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Auditor expecting big voter turnout Tuesday By JUSTIN BURNETT Staff reporter
Island County election officials said they expect a strong voter turnout for Tuesday’s General Election. Not only is it a presidential election year, but the biggest return days have yet to come and ballot boxes on Whidbey and Camano islands are already being found stuffed with the choices of eager voters.
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Erica Wasinger and Lynn Goebel, (not pictured) chairs for the Citizens for Better Schools, show two of the 1,500 signs printed that will be used to promote a replacement levy for the Oak Harbor School District.
Schools gearing up for levy kickoff Rally planned November 14 By NATHAN WHALEN Staff reporter
As one campaign ends, another is just beginning. A rally scheduled one week after the general election will take place to round up volunteers needed to pro-
mote an upcoming replacement levy that will help fund Oak Harbor School District. The kickoff rally is 6 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 14 at the North Whidbey Middle School gymnasium. Voters in February 2013 will decide whether to approve a four-year tax levy that will bring in $7.3 million over the course of four years. Unlike capital bond measures, levies have to pass by a 50 percent simple majority. The kickoff event will include perfor-
mances by two bands — one comprised of teachers and another of students — and provide a way for people to get involved promoting the upcoming levy. “We’re just hoping to have a big kickoff,” said Erica Wasinger, who is cochairing the Citizens for Better Schools along with Lynn Goebel. Wasinger noted the door prizes that will be available, which include two three-month memberships to Thrive as well as gift See LEVY, A11
As of Thursday afternoon, Island County Elections Office officials confirmed that nearly 25,000 voters had already turned in their ballots. That’s just under half of the 50,319 registered voters. “We’re just a hair under 50 percent returned already,” said Michele Reagan, voter registration deputy for the election office. See VOTING, A8
Haugen says mailer cites ‘bold-faced lies’ By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter
Democratic state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen has been bombarded by negative mailers this election season, some of which are oddly hilarious, but she’s not laughing about the latest piece she claims is simply false. “It’s just bold-faced lies,” she said repeatedly. The mailer was paid for by the Washington State Republican Party, but Haugen blames challenger Barbara Bailey, a Republican state representative and an
Oak Harbor resident who pledged not to go negative. It faults Haugen for a lack of oversight and accountability at the ferry system, citing a five-year-old audit. The mailer quotes outgoing State Auditor Brian Sonntag, a Democrat, who recently endorsed Bailey. “I am supporting Barbara Bailey for State Senate because I know she will fight for more accountability and oversight of state government services — including the ferry system, which See MAIL, A11
Police seek man who crashed truck into house Thurs.
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By JESSIE STENSLAND
A resident speaks to a state trooper after a driver crashed a stolen pickup into a North Whidbey house.
An unidentified man who led a trooper on a high-speed chase before crashing into a West Beach Road house in a stolen pickup Thursday is still at large while an Oak Harbor church is out a vehicle.
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The chase began just before 9 a.m. when a trooper saw the 1994 GMC pickup traveling 53 miles per hour in a 40 mph zone in the area of Crosby Avenue and Golf Course Road. The driver of the truck refused to pull over and the trooper gave chase, according to Trooper Keith
Leary with the Washington State Patrol. Leary said speeds reached up to 100 mph, but there was no traffic on the roads so the pursuit continued. After the pickup turned onto West Beach Road, the driver started throwing items, like CDs and a bat, out
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