Nearly a dozen more candidates made their campaigns official Thursday by filing for office, bringing the total to 393 candidates filing for 310 offices as of 5 p.m.
Third-party candidate Martin Hash, of Vancouver, filed Wednesday for Patty Murray’s seat in the U.S. Senate. Hash previously ran for the state Senate’s 17th District in 2008 and the state House’s 17th District Position 2 seat in 2010 and 2016. Hash is one of 16 candidates to file for the Senate seat, so far.
The Clark County Sheriff’s race now has three contenders with Camas resident David Shook filing for the position Thursday. Before joining the Clark County Sheriff’s Office two years ago, Shook served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army, later joining the Washington County Sheriff’s Office where he rose to the rank of lieutenant.
Three more candidates joined the growing list of rivals for the 3rd Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. Toutle resident Chris Byrd, an independent, filed late Wednesday evening. Originally from Rainier, Ore., it’s Byrd’s first run for office in Washington.
Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez filed for the 3rd District seat on Thursday. Perez, who lives in western Skamania County, owns and runs an auto repair business with her husband. She ran for Skamania County Commissioner in 2016.
Longview schoolteacher and political newcomer Oliver Black also filed Thursday for the 3rd District. Black is running as a member of the American Solidarity Party. Black teaches history at a private Christian school.
Republican Anthony Ho, of Vancouver, filed Wednesday for the state House of Representatives 17th District Position 1 office. Ho spent 26 years working in federal law enforcement serving with the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.
Running for the 17th District Position 2 office is Democrat Joe Kear, who filed Thursday. Kear lives in Washougal. This is his first run for office.
Also running for the 17th District Position 2 seat is longtime Republican activist Earl Bowerman. Bowerman previously ran for a seat on Vancouver’s city council in 2021. His wife is Clark County Council Chair Karen Bowerman.
State Rep. Monica Stonier filed Wednesday for the 49th District Position 2 seat. She was first elected in 2017. Stonier, of Vancouver, is seeking reelection in the county’s only Democrat-held district.
Michelle Belkot filed Thursday for the Clark County Councilor District 2 position. Belkot, who lives in Vancouver, previously ran for a seat on the Vancouver Public Schools’ Board of Directors in 2021.
Camas resident Carol Dillin filed for the Clark Public Utilities Commissioner District 2 seat. Dillin filed late Thursday afternoon.