Filing results in few election contests

Candidate filing week wrapped up Friday, resulting in multiple contested races in 2019 Island County elections.

As of Friday morning, Michael Crawford will challenge incumbent Tara Hizon for her seat on the Oak Harbor City Council. Two new names will vie for position three on the council: Whidbey Jeweler owner Jeffrey Mack and 2018 Oak Harbor High School graduate Joseph Busig are both seeking to replace Rick Almberg, who said he won’t seek another term.

Mayor Bob Severns is running again, this time against Pat Harman.

There are four Coupeville Town Council positions on the ballot, none of which is contested. Jenny Bright is seeking to replace current Councilwoman Catherine Ballay, who isn’t seeking re-election.

Coupeville Mayor Molly Hughes is seeking a second term.

For Oak Harbor School Board, Jessica Aws filed for election after being appointed in December 2017. Frederick Wilmot is running against her.

Coupeville School Board will have two contested seats. Sherry Phay is running against incumbent Brent Stevens, and David Mahaffy will go against current member Glenda Merwine.

Roger Eelkema will run against recently appointed Port of Coupeville Commissioner David Day.

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