Three forums scheduled for Island County commissioner candidates

The League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island will host one of the three announced primary forums for District 1 Island County commissioner candidates this week.

The League’s forum is scheduled to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 Highway 525, two miles north of Freeland.

District 1 candidates include incumbent Helen Price Johnson, a Democat; Jeff Lauderdale and Wayne Morrison, both Republicans; and independents Curt Gordon and Ed Jenkins.

District 1 is the largest in the county geographically, running from the southern tip of Whidbey Island to roughly the outskirts of Oak Harbor.

The league is changing its forum rules this year. The big difference is that questions will not be taken from the crowd. Instead, candidates will be quizzed on issues from a list of predetermined questions created by league members.

The other change is that candidates will now get the chance to respond to the answers of other candidates. Each will be given three “challenge” cards to be used at any time during the forum.

The league reminds the public that people can only vote in the district where they live during the primary election. The district lines have moved slightly and voters should check their new voter registration cards to verify which area they are in.

It’s a busy week for District 1 candidates, with two other public forums scheduled.

Meet the Candidates Night will be held at Clinton Community Hall Wednesday, July 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sponsors are Clinton Progressive Association and  Clinton Chamber of Commerce.


Time will be reserved for discussion of Whidbey General Hospital’s EMS levy proposal. Contact jason@ for details.


Freeland Advocates for Informed Responsible Solutions (FAIR) will host a forum where voters can meet all five candidates for Island County Commissioner District 1. It will be at Trinity Lutheran Church on Highway 525 in Freeland on Sunday, July 22, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The primary election is Aug. 7, with ballots mailed out several weeks before then.


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