Filing to open for long list of local positions

Candidates must file for the election May 17-21.

While it’s an off year for federal and state races, there is a long list of nonpartisan local races — ranging from council seats to school board positions to a commissioner on the hospital district — that will be on the ballot on Whidbey Island this November.

Next week is when people interested in running for office need to sign up. Candidate filing period runs May 17-21.

The Island County assessor position will be on the ballot because Mary Engle, the former assessor, resigned to become the county planning director earlier this year.

Because Engle is a Republican, the county commissioners will choose one of three candidates selected by the Island County Republican Central Committee to be assessor until the end of the year. The special meeting to interview and name the replacement will by May 18.

Four council seats in Oak Harbor, two in Coupeville and three in Langley will also be on the ballot.

Oak Harbor Councilmember Erica Wasinger said she doesn’t plan to run for reelection, while Councilmembers Joel Servatius, Jim Woessner and Millie Goebel said they do.

Coupeville Councilmember Michael Moore reported that he plans to run while Pat Powell didn’t respond to an inquiry.

In Langley, council members Peter Morton and Christy Korrow have both said they don’t plan to run again. Councilwoman Dominique Emerson said she definitely will.

In addition, it will also be a big year for school board elections. Three positions on the South Whidbey School Board, three on the Central Whidbey School Board and two on the Oak Harbor School Board will be on the ballot.

South Whidbey School Board member Andrea Downs said she plans to run again, as do Ann Johnson and Marnie Jackson, both of whom were appointed to the board to replace people who resigned. Jackson will be running for a two-year unexpired term.

On the Coupeville School Board, the positions held by Venessa Matros, Sherry Phay and Kathleen Anderson will be on the ballot.

On the Oak Harbor School Board, Erik Mann and John Diamond said they plan to run for reelection.

One position on the board of commissioners for Whidbey Island Hospital District will be on the ballot. The six-year term is for position 2, currently held by Kurt Blankenship. The district covers an area of Central Whidbey that is roughly between Admirals Drive and Freeland.

Two positions on the Coupeville Port District and one position on the South Whidbey Port District will be on the ballot.

Coupeville Port District Commissioner John Mishasek reported that he plans to run in the fall while Mohammad Mostafavinassab is undecided.

On the South Whidbey Port District, the position held by Edward “Ed” Halloran will be on the ballot.

Three positions will be up for election in both the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District and North Whidbey Pool, Park and Recreation District.

On South Whidbey, parks and rec commissioners Matt Simms and Erik Jokinen said they will seek reelection while Josh Coleman said he will not.

On North Whidbey, parks and rec commissioner Patricia Hardin said she will not run again while John Chargualaf, who was appointed, said he will. Sean Merrill didn’t respond to an inquiry.

A commissioner position for Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue, currently held by Steve Hutchinson (who does plan to run), and North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, currently held by Jerry Goen, will appear on the ballot. Commissioner positions for South Whidbey Fire/EMS, currently held by Larry Metz and Frank Mestemacher, will also be on the ballot.

In addition, there are three cemetery district seats and nearly 30 positions on water districts that are up for election.

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