Elections office saw flurry of late filings

An unusual number of candidates wait until the last minute

By Tyler Graf, Columbian county government reporter

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Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey estimates this fall’s primary election, Aug. 6, and general election, Nov. 5, will cost the county about $275,000.

The Clark County Elections Office saw an unusual rise this year in candidates filing to run at the last minute, according to Auditor Greg Kimsey.

For instance, in Vancouver, challengers Bill Turlay, Micheline Doan, Brian Joseph Smith, Ty Stober, Jeanne Stewart and Adam Fox filed on the deadline day.

In Battle Ground, newcomers Cherish L. DesRochers, Lyle Lamb and Richard Brown, all of whom filed at the deadline, will face off against incumbent Councilman Michael Ciraulo for Position 1.

Even Battle Ground Mayor Lisa Walters filed on the last day before withdrawing from the position for which she originally filed and switching positions with fellow Councilmember Alex Reinhold. Walters will run for Position 5 against challenger Mike Dalesandro, while Reinhold will run for Position 4 against Chris Regan.

"There were more (filings) than normal this year," Kimsey said.

Washougal saw two late editions. Lisa Voeltz and lawyer George Kolin filed to run against incumbent Councilman Paul Greenlee for Position 3. Meanwhile, former councilman Rodney Morris filed to run against incumbent Councilman David Shoemaker for Position 6.

Jeanie Moran filed on deadline day to run for Washougal School Board, Position 3. She will face Eva-Marie Mull and Blaine Peterson.

For the Woodland School Board, Matthew Donald filed on deadline day. He will run unopposed.

In Fire Protection District No. 2, Ken Ayers and David Lester both filed on deadline day. They'll both run unopposed.

Meanwhile, Richard Britschgi and W. Frank Mazna were the last-minute candidates who filed for Clark County Fire & Rescue.

Thomas A. Gianatasio filed for East County Fire & Rescue on the last day of filing, May 17.

Most people running for cemetery districts will run unopposed.

Heidi Zimmerman filed May 17 to run for Cemetery District 4.

During the county's extension period, ending May 22, a handful of candidates filed for smaller offices. Steve Nyland filed May 21 to run for Hockinson School Board, Position 1. He will run unopposed.

Chuck Green and Becky Greenwald filed to run for Ridgefield School Board on May 21. They will run against each other for Position 4.

The elections office will mail ballots to overseas members of the military on June 21.

Tyler Graf: 360-735-4517; http://twitter.com/col_smallcities; tyler.graf@columbian.com