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In what has chalked up as one of the friendliest races of the year, 10th Legislative District incumbent Norma Smith is defending the Position 1 seat from challenger Aaron Simpson. Smith, R-Clinton, has held the seat since her appointment in late 2007. A former writer and operations manager for a communications firm, Smith’s political achievements include terms on the South Whidbey School Board and six years as special assistant to the late Congressman Jack Metcalf. By comparison, Simpson, a Democrat from Langley, is a political newcomer with no experience in public office.
Who to choose? Political newcomer Jeff Lauderdale or incumbent Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson couldn’t be more different in their views about how Island County government should be run. Lauderdale, a Republican, believes the board’s priorities are askew, that in a time when revenue is scarce, law and justice needs should be satisfied above all else.
The tension between the two candidates vying to represent North Whidbey residents on the Board of Island County Commissioners started before either of them ran for public office. The city of Oak Harbor was considering a measure that would have lead to a large development on the south end of the city.
South Whidbey Fire/EMS has a 15-cent levy lid lift on the November General Election ballot to support its volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician program. If passed, this would be the first voter-approved funding increase for the fire district in 23 years.