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Candidate filing week nears

"It’s said that in America, anyone can grow up to be president. That goes for other political offices as well. But first you have to file.Candidate filing week is coming up July 24 through July 28. Anyone seeking election must file a Declaration of Candidacy and pay a filing fee either in person at the Island County Auditor’s Office or by mail during the week.Two county offices are up for election this year. They are the Island County Commissioner positions for District 1, which covers Central and South Whidbey, and District 2 which covers the greater Oak Harbor area. The District 1 seat is currently held by Republican Mike Shelton. Shelton has yet to draw a challenger. The District 2 incumbent is Republican Mac McDowell. Island County roads supervisor Marvin Koorn announced he will face McDowell in a Republican primary in September. Oak Harbor realtor Lynne Wilcox, a Democrat, is also seeking the District 2 post.The filing fee for the commissioner race is 1 percent of position’s salary. In this case that makes the fee $615.04. If a candidate later decides to drop out of the race, filing fees are not refunded.If a Declaration of Candidacy is mailed in, it must be received in the Auditor’s Office during the filing week and must be notarized and include the filing fee. Mailed declarations received before filing week will be returned for refiling.The filing period for Precinct Committee officers is July 24 through Aug. 11. Forms do not need to be notarized but must be accompanied by a $1 filing fee.All forms and reports are available at the Auditor’s Office located in the lower level of the Island County Courthouse in Coupeville. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The telephone number is 679-7366."

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