NCW — Of 35 available positions, six were filled during special filing periods held by the Chelan and Douglas county auditors.
Douglas County’s special filing period ran May 21-23, and Chelan County’s ran Wednesday through Friday. The special filing periods were needed because many positions had no candidate sign up during the regular filing period last month.
Offices that went unfilled included cemetery, fire, hospital and water districts.
Mansfield High School teacher Luke Hall was the only candidate to file for any Douglas County position during the special period, signing up to replace Erik Hessman on the Mansfield Town Council. Hall said he considered it an obligation to serve, though he’d prefer to see multiple people run for local offices.
“I saw that there was an open position,” he said. “I hate to see those things go unfilled. Glad to be able to help.”
In Chelan County, Franklin Adkins filed to remain a commissioner for Fire District 8, and Lake Chelan Sewer District commissioners Richard Ambrose, Mark Babcock and Michael Collins also signed up to stay. Paul Warner filed to be a Bear Mountain Water District commissioner.
Positions no one signed up for will not be on this year’s ballot and the incumbents will remain in office until the next elections for those positions.
If an office has no incumbent — or if the incumbent resigns — the board can appoint someone to finish the term.
That’s what will happen with the Waterville School Board, as Seth Normington is resigning June 14 and no one filed to replace him. He said he’s moving to Virginia for work.