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There's an election Tuesday

Whidbey Island Conservation District is set to hold an election Tuesday, June 25 for an opening on the Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Steve Hilborn will complete his first three-year term as supervisor on June 30, and so far it appears he is running unopposed.

“His name is the only one that will appear on the ballot,” said Benye Weber, district manager for the conservation district.

Whidbey Island Conservation District put out a call for candidates earlier this spring, including legal notices, which outlined procedures for getting on the ballot, Weber said. Hilborn is the only candidate to have submitted his paperwork to the Washington State Conservation Commission before the deadline.

Conservation District supervisors volunteer about 20 hours per month of their time representing farmers and ranchers, free of charge, while directing natural resource conservation programs. The district’s efforts are directed at soil, water and woodland conservation, with a component directed at wildlife, Weber said.

The District is allowed to run its own election this year, as opposed to having the election under the control of the Island County Auditor’s Office, said Weber. State legislators earlier this year decided to permit conservation districts to return, as least for this year, to running their own elections, after having required the districts to submit to the county auditors’ offices last year.

Election costs passed on to the districts from the auditors’ offices proved too costly for the districts, according to Weber. A task force appointed by legislators will monitor conservation district elections this year to help them decide which office should oversee conservation district elections in the future.

Tuesday’s election is open to all registered Whidbey Island voters. Write-in votes are allowed so competition for Hilborn’s position could materialize.

Three polling places will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., including at Monroe Landing Fire Hall, Coupeville High School Library, and Bayview Senior Center on South Whidbey.

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