Council selects short list for open seat

Oak Harbor City Council has selected four candidates to interview for its empty seat.

Oak Harbor City Council has selected four candidates to interview for its empty seat.

Former Councilmember Dan Evans resigned April 5. The appointee to replace him will serve until the results of the Nov. 7 general election are certified on Nov. 28.

At a May 16 meeting, City Administrator Blaine Oborn said the city received nine applicants but one was withdrawn. Out of the remaining eight, only one said they did not plan to run for the seat in the election.

Each council member read off the five candidates they wished to interview.

Wismine D’Avilar received six votes, John Chaszar received five, Christopher Wiegenstein received five and Barbara Armes received four. These candidates will be interviewed May 24.

The four applicants who were not selected were Kelly Beedle, Andy Plumlee, Teresa Addison and John Morrison.

According to LinkedIn, D’Avilar has been the Dean of Students at North Whidbey Middle School since May of last year. She is also the founder of Heels and Confidence, a non-profit faith-based mentorship program for women. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration.

According to LinkedIn, John Chaszar is a substitute teacher with Oak Harbor Public Schools and has a history of working in the casino and hospitality industry.

Christopher Wiegenstein is the board president of Whidbey Homeless Coalition and owner and counselor of Cradlestone, an individual and family therapy office in Oak Harbor. He is an elected member of the board of North Whidbey Pool, Park and Recreation District and a board member for the Oak Harbor Youth Coalition.

The News-Times previously reported that Barbara Armes said she became interested in city government out of concern for sewer rates and has been attending meetings since January 2022.