School board incumbents, hospital proposition ahead in ballot count

Downs, Jackson, Johnson lead South Whidbey School Board race

Members of the South Whidbey School Board will likely remain unchanged come January.

Incumbents Andrea Downs, Marnie Jackson and Ann M. Johnson all have sizable leads over challengers Dawn Tarantino, Farrah Manning Davis and Bree Kramer-Nelson.

Downs is ahead of Tarantino with 3,051 votes in her favor in preliminary counts, which is nearly 71%. Jackson has 3,068 votes, or 70% in her race against Manning Davis. Johnson has 2,993 votes, or 69% in her race against Kramer-Nelson.

Langley City Council, on the other hand, will have some new faces.

Harolynne Bobis is ahead of Kay Kenneweg with 287 votes cast in her favor, which is 79%.

It appears that write-in candidate Gail Fleming may be successful in a race for one of the other seats on the council. The results show that 273 uncertified write-in votes were counted. In addition, Scott Chaplin has 52 votes and Tony Gill has 51 in the same race. Chaplin withdrew from the race after being named mayor, but it was too late to take his name off the ballot.

The contested seat on the board of commissioners for South Whidbey Fire/EMS may end up belonging to Savannah Erickson; her challenger, Jim Towers, currently has about 42% of the vote.

The proposition to increase Whidbey hospital district’s property tax levy is passing with nearly 55% of ballots cast in its favor. If passed, the measure will increase the annual levy from the current $0.078 to $0.5 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The county elections office reports there are an estimated 1,800 ballots left to be counted.

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