Voters in Island County may choose between two Democrats for one county commissioner position and two Republicans for another in the November general election.
One of the races for the second-most votes, however, is still too close to call, according to the third count of Tuesday’s primary election ballots.
The top vote getters in the District 1 and District 2 races, however, have significant leads.
Melanie Bacon, a Democrat in District 1, has 4,478, or 37.6 percent of the vote among the six candidates on the ballot. She credits an endorsement from the current commissioner, Helen Price Johnson, as an important factor in her success.
“People really love Helen,” she said, “and they were really worried about what would happen with the county when she left. I’m grateful to be someone who has her confidence.”
Nathan Howard, also a Democrat, and Damian Greene, a Republican, are separated by just 66 votes, and Greene has closed the gap slightly with each count.
Howard has 2,327 votes cast in his favor, which is 19.5 percent. Greene has 2,261 votes, or 19 percent.
Curt Gordon, an Independent candidate, has 1,807 votes, or 15 percent. Gary Wray, a Republican who dropped out, has 889 votes, or 7.5 percent. Ed Jenkins, a Republican, has 134 votes, which is 1.1 percent.
In the District 2 race, incumbent Republican Commissioner Jill Johnson is in the lead with 2,041 votes, or 36.4 percent. Her lead has grown in subsequent counts. She credits her success with the fact that people want a steady hand when things are turbulent.
“In times of uncertainty, people value experience,” she said.
Dan Evans, also Republican, is in the second slot with 1,567 votes, or 28 percent. Fe Mischo, Democrat, has 1,337 votes, or 23.9 percent. Democrat Chris Reed has 658 votes, or 11.7 percent.
The race for state representative Pos. 1 in Legislative District 10 had no incumbent and five candidates. Greg Gilday, the sole Republican in the race, has 19,269 votes, or 45.2 percent.
The rest of the votes are spread among the four Democratic candidates. Angie Homola, the former Island County commissioner, is in second place with 11,805 votes, or 27.7 percent. Suzanne Woodard has 7,401 votes, or 17.37 percent. Scott McMullen has 2,003 votes, or 6.6 percent, and Ivan Lewis has 1,203 votes, or 2.8 percent.
In the Pos. 2 state representative race, incumbent Dave Paul, a Democrat, has a slight edge over his Republican challenger.
Paul has 20,904 votes, or 48.7 percent. Republican Bill Bruch has 20,474 votes, or 47.7 percent. Progressive candidate Taylor Zimmermann has 1,543 votes, or 3.6 percent.
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, a Democrat representing Congressional District 2, has a healthy lead over his seven challengers. He has 88,058 votes, or 50.3 percent.
Timothy Hazelo, a Republican, has 25,733 votes, or 14.7 percent. Democrat candidate Jason Call has 23,756, or 13.6 percent. Tim Uy, who prefers the Trump Republican Party, has 16,700 votes, or 9.5 percent.
Four other Republican candidates each received 5 percent or less of the vote. Cody Hart has 5 percent, Carrie Kennedy has 3.4 percent, James Dean Golder has 2.1 percent and Kari Ilonummi has 0.9 percent.
The contest for the District 10 state senator only has two candidates, but they appeared on the primary ballot.
It looks like it will be a close race this November. Helen Price Johnson, a Democrat and current Island County commissioner, is ahead with 22,029 votes, or 50.6 percent. Ron Muzzall, a Republican who was appointed to the position, has 21,501 votes, or 49.3 percent.
The property tax levy measure for South Whidbey Fire/EMS looks like it’s headed for sure success with more than 65 percent of the votes cast in favor of it.
Washington state holds a Top Two primary in which the top two vote getters move on to the general election, regardless of party.