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Whidbey PUD supporters continue quest for candidates

Supporters of a Whidbey Island-based power company said two people have expressed interest in becoming candidates for commissioner of a new Whidbey Island public utility district.

The Whidbey PUD group held a private meeting Thursday night at the Freeland Library for people interested in becoming a PUD commissioner if voters approve the formation of a local utility in November.

Organizers of the Whidbey PUD declined to give the names of the potential candidates.

"They indicated an interest, but need to time to discuss the idea with their families," said Ed Jenkins, the group's director of communications.

The pair aren't the only ones interested in becoming a PUD commissioner. Even so, organizers will continue the search. At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at the Oak Harbor Library, the "People for Yes on Whidbey PUD" will hold an information gathering for anyone interested in running for commissioner.

"We already have a good slate of candidates from all three districts and hope to find more at the Oak Harbor meeting," Jenkins said.

"You don't have to be an engineer, have a background in electric utilities or have been a chief executive officer," he added. "A PUD commissioner’s responsibility is to use common sense in overseeing the decisions of staff and making sure your neighbor’s money is well spent."

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