Coupeville School Board Member Chris Chan, right, said he does not plan to seek reelection after serving nine years. Board member Kathleen Anderson, left, is also up for reelection and does plan to run again. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News Times

Some Central Whidbey elected officials may not seek reelection

With Filing Week more than a month away, one school board member has already said he won’t seek reelection, and two other Coupeville officials — a town council member and port commissioner — say they aren’t sure whether they’ll run.

Filing Week is May 15-19.

“I’m not going to run again,” said Chris Chan, a Coupeville School Board member. “I’ve done my nine years.”

Chan was appointed to Position 3 in November 2008. He was then elected in 2009 and 2013 to serve four-year terms.

Another position that may be open on Coupeville Town Council.

“I’m currently undecided about re-running for my position,” said Councilwoman Dianne Binder in an email Monday.

Binder has served in Position 4 on the council since July 2003. She was first appointed to fill a partial term, and was reelected four times.

She also served on the planning commission from January 2000 to July 2003.

Coupeville Port Commissioner Bob Monroig said he also isn’t sure if he’ll run again.

Monroig was appointed in December to fill the District 3 commissioner seat. That terms ends in 2017.

“I agreed to fill in for the year,” Monroig said. “I might consider signing on for a term. I’m sitting on the fence.”

Of that three member board, one other position is also up for election.

John Mishasek said he plans to run. He was seated in 2015 to serve out Bill Larsen’s remaining District 2 commissioner term.

“I think I will,” Mishasek said. “Unless something really weird happens health-wise or family-wise before the filing date.

“I’m feeling good about signing on for another four years after serving this last year.”

In addition to Chan’s, two other Coupeville School Board seats are also up for election.

Kathleen Anderson, who’s served a total of more than 23 years on the board, has said she planned to run again for her Position 5 seat.

Venessa Matros, who is serving her first term on the board, in Position 2, said she intends to seek reelection.

Town Councilwoman Pat Powell’s Position 5 is also up for election. Powell confirmed last week she will to run again.

Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue Commissioner Paul Messner said he plans to run again.

Multiple positions are up for election in community water districts including in Admiral’s Cove, Crockett Lake and Ledgewood Beach.

There is also one position opening in Cemetery District 2, which oversees the Sunnyside Cemetery.

Office terms range from two to six years, depending on the position.

Town council, school board and port positions are four-year full terms.

n For information about filing for office, call the Island County Auditor at 360-​679-​7366

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