County to hold special election filing period

The conclusion of filing week saw nobody filing for candidacy for 14 offices throughout Island County.

Because of those empty seats, the Island County Auditor’s Office is opening a special filing period for three days in early June. The special filing period goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 5.

Of the 14 offices that lack candidate, one is the Coupeville School Board Position 2 seat that is apparently being vacated by Jeff Tasoff. He didn’t file for reelection last week.

Another seat is the Position 4 seat on the Whidbey General Hospital Board that is being vacated by Roger Case, who announced he will resign from his seat effective in June.

The remaining dozen empty seats are on the various water district boards located throughout Island County.

Michele Reagan, deputy for the Island County Auditor’s Office, said people can only file for the 14 vacant positions and not the other seats that are up for election in 2013.

While the auditor’s office offered an online option during the regular filing period, people interested in the vacant seats will have to file in person at the elections office located on North Main Street.

If nobody files for the empty seats by the end of the special filing period, then they won’t appear on the November ballot. Nobody would be able to write in a candidates name for those empty seats either, Reagan said.

It would then be up to the elected board to appoint a replacement, who would then run for office during the next general election.

For more information, contact the election’s office at 360-679-7366.


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