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Early Island County election filing is as expected
The first day of the official filing week for elected offices in Island County and the state yielded few surprises.
As of Tuesday morning, just three people were listed as commissioner candidates on the Island County Auditor’s website. They include Republican Jim Campbell and Independent Phil Collier for District 2 and Jeff Lauderdale for District 1.
All three had already announced their intention to seek the positions, both of which are partisan seats that carry a four-year term.
The positions are currently held by Democrat incumbents Angie Homola, District 1, and Helen Price Johnson, District 2. Both candidates have announced that they also intend to seek reelection.
For the two Island County Superior Court judge seats up for grabs, both non-partisan positions, only incumbents Alan Hancock and Vickie Churchill were listed on the auditor’s website as having filed.
In the races for state representative, incumbent Norma Smith, R-Clinton, had filed for Position 1 and Tom Riggs, D-Camano, and Dave Hayes, R-Stanwood, had filed for Position 2.
Both seats carry a two-year term. Position 2 is currently held by Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, but she has announced plans to challenge Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano, for the District 10 Senate position, which carries a four-year term.
For federal races, it appears Second Congressional District incumbent Rick Larsen, a Democrat, will see two challengers. Everett residents Dan Matthews, a Republican, and Mike Lapointe, of the 99 Percent Party, have both filed.
Larsen is expected to seek reelection for the position, which is partisan and carries a two-year term.
A number of precinct committee offices on Whidbey Island are up for election but only three were contested. In Oak Harbor, James Golder, Donovan Davis and Susan Sehlin were all seeking the Precinct 150 Republican seat.
Laura Rookstool of Bayview and Chris Williams of Langley are vying for the Precinct 164 Republican seat while Mary Jane Aurdal-Olson and Bill Carruthers, both of Clinton, are seeking the Republican seat for Precinct 169.
Committee positions are partisan offices that carry a two-year term.
Filing can be done in person at the Elections Office in Coupeville or done online.
The filing period began Monday and will continue through Friday, May 18.