from the Island County auditor's office, before the office closed at midnight. The totals represent votes counted from 34 out of 63 precincts:Whidbey General Hospital BondYes, 6313No, 2015State Senator Dist. 10Mary Margaret Haugen (D), 5409Norma Smith (R), 4482State Rep. Dist. 10, Pos. 1Dave Anderson (D), 4660Barry Sehlin (R), 4411Hugh Fleet (R), 681State Rep. Dist. 10, Pos. 2Kelly Barlean (R), 5749John McCoy (D), 3456GovernorGary Locke (D), 5647John Carlson (R), 4146Harold Hochstatter (R), 493Lt. GovernorLonnie Williams (D), 1161Brad Owen (D), 3416Mike Elliot (R), 2731Secretary of StateDon Bonker (D), 1555Bob Terwilliger (D), 1242Sam Reed (R), 1739James Findley (R), 816State TreasurerMike Murphy (D), 3552Diane Rhoades (R), 4543State AuditorBrian Sonntag (D), 4891Richard McEntee (R), 4138State Attorney GeneralChristine Gregoire (D), 5147Richard Pope (R), 4243Comm. of Public LandsMike Lowry (D), 2873Doug Sutherland (R), 3315Superintendent of Public Inst.Terry Bergeson, 4528Insurance CommissionerMike Kreidler (D), 2516Don Davidson (R), 2741U.S. SenateMaria Cantwell (D), 3608Deborah Senn (D), 1255Slade Gorton (R), 4840U.S. RepresentativeJohn Koster (R), 5025Rick Larsen (D), 4413State Supreme Court Pos. 2Susan J. Owens, 2366David Larson, 1248Jeff Sullivan, 1075Superior Court Judge Pos. 1Alan Hancock, 6515Superior Court Judge Pos. 2Vickie Churchill, 6282 "