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New face joins crowded race for Vancouver City Council seat

Dorel Singeorzan files for Position 6, joining five others

By , Columbian Staff Writer

The biggest surprise of filing week so far came Thursday when Dorel Singeorzan filed to join the crowded race for Vancouver City Council Position 6.

Singeorzan is the sixth person to file to replace Councilor Bill Turlay, who announced he will not seek re-election. Not much is known about the newest candidate for Position 6, and Singeorzan wasn’t able to comment on Thursday.

Other than the most recent city council candidate, Thursday was one of the slower days so far this filing week, which started Monday. Eight new candidates filed to run, bringing the total up to 110 candidates for 87 offices.

In total, 94 seats are open this election season. The deadline for any candidate to register a campaign and appear on the Aug. 6 primary ballot is 5 p.m. today .

Others to file for a city council seat on Thursday were incumbent Tom Strobehn in La Center and Shauna Walters, who filed to run for Battle Ground City Council Position 3. Walters filed on Tuesday to run for council Position 7 against incumbent and former mayor Philip Johnson, but withdrew that filing Thursday. She then filed to run for Position 3 against Candy Bonneville and Neil Butler. The seat is currently held by Steven Phelps, who has not filed to run again.

“I switched seats because I felt that I would have a better chance of winning in that slot rather than running against the incumbent,” Walters wrote in an email.

For school board seats, Lisa Messer and Robert Stewart both filed for Position 4 on the Vancouver Public Schools board. That seat is held by Michelle Giovannozzi, who has not filed to run. Messer and Stewart will run against Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies senior Lindsey Luis, 18, who filed to run on Tuesday. Janice Watts filed to run for re-election for her seat on the Woodland Public Schools board.

David Town filed late Wednesday to run again for his seat on the Clark County Fire and Rescue commission, and Erv Beard will seek re-election for his commission seat with Clark County Fire District 13 in Yacolt.

Cassi Marshall filed to run against incumbent Bill Ward for the District 2 position at the Port of Camas-Washougal. Marshall works as the executive assistant to the superintendent for the Washougal School District.

Adam Littman: 360-735-4518; adam.littman@columbian.com; twitter.com/a_littman

Columbian Staff Writer