Coupeville councilman passes on another term

Coupeville Town Council member Larry Cort decided against running for election this year.

“It came down to a time issue,” Cort said Monday. “It was a really tough decision.”

Cort was appointed to the Coupeville Town Council in October, 2011 to fill a vacancy created when Tom Tack resigned.

Since that time, Cort’s responsibilities working for the city of Oak Harbor has changed. He became city administrator for Oak Harbor, which required a greater time commitment and attendance at more night meetings. Cort has a history working for cities on Whidbey Island. He was a planner in Coupeville, Langley and Oak Harbor before taking his current position as city administrator in Oak Harbor.

As of press time Tuesday, one person has filed to fill Cort’s seat on the Coupeville Town Council.

Pat Powell, executive director for the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, filed for public office Monday.

“I really admire the work of the mayor and Town Council and thought perhaps I could add value to the council with my background in land use planning, legal documents, contracts and budgets,” Powell said in an email to The Whidbey Examiner. She had moved to Coupeville in 2012.

Filing week for public offices began Monday and wraps up at 4 p.m. Friday so people interested in running for office can still file with the Island County Auditor’s Office.

Patton filed for a seat on the Port of Coupeville. Mike Diamanti, who was recently appointed to the port, is running for a separate seat on the elected board.

As of press time Tuesday, Powell is running unopposed for Position 5 on the Coupeville Town Council. Dianne Binder is running unopposed so far for Position 4.

Georgia Gardner is the only incumbent so far to have filed for reelection on the Whidbey General Hospital Board. Ron Wallin’s and Roger Case’s seats are also up for election. Case is scheduled to resign from the board in June.

Four seats are up for election on the Coupeville School Board. Three incumbents — Jeff Tasoff, Chris Chan, and Kathleen Anderson — haven’t submitted their paperwork yet. Recently appointed board member Glenda Merwine filed to run for her school board seat in the fall.

Information about public offices is available by going to and clicking on the “candidate filing” tab.


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