With less than a week remaining before general election ballots are due, the race for Ridgefield Council Position 1 is becoming unexpectedly lively.
Tim Wilson, a Battle Ground police sergeant, announced earlier in the month his write-in candidacy against Mayor Ron Onslow for the incumbent’s council spot. In Ridgefield, the mayor is selected from within city council. That means if Onslow loses his council position, his colleagues will have to replace him as mayor from within their ranks.
Both candidates have been actively campaigning since a website announcing Wilson’s candidacy went live at the beginning of the month.
Onslow, a six-year city council veteran who was running unopposed before Wilson’s announcement, is taking the competition in stride, even as his supporters work to resurrect a campaign they thought was in the bag.
Wilson’s decision to run came as a surprise to Onslow, he said, considering the mayor had never seen the political newcomer at any city events.