Filing week opens with surprises

Candidate filing week began with a couple of surprises.

A few candidates who hadn’t previously announced their intention to run for office signed up as of Tuesday morning, but so far there are no officially contested races. Filing weeks continues through Friday.

In Oak Harbor, Jeffrey Mack, of Whidbey Jeweler, filed for the city council seat currently held by Rick Almberg, who announced he will not be running again. Tara Hizon filed for the seat she currently holds, and Pat Harman filed to be mayor.

Mayor Bob Severns said he will run again, but he has yet to file.

Teacher Lynn Goebel, who has a long history of volunteering in the community, filed for a school board position.

Goebel is in her last year as an elementary school teacher. Current school board member Robert Hallahan filed to run for reelection.

In Coupeville, Jenny Bright filed to run for the town council seat currently held by Catherine Ballay, who isn’t seeking reelection.

In addition, Mayor Molly Hughes and council members Rick Walti and Mike Moore filed for reelection.

Coupeville School Board members Christine Sears, Jerry Brent Stevens and Glenda Merwine also filed for their seats.

Commissioner Marvin Koorn filed for the position he currently holds on the board for North Whidbey Fire and Rescue.

David Day filed for position of the Port of Coupeville board that he was recently appointed to fill.

Juli Brooks Leete and Christopher Wiegenstein both filed for seats on the board for North Whidbey Pool, Park and Recreation.

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