Councilwoman exits Woodland mayor’s race

By Ray Legendre, Columbian staff writer

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Woodland Mayor Pro-Tem Marilee McCall announced today she will not seek the mayor’s seat this fall.

McCall was one of five people who filed paperwork earlier this month to run for mayor.

McCall changed her mind, she said, because she felt she had a “higher priority to continue to offer my experience and continuity to the city as a senior council member.”

Woodland’s remaining mayoral candidates are councilmen J.J. Burke and Darwin Rounds, former police chief Grover Laseke and attorney Janna Lovejoy. Current Mayor Chuck Blum chose not to seek a second term.