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By Brandon Cline

Dozens of Positions still without candidates


As the 2017 election season inches closer and closer and the filing period has come and gone, 27 positions up for election remain without a candidate.

Of the 77 offices that are open for election, 63 candidates filed for 50 of the offices. Twelve of the 50 offices are contested races, while just one race features more than two candidates running—the fourth position of Goldendale’s School Board—meaning it will be the only race included in the August 1 primary election.

A special filing period for those 27 vacant positions will be held immediately after the primary, and will run for three days from August 2-4, according to Klickitat County Auditor Brenda Sorensen. Candidates who file during that time will appear on the general election ballot.

Offices where no candidate filed during the normal filing period include positions on Bickleton’s and Glenwood’s school boards, three positions on the Bingen City Council, and numerous fire district positions throughout the county. No candidates filed to run for any of the five positions on the Park and Recreation District 2, which covers Mt. Adams.

John Hoctor is the incumbent in the Goldendale School Board fourth position race—a position he has held since 2009—and also serves as the chair of the school board. This is the first time Hoctor has faced off against a challenger for the position, let alone two. T.J. Wilder and Stephen Kenny will face off against Hoctor in the primary.

Also on the primary ballot is a proposition for the Central Klickitat County Park and Recreation District, with voters deciding on whether an additional regular property tax should be levied. The tax would cover maintenance and operations of recreational facilities, which includes the Goldendale swimming pool.

Other contested races include the seventh position on Goldendale’s City Council, where incumbent Lucille Bevis will not be seeking re-election after serving one term on the council. Justin Leigh and Terry Luth will face off in the general election on November 7. In White Salmon, four of the five council positions are up for grabs, with all four of those spots being a contested race. However, Jason Sabourin is the only incumbent running for re-election.

In Bingen, Betty Barnes will face a challenger for the first time in her third election, facing off against Clinton Bryan, who was on the Bingen City Council from 2009-13. Incumbents Mark Sigfrinius and Russell Howard Kreps will both face challengers as they look to retain their positions on the Klickitat Valley Health Board of Commissioners.

Ballots for the primary election will be mailed out on or before July 14 for Klickitat County residents.


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