Democrats ahead in local, state races

The first count of ballots in county and state races affecting Whidbey Island show Democratic candidates dominating.

In addition, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue’s property tax levy lift measure is passing with more than 64 percent of votes cast in its favor.

In the race for Island County commissioner in District 1, Democratic candidate Melanie Bacon has a lead over Republican Damian Greene. Bacon has 23,897 ballots cast in her favor, or 51.6 percent, while Greene has 22,381 votes, which is just over 48 percent.

In the race for District 2 commissioner, incumbent Jill Johnson, a Republican, has a sizable lead over Republican rival Dan Evans.

Johnson has 25,192 votes, or nearly 62 percent, and Evans has 15,703 votes, or just over 38.4 percent.

The hard-fought contest for Legislative District 10 state senator is close. Democrat Helen Price Johnson is ahead with 38,134 votes, or nearly 51 percent, and Republican Ron Muzzall, the appointed senator, has 36,815 votes, or 49 percent.

For state representative position 1, Angie Homola, a Democrat, is ahead of Republican Greg Gilday. Homola has 37,635 votes, or just over 51 percent, and Gilday has 35,872, or nearly 49 percent.

For position 2, Democrat Dave Paul, the incumbent, is well ahead of Republican Bill Bruch. Paul has 38,751 votes, or 52 percent, and Bruch has 35,464 votes, or nearly 48 percent.

In the contested race for Island County Superior Court judge, Carolyn Cliff has a big lead over Kathleen Petrich. Cliff has 23,819 votes, or nearly 60 percent, and Petrich has 16,189 votes, which is more than 40 percent.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, a Democrat, has a giant lead over Republican Timothy Hazelo. Larsen has more than 65 percent of the vote and Hazelo has just over 34 percent.