Five running for mayor of Vancouver

Filing week ends locally with more than 130 candidates for office, board positions

By Lauren Dake, Columbian Political Writer and Adam Littman, Columbian Staff Writer

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The co-owner of Main Street Marijuana, Adam Hamide, threw his hat in the ring to be the next mayor of Vancouver, joining about 20 other candidates who decided to run for an elected seat in the county on the final day of filing week.

More than 130 people filed to represent the region on local city councils, school boards and as commissioners as of Friday.

There are five candidates vying to be the next Vancouver mayor.

Vancouver City Councilor Anne McEnerny-Ogle announced early that she would be running for mayor of Vancouver, hoping to replace Tim Leavitt, who isn’t seeking re-election. McEnerny-Ogle made it official on Monday, filing for office. In addition to McEnerny-Ogle and Hamide, Greg Henderson, Steven Cox and John Carroll are vying to be Vancouver’s next mayor.

Ridgefield Mayor Ron Onslow, who has held the position since 2008, filed early in the week. And it looks like Washougal Mayor Sean Guard will also have some competition for his seat.

Two more candidates filed late in the week: Trianna Reed, who filed late on Thursday, and Washougal City Councilor Dan Coursey, who filed Friday afternoon. Coursey was elected to the council in November 2015 and his term isn’t set to expire until December 2019.

The two new mayoral candidates filed after a hectic week for Guard. Earlier in the week, screen shots of alleged inappropriate conversations Guard had with local residents spread on social media. The Washougal Police Department confirmed that there is an open investigation involving Guard.

The department sent out the following statement: “On May 17, 2017, the Washougal Police Department received a citizens complaint of potential harassment. The police department is in the early stages of this investigation to determine if any crimes were committed.”

Although it’s considered an off-year election, many of the local politicians could have a big influence over people’s lives.

In Clark County, city and town council positions are up for election, 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.

The primary will be held Aug. 1. The general election will be Nov. 7.