Montesano, WA – In the first day of Filing Week, 47 people filed for 42 of the 129 open public offices in Grays Harbor and 25 people filed for 22 of the 66 open offices in Pacific County.
8 of the 9 Grays Harbor Mayor races got candidates on Monday, with 3 of these races seeing some of the only competition so far.
For Aberdeen, Mayor Erik Larson filed for re-election, with Council President Tawni Andrews and former Council President Pete Schave both filing against him. In Hoquiam, as announced, Mayor Jasmine Dickhoff and Council President Ben Winkelman stepped up for the seat. Ocean Shores will also see competition, with Mayor Crystal Dingler and resident Carlos Roldan filing for Mayor.
For Oakville, Angelo Cilluffo has filed for the unexpired Mayor’s term left open after previous Mayor Keith Francis stepped down when he moved from the city.
In other cities, Montesano Mayor Vini Samuel, Elma Mayor Jim Sorensen, and Westport Mayor Rob Beardon have all filed for re-election.
In Pacific County, for the city of Long Beach, Mayor Jerry Phillips has also filed for 4 more years in the seat, with council members Steven Linhart, Tina McGuire and Del Murry also re-filing for their seats.
South Bend City Councilmember Daryle Buchanon has resident Wyatt Kuiken filing against him for his seat.
In other races, there is competition in Ocean Shores for the council seat held by Bob Peterson, with Peterson and challenger Chuck Anderson filing, and the South Bend School District is seeing the only non-city seats showing competition after day 1, with Dave Eastham and Carolanne Watness both filing for Eatsham’s current seat as well as Steve Rogers and Wendy Manlow filing for Rogers’ seat.
There were only 128 open offices in Grays Harbor at the start of Monday, with a 2nd seat being added on Grays Harbor Fire District #10 for a 2-year unexpired Fire Commissioner term.
Filing fees are required for a number of offices, equaling 1% of the annual salaries.
The vast majority of offices are for full terms, while many positions are for unexpired or short and full terms. This includes the Port of Grays Harbor seats left open following the retirement of Chuck Caldwell and the passing of Jack Thompson.
The Grays Harbor County Auditor’s website has more information on what it takes to file for office, and what it means when you do; https://wei.sos.wa.gov/county/graysharbor/en/olf/Pages/OnlineCandidateFilingStart.aspx
Congratulations on your decision to run for public office!
The Association of Washington Cities, who represent and work for local cities, has prepared a booklet with information for those considering filing for office, going over the basic duties and obligations of elected officials.
Montesano WA 98563
Aberdeen WA 98520
McCleary WA 98557
Pacific Beach WA 98571
Cosmopolis WA 98537
Elma WA 98541
Hoquiam WA 98550
MONTESANO WA 98563
Oakville WA 98568
Ocean Shores WA 98569
OCEAN SHORES WA 98569
Westport WA 98595
Rochester WA 98579
Moclips WA 98562
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Kalama WA 98625
Raymond WA 98577
Long Beach WA 98631
South Bend WA 98586
Ocean Park WA 98640
Bay Center WA 98527
Naselle WA 98638
Chinook WA 98614
Seaview WA 98644