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Oak Harbor holds island's only primary

The only primary election on Whidbey Island will take place Tuesday in Oak Harbor as voters peruse a menu of three candidates for mayor.

One of those candidates, Eric Gerber, withdrew from the race last week, but it was too late to take his name off the ballot or stop the primary election.

Still in the running are incumbent Mayor Patty Cohen, seeking a second term; and City Councilman Bob Morrison. The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election, although Gerber will presumably withdraw if he finishes first or second.

There will be two polling places open in Oak Harbor, according to Loann Gullick, elections officer in the Island County Auditor’s Office. Depending on their precinct, voters will cast ballots at either Oak Harbor Elementary School or the Oak Harbor School District Administrative Building. If you don’t know where to vote, call 678-5111 and ask for the Auditor’s Office.

There are 7,112 registered voters living in the city. Gullick said 4,375 mail ballots were sent out, of which 1,817 had been returned as of Friday morning. Election results will appear in next Wednesday’s edition of the Whidbey News-Times.

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