New candidates, names withdrawn in final day of candidate filing week

The final day of candidate filing week was exciting on Whidbey Island, with new candidates emerging and candidates withdrawing their names.

The filings for positions on the Coupeville School Board were especially lively.

Kathleen Anderson, the current board president, withdrew her name, as did Rainy Richardson-Simpson, who had also filed for the position 5 seat. Ward Sparacio originally filed for position 2, but then withdrew and filed for position 5.

In addition to Sparacio, Morgan White and Chad Crouch are running for Position 5. The candidates will be whittled to two in the Aug. 3 primary election.

Nancy Conard, former town mayor, and Paul Rempa are both seeking position 2. Sherry Phay, the incumbent, is running unopposed.

In the Oak Harbor City Council races, incumbent Jim Woessner is the only candidate who will run unopposed.

Shane Hoffmire, a former commissioner for North Whidbey Park and Rec, filed in the final hour to run against Councilman Joel Servatius.

Bryan Stucky of Wallin Funeral Home and Andy Plumlee of Island Drug will face each other in the race for the council seat currently held by Millie Goebel.

Fe Mischo and Dan Evans, who both ran for county commissioner last year, filed for the seat held by Erica Wasinger, who isn’t running for reelection.

The Coupeville Town Council races are uneventful, with only Michael Moore and Pat Powell filing for their seats.

Two seats are contested on the Oak Harbor School Board. Current Board President John Diamond will run against Jessica Thompson; Erik Mann will face Jason Uemoto.

Kurt Blankenship and James Golder filed for Position 2 on the WhidbeyHealth Hospital District.

Five people have filed for three seats on the North Whidbey Pool, Park and Recreation District. Steve McCaslin will run against Brit Kraner for Position 4; Claude Johnston will face James Marrow for Position 5. John Chargualaf was the only one to file for Position 2.

John Mishasek filed for reelection as a Port of Coupeville commissioner but nobody filed for the other open seat.

Bernie Upchurch, who was appointed as county assessor this week, filed to run as a Republican.

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