Horstman, Carlson, Cyr ahead in preliminary election results

Some changes are on the horizon for elected leaders in the city of Langley, and two bonds affecting South Whidbey homeowners may be on the brink of passing.

As of Tuesday night, Kennedy Horstman held a wide margin over Thomas Gill in the race to be Langley’s next mayor with 410 votes, which is about 83%.

“I am humbled and grateful for the support of the community and I am anxious to begin working together – with staff, council and community members – to improve how the city operates and to address the challenges we face,” Horstman said in an email to the Record, adding that she appreciated the way Gill conducted his campaign and his significant service to Langley.

Chris Carlson had a similarly healthy lead over his opponent, Kay Kenneweg, in the race for Position 3 on Langley City Council with 420 votes, or around 88%.

Incumbent Craig Cyr soundly defended his Position 4 seat on the Langley City Council from challenger Scott Chaplin, the city’s current mayor. Cyr received 400 votes, or nearly 83%.

Besides these races in the Village by the Sea, little else changed for the other elected roles scattered throughout South Whidbey.

South Whidbey School Board incumbents Brook Willeford and Marnie Jackson ran unopposed in the election, as did Joe Greenheron, who was appointed to his seat in 2022.

Port of South Whidbey Commissioners Jack Ng and Greg Easton also ran unopposed for their seats, as did South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District Commissioners Krista Loercher and Jennifer Cox.

Voters showed support for the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District’s $27 million bond for the construction of an aquatic facility with 3,650 “yes” votes, or about 61%.

The South Whidbey School District’s $79.8 million bond, on the other hand, is just short with 3,543 votes in favor, or about 59.6%.

Both bonds require a 60% supermajority of “yes” votes in order to pass.

The WhidbeyHealth public hospital board will have two new commissioners. Marion Jouas has 8,921 votes, or 70%, while appointed hospital Commissioner Morgan Cooper has 3,736, or 29%.

In the other contest for the hospital board, Kate Rose is ahead of incumbent Eric Anderson. Rose has 8,964 votes, or nearly 72%, and Anderson received 3,505 votes, or 28%.

Gregory Richardson ran unopposed for his seat on the hospital board.

The Island County Auditor’s Office estimates that about 1,000 ballots are left to count.