Four-way race for Island County commissioner is too close to call

Judge Churchill is ahead; Coupeville library bond passing

With the first count of Top 2 primary ballots, it looks like Island County District 1 commissioner candidate Helen Price Johnson is way out ahead in the four-way race, but it’s too close to call who will join her in the general election.

Based on the early results, the other three candidates in the race — Republicans Phil Bakke and Reese Rose and “no party preferred” candidate Curt Gordon — are relatively close, with Rose farthest behind.

So far, Democratic candidate Price Johnson has received 3,191 votes and Bakke has 1,413 ballots cast in his favor. Gordon garnered 1,333 votes and Rose has 1,036. District 1 covers North and South Whidbey.

Vickie Churchill will likely get to keep her job as one of two judges for Island County Superior Court. She’s ahead of rival Craig Platt by 9,808 to 3,748 votes.

Most Coupeville voters apparently want a bigger library. One proposition would create a Library Capital Facilities Area and another would authorize the capital facilities area to borrow $2.3 million to renovate and expand the library. The second proposition must pass by a 60 percent supermajority.

So far, 63.5 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of creating the capital facilities area while 60.3 percent voted in favor of the bond.

Auditor Sheilah Crider has 10,461 votes. Her last-minute rival, write-in candidate James Palmer, has 77 votes. He must receive 1 percent of the votes cast for the office to continue on to the general election.

In legislative races, Democrat Ann McDonald is behind in the three-way race for the District 10, position 2 state representative seat, but the district extends far beyond the county.

In the Island County count, McDonald has 2,853 votes. Incumbent Rep. Barbara Bailey, a Republican, has 8,125 votes and Democrat Patricia Terry has 4,049.

In the three-way race for District 10 state senator, it appears that Sarah Hart, member of the newly-created America’s Third Party, may be out of luck. She’s received 721 votes from Island County residents so far. State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, Democratic incumbent, has 8,126 votes and Republican Linda Haddon has 6,570.

Among the races in which nobody will be eliminated, Democratic candidate Angie Homola is doing well against Island County Commissioner Mac McDowell, a Republican representing District 2. Homola has received 1,448 ballots cast in her favor, but McDowell is leading with 1,796.

While only voters in the predominantly Republican District 2 cast ballots in the primary, residents countywide will choose between the candidates in November’s general election. District 2 covers much of North Whidbey.

State Rep. Norma Smith, a Republican, is just ahead of Democratic challenger Tim Knue for District 10, position 1. She has 7,967 and he has 7,130 votes.