Conservation district to hold election

The Whidbey Conservation district is looking for people to run for an open supervisor position in February.

The Conservation District, which helps area farmers manage natural resources on their property, is looking for local farmers to run for the open seat that is up for election this year.

Whidbey Conservation District Administrator Benye Weber said that nobody has applied for the position. The incumbent, Frank Mueller, hasn’t applied yet and is making a decision in the next day or so.

To apply, a person has to be a registered voter and either own or operate a farm within the Whidbey Island Conservation District.

Applications are due by Jan. 26 to the office, which is at 504 Main Street in Coupeville.

Voters will elect the new supervisor Tuesday, Feb. 10. They can cast their votes between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Heller Road Fire Station in Oak Harbor, the Service Alternatives Building in Coupeville and Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland.

The winner would be elected to a three-year term and is expected to attend at least 12 meetings a year and assist staff with special activities and events.

Created in 1967, the Whidbey Conservation District is a non-regulatory agency that assists local farmers with natural resource issues and helps implement best management practices to better protect soil, water and wildlife on their property.

The district is operated by five supervisors, three are elected and two are appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission.

For more information about appying for the position, call the Whidbey Conservation District at 675-4708.

You can reach News-Times reporter Nathan Whalen at nwhalen@whidbeynews or 675-6611.

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