Local seats open up for November election

By Meg Olson

With the recent resignation of water district commissioner Bill Meursing, there will be one more opportunity to serve on one of the local boards.

Meursing had earlier suggested he would retire but made it official via email on April 24. He did not cite a reason for his decision to resign. “It has been a pleasure working with you and the staff,” he wrote. “I wish the district all the best in the future.”

Candidate filing week for the November election was held May 11 to 15, with spots open on the boards of all the local taxing districts.

Both Wayne Knowles and Arthur Reber have filed to be on the November ballot running for the position Meursing is leaving vacant.

At a May 21 special meeting remaining commissioners Scott Hackleman and Madeleine Anderson put out an invitation to interested parties to fill the vacant seat until the election.

“Now that we have found there are two people running for the spot we don’t think it’s appropriate to appoint one of them because it would show favoritism,” Hackleman said. “We are looking to appoint someone temporarily so that if one of the two of us isn’t available we can still do business.” The three-commissioner board can only take action if a quorum of two commissioners is present.

Hoping to appoint a temporary
commissioner to serve from June to December when they meet next on June 9, the board is asking interested parties to apply at the water district office on Tyee Drive. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, registered voters and live in Point Roberts.

In other election news, while most races on the Point see candidates running unopposed, Judson Meraw has filed to run against fire commissioner Stan Riffle for a six-year term.

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