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Late flurry of candidates closes out filing week for fall Clark County elections

117 candidates have filed for 84 different positions across the county

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 19, 2023, 7:17pm

Friday marked the final day of filing week for local primary races in Clark County with a flurry of last-second additions to the ballot. As of 5 p.m., 19 more candidates filed for their respective races.

In total, 117 candidates have filed for 84 different positions across the county — from mayor’s offices to school board seats and more. The primary election will take place Aug. 1. Candidates have until Monday to withdraw their names if need be.

Cities

Vancouver City Council: Longtime councilor Bart Hansen filed to retain his Position 4 seat with no opposing candidate. Ty Stober, who also serves as Mayor Pro Tem, filed to retain his Position 5 seat, and also faces no opposition candidate. Leah Perkel is challenging incumbent Sarah Fox for the Position 6 seat.

Battle Ground City Council: C.R. Wiley and Josh VanGelder, who both filed Friday, will challenge incumbent Shane Bowman for his Position 2 seat. Victoria Ferrer and Craig Wigginton joined Daniel Dingman on Friday in the race for the Position 3 spot, currently held by Shauna Walters, who did not file for reelection. Eric Joe Overholser joined Max Booth and Josie Calderon in the race for Position 7, which is currently held by Philip L. Johnson, who did not file for reelection.

Camas City Council: Stephen Dabasinskas and John Svilarich will compete for the council’s at-large position, which is currently held by Don Chaney, who did not file for reelection; Gary Perman will challenge John Nohr for his Ward 1 Position 1 seat; Ry Luikens will challenge Bonnie Carter for her Ward 2 Position 1 seat; Jennifer Senescu is unopposed in bid for reelection to the Ward 3 Position 1 seat.

Camas Mayor: Randal Friedman will challenge Steven C. Hogan for the mayor’s office.

Ridgefield City Council: Clyde Burkle is unopposed to retain the Position 2 spot; Mark D. Tyler will challenge Lee E. Wells for the Position 3 seat; Matt Cole will seek reelection for the Position 4 seat without a challenger; Rob Aichele is unopposed for reelection for the Position 5 seat; Judy Chipman is also unopposed in her reelection bid for the Position 7 seat.

Washougal City Council: Tia Robertson filed for the Position 2 seat, which is currently held by Michelle Wagner, who did not file for reelection to the Position 2 seat; David Fritz is unopposed in his bid to retain the Position 3 seat; Michelle Wagner will seek election for the Position 4 seat, which is currently occupied by Janice Killion, who is not seeking reelection; Molly Coston will be unopposed in her bid for the Position 5 seat; Ernie Suggs is also unopposed in his bid for the Position 7 seat.

Washougal Mayor: Gabriel Stone will challenge David Stuebe for the mayor’s office.

La Center City Council: Myrna Leija and Crystal Harvey both filed for the vacant Position 4 seat; Linda Tracy will challenge Elizabeth Cerveny for the Position 5 seat.

La Center Mayor: Thomas Strobehn will run unopposed to retain the mayor’s office.

Woodland City Council: Keith Bellisle filed Friday to challenge council appointee Melissa Doughty in her bid to retain the Position 3 seat; Douglas Freimarck Sr. will challenge council appointee Aaron Alderman for the Position 4 seat; Gabe Huston filed to challenge incumbent DeeAnna Holland for the Position 5 seat; council appointee Terry Hall is running unopposed to retain the Position 6 seat; incumbent Monte Smith will also run unopposed to retain the Position 7 seat.

Woodland Mayor: Janna Lovejoy and Todd Dinehart joined James Keller on Friday to challenge Will Finn’s bid to retain the mayor’s office.

Yacolt Town Council: Council appointee Kandi Peto is running unopposed to retain the Position 2 seat; appointee Ronald Homola will also run unopposed to retain the Position 4 seat. As of Friday afternoon, no candidates have stepped forward to vie for the Positions 1 and 5 seats. Marina Viray has not filed for reelection for Position 5.

Yacolt Mayor: Ian Shealy, who currently serves in the Position 1 seat on the Town Council, will run unopposed for the mayor’s office. Mayor Katie Listek has not filed for reelection.

Schools

Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors: Debbie Johnson filed Friday to challenge recently-appointed Andrew Lawhon for the District 2 seat; Terry Tate will run unopposed for the District 4 seat, which is held by Mark Watrin, who has not filed for reelection.

