Candidates start to fill in races for local office

Candidate filing week runs May 17-21.

The results of the first day of candidate filing week suggest there will be lively campaigns this year in at least a couple of races.

Candidate filing week runs May 17-21.

Four people have already signed up to run for position 4 on the South Whidbey School Board, a two-year, unexpired term currently held by Marnie Jackson. The candidates will be whittled to two in the Aug. 3 primary.

In addition to Jackson, the candidates are Lorinda Newton, Farrah Manning Davis and Emily Uhl.

Also, Andrea Downs filed to run for her position 2 school board seat and Bree Kramer-Nelson filed for position 5.

In Oak Harbor, two former county commissioner candidates — Dan Evans and Fe Mischo — have filed to replace Erica Wasinger on the city council. Wasinger announced she isn’t running again.

Jim Woessner also filed for his seat on the city council.

For the Oak Harbor school board, Jessica Thompson is running against John Diamond, the current board president. Thompson read a letter to the school board earlier this year that criticized teachers for “indoctrinating” students and school leaders for COVID-19 safety measures in the school.

In Coupeville, Mike Moore and Patricia Powell filed to run for their seats on the town council.

Former Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard will run against Ward Sparacio. They are seeking to fill position 2 on the Coupeville School Board.

Tony Gill is the only candidate so far to throw his hat into the ring for Langley City Council.

James Golder filed for the single hospital commissioner seat up for reelection this year, but it’s unclear if he lives in the correct district. Position 2 candidates have to live in a district that’s south of Coupeville, but Golder listed his address as being in Oak Harbor.

Edward Halloran filed for the board of the Port of South Whidbey; Claude Johnston filed for the North Whidbey Pool, Park and Recreation board; Steve Hutchinson filed for the Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue board; and Larry Metz filed for South Whidbey Fire/EMS.

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