Two seats up for election at the Port of Coupeville

Seats held by Port Commissioners Laura Blankenship, left, and Benye Weber, right, are up for election this year. Blankenship resigned last month. Weber is not up for re-election. - Nathan Whalen / Whidbey News-Times
Seats held by Port Commissioners Laura Blankenship, left, and Benye Weber, right, are up for election this year. Blankenship resigned last month. Weber is not up for re-election.
— image credit: Nathan Whalen / Whidbey News-Times

As the result of an unexpected resignation and recent census results, the the Port of Coupeville’s Board of Commissioners will see big changes by the end of the year.

Two of the three seats on the port board are up for election in 2013.

The newest member of the board, Laura Blankenship, abruptly resigned in early April.

Blakenship was little more than a year into her six-year term.

The longest-serving port commissioner, Benye Weber, isn’t able to run again for her seat.

As a result of the 2010 Census and resultant redistricting to ensure the populations of each district within the boundaries of the Port of Coupeville are roughly equal, Weber’s home ended up in a neighboring district.

Weber said she is OK with the boundary change. She wasn’t planning to seek a third term anyway.

“Two six-year terms is enough,” Weber said.

“I was at the point I want to do other things.”

Weber said she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her service on the Port of Coupeville’s board, Weber said she served 14 years on the Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing and 12 years on the Island County Civil Service Commission.

Weber is planning to finish out the remainder of her term.

With Weber’s out for another term, port leaders are preparing for two open seats in November’s election.

Jim Patton, executive director for the Port of Coupeville, is advertising for someone to be appointed to Blankenship’s seat on the board.

Whoever is appointed to Blankenship’s seat would serve until Nov. 26, when the results of the general election are certified.

The two remaining port commissioners have 90 days to find a replacement.

If they fail to accomplish that, then the Board of Island County Commissioners can step in and name a replacement.

Patton said it would be best if a person is appointed to Blankenship’s seat during the Port of Coupeville’s monthly meeting scheduled for May 8.

That way, a person would be in place before the election filing period for elected office, which takes place May 13-17.

To apply to be appointed to the vacancy on the board, the person must reside within District No. 3, which basically extends from Admiral’s Cove south near the intersection of State Highway 525 and Mutiny Bay Road.

Applications for the seat will be accepted until 4 p.m., Friday, May 3 at the Port of Coupeville office, 24 Front St., Coupeville.

The port’s mailing address is P.O. Box 577, Coupeville, WA, 98239.

Candidates will be interviewed during the Port of Coupeville’s May 8 meeting. That starts at 10 a.m. and is held at the Sno-Isle Library, 788 N.W. Alexander St.

For more information, call Patton at 360-678-5020, or email to


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