Filing week opens Monday for Island County elected positions

People interested in serving in elected office have to file their candidacy next week with the Island County Auditor’s Office in order to get on the ballot.

Local offices will highlight the November general election in 2013. The Coupeville Town Council, the Coupeville School Board, Port of Coupeville, Whidbey General Hospital and the all of the junior taxing districts will have seats up for election this year. Many of those entities have more than one seat up for election.

People interested in running for public office will need to file with the auditor’s office. Filing period is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day from Monday, May 13 through Friday May 17. Although the elections office is typically closed on Fridays, Deputy Auditor Michele Reagan said the office will remain open May 17.

Potential candidates also have an online option for filing for public office. They can file online by going to and click the “elections” tab for more information.

Reagan said the online option is a lot easier for people especially if they are on Whidbey during filing week. It also gives candidates more control over the information that gets entered by eliminating the middle-man.

The link to file online goes live at 9 a.m. Monday and it will remain active until 4 p.m. May 17.

Larry Cort and Dianne Binder are up for election on the Coupeville Town Council.

Four seats on the Coupeville School Board are up for election this year. Glenda Merwine was recently appointed to fill an unexpired term so her seat is up for election this year along with Jeff Tasoff, Chris Chan and Kathleen Anderson.

The commissioners for the Port of Coupeville are scheduled to fill a vacancy during a meeting that took place Wednesday after press time. The person selected to fill the vacancy created when Laura Blakenship resigned will run for office during the November election. Port Commissioner Benye Weber announced she won’t seek a third term and her seat is also up for election in November.

Roger Case recently announced his resignation from the Whidbey General Hospital Board. The person appointed to the seat may run for election. Ron Wallin’s seat is also up for election.

For more information about the seats that are up for election go to and click on the elections tab and select “offices open for election.”

For more information about filing week, call 360-679-7366 or email


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