Sequim chamber plans election, opposition awaits word from lawyers

SEQUIM — While the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce prepares ballots for mailing, perhaps as early as this week, an opposition group awaits responses from six attorneys who are interpreting the organization’s bylaws.

A spokesman for the Concerned Chamber Committee, Gil Simon — the proprietor of Sequim Village Glass in Carlsborg who calls himself a “recovering attorney” — says that the bylaws don’t permit members who are not in business, or nonprofits, to vote or hold office.

The chamber’s attorney Alan Millet differs, saying that “unless a person has applied for associate membership, they are full members with rights to vote [and] hold office as members.”

That’s why, Simon said Friday, the group sent copies of the bylaws to six attorneys for interpretation.

Simon expects to begin to receive responses early this week.

On Thursday, he had sent an e-mail to Walt Schubert, president of the chamber’s board of directors, questioning the eligibility both of some of those who voted during a March 20 board election — an election that kept current board members in place — and some of the nominees for the rest of the board positions.

Schubert, former mayor of Sequim and a member of the Sequim City Council, sent the e-mail to Millet, asking what the chamber should do.

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