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Filing week continues in Clark County

16 candidates added to list for 2023 races

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 17, 2023, 6:56pm

Day three of filing week in Clark County saw more than a dozen new candidates toss their hats into the ring for various city council positions, school board spots and more. By 5 p.m. Wednesday, another 16 names had been added to the ballot.


Leah Perkel will challenge Sarah Fox for the Position 6 spot on the Vancouver City Council.

In Battle Ground, Josie Calderon and Max Booth both put their names in for the Position 7 spot on the city council, which currently held by Mayor Philip Johnson.

John Nohr will run for the Ward 1 Position 1 seat on the Camas City Council. Nohr was appointed to the seat in November 2022.

Myrna Leija threw her name in for the vacant Position 4 seat on the La Center City Council.

In Woodland, James Keller is running for mayor. DeeAnna Holland will run for re-election for the Position 5 seat on the city council.


Nick Wells will challenge Kathy Decker for the Position 4 spot on the Vancouver Public Schools board.

In neighboring Evergreen Public Schools, Gary Wilson will challenge longtime director Victoria Bradford for the District 3 position on its board of directors.

Up north, Kat Stupka is running for the District 4 position on the Hockinson School District board.

Dorri Oldham will look to retain her Position 4 spot on the La Center School District board. Oldham was appointed earlier this year.

In Woodland Public Schools, Paul McLendon will challenge board President Janice Watts for the District 2 seat on its board of directors.


  • Bob McClellan filed for the Cemetery District 4 Commissioner 3 seat.
  • Vivian Mosby filed for the Cemetery District 5 Commissioner 1 seat.
  • Craig Hancock will run for the Commissioner 1 position on the Fire Protection District 5 board.
  • Brigid Taylor filed for the Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue Commission Position 2 race.

Editor’s note: Brigid Taylor filed for the Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue Commission Position 2 race. An earlier version of this story indicated the wrong position on the commission.