Election results mixed in Whidbey races

There was no clear trend in local elections for the first count of ballots Tuesday.

In Island County races, Democratic candidate Janet St. Clair, a Camano Island resident, is ahead of incumbent Republican Commissioner Rick Hannold. St. Clair has 14,988 votes, or 53 percent, while Hannold has 13,253 votes, or nearly 47 percent.

Tuesday night, St. Clair said the election was too early to call, but she felt calm and encouraged.

In the race for the next county sheriff, Rick Felici has a seemingly decisive lead over challenger Lane Campbell. Both men are Republicans.

Felici has 14,359 ballots cast in his favor, or nearly 59 percent, while Campbell has 10,134, or 41 percent.

Tuesday night, Felici said he thought the race was going to be much closer but was pleasantly surprised by the results so far.

“I feel like we ran a genuinely clear race,” he said.

In state Legislative District 10, incumbent Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, is ahead of challenger Scott McMullen, a Democrat from Mount Vernon. Smith garnered 21,491 votes, or 52.7 percent, in the district while McMullen won 19,277, or 47 percent.

In the other legislative race, the incumbent Republican is behind, but just barely.

Dave Hayes, R-Camano, has 20,223, or 49.8 percent, while Democratic challenger Dave Paul, an Oak Harbor resident, has 20,419 votes, or just over 50 percent.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Arlington, is far ahead of Libertarian challenger Brian Luke. Larsen currently has 72.5 percent of the vote in the district.

It also appears that voters approved the North Whidbey Pool, Park and Recreation District levy, which requires a supermajority of 60 percent to pass.

A total of 6,084 people voted “yes” on the levy, which is 61.6 percent, and 3,789 people voted “no,” or 38 percent.

If the results hold, the district will be able to keep the pool open on a regular basis.

Initiative 1639, which is about firearms rules, has a wide lead statewide, with about 61 percent of the vote. The measure would create a variety of rules concerning gun control.

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