Whidbey Conservation District election canceled

Because the incumbent was the only to one apply and meet the requirements, she was automatically reelected to her position as a Whidbey Island Conservation District board member.

Incumbent Wendi Hilborn, who co-owns Penn Cove Farms — a custom dairy operation on Central Whidbey Island, met the requirements to run for another term, according to information provided by the Whidbey Island Conservation District.

Conservation district staff works with farmers and property owners to preserve natural resources on Whidbey Island. The district, which was established in 1967, comprises Whidbey Island.

A five-member board comprised of farmers, landowners and other professionals oversees the conservation district’s activities. Three members are elected by registered voters and the other two members are appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission.

Even though all Whidbey Island voters are eligible to participate in the conservation district elections, it isn’t organized by the Island County Auditor’s Office like other elections; rather, conservation district officials are responsible for running its own elections.

People have to request by mail a ballot to vote for the conservation district election.

Conservation district board members announced the election date in November and placed a public notice calling for candidates in December.

Because she submitted the petition with signatures by the deadline and nobody else applied, the election was canceled.

The Whidbey Island Conservation District is currently looking for applications for one position that is appointed by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Tom Fournier currently holds the position and he has applied for re-appointment.

For more information about the Whidbey Island Conservation District elections, go to or call the Coupeville-based office at 360-678-4708.


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