UPDATE: Leavitt, Guard, Onslow among those filing Monday morning

Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to file for office

By Stephanie Rice, Columbian Vancouver city government reporter


Updated: May 13, 2013, 9:29 PM


Candidate filings as of May 13

Clark County Superior Court

Suzan Clark, Department 8

Battle Ground City Council

Michael J. Ciraulo, Position 1

Mike Dalesandro, Position 5

Bill Ganley, Position 6

Camas City Council

Vanessa (Van) Amundson, Ward 1, Position 2

Steven C. Hogan, Ward 2, Position 2

Shannon Turk, Ward 3, Position 2

La Center City Council

Al Luiz, Position No. 2

Ridgefield City Council

Ron Onslow, Position 1

Don Stose, Position 4

John Main, Position 6

Sandra Day, Position 7

Vancouver City Council

Timothy D. Leavitt, Mayor

Jack Burkman, Position 1

Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Position 3

Galina Burley, Position 3

Jeanne M. Harris, Position 3

Washougal City Council

Sean Guard, Mayor

Brent Boger, Position 1

Paul Greenlee, Position 3

Dave Shoemaker, Position 6

Woodland City Council

Al Swindell, Position 2

Benjamin Fredricks, Position 6

Clark Regional Wastewater District

Neil Kimsey, Position 1

Clark County Cemetery District 6

Dale Venema, Position 2

Clark County Fire District 6

Dean T. Bloemke, Position 2

Clark County Fire District 10

Richard Johnson, Position 1

Clark County Fire & Rescue

Michael J. Lambrecht, Position 1

Larry Bartel, Position 5

East County Fire & Rescue

Martha Martin, Position 4

Battle Ground Public Schools

Monty Anderson, District 1

Mitchell Taylor, District 3

Jim Pegoraro, District 3

Camas School District

Casey O’Dell, District 1

Julie Rotz, District 2

Erika Cox, District 2

Evergreen Public Schools

Britt Merson, District 1

Hockinson School District

Ron Arp, District 2

Kathy Nordberg, District 2

Mount Pleasant School District

Kate Stiles, Position 5

Vancouver Public Schools

Mark F. Stoker, Position 2

Kathy Gillespie, Position 3

Washougal School District

Blaine A. Peterson, District 3

Ron F. Dinius, District 5

Port of Camas-Washougal

Mark Lampton, District 1

Bill Macrae-Smith, District 3

Port of Vancouver

Jerry Oliver, District 3

Woodland Swimming and Recreation District

Bruce Hulett, Position 4

Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow and Washougal Mayor Sean Guard were among those who showed up Monday morning at the Clark County Elections Office to file for re-election.

In all, 48 people filed for office on Monday in an election cycle that includes more than 75 positions. Some seats on the Vancouver, Washougal, Woodland, Yacolt, Battle Ground, Camas, La Center, Ridgefield city councils and Yacolt town council are up, as are some seats on school boards, fire district boards, cemetery districts and port districts.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to file for office; those filing online have until 4 p.m. Friday.

At least one local race will be on the August 6 primary ballot.

Anne McEnerny-Ogle, chairwoman of the Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance, filed against Vancouver City Councilor Jeanne Harris, who filed for re-election. Galina Burley, a human services manager for Clackamas County, Ore., who previously hadn’t said whether she would file against Harris or Jeanne Stewart, filed against Harris.

The top two finishers will advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

The three mayors were joined at about 9 a.m. by Donald Stose, a Ridgefield city councilor, and Dean Bloemke, a commissioner for Clark County Fire District 6.

In Ridgefield, as in Battle Ground, councilors select a mayor from among themselves, so Onslow filed for city councilor, not mayor.

Leavitt, who announced in February that he would run for a second term, has raised $22,649, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission.

In 2009, Leavitt, then a city councilor, raised $141,529 to defeat the incumbent, Royce Pollard, who raised $179,286.

As of Monday, Leavitt, 42, was still waiting to find out who would run against him, but said he’s looking forward to campaigning.

He noted that the city is in better financial shape than when he took office, and the city continues to make improvements so it can provide necessary services in light of the worst economy since the Great Depression.

“A strong foundation isn’t sexy by any means,” Leavitt said, but it’s what the city needs to do to continue to attract new businesses and help existing businesses expand.

First campaign vows

During his February announcement, Leavitt cited Sigma Design, which employs 37 people downtown, as an example of small-business growth in downtown, along with Torque Coffee, Loowit Brewing Company and Gravitate Design Studio. He also mentioned PeaceHealth, which projects that by 2017 it will have 800 workers at Columbia Center at Columbia Tech Center in east Vancouver, and said the health care organization selected Vancouver over five other locations.

In Ridgefield, Onslow said the city’s continuing to build sewer infrastructure as part of its plan to attract businesses, and starting to rebuild its schools.

In Guard’s April re-election announcement, he said second-term priorities would include continuing to attract new businesses, keeping utility rates stable, strengthening the police and fire departments, and improving city streets.

Stephanie Rice: 360-735-4508 or stephanie.rice@columbian.com.