A board of five Supervisors, three elected and two appointed, directs the programs and policies of the Whidbey Island Conservation District. The board meets once a month to discuss district business, oversee district finances and provide guidance on district activities. The meetings are open to the public.
Appointed and elected positions are for 3-year terms and are served without compensation. District elections are held each spring. For more information about the Conservation District election process, view our election fact sheet by clicking here.
District Election 2020
Vote for a District Supervisor in WICD's general election!
In May 2020, the terms of two WICD supervisors will expire – one elected and one appointed. Both are full-term (3-years) positions to be filled. By resolution at the October 2019 Board meeting, details were set for the 2020 election.
The WICD annual Board of Supervisors election will be held from 2-6pm on February 4, 2020 at the WICD office at 1 NE 4th Street in Coupeville, WA. The election will fill one position which is expiring on May 1, 2020. All Island County registered voters who reside on Whidbey Island are eligible and encouraged to vote. There are 4 candidates on the ballot this year.
Additionally, there is one appointed position expiring on May 1, 2020. The deadline to apply for the appointed position is March 31, 2020. Candidates must be registered voters residing on Whidbey Island, and may be required to own land or operate a farm. Complete information on how to file as an appointed candidate is available to review and download at:
Meet the Candidates for the Elected Position
Ann “Anza” Muenchow
Anza Muenchow and her husband, Marc Wilson, moved from Seattle to South Whidbey in 2003 and live on their 45 acres in the Glendale watershed. Their 2 acre farm, Maha Farm, provides direct sales of diverse fresh produce at Tilth’s seasonal farmers’ market and through their farm stand.
Anza has held several positions at WSU Extension mostly in horticulture and food security. She has served on the WICD board for 3 years and appreciates all our conservation district offers the residents of Whidbey.
Anza has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Human Biology from Stanford University, and a Master’s of Social Work from Univ. of Washington. She worked for Seattle P-Patch Foundation and for WSU Extension King Co. building community gardens and micro-farms in public housing projects in Seattle and King County before moving to the island.
Gary L. Ketcheson
I am running for the WICD Board of Supervisors position because I believe wholeheartedly in the mission of the Conservation Districts and assisting landowners, large and small, with the management of their properties. I am passionate about conserving the resources that surround and support us.
I have degrees in Resource Conservation and Forest Hydrology with a minor in soil science. I am retired after a 32 year career with land management agencies where I developed, reviewed, and altered management activities associated with forest management, road systems, rangeland management including riparian areas, and recreation management. My expertise is in erosion control and sedimentation prevention, and water quality related to land management activities.
It would be a honor and privilege to be associated with the fine professionals at the WICD through the Board of Supervisors.
I grew up on Whidbey Island, and after leaving Whidbey for military service, I returned home to farm and raise my family. I own and operate Bells Farm with my great family, and as a farmer and someone with strong ties to this place I am very interested in supporting conservation and best practices for landowners and the Island as a whole. I feel that I have the energy, youth, commitment, and understanding of our local environment both ecologically and socially to serve and contribute as a board supervisor for the conservation district. I want to support the amazing, forward thinking staff of the district with their great work of helping to not only conserve, and sustain land, but also to regenerate and improve the private and public lands of Whidbey Island.
David S. Edwards
David Edwards holds a bachelor's degree in forest management from Oregon State University, and has substantial field experience in coastal forest lands similar to those found on Whidbey Island. He led the fixed-wing aerial firefighting division of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where he became skilled at state-level budgeting and building interagency partnerships. He is a retired Air Force officer and pilot, and has commanded at multiple levels. He is currently a pilot for a major airline. David and his wife, Jill, live near Langley.
Whidbey Island’s much-loved forest lands are essential to the island’s rural character, and sustaining a healthy forest ecosystem benefits all island residents. The Conservation District staff does a terrific job helping landowners become good stewards of their forests; as a Board Supervisor, David believes his forestry background and expertise in organizational leadership will add value to the WICD team.
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