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Vancouver man seeks county position: Wil Fuentes will run for District 3 seat held by Bowerman

Candidate committed to environmental sustainability

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 25, 2024, 6:09am

Vancouver resident Wil Fuentes announced Tuesday he will run for the Clark County Council District 3 seat in the upcoming 2024 general election. The seat is currently held by Karen Bowerman, who has not yet indicated whether she plans to run for reelection.

Fuentes, who has a background in nonprofit program management, banking operations, higher education and community engagement, has lived in east Vancouver for about three years.

In a Tuesday news release, Fuentes said he brings a deep understanding of the needs and challenges facing the community. Although he hasn’t run for public office previously, he said he is committed to serving the public.

“I am honored to announce my candidacy for Clark County Council in District 3,” Fuentes said in the news release. “I am deeply committed to prioritizing the well-being and prosperity of all residents, and I am dedicated to fostering a more inclusive, resilient and vibrant community for generations to come.”

Fuentes also said his commitment to environmental sustainability is underscored by his participation in Vancouver’s comprehensive plan climate working group.

According to the news release, he also serves on the Heights Community Investment Committee in Vancouver, which is focused on addressing housing affordability and fostering community development. He previously served on the planning commission and housing committees in Hillsboro, Ore.

Although filing week for the 2024 election doesn’t officially begin until May 6, Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey said, under state law, anyone can become a candidate by publicly announcing their candidacy, accepting or spending money for their campaign, or by filling a declaration of candidacy.

All candidates, whether they announce their run for office early or file during filing week, will be required to submit a declaration of candidacy.

Fuentes has also filed his campaign with the Public Disclosure Commission. For more information about Fuentes’ campaign, go to electwil.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/ElectWil4Clark and on Instagram at @ElectWil4Clark.

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