Spurred by ongoing debate over a drug treatment facility coming to Sequim, a write-in candidate has emerged for a Sequim City Council position.
Sarah W. Kincaid filed her registration on Sept 24 with the Clallam County elections office to run against Position 2 appointee Jennifer States for the four-year position.
Kincaid, 75, a retired quality control employee with a Mervyn’s department store in Ontario, Calif., is a 19-year Sequim resident.
The proposed medication-assisted treatment facility (MAT) by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is tentatively set for construction off Ninth Street as part of a healing campus.
“There’s a lot of flak going on about the MAT clinic and all,” Kincaid said last week. “One thing that struck me is, it isn’t so much I am against having a MAT clinic as, it’s the way we are going about it.
“It seems they weren’t very forthcoming. The city knew it was coming. I’d like to see a little more transparency.”
Kincaid said she does not oppose a MAT clinic.
“I’m against where they’re putting it,” she said.
Kincaid said the clinic will attract homeless people and drug users to the city.
States is the first of four incumbent City Council members running for re-election to attract opposition.
Kincaid will not participate in a forum set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the city council chambers at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 W. Cedar St. Organizers said its original intent was to provide a place for unopposed candidates to speak about issues. States said she will not participate because she is having surgery the day before the event.
Write-in candidates can file declarations of candidacy until 8 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 5.
For more information on the proposed MAT facility, or Healing Campus, visit jamestownhealing campus.org.