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Oct. 27, 2021

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Clark County Elections Department sees 20 more candidates running for office

By , Columbian staff writer

Thursday saw 20 more candidates declare their intent to run for local office with the Clark County Elections Department, bringing the total number of people seeking spots on city councils, boards and commissions this year up to 120 as of 5 p.m.

There’s just one more day for candidates to formally declare their races, which is a requirement to appear on the Aug. 3 primary ballot. Many races remain uncontested.

UFC fighter and Washougal resident Chris de la Rocha will fight for a spot on city council, according to his campaign filing on Thursday. He’s seeking Position 5 and is up against Molly Coston, Washougal’s current mayor whose term expires in November.

The race for Ward 3, Position 2 on the Camas City Council is no longer without a candidate. Two people declared their intent to run: Leslie Lewallen and former Washougal city councilor Jennifer McDaniel.

More candidates

The race for Port of Vancouver commissioner in District 2 is no longer uncontested, as well. A trio of candidates filed candidacies on Thursday: Incumbent Commissioner Eric LaBrant, retired Biggs Insurance executive Greg Seifert and former Democratic State Rep. JD Rossetti. Rossetti had previously served a year representing the 19th Legislative District, filling a vacancy left by Dean Takko when he was appointed to the state Senate in 2015.

La Center also gained two new city council candidates in Myrna Leija, seeking Position 1, and Palmer Davis, seeking Position 3.

In Woodland, JJ Burke filed his intent to run for city council’s Position 6. Burke is the executive director of the Woodland Chamber of Commerce.

The fourth day of filing week also saw the addition of eight more school board candidates: Tori Denfeld and Diane Langan in Battle Ground Public Schools, Raelynne Altree and Amanda Breck in Evergreen Public Schools, Bill Eling in the Hockinson School District, Cameron Tormanen in the Green Mountain School District, Chantel Nash in the Ridgefield School District and Trish Huddleston in the Woodland Public Schools.

Dick Colf additionally filed his candidacy for the Clark County Cemetery District, while Zach Kuper is running for the Woodland Swimming Pool and Recreation District.

A few city council campaigns remain uncontested: one race in Camas, one in Yacolt, two in Washougal and three in Woodland all have just one candidate. Every city council race in Ridgefield is currently unchallenged.

Last day to file

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. in the elections office at 1408 Franklin St.

The paperwork for filing online can be found at 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. 3 and the general election is Nov. 2. A full list of the candidates who have so far filed for elected office can be viewed at

Columbian staff writer