The final results are in!

Rick Hannold wins one of the top 2 spots in the District 3 Commissioners Race. Below are the final results for those running as Republicans. He will be on the ballot in the general election in November!

Rick Hannold  946 votes 15.25%

Aubrey Vaughan  896 votes 14.44%

Marc Hennemann  877 votes 14.14%

Kelly Bagley  456 votes 7.35%

For the rest of the election results see the Island Count Auditors Elections page:

The video clip below is from the movie “A Stranger in Town” made in 1943 with an all star cast. It is reminiscent of time when movies had true values and expressed beliefs that we seem to be missing these days. The movie is an hour and 6 minutes long. If you don’t have time to view the whole movie make sure you watch the ending starting at approximately 1:00, the speech at the end starting at 1:04 is memorable and takes us back to the days when movies were made that made us proud to be Americans.
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At the last city council meeting and in our local newspaper we saw several of our council members making claims that the Mayor was not following proper Parliamentary Procedures in many of his actions. Tara Hizon stated that she was “horrified” and “It was the most unprofessional thing I have ever seen,” in our local paper.  A great disruption was made at the meeting by at least 2 of the Council with several out of order interruptions during the meeting that appeared to show very poor respect for any rules. As it turns out the council’s basis was wrong in every one of their disruptive claims and if Tara Hizon was truly “Horrified” she was horrified for all the wrong reasons.

I broke open my copy of the Sturgis Rules also known as The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure which is the parliamentary procedures used by our council and searched it for information about the claims made at the most recent meeting.  I referenced the council special rules which is the separate set of rules that the council uses. I also contacted a friend who was a debate leader in college for the explanation of why comments are not mentioned or covered under Sturgis or Robert’s rules Let’s go over the claims that were made.

Claim #1- Councilman Tara Hizon stated, during a debate on a motion “I believe this motion was already made and passed so I don’t think we can make the same motion again” she also made the claim that once an item was brought to the floor and passed or rejected it could not be brought to the floor again at a different meeting.

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The city council recently attended a Municipal Finance Conference held at Leavenworth Washington where a quorum of the city council attended the meeting. The meeting, hotel, food and travel was paid for by the taxpayers of our city. The history, practice and policy of Oak Harbor is to prepare and publish a special meeting notice whenever a quorum of city council members is present whether or not any city business is discussed or action taken. The city clerk prepared a special meeting notice for the Municipal Finance Conference and published it in accordance with Oak Harbor policy on the city website.

 Here is the Special Meeting Notice.

 A special meeting notice needs to include the date and location where the quorum will be present to be a valid notification

 According to reports another quorum of the council occurred outside the location listed on the Municipal Finance Conference notification on the evening of the 14th of August and at a different location than the conference. This quorum was present at a home owned by Rick Almberg and included the following quorum of the city council and administrative staff; Councilman Rick Almberg, Councilman Bob Severns, Councilman Beth Munns, Councilman Joel Servatius, Councilman Danny Paggao, Councilman Jim Campbell, City Administrator Larry Cort, finance director Doug Merriman and City Attorney Nikki Esparza. Tara Hizon did not attend the conference for some reason and was not present at either quorum.

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Gallup released a poll today that shows that the most important problem Americans are facing today is the government.

View the Gallup Poll here

The question posed to the survey recipients was as follows:

What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?

The results showed that dissatisfaction with Government/Congress/Politicians; Poor leadership/Corruption/Abuse of power lead the poll results as the most important problem.

We have our own problems with dissatisfaction of the Government right here in Oak Harbor. It is time that the citizens wake up and take back their city that has been overtaken by those that do not have the best interest of the citizens in mind. We have an out of control city council that micromanages every aspect of our city government if they possibly have a chance. We have seen decisions made that have consistently resulted in poor outcomes for the citizens and businesses and that have benefitted those special few people that pull the strings behind the city councils decision. Why do we allow only those special few prosper when the citizens are footing the bill?

Wake up citizens of Oak Harbor before it is too late.

From our comments section:
There is something that is worth mentioning here… Joel Servatius refused to comment or give any substantial reasoning why he rejected Cliff Howard’s nomination for the planning commission. Jim Campbell simply asked “why?” and Joel refused to answer. “No Comment,” yet he demanded the Mayor give a reason why he fired Tamara Snipes as the marathon coordinator. Joel Servatius raised a motion to give the Mayor more time to speak, insisting he give an answer.


Any person with the ability to think and reason can see a number of reasons why the Elks club is better suited to run the Marathon than one person. The Mayor’s answer was perfect. He simply wants to make it better, and more economical for the city. The “if its not broke, don’t fix it attitude,” as Paggao suggested shows City Council’s lack of inititiative and inability to make this city a better place. This is the Mayor’s job, and why the people of Oak Harbor elected him, but Joel Servatius has to find any reason to disagree with him… Right Joel? At least he answered a simple question posed to him, something you refused to do.


Beth Munns, Tara Hizon and Joel Servatius’s comments on what took place in that meeting adds to the unprofessional behavior that is Oak Harbor City Council. Tara Hizon comments on the Mayor acting “unprofessional” are comical and one-sided. I watched that meeting start to finish. If Beth Munns had ANY respect for the office of the Mayor she would have let him speak and handled it afterwards. Instead she chose to interrupt him over and over again, THAT is extremely unprofessional. Mrs. Munns as a COW (commanding officer’s wife) should know enough to respect the position, whether or not she agrees with the man.

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I thought all in Island County would be very interested in this story in the Seattle Times today by Seattle Times staff reporter Zarah Fatah about three young Women from Freeland

They are on their way to compete in the Black Sea International ROV Competition and Exhibition in Romania — the largest underwater robotics competition in Europe. Teams will compete to see whose robot can rescue an underwater mannequin diver and defuse an underwater mine. The top three will be taken out to a real shipwreck, where their robots must retrieve hidden treasure.

