Competition slim in election filings

There may not be a primary election on Whidbey Island in August if the pace of filing doesn’t pick up.

A primary requires at least three candidates filing for a single position, and as of Tuesday afternoon no more than two had filed for any position, and even that was a rarity.

In Coupeville, Tom Tack and Sue Cunningham both filed for Town Council position 5. Dianne Binder filed for position 4.

In Oak Harbor, Scott Dudley filed for position 5 and Jim Campbell for position 6. No one had yet filed for positions 4 or 7.

For Oak Harbor School Board, Corey Johnson filed for position 4 and Gary Wallin for position 5.

In Coupeville, positions 2, 3 and 5 had attracted no school board filers as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.

North Whidbey Park and Recreation District has 3 positions up for election. Dennis Jepsen filed for position 2, no one had filed for positions 4 or 5.

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, position 3, is being sought by Larry Morse.

Whidbey Island Public Hospital District saw Anne Tarrant file for district 5, but positions 1 and 2 had drawn no interest.

Various smaller water district, sewer district and cemetery district positions had drawn single candidates, but many were still open as of Tuesday afternoon.

The candidate filing period continues at the Island County Elections Office, located at 400 North Main St. in Coupeville, through Friday, June 5, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Call 679-7366.

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