Local Election Update (Island County, State Legislative District 10, Congressional District 2)
With the latest update from the Washington State Secretary of State (November 16, 10:53AM), Island County’s 2020 General Election is nearing a conclusion. To date, each of the candidates who led their respective races through last week have either maintained or extended their leading positions. With only a few remaining ballots left to count, the Island County Free Press is confident in calling victory for most of the races identified below. Although it is important to note that the Island County Auditor is not scheduled to officially certify the 2020 election until 11/24/2020.
Island County Commissioner District 1 (South Whidbey)
Melanie Bacon (D) will win the Island County Commissioner District 1 seat previously held by incumbent and State Senate candidate Helen Price-Johnson (D). Ms. Bacon has maintained a narrow but consistent lead over political new-comer Damian Greene (R), holding a current lead of 894 votes.
Ms. Bacon offered the following statement to the ICFP; “I am confident that once the election is certified I will be the choice of Island County residents to represent them as a county commissioner. I am also very excited to get started and expect to be reaching out to other leaders throughout the county as I engage in this new position.”
Bacon (D): 25,951 votes (50.8%)
Greene (R): 25,057 votes (49.05%)
Island County Commissioner District 2 (North Whidbey)
As reported previously, in a race between 2 republican candidates, incumbent Island County Commissioner (District 2), Jill Johnson, will maintain her seat for the upcoming term after defeating local business owner and president of the Oak Harbor Main Street Association, Dan Evans (R).
When asked for comment, Ms. Johnson stated, “While this was a demanding campaign, the results speak to the fact that voters were looking for bipartisan leadership to get things done, and that is what matters most.”
Mr. Evans conceded the election, congratulating Ms. Johnson, during the Oak Harbor City Council meeting on November 4th.
Johnson (R): 27,681 votes (60.25%)
Evans (R): 17,501 votes (38.09%)
Island County Superior Court Judge (Position 1)
As previously reported, in the non-partisan race for Island County Superior Court Judge (Position 1), long time Whidbey Island resident and attorney, Carolyn Cliff, will defeat Kathleen Petrich by a significant margin. Ms. Cliff has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Island County Superior Court for the past 20 years.
Carolyn Cliff (non-partisan): 26,020 votes (58.86%)
Kathleen Petrich (non-partisan): 17,919 votes (40.53%)
State Senate – Legislative District 10 (LD10)
Local farmer and owner of Three Sister’s Farms, incumbent Senator, Ron Muzzall (R), will maintain the seat to which he was appointed following the resignation of Barbara Bailey in late 2019. After the concession of his opponent, Island County Commissioner Helen Price-Johnson, Mr. Muzall has declared victory in the race for a seat greatly coveted by state democrats.
According to Mr. Muzzall, his campaign was outspent by approximately $900,000, with Ms. Price-Johnson amassing a campaign war chest exceeding $2.0 million in contributions. A significant portion of this support came from off-island entities such as the New Direction PAC and public sector unions.
When asked for comment, Mr. Muzzall expressed, “I am looking forward to representing all constituents of Washington’s 10th Legislative District for the next 4 years”.
Ron Muzzall (R): 46,591 (50.9%)
Helen Price Johnson (D): 44,852 (49.0%)
State Representative – Legislative District 10 (LD10) Position 1
Since initial reporting on election night, November 3rd, the race for State Representative (Position 1), between Camano Island resident and Lawyer, Greg Gilday (R), and former Island County Commissioner, Angie Homola (D), has continued to develop in Mr. Gilday’s favor. Mr. Gilday, who overcame an early lead established by Ms. Homola, has continued to expand that lead over the past 10 days. While several thousand votes remain to be counted in Skagit County, late votes have fallen decidedly in favor of Mr. Gilday. With an expected continuation in that trend, ICFP is confident in calling this race for Mr. Gilday.
While Mr. Gilday was clear in his reticence to declare victory, he stated, “I’m cautiously optimistic that I will prevail. There are still a lot of votes to count in Skagit County, but after the release of the next count, I expect with mathematical certainty that I will win.”
Greg Gilday (R) 45,203 votes (50.39%)
Angie Homola (D): 44,312 votes (49.4%)
State Representative – Legislative District 10 (LD10) Position 2
State Representative Dave Paul’s (D) lead over Republican challenger Bill Bruch has continued to narrow. Representative Paul’s lead which was as high as 2,395 votes (3.16%) on November 4th has fallen to 733 votes (0.81%) as of the latest reporting. While late votes continue to demonstrate favor for republican candidates, it is unlikely that the remaining uncounted ballots will provide Mr. Bruch the necessary votes to overtake Representative Paul in this race.
The ICFP was unable to reach Mr. Paul for a statement prior to publication.
Dave Paul (D): 43,880 votes (50.62%)
Bill Bruch (R): 42,719 votes (49.28%)
U.S. Congressional District 2 (CD2)
Rick Larsen (D), a career politician, will win his 10th term in the U.S. House of Representatives for U.S. Congressional District 2. Larsen’s district encompasses Island and San Juan Counties as well as portions of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom Counties.
Rick Larsen (D): 253,183 votes (63.16%)
Timothy Hazelo (R): 146,730 votes (36.6%)
The Island County Free Press will provide additional updates as they become available.