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Cohen, Morrison win primary

Oak Harbor Mayor Patty Cohen and Councilman Bob Morrison will definitely be facing each other in the November election.

With only 24 ballots left to be counted, the results of the Sept. 16 primary are clear. Cohen received 1,219 votes, Morrison got 660 and Councilman Eric Gerber was a close third with 622 votes.

Gerber withdrew from the race just 10 days before the primary, citing serious family problems. He’s thrown his support behind Morrison, which may give the retired Navy man more than a fighting chance against the incumbent mayor.

“I need to put my nose to the grindstone,” Morrison said, “get my people together and get to work.”

“We can win this thing,” he added.

But judging from voter turnout, there currently isn’t a lot of interest in the city for the mayoral race. Of the approximately 20,000 Oak Harbor residents, 7,183 people are registered voters.

Of those, only 2,501 people voted in the primary.

There were only two polling site open on the day of the election, which means everyone outside those areas had to vote by mail-in ballots. Only 273 people actually cast their ballots, which is less than 11 percent of the total votes counted.

You can reach News-Times reporter Jessie Stensland at jstensland@whidbeynewstimes.com or call 675-6611.

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