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New candidates file for 3rd Congressional District, Clark County District 4 races

By Dylan Jefferies, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 8, 2024, 6:43pm

A new candidate filed Wednesday to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat held by Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez.

John Saulie-Rohman, an independent from Camas, threw his name into the ring on the third day of filing week at the Clark County Elections office.

“I can no longer stand idly by while our elected leaders prioritize the interests of their donors and party affiliations over the needs of the American people,” Saulie-Rohman said in a campaign announcement video. “My commitment is to always prioritize the people of Southwest Washington, and to be a strong and honest voice of integrity.”

Saulie-Rohman’s campaign will focus on addressing economic challenges, improving education, investing in the Columbia River, revitalizing Washington’s forests and protecting reproductive rights, according to his website. He said he wants to get the U.S. out of foreign wars, separate commercial and investment banking, and lower health care costs.

In addition to the incumbent, Perez, Saulie-Rohman will face Republicans Joe Kent of Yacolt and Leslie Lewallen of Camas in the Aug. 6 primary.

County Council District 4 seat

Former Camas city council member Shannon Roberts filed Wednesday to run for the Clark County Council District 4 seat.

Roberts is a U.S. Navy veteran and real estate professional with a background in data analysis and project management who moved to Camas in 2015. She was a newcomer to local politics when she ran against incumbent council member Deanna Rusch in the November 2019 general election. She stepped down from the Camas City Council in 2022.

Joe Zimmerman also filed Wednesday to run for the seat. A lifelong resident of Clark County, Zimmerman is the co-owner of Bi-Zi farms in Brush Prairie, a centennial farm that has been in the Zimmerman family since 1872.

Zimmerman and Roberts will be running against Matt Little from Camas, who is the current policy director for Ducks Unlimited’s Western Region.

The seat is currently held by Gary Medvigy, who has yet to file for reelection.

The third day of filing week at the Clark County Elections office wrapped up Wednesday evening with 290 candidates declaring their intentions to run for federal, state or county office. Most candidates expected to run filed Monday, but the pool of candidates vying for every position on the Aug. 6 primary ballot is far from settled.

Candidates have until 5 p.m. Friday to meet the deadline.

To view the full roster of candidates who have declared campaigns with the Clark County Auditor’s Office, visit clark.wa.gov/elections/candidates.

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