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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014 | Vol. 124, No. 63 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | 75¢
Leaders call for director to resign
Democrats candidates ahead in local races
By JANIS REID Staff reporter
Democrats appeared to lead in early Island County primary election returns with Karla Jacks leading for District 3 commissioner and Ana Maria Nunez as treasurer. Jacks had a commanding lead with 2,371 votes, or 49 percent. The race for the second slot is a squeaker. Republican Marc Hennemann has 727 votes, or 14.99 percent, Republican Rick Hannold has 712 or 14.68 percent and Aubrey Vaughan, who was appointed as an interim commissioner, has 688 votes, or 14.19 percent. Ana Maria Nunez earned 6,412 votes, or 45 percent. Former deputy treasurer Wanda Grone, a Republican, has 3,842 votes, or 27 percent, and escrow manager Christa Canell, also a Republican, has 3,950 votes, or 28 percent. The incumbent is on top in the contested race for state representative, seat 2, in District 10. It looks like Rep. Daves Hayes, a Republican, will face Democrat Nick Petrish in the general election, while two other candidates fall behind. In the race for a seat in the U.S. House, incumbent Rep. Rick Larsen, a Democrat, is ahead with 57 percent of the vote in District 2. Republican candidate B.J. Guillot is in second place with 25,449 votes, which is 32 percent. Independent candidate Mike Lapointe earned 8,946 votes, or 11 percent.
By JANIS REID Staff reporter
Two county commissioners, the mayor of Oak Harbor and a city councilman say they want Island Transit Executive Director Martha Rose to resign. In recent weeks, the transit agency has revealed that its money has been mismanaged for several years, the finance manager was fired in May and routes are being cut. While some believe resignation is the only option for Rose, others are waiting to see the results of the state audit that begins Aug. 11. “She has failed to do the most critical part of the job because the financial problems have SEE CALL, A14
Disappointment apparent during Transit meeting By JESSIE STENSLAND Co-editor
A SPLASH OF COLOR
Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times
Griffin Vollertsen fires colored powder at participants in the Run IN Color event Saturday, Aug. 2, at Windjammer Park. The run, sponsored by Rue and Primavera Occupational, Physical and Hand Therapy, is designed to raise money for important causes and bring the community together, according to Wendy Rue. This year’s race, which included 350 runners, raised $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Walmart also matched the first $2,000. See page 10 for more details on the run.
Disappointment was the dominant emotion at Island Transit’s first community meeting Monday in Oak Harbor about impending bus route cuts and changes. Some people in the audience of about 30 voiced concerns about the route alterations, which they said would have a significant impact on their lives and the lives of others in the community. Others were upset that Island Transit Director Martha Rose wasn’t at the meeting, but instead sent three employees from the operations side of the business to discuss the complicated changes to routes. Rose has become a target of anger after she announced last month that 22 percent of the labor force was going to be cut and that routes SEE MEETING, A14