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Filing week in Clark County off to a quick start for August primary, November election

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 15, 2023, 1:02pm

Filing week for the August primary and November general election got off to a quick start on Monday, with more than 60 candidates filing for 56 different offices as of 5 p.m., according to Clark County Elections.

Candidates have until 4 p.m. on Friday to submit their declaration of candidacy. Here’s who has filed for which offices, so far:

Cities

Shane Bowman is seeking another term on the Battle Ground City Council. Bowman is running for the Position 2 seat. Also seeking a seat on the council is Daniel Dingman, who is seeking the Position 3 seat.

In Camas, Steve Hogan is running for reelection as mayor. Hogan was elected in 2021. Stephen Dabasinskas is seeking the city council’s at-large seat.

Also in Camas, Gary Perman filed for the council’s Ward 1 Position 1 office. Perman previously ran for a council seat in 2021 and also ran for a Port of Camas-Washougal commissioner seat in 2009.

Bonnie Carter is seeking another term in office as the Ward 2 Position 1 councilor. Ry Luikens is seeking his first term in office, running for the council’s Ward 2 Position 1 seat.

Jennifer Senescu will seek another term in office. She’s running for the Ward 3 Position 1 council seat.

La Center will have three positions on the November ballot, but only newly appointed Mayor Tom Strobehn filed on Monday. Strobehn is seeking a full term as the city’s mayor.

In Ridgefield, Rob Aichele is seeking his second term on the city council. Aichele, who was elected in 2019, is running for the Position 5 council seat. Matt Cole was appointed to the Position 4 seat in April 2022. He’s now seeking his first full term in the same position.

Judy Chipman was appointed to the Position 7 council seat in July 2021. She, too, is seeking her first full term in the office. Clyde Burkle, who was appointed to the Ridgefield City Council on May 11, has filed for the Position 2 seat. Councilor Lee Wells filed for the Position 3 seat. Wells has served on the council since 2008.

Longtime Vancouver City Councilor Bart Hansen is seeking reelection and is running for the Position 4 seat. Hansen was appointed to the city council in January 2010, and was then elected to the position in November that same year. He was reelected in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

Ty Stober will seek his third term on the Vancouver City Council. Stober is currently mayor pro tem and will run for the Position 5 council seat.

Sarah Fox filed for the Position 6 council seat. Fox is seeking her second term in office after being elected to the council in 2019.

In Washougal, newcomer Gabriel Stone will challenge current Mayor David Stuebe for his seat. Councilor Michelle Wagner’s bid for reelection in the Position 2 seat will be challenged by Tia Robertson. Councilor Molly Coston is also running for reelection in the Position 5 seat. Councilor David Fritz is running for reelection in the Position 3 seat and Ernie Suggs will seek a second term in office in the Position 7 seat.

In Woodland, Mayor Will Finn will seek a second term in office. Aaron Alderman, who was appointed to the city council in March, will run for his first full term in office as the Position 4 councilor. Councilor Terry Hall also filed to run for the Position 6 seat.

Schools

Battle Ground Public Schools’ two open board of directors seats have just one contender so far. Andrew Lawhon is seeking the District 2 seat.

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In the Camas School District, Connie Hennessey is running for District 3 director, Bamini Pathmanathan is seeking the District 4 director position and Tracey Malone is running for the District 5 seat.

Evergreen Public Schools had five candidates as of Monday. Chuck Keplar and Rob Perkins are running for the District 2 position, Victoria Bradford and Jim Martin will face off for the District 3 position and Jackie Weatherspoon filed for the District 4 seat.

Green Mountain School District has Joyce Cooper running for the Position 5 board seat.

The Hockinson School District also had two candidates file on Monday. Anne-Elissa Carter is running for the District 3 board seat, and Gordon Smith is running for the District 5 board seat.

La Center School District has two candidates currently; Amanda Miller is running for the District 2 seat and Craig Whited is running for the District 1 seat.

Mount Pleasant School District has Sara Genova running for the Position 5 board seat.

Ridgefield School District’s three open board seats now have one candidate running for each. Rob Peterson is seeking the District 2 seat, Brett Jones is seeking the District 3 seat, and Jake Bredstrand is running for the District 5 seat.

Two candidates filed for seats on the Vancouver Public Schools’ Board of Directors. Kyle Sproul filed for the Position 1 seat and Kathy Decker filed for the Position 4 seat.

Others

Clark County Superior Court Judge Tsering Cornell will run for election as Dept. 10 judge after being appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee in May 2022.

Jade Bourke filed for Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue’s Position 2 commissioner seat.

Martha Martin is running for East County Fire & Rescue’s Position 4 commissioner seat and Joshua Seeds is running for the Position 1 seat.

Fire Protection District 3 had two candidates as of Monday. Dean Thornberry is running for the Position 2 seat and Rick Steele is running for the Position 3 seat.

Mike Lyons filed for the Fire Protection District 5 commissioner Position 1 seat.

Brad Lothspeich filed for the Fire Protection District 6 commissioner Position 1 seat.

Sam Arola is running for the Position 3 seat for Fire Protection District 10.

Cemetery District 4 has Rick Halle running for Position 3 commissioner.

Denny Kiggins is running for Position 3 commissioner on the Clark Regional Wastewater District.

Cassi Marshall filed for the Port of Camas-Washougal’s District 2 commissioner seat.

R. Bruce Wiseman filed for the Port of Ridgefield’s District 1 commissioner.

Don Orange and Russell Brent will face off for the Port of Vancouver’s District 1 commissioner seat.

To see the full list of open offices or to file a declaration of candidacy, go to https://clark.wa.gov/elections/candidates.

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