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Clark County filing week wraps up as familiar Republicans join races

By , Columbian county government and small cities reporter

The final day of filing for elections later this year yielded at least 27 new candidates, including some familiar names in local Republican politics.

Friday afternoon was the deadline for candidates to declare their intention to appear on the Aug. 3 Primary Election ballot. A total of 155 candidates, for 76 offices, had filed with the Clark County Elections office for seats on various city councils, boards and commissions.

Earl Bowerman, former chair of the Clark County Republican Party, filed Friday for the Vancouver mayoral seat. Karen Bowerman, his wife, is a Clark County councilor.

Scott Silveria also filed for the seat Friday. They join incumbent Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Doug Coop in the race.

Justin Forsman, a conservative activist who has run for office six times in the past seven years, is running for Vancouver City Council Position No. 1. Glen Yung submitted his name for Position 3 on the council.

Four new candidates appeared in races for the Camas City Council: Shawn High, Marilyn Dale-Boerke, John Svilarich and Alicia King.

Races for the La Center City Council drew five new names: Melissa Fox, Craig Whited, Kimberlee Elbon, David Nelson and Sean Boyle.

Ken Spurlock entered the race for Ridgefield City Council Position No. 6. Rochelle Ramos filed for Washougal City Council Position No. 1, and J.J. Burke entered the Woodland City Council Position No. 1 race.

Ten new candidates filed for school board races, including three in the Vancouver School District.

Jorge Bailey, Michelle Belkot and Megan Gabriel entered races in the Vancouver School District. Mike Appel submitted his name for a seat on the Evergreen School Board.

Darcy Billingsley waded into the Woodland Swimming Pool and Recreation Commission Position No. 4 race.

Following the Aug. 3 primary, the general election will be held Nov. 2. A full list of the candidates who have so far filed for elected office can be viewed at

Columbian county government and small cities reporter

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