Incumbents, street repair measure ahead in ballot count

Oak Harbor’s incumbent mayor and council member are doing well in the first count of ballots in Tuesday’s election.

Mayor Bob Severns has a healthy lead with 1,495 ballots cast in his favor, which is about 57 percent, while challenger Pat Harman has 1,103 votes, or 42 percent.

Councilwoman Tara Hizon won 1,376 votes, or 54 percent, while her challenger, Michael Crawford, has 1,153 votes, or about 45 percent.

The contest for a third council seat is a little closer. Jeffrey Mack has 1,256 ballots in his favor, or 52 percent, and Joseph Busig has 1,146 votes, which is just over 47 percent.

A ballot measure to raise sales tax in Oak Harbor to fund street maintenance and repair looks like it will pass. A total of 1,481 voters, or 57 percent, cast ballots in support of the measure, while 1,170 votes, or 44 percent, were in opposition to the measure.

The early vote count indicates that Jessica Aws will keep the seat she was appointed to on the Oak Harbor School Board. She received 2,413 votes, or 53 percent, and challenger Frederick Wilmot got 2,072 votes, or about 46 percent.

The county elections office reports that 13,581 ballots were counted and an estimated 5,000 are yet to be tabulated, which means things could change. The voter turnout is at about 23 percent.

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