Nobody in Winthrop stepped forward to run for vacant Position 4 on the town council during an extended filing period, so now the opening may be filled by write-in votes.
The Okanogan County Auditor’s Office set a special three-day filing period from June 26-28 to attract candidates to local elected office vacancies that no one showed interest in during the regular filing period.
In the Methow Valley, the only vacant position for which no one filed is the Winthrop council seat, which is open for a two-year term. That position is being vacated by Sue Langdalen, who is running for mayor and is unopposed.
Write-in candidates are not required to notify the county. However, according to the auditor’s website, “A candidate who wishes to run a write-in campaign may want to file a Declaration Of Write-In Candidacy form with the Auditor’s office. The Declaration of Candidacy can be filed up to the day before the election.”