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Vancouver Mayor McEnerny-Ogle gets a challenger

More hopefuls declare candidacies on filing week’s day 2

By Calley Hair, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 19, 2021, 6:04am

Candidates continued to declare their campaigns for Clark County’s elected offices on Tuesday, concluding day two of the 2021 election’s filing week with 82 candidates seeking 62 positions.

Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle is no longer running unopposed. An apparent political newcomer, Doug Coop, filed to run for Vancouver mayor late Tuesday morning. Coop registered without a phone number or email account attached to his campaign, instead using only a residential address in south-central Vancouver. A search of the state’s Public Disclosure Commission indicates Coop has never raised funds to seek elected office in Washington before and he does not appear to have launched a campaign yet.

In Woodland, a heretofore uncontested race for city council Position 2 gained another candidate. Incumbent Carol Rounds filed and will face Jenn Rowland, who filed on Monday.

In Camas, Geoerl W. Niles threw his hat into the ring for city council and is so far the only person seeking the Ward 1 Position 2 seat.

Seat No. 5 on the Battle Ground school board is now officially competitive, with Jenny Price filing Tuesday, joining incumbent Jackie Maddux. Voters are also on track to have a choice for open seat No. 1, between Devin Scroggins and Mary Snitily.

Two people — Erzie Geigenmiller and incumbent Corey McEnry — are also vying for a single position on the Camas school board. The same is true in Hockinson (Teresa VanNatta versus incumbent Tim Hawkins), Vancouver (Kathleen O’Claire versus incumbent Sandra Zavala-Ortega), and Washougal (incumbent Chuck Carpenter versus Janice D’Aloia).

A few other races are competitive, including Rocky Hanes and incumbent Casey Collins for commissioner in Fire District 6 and a three-way race for the Clark Regional Wastewater District between incumbent Norman Harker, Bruce Campbell and Nick Jacobsen.

The Clark County Elections Department will continue to accept online campaign declarations through 4 p.m. Friday, and candidates can also file in person through 5 p.m. Friday in the elections office at 1408 Franklin St.

The paperwork for filing online can be found at clark.wa.gov/elections. Online filers must have a valid email address and be registered to vote in Clark County. Fees can be paid via credit or debit card.

Those filing in person cannot use credit cards. Due to COVID-19 social distancing regulations, only a limited number of candidates will be permitted in the office at a time.

The primary election will be held Aug. 2 and the general election is Nov. 2.

Columbian staff writer