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Park District win assured

As more votes were counted this week the success of the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District maintenance and operation levy was assured.

By Friday morning, the margin of support had increased to 63.22 percent, well over the 60 percent required to approve the six-year levy.

Voters OK’d continuing a Park District levy at 18 cents per thousand the first year, and likely dropping from there as assessed values increase.

The success means the Park District can continue to operate the John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool, which is heavily used by all segments of the community, from kids having fun to adults exercising and Navy personnel meeting certification requirements.

Loann Gulick, Island County elections officer in the Auditor’s Office, said there were a few more ballots to count Friday afternoon, but not enough to change the outcome of the election.

“Just a few ballots came in today,” she said. “We’re just about wrapping it up.”

Votes counted this week slightly increased the levy’s approval rating.

As of election night Tuesday, the proposal enjoyed a 62.34 rate of success. After another 1,300 votes were counted it increased to 63.22, with 4,681 in favor and 2,732 against.

Only a few public offices were on the primary ballot on Whidbey Island. In those races, the top two vote getters will advance to the general election Nov. 8.

For Oak Harbor School Board Position 4, Corey Johnson and Brien Lillquist advance. Johnson won the primary with 4,828 votes through Friday morning, while Lillquist received 1,379. Eliminated from the race was Ace James III with 396 votes.

For Coupeville School Board Position 3, Cindy Van Dyk was the leading vote getter with 883 votes. Incumbent Mitchell Howard received 659, enough to advance to the general election. Eliminated were Mark Varljen with 520 and Larrie Ford with 425.

In the Admirals Cove Water District, Kathleen Jones with 90 votes and Chad Nichols with 64 will meet in the general election. Reid Greenwood with 50 votes was eliminated.

For the Port of South Whidbey, incumbent commissioner Gene Sears finished second in the primary with 309 votes. He will face Geoff Tapert, 464 votes, in the general election. Eliminated were Wallace Russell with 234 votes and Lawrence Dobrin with 199 votes.

Continued funding of the county’s only Mosquito District on Camano Island passed with 82 percent of the vote. Property owners there will pay 15 cents per thousand to control mosquitoes.

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