Precinct results give detail on Prop. 1, Langley council races

Proposition 1 found its greatest support in the precinct that includes the Edgecliff neighborhood, according to the first election tally released by Island County.

That said, votes for the measure were few and far between in Langley 121, the precinct that includes Edgecliff and much of the village outside of the downtown.

Langley is split into two precincts, 121, and Langley 120, the area west of Cascade Avenue that includes all of downtown from the shore of Saratoga Passage south to Third and Fourth streets.

The initial vote tally, released on Election Night, shows Prop. 1 suffered a defeat of epic proportions in both precincts.

In the downtown precinct, Prop. 1 was rejected with an 83 percent "no" vote.

In Langley 121, the larger of the city's two precincts, the proposal went down with a 73 percent "no" vote.

Citywide, Prop. 1 was defeated in Tuesday's primary with a 76-percent "no" vote.

The measure, which would have eliminated the position of an elected mayor in Langley and put city hall under the purview of a professional manager, needed a simple majority for passage.

Prop. 1 was the biggest draw on the Primary Election ballot for Langley; 455 votes were cast as of Tuesday. In the race for Position 3 for the city council, 433 votes were cast; and Position 4, 391 votes.

The Position 3 council race featured a three-way contest between Robin Adams, Jim Sundberg and Kathleen Waters.

Sundberg and Adams will advance to the General Election; Sundberg had 45 percent of the vote, while Adams had 31 percent, in the first vote tally. Waters collected 23 percent of votes cast in the race.

At the precinct level, Sundberg pulled in a majority vote in the downtown precinct, with 52 percent, and was the only candidate in either of the two council races to gain a majority in a Langley precinct.

Waters finished in second place in the downtown precinct, with 26 percent of votes cast, while Adams had 20 percent.

In Langley 121, Sundberg also finished in front with 42 percent. Adams had 35 percent, while Waters finished with 22 percent.

Bruce Allen, Thomas Gill and Jonathon Moses squared off in the Position 4 race for the city council.

As of Tuesday night, Gill and Allen were leading in the race. Gill was in front with 34.5 percent of the vote; Allen in second with 33.5 percent; and Moses, 31.9 percent.

The race remains close, however, with just four votes separating Gill and Allen. Moses trails second place by six votes.

At the precinct level, Moses did best in the precinct that includes his Edgecliff neighborhood, where he pulled in 37 percent of votes cast - the best of any candidate in the Position 4 race. In the downtown precinct, he received 16 percent.

Allen did best in Langley 120, the downtown area, with 49 percent of the vote. Gill received 34 percent of the vote in that precinct.

Gill, who also lives in Edgecliff, received 34 percent of the vote in Langley 121, while Allen finished with 27 percent there.

Though Prop. 1 made its way onto the ballot largely due to Edgecliff residents' support of a petition drive on the measure, the neighborhood was expected to have a minimal impact on Tuesday's outcome due to the large number of very likely voters elsewhere in Langley.

County election officials expect to count an additional 50 ballots countywide later this week. The next vote count is planned for 5 p.m. Thursday.

Election officials estimate turnout at 37 percent for the primary on Whidbey Island, where voters in 41 precincts in all cast ballots.

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