Local Election Races Show Some Tightening, Dems Still Lead

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Local Election Update (Island County, State Legislative District 10, Congressional District 2)

Voter turnout in Island County for the 2020 General Election exceeded 80%, with over 51,200 ballots cast. 

While results remain unofficial and additional reporting expected in the coming days, this year’s election appears to be favoring local Democrats. Republicans are at risk of losing two legislative seats that have been held by the party for over a decade. At the same time, democrat incumbents appear to be holding all other contested, partisan races.  

Island County Commissioner District 1 (South Whidbey):

This seat, currently held by Legislative District 10 (LD10) State Senate candidate Helen Price Johnson is being contested between Damian Greene, a local business owner, and Melanie Bacon, the Director of Human Resources for Island County.

Bacon (D): 24,497 votes (51.09%)

Greene (R): 23,390 votes (48.78%)

Island County Commissioner District 2 (North Whidbey)

The North Whidbey, District 2 Commissioner seat, held by the Republican incumbent, Jill Johnson, is being contested by fellow Republican party member, Dan Evans, a business owner from Oak Harbor. No Democrat qualified for the General Election during the primary.

Johnson has a significant lead over Evans and is essentially guaranteed reelection to her 3rd term.  

           Johnson (R): 26,007 votes (60.33%)

           Evans (R): 16,372 votes (37.98%)

Island County Superior Court Judge (Position 1)

           Carolyn Cliff (non-partisan): 24,604 votes (59.16%)

           Kathleen Petrich (non-partisan): 16,740 votes (40.25%)

State Representative – Legislative District 10 (LD10) Position 1

Norma Smith (R) held this position in the Washington State House of Representatives for 12 years following her appointment in 2008. Camano Island resident and Lawyer Greg Gilday (R) entered the race after Ms. Smith announced her retirement following the 2020 legislative session. Gilday is running against Angie Homola (D), a lawyer and architect from Oak Harbor, who was previously defeated by Barbara Bailey (R) in a 2016 bid for State Senate (LD10). Ms. Homola also served as an Island County Commissioner from 2009-2013.  

Homola holds a narrow lead over Gilday.

           Angie Homola (D): 38,949 votes (50.47%)

           Greg Gilday (R): 38,071 votes (49.33%)

State Representative – Legislative District 10 (LD10) Position 2

Skagit Valley College Executive Dave Paul (D) is defending his seat after his first term as LD10’s State Representative, Position 2. His challenger is Bill Bruch (R), a property manager in the Skagit Valley community who has also served as the Skagit County Republican Party’s Chairman.

Representative Paul holds a small but comfortable lead over Mr. Bruch.

           Dave Paul (D): 40,091 votes (51.5%)

           Bill Bruch (R): 37,696 votes (48.42%)

State Senate – Legislative District 10 (LD10)

3rd generation farmer and owner of Three Sisters Farms in Oak Harbor, Ron Muzzall (R), was appointed to the LD10 State Senate position following the retirement of incumbent Barbara Bailey (R). Muzzall is defending his seat against Helen Price Johnson (D), who is completing her 3rd term as Island County Commissioner in the South Whidbey, District 1.

This race is nearly a dead heat, with an extremely slight advantage to Ms. Price-Johnson. However, Skagit County, which makes up a portion of LD10, has thousands of votes which remain uncounted as of Wednesday evening (Nov 4th).  

           Helen Price Johnson (D): 39,422 (50.14%)

           Ron Muzzall (R): 39,143 (49.78%)

U.S. Congressional District 2 (CD2)

Rick Larsen (D), a career politician, is seeking his 10th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Representative Larsen’s district, Congressional District 2, encompasses Island and San Juan Counties and portions of Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. Tim Hazelo (R), a Navy veteran and Oak Harbor Resident, is challenging Rep. Larsen.  

Rep. Larsen has an insurmountable lead and will likely maintain his incumbency.  

           Rick Larsen (D): 231,690 votes (64.59%)

           Timothy Hazelo (R): 126,260 votes (35.2%)

The Island County Free Press will provide additional updates as they become available.  

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