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By Deb Brumley
For The Sentinel 

County elections to get another filing date


The regular Washington State-Klickitat County election 2013 filing week closed Friday, May17, but a special three-day filing window opens in early August to entice Klickitat County citizens still interested in running for office to file for one.

In all, 87 elected offices are up for grabs this year, and 75 candidates have filed for 66 of those offices. But according to the Klickitat County Elections office, 21 elected offices do not have candidates, thus making way for the special filing period.

Aug. 7, 8, and 9 have been reserved for candidates to file for an assortment of county positions. According to Brandy Sullivan, Klickitat County Elections Administrator, candidates will be able to sign up either online or in person. Those interested in learning which elected positions will be open can contact the Klickitat County Elections Office at 773-2309.

Those who have filed and those who will file to run for an elected seat will see their names on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot. The only two issues Klickitat County voters will consider during the Aug. 6, 2013 Primary Election will be a resolution asking voters to approve funding for a levy which supports the newly-formed countywide EMS District and the two individuals running for Klickitat County Clerk of the Court, Sherrill Basse and Renae Campbell.

The mandated lot drawing determining whose name will be placed in what order on the Primary Election ballot took place on Monday, May 20, in the Auditor’s Office. The winner of the drawing for the Primary Election ballot was Campbell, whose name will be placed in first line position.

Lot drawings are part of the Washington State elections process which ensures fairness for all candidates, with regard to name placement on the ballot. Other lot drawings also took place on May 20 for the City of Goldendale City Council races, positions 2 and 7, for the City of White Salmon, position 4 council race, for the White Salmon School District position 2 race and for the Park and Recreation District, position 1 race.

During the lot drawings, candidate’s names are not drawn, but positions are drawn. Positions are the order in which candidates filed. Campbell was the first candidate to file and the position drawn was first candidate to file, first position. Basse filed second, her position, second candidate to file, second position was selected second.

For the Primary Election an online Voter’s Guide will be available while in the Nov. 5 General Election, the Voter’s Guide will be printed and mailed.

Also of interest are the races held in Klickitat County communities which are co-located with other counties. A part of Alderdale is co-located in Benton County, a section of White Salmon is shared with Skamania County and Bickleton is sited in both Klickitat and Yakima counties. All voters residing in the co-located communities can vote on co-located races, but candidates need only register in one county, which is called the lead county.

Recently-appointed Klickitat County Clerk Renae Campbell who needs to successfully run to retain her one-year appointment is being challenged by Sherrill Basse. This race is the only one which will be found on the Primary Election ballot.

There are no contested races for the four open Bingen City Council seats, positions 2, 4, 5 and the mayoral seat. Running for position 2, now held by Clinton Bryan who did not file, is Isolde (Izzy) Schroder. The position 4 seat now held by Laura Mann, also not filing, has one candidate, Sandi Dickey. Incumbents in position 5 council and mayor, Catherine Kiewit and Betty J. Barnes are both running unopposed.

In the Goldendale City Council races, newly-appointed city councilwoman Deanna Luth, position 2, has re-filed for her seat but will be challenged by local citizen, Ken McKune. Position 4 councilman Gary Hoctor is running opposed while incumbent Steve Johnston position 5, did not re-file for office, and Mike Canon is running unopposed for Johnston’s seat. Len Crawford, position 6, is running unopposed and incumbent, Lucille Bevis, council position 7, is challenged by Darlene M. Williamson.

White Salmon City Council has three seats up for reelection this year, two are non-contested races while a third has two new challengers facing off. Incumbent Jason Sabourin, council position 3, is running uncontested, as is incumbent Allan Wolfe, council position 5. Mark Peppel, council position 4, did not re-file for his seat, which is being sought by two candidates, K. Craig Spaeth and Kimberly H. Hoppus.

Klickitat County Cemetery Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 have two seats each for a total of eight seats open in the 2013 election. There were no candidates for Districts 1 and 2 and just one candidate filed, incumbent Kelly Henderson, for the position 3 seat in District 3, leaving position 2, currently held by Dan Hathaway, without a candidate. In the District 4 filings, incumbent Ron Gunkel is running unopposed for his position 2 seat, while candidates are needed for the position 1 seat, currently held by Eugene R. Tsubota.

Park and Recreation District 1 has two openings currently held by Marty Dixon, position 2 and Mike DeMott, position 3. No candidates filed for these positions.

Park and Recreation District 2 has three openings. Incumbents Cheryl Steindorf, position 1 and Hugh Whitson, position 5, are both running without opposition. There were no filers for the position 2 seat, currently held by E. Thompson Reynolds.

Trout Lake Fire District 1 has two open positions, with one incumbent filing. Incumbent Terry Tyanne Parker is running unopposed for position 2, while no candidates applied for the position 4 seat, currently held by Robert Jolley.

Bickleton Fire District 2 with one seat up for grabs, has just one candidate for that seat, incumbent Miland Walling.

To see the balance of the Klickitat County 2013 candidates who have filed and their races as well as elected offices needing candidates, go to the Klickitat County Auditor’s Election page: . On the right upper side of the page are election links, which include Offices Open For Election, Candidate Information or contact the Elections Office at (509) 773-2309.

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