The three young girls are Haley McConnaughey, 14, older sister Hannah, 17,and Annika Hustard age 13. who competed in her first robotics competition in May. The more I read about these young girls the more I realized how amazing  they are in their life styles, i.e.

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AUGUST 4, 2014

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill two positions on the Conservation Futures Citizens Advisory Board (CAB).

The Board of County Commissioners appoints CAB members for 3 year terms, which may be renewed by mutual agreement, with no member serving more than two consecutive full terms unless deemed advantageous to do so by majority of CAB members and the Board of County Commissioners. Members must be county residents for at least one year prior to appointment and shall include one member from each incorporated area of Island County; one member from each of the unincorporated areas of Whidbey Island coincident with the school districts, i.e., South Whidbey, Coupeville and Oak Harbor; two members from Camano Island.

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A month or so ago I received a phone call from Mayor Dudley where he asked me if I would be willing to serve on the Oak Harbor Planning Commission, a volunteer position…

 As the Mayor knows a bit about my background and that I have been a local resident for most of my life he felt that I would make a good person to place on this board. I was reluctant at first knowing that I have been a vocal opponent of the council but he assured me that the position is chosen by the Mayor, confirmed by the Council and that political affiliations are to be disregarded in the selection and confirmation of members to this board. Being a civic minded individual I could not refuse when asked to serve.

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Keven R Graves and his staff are doing a bang up job promoting their candidate for District 3 Commissioner. This is expected considering Island County’s liberal media bias.

What is laughable? Keven R Graves’ and his staff throwing out headlines like: “Democratic candidates in two Island County races lead in first count of primary election,” and “Island County primary may result in recounts.”

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It certainly appears that Rick Hannold has defeated the other 3 Republican candidates in the District 3 Commissioners race.

Here is where it stands today:

1- Rick Hannold 941 votes 15.24%

2- Aubrey Vaughan 894 votes  14.48%

3- Marc Hennemann 872 Votes 14.12%

4- Kelly Bagley 455 votes 7.37%

Next recount is on the certification date on the 19th of August.

There is always a chance that this could change before the certification date on the 19th of this month. As the time goes on there will be less new ballots counted as we are 2 days after the election.  There was only 15 ballots counted today and those ballots only increased Ricks lead so the chances are pretty slim that one of the other candidates will overtake his 47 vote lead over Aubrey Vaughan.

With Democrat Karla Jacks total at 3,013 votes VS the Republican candidates total at 3162 votes it looks like Rick has a great chance at defeating Karla Jacks in the general election as there is a 149 vote lead in Ricks favor.

Congratulations Rick!

Visit the Island County Auditor Election Results page below:


Rick Hannold’s  Excellent Analysis:

I would like to address some thoughts I have in regards to recent developments at Island Transit.
As a candidate for Island County Commissioner, District 3, I wanted to get first-hand knowledge of the operations of Island Transit. A viable public transportation system is a vital component of any sustainable economic growth in a community. As such I felt I needed to be better informed and educated on our public transportation system. In order to do so I attended one of Island Transit’s public Board meeting last spring.

The meeting began with Ms. Rose touting the great new operations facility, and décor. Mention was made of the plans for a ribbon cutting ceremony and associated activities. Ms. Rose then proceeded to explain difficulties in the new facility.

*There were problems with the concrete in the maintenance bays rendering them unusable due to bulging in the center and buckling. She was waiting on results from core samples taken to determine the cause and who would be liable.

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At a  recent Island County Washington Commissioners’ meeting  the Commissioners, wanting to invest in short-term solutions, directed staff to reach out to the Port of South Whidbey, the parks district and the fair association to find out what it would take to put out a request for property management proposals.”

I hope that whatever they come up this time will have better, more objective and factual results than those in Commissioner Price-Johnson’s waste of $71,000 of tax payer funds for a totally unacceptable Fairgrounds Strategic Plan; an Island County Fairgrounds Strategic Plan that was totally out of touch with reality and loaded with bogus market data, i.e.,

Price Johnson’s plan claimed that there is a 4 million primary market population with a secondary market population of 10.8 million. These numbers resulted from drawing a circle on a map with the center of the circle being Whidbey Island

Similarly the numbers stated for “visitor population” in 2012 were misleading and very likely exaggerated.

Her plan used “probalbe” penetration percentages times resulting in 11.7 million people to come up with a series of projections There was no support data for these “probable” percentages.

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I got the following Email, food for thought today and agree with every word. It’s an open letter to all concerned citizens, from Amy, Rick Hannold’s wife.
Rick is a Republican Candidate for Island County Commissioner District 3:

“I have learned a lot in the past few weeks. If you know me just a little, I bet you’ve never heard me talk about politics until this month.
Just like many of you, I’ve been busy raising a family, earning a living, serving community – and doing what I can to help pay the mortgage and see my family through the tasks of everyday life.
But, also like many of you, I was raised with the greatest generation. My grandparents and other elders had families, businesses, farms, jobs and lives too. Unlike many adults today, these elders did something more—they got involved in the process known as government.
Some of them ran for office, others sought to make a difference regarding an issue that faced not only themselves, but their neighbors. Victory was not always theirs. However, even in loss at the moment, they accomplished a worthy goal. Their children saw them stepping up and I am one now following in their footsteps.
Last week, we were at a debate, in Stanwood. I knew by watching each of the 18 audience members arrive that they were for Mr. Vaughn, our current Interim Commissioner for District 3. That’s right; there were only about 18 people there, plus the spouses of the candidates, the moderator, an Island County Treasurer Candidate, and the woman who organized the evening. We sat in this big theater, no cameras, no apparent media present.
Long story short, I wish you could have been there.

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