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South Whidbey Fire/EMS seeks a new fire commissioner to fill Position 3, to be vacated by Frank Mestemacher at the end of the year. Mestemacher recently announced he is not seeking re-election after completion of his six-year term, which ends December 31, 2021.

Position 1 is also up for election. The seat is currently held by incumbent Larry Metz who intends to seek re-election. Metz was appointed in 2020 to fill a vacancy. Position 2 is currently held by Mike Noblet, whose term does not end until 2026.

To run for office, anyone interested must officially declare their candidacy and file with Island County during the days of May 17-21, 2021. Their name will be placed on the August 3, 2021 primary election ballot. The fire commissioners will be elected on the November 2, 2021 general elections.

Individuals must be a U.S. citizen 18 years or older, and be a registered voter residing in the South Whidbey Fire/EMS district for at least 30 days. A candidate handbook may be found at

To learn more about serving as a South Whidbey Fire/EMS commissioner, contact Fire Chief H.L. “Rusty” Palmer at (360) 321-1533 or

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