League plans virtual candidate forums in October

Voters will have multiple opportunities to listen to local candidates in October.

Candidates for a host of elected positions representing Whidbey Island residents will take part in virtual candidate forums in October.

The League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island and Sno-Isle Libraries are again teaming up to put on a series of online forums to educate voters about local candidates.

Zoom links to the forums will be posted on lwvwhidbey.org two hours before each event. They are free and open to the public.

At 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, the four candidates for two seats for the Board of Island County Commissioners will answer questions and discuss issues.

The candidates for District 1, which covers South and Central Whidbey, are Democrat Melanie Bacon and Republican Damian Greene. Candidates for District 2, which is the greater Oak Harbor area, are incumbent Jill Johnson and Dan Evans. They are both Republicans.

At 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, the forum will host candidates for state government seats in Legislative District 10, which includes Island County. The positions on the ballot are two state representative positions and a state senator.

The candidates for state representative Position 1 are Democrat Angie Homola, a North Whidbey resident, and Republican Greg Gilday of Stanwood. The candidates for Position 2 are Democrat Dave Paul, the incumbent and an Oak Harbor resident, and Republican Bill Bruch of La Conner.

The candidates for the state senate seat are Republican Ron Muzzall, a North Whidbey resident appointed to the position, and Democrat Helen Price Johnson, a Clinton resident and current county commissioner.

At 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, the forum will host candidates for the U.S. representative position for Congressional District 2 as well as two seats on the Island County Superior Court.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, a Democrat, is facing Timothy Hazelo, a Republican.

Christon Skinner is the sole candidate for Position 1 on the Superior Court. Carolyn Cliff and Kathleen Petrich are seeking Position 2.

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is hosting a congressional candidate forum, featuring Larsen and Hazelo, during a Zoom meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22.

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