Homola now registered as a candidate for re-election

Island County Commissioner Angie Homola is now an official candidate in the 2012 Election.

Homola, one of two Democrats on the three-member Island County Board of Commissioners, was first elected to the board in 2008 and is running for re-election. Her fellow Democrat, Helen Price Johnson, is also running to retain her post.

Homola announced her candidacy in a press release on Nov. 21, but an official with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission — the state agency that serves as a watchdog on campaign financing and related issues — said earlier this week that the agency had not yet received Homola's candidate registration form.

A Record news story on the apparently missing document prompted a pointed response from Homola Wednesday.

In a comment posted in reaction to the story on the Whidbey News-Times's website, Homola complained about the news article and said her campaign announcement had been handled properly.

"Dear Island County Citizens," Homola wrote, "My candidacy announcement and filing procedures were done in full compliance with Washington State campaign law and the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) rules."

Homola also acknowledged that a candidate's filing date corresponds to the postmark on the envelope containing the candidate's hard-copy registration.

"I hope this will help Clear the Record of the tainted overtones of the editorial," Homola wrote.

According to Homola's candidate registration form — now posted on the website for the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission — Homola became registered as a candidate on Nov. 28.

Candidates have two weeks from when they announce their candidacy to register with the state and also submit a Personal Financial Affairs Statement. Homola's registration fell within the two-week window of her announcement.

According to Homola's candidate registration form, Linda Thom of Oak Harbor will serve as the candidate's campaign treasurer. No other campaign officials were listed.

Homola has not reported any contributions to her 2012 campaign.

Price Johnson has raised $13,494 so far for her 2012 run.

Price Johnson's opponent, Republican Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale, has raised $10,633.

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