Filing week: 15 more candidates file for local offices

Several candidates pick up opponents in their races

By Adam Littman, Columbian Staff Writer

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Tuesday was the second day of candidate filing week for candidates to take their first step in running for positions on local city councils, school boards and as port commissioners.

Day Two was a bit quieter than the first day, with about 15 new candidates filling to run for office in the August primary and November general election. Around 75 candidates have filed to run as of late Tuesday afternoon.

In Clark County, city and town council positions will be open, including mayoral races in Vancouver and Washougal; school district director positions; fire, port, cemetery and park district commissioners; and a commissioner position in the Clark Regional Wastewater District, according to information from the Clark County Elections Department.

A few candidates who filed on Monday will now have competitors for the seat they’re chasing after Tuesday’s filings. In Evergreen Public Schools, Janelle Tuominen will face off with Park Llafet for Position No. 5 after Llafet filed to run on Tuesday.

Scott Swindell filed on Tuesday to run for District No. 5 with the Hockinson School District Board, going up against Gordon Smith, who filed Monday. In the Ridgefield School District, Damion E. Jiles Sr. filed to run for the District No. 4 seat on the board against Becky Greenwald.