Camas School District Board of Directors: Connie Hennessey, Bamini Pathmanathan and Tracey Malone will all run unopposed in their bids to retain the District 3, District 4 and District 5 seats, respectively.

Evergreen Public Schools Board of Directors: Chuck Keplar will challenge longtime director Rob Perkins for the District 2 seat; Gary Wilson will challenge longtime director Victoria Bradford for the District 3 seat; board appointee Jackie Weatherspoon will run unopposed for the District 4 seat.

Green Mountain School Board: Eric Lowe is unopposed in his bid to retain the Position 4 seat; Joyce Cooper is unopposed in her bid to retain the Position 5 seat.

Hockinson School District Board of Directors: Anne-Elissa Carter is unopposed in her bid for the vacant District 3 spot; Kat Stupka is unopposed for the District 4 seat currently held by Greg Gospe, who has not filed for reelection; Gordon Smith is unopposed in his bid to retain the District 5 seat.

La Center School Board: Board appointee Craig Whited is unopposed to retain the District 1 director seat; Amanda Miller and Shannon Cluphf each filed for the vacant District 2 director seat; board appointee Dorri Oldham is unopposed for the District 4 director seat; Eric Lindberg is also unopposed for the District 5 director seat.

Mt. Pleasant School Board: Board appointee Liz Wilber will run unopposed for the Director 1 position; board president Karl Kanthak filed Friday to retain the Director 3 position and is unopposed; board appointee Sara Genova will run unopposed for the Director 5 position. No candidates have filed as of Friday for the Director 4 position, which is held by Tanis Morris, who has not filed for reelection.

Ridgefield School District Board of Directors: Rob Peterson and Amber Baker will compete for the District 2 seat, which currently belongs to board president Joe Vance, who has not filed for reelection; Brett Jones is unopposed to retain the District 3 seat; Jake Bredstrand will run unopposed for the District 5 seat, which is currently held by Zenie Bringhurst, who has also not filed for reelection.

Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors: Board vice president Kyle Sproul will run unopposed to retain the Position 1 seat; Nick Wells will challenge director Kathy Decker for the Position 4 seat; Larry Roe filed Friday to challenge director Tracie Barrows for the Position 5 seat.

Washougal School District Board of Education: Jim Cooper filed Friday to retain his District 1 seat and remains unopposed; Angela Hancock is unopposed to retain her District 2 seat; Ida Royer will run unopposed for the District 4 seat, which is currently held by Cory Chase, who has not filed for reelection.

Woodland Public Schools Board of Directors: Sarah Stuart is unopposed in her bid to retain the District 1 seat; Paul McClendon is unopposed in his bid for the District 2 seat, which is currently held by Janice Watts, who has not filed for reelection; board vice president Jeff Wray is unopposed in his reelection bid for the District 3 seat.

Others

Clark Superior Court: Judge Tsering Cornell is unopposed to retain the Judge Department No. 10 seat.

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Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue Commission: Appointee Jade Bourke will face Brigid Taylor for the Position 2 seat; Stanley Chunn is unopposed in his reelection bid for the Position 3 seat.

East County Fire and Rescue Commission: Joshua Seeds and Martha Martin will each run unopposed for the Position 1 and Position 4 seats, respectively.

Fire Protection District 3 Commission: Appointee Dean Thornberry will run unopposed to retain the Position 2 seat; Commissioner Rick Steele is unopposed in his reelection bid for the Position 3 seat.

Fire Protection District 5 Commission: Christopher Justice and Craig Hancock will both challenge Mike Lyons for the Position 1 seat.

Fire Protection District 6 Commission: Brad Lothspeich is unopposed in his bid to retain the Position 1 seat.

Fire Protection District 10 Commission: Appointee Sam Arola is unopposed to retain the Position 3 seat.

Cemetery District 4 Commission: Rick Halle will challenge commissioner Bob McClellan for the Position 3 seat.

Cemetery District 5 Commission: Vivian Mosby is unopposed in her reelection bid for the Position 1 seat.

Cemetery District 6 Commission: Rebecca DeMarino is unopposed in her reelection bid for the Position 1 seat.

Clark Regional Wastewater District Commission: Denny Kiggins is unopposed in his reelection bid for the Position 3 seat.

Port of Camas-Washougal: Cassi Marshall is unopposed in her reelection bid for the District 2 Commissioner seat.

Port of Ridgefield: R. Bruce Wiseman is unopposed for reelection to the District 1 seat.

Port of Vancouver: Russell E. Brent will challenge Don Orange for the District 1 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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