Two seats up for election on the Port of Coupeville

Thanks to an unexpected resignation and the recent census, the board of commissioners will see some big changes by the end of the year.

Two of the three seats on the port board are up for election in 2013.

One open position occurred when the newest member of the board, Laura Blankenship, abruptly resigned in early April. She resigned after serving more than one year of her six-year term.

The longest serving port commissioner, Benye Weber, isn’t able to run for her seat. As a result of the 2010 census and the accompanying redistricting to ensure the populations of each district within the boundaries of the Port of Coupeville are roughly equal, her home ended up in a neighboring district.

Weber is OK with the boundary change, she wasn’t planning on running for a third term anyway.

“Two six-year terms is enough,” Weber said “I was at the point I want to do other things.”

She said she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren. In addition to her service on the Port of Coupeville, Weber said she served 14 years on the Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing and 12 years on the county civil service commission. She is planning to serve until the end of her term.

With Weber’s decision and inability to seek a second term, port leaders are preparing for two open seats up for election in November.

Jim Patton, executive director for the Port of Coupeville, is advertising for someone to be appointed to Blankenship’s seat on the board. The person appointed would serve until Nov. 26, when the results of the general election is certified. The person elected in November to Blankenship’s seat would then serve the remainder of the term.

The two remaining port commissioners have 90 days to find a replacement. If they fail to accomplish that, then the Board of Island County Commissioners can step in and name a replacement.

He said it would be best if a person is appointed to Blankenship’s seat during the Port of Coupeville’s May 8 monthly meeting. That way a person would be in place before the election filing period for elected office, which takes place May 13 through May 17.

To apply to be appointed to the vacancy on the board, the person has to reside within District 3, which basically goes from Admiral’s Cove south near the intersection of Highway 525 and Mutiny Bay Road.

Applications  will be accepted until 4 p.m., Friday, May 3. For more information, call 360-678-5020, or email


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