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Many file early for Island County offices

Candidate filing began this week and as of Tuesday morning, some 41 candidates had filed for open elected offices in Island County.

In Oak Harbor, mayoral incumbent Jim Slowik filed for a second term. He is being challenged by Scott Dudley, who is in the second year of his first term as a city councilman. The office carries a four-year term.

Several Oak Harbor city council hopefuls also filed, including Paul Brewer for position 1, and incumbents Rick Almberg for position 3 and Beth Munns for position 2. Position 1 is currently held by Jim Palmer, who has decided not to seek re-election.

City council seats are also for four years.

In Coupeville, Nancy Conard is so far alone in her bid for mayor. City Councilwoman Molly Hughes, signed up, hoping for another four years on position 3. Position 2, which is held by Bob Clay, remains unclaimed.

Jackie Henderson, the Human Services director for Island County Public Health and a former Coupeville School District School board member, has thrown her hat into the ring for position 1. Ann Dannhauer, the incumbent, is not seeking re-election.

Coupeville school board incumbents Don Sherman, position 1, and Carol Bishop, position 4, have both filed for additional terms, as has Oak Harbor School District incumbent Peter Hunt for position 1.

Also in Oak Harbor schools, Christine Cribb has filed for position 3. Cribb is an independent contractor for the district, working as an instructor with its HomeConnection parent partnership program. She has also served as a past political campaign manager.

At the same time, Christine Abbott, a member of Hillcrest Elementary School's parent teacher association, and John Worthington will battle it out for position 2.

Positions 2 and 3 are held by David McCool and David Sherman, both of whom have decided not to run again. All school district positions carry four-year terms.

Incumbent Paul Messner, who holds the position 1 commissioner seat at Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue, is hoping for another six years while Mike Diamanti, manager of the Inn at Penn Cove and a former executive director of the Central Whidbey Youth Coalition, is hoping to fill the district 3 commissioner seat at the Port of Coupeville.

The seat is held by Ann McDonald, who is not running for re-election. The position also is for six years.

Finally, a handful of candidates have filed for various water and cemetery district positions. Kathleen Jones and Doug Smith are vying for the position 3 commissioner seat at the Admiral's Cove Water District while Ralph Young is seeking a spot on the Ledgewood Beach Water District board. Carol Thrailkill has filed for the Rhodena Beach Water District.

Dur Roberson is making a bid for a position at Cemetery District 1 and Loann Gulick has cast her hat into the ring for a seat at Cemetery District 2.

All results were current as of noon, Tuesday. The filing period closes Friday at 4 p.m. at the Island County Elections Office.

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