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By Brandon Cline
Reporter 

Twenty-three county offices still without candidates

 

August 9, 2017



The special filing period has come and gone, and Klickitat County now remains without a single candidate in 23 elected offices throughout the county ahead of this November’s general election.

During the special filing period from August 2-4, which took place a day after the primary election, four candidates filed to run for office, reducing the number of vacant positions from 27 to 23.

In Bingen, Phil Jones filed to run for a spot on one of the four open seats on the Bingen City Council this year. Catherine Kiewit, who filed during the initial filing period in May, is also running for one of the open spots. The mayor’s race in Bingen will be contested, between incumbent Betty Barnes and former city councilman Clinton Bryan.

That leaves two spots on the city council without any candidates in the general election, something that Klickitat County auditor Brenda Sorensen says isn’t unusual. If no candidate files to run for an open position, the official currently serving in that seat will automatically rollover into the next term unless they decide to retire. If that’s the case, Sorensen says that the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners—Jim Sizemore, Rex Johnston and David Sauter—have 90 days at the start of the term to appoint someone to fill the position.

Goldendale resident Joshua Quantrell filed to run for an open spot on the Central Klickitat County Park and Recreation District Board. Both open positions on the Central Klickitat County Park and Recreation Board have now been filled, meanwhile all five spots on the Mount Adams Park and Recreation District Board remain without a single candidate. Sorensen says that’s unusual, and can be attributed to the levy proposition for the district—which serves the communities in western Klickitat County—narrowly failing in 2016 by 64 votes.

The other two candidates to file during the special filing period were Jacob Eldred and Carla Dillenburg, who filed to run for two separate spots on the Glenwood School Board. All three open positions on the Glenwood School Board now have candidates ahead of the November 7 general election. One spot on the Bickleton School Board still had no candidates after the special filing period.

11 of the 23 offices where no candidate filed to run were for spots on fire district boards across the county, including in Lyle, Dallesport, Wishram, Roosevelt, Alderdale, Appleton, High Prairie, and Wahkiacus. However, the officials currently serving in those positions may just rollover to the next term.

 

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