In the 3rd day of Filing Week, a number of local residents stepped forward to pursue a public office.
102 people had filed for 87 offices in Grays Harbor and 47 for the 41 offices in Pacific County, as of this morning.
In Grays Harbor, Miles Longenbaugh’s seat on the Grays Harbor Public Hospital Board of Commissioners now has 3 candidates interested. Richard Thompson added his name on Wednesday, joining Lynn Csernotta and Al Smith in the race.
Robert Rodgers has filed for Jim Cook’s Aberdeen City Council seat. Rodgers previously ran in 2017 against Tawni Andrews and Dick Murchy, receiving only 18.36% of the vote in the Primary Election and not moving onto the General Election. Rodgers is the father of current Councilmember Jerrick Rodgers, who won his election in 2017 by 2 votes.
In Montesano, Brooke Chapman-Hoiness has a challenger for the seat currently held by Dave Skaramuca as the incumbent has put his name into the race.
2 people have filed for Ocean Shores City Council Position 7, as current Councilman Eric Noble is facing challenger David Linn for the role.
In Westport, Kathryn Franzen has filed against Rose Jensen for a seat on the Westport City Council. The seat is currently held by Brandi Holmes.
Filing Week runs until 4pm on Friday, May 17, with dozens of offices left unfiled for.
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.
Approved filings, excluding write-in candidates