Surprise candidates emerge during annual Filing Week

Candidate filing week had a few surprises after all for Whidbey Island, according to candidate filings as of noon on Friday.

Clinton resident Ed Jenkins filed for the District 1 Island County commissioner position without a party affiliation. It’s the second time he’s run for the seat and the fifth time he’s been in race against fellow Clinton resident Curt Gordon, an Independent who’s run for commissioner twice before.

Four other candidates also filed for the District 1 seat currently held by Helen Price Johnson, who’s running for state senate against North Whidbey resident Ron Muzzall.

Coupeville resident Nathan Howard and Clinton Melanie Bacon are running for commissioner as Democrats. Clinton resident Damian Greene and and Coupeville resident Gary Wray filed as Republicans.

Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson, a Republican, has three challengers in her bid for reelection in District 2, which covers the city of Oak Harbor.

Stephenie Mischo and Chris Reed filed as Democrats and Dan Evans is running as a Republican.

A couple of new candidates emerged in the race against U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett. As a result, three Oak Harbor residents, all Republicans, are among those challenging him; Timothy Hazelo is joined by James Dean Golder and Carrie Kennedy.

The other candidates are Democrat Jason Call of Marysville, Republican Kari Ilonummi of Arlington and Republican Cody Hart of Sedro Woolley.

Five candidates filed for Position 1 state representative. The Democrats are Suzanne Woodard of Clinton, Ivan Lewis of Greenbank, Angie Homola of Oak Harbor and Scott McMullen of Mount Vernon.

In addition, Stanwood resident Greg Gilday filed as a Republican.

Rep. Dave Paul, D-Oak Harbor, will run against Republican Bill Bruch of La Conner.

Oak Harbor resident Christon Skinner doesn’t have a rival in his effort to become the Position 1 judge in Island County Superior Court.

Greenbank resident Carolyn Cliff and Langley resident Kathleen Petrich filed for the other superior court judge seat.

The primary election is Aug. 4.

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