By Calley Hair, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 19, 2021, 5:59pm
New candidate declarations continued to trickle in at the Clark County Elections Department on Wednesday, bringing the total number of local people seeking public office up to 97 as of 5 p.m.
They’re seeking 67 positions, including spots on city councils, courts, school boards and various fire and public utility commissions. While a handful of positions have two or three candidates apiece, many of the people who have filed with the elections office are running unopposed.
Races for Battle Ground City Council saw the most action on day three of filing week, with Brian Munson, Josh VanGelder and Tricia Davis all registering their intent to run for positions 1, 4 and 5, respectively. All three races are now competitive, with two candidates apiece.
Washougal gained another candidate for mayor in Derik Ford, who will run against current Mayor Pro Tem Paul Greenlee.
In Camas, Gary Perman filed his candidacy for Ward 1, Position 2 on Wednesday. He’s up against Geoerl Niles, who registered earlier this week.
KC Kasberg, a commander for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, is running for Position 2 on the La Center City Council in a challenge to incumbent Dennis Hill.
For the school board races, three candidates threw their hats into the ring: Chartisha Roberts, seeking Position 2 on the Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors; Kate Stiles, seeking Position 5 in the Mt. Pleasant School District; and Eric Child, running for Position 5 in the Woodland School District.
The Clark County Elections Department will continue to accept online campaign declarations through 4 p.m. Friday, and candidates can also file in person through 5 p.m. Friday in the elections office at 1408 Franklin St.
The paperwork for filing online can be found at clark.wa.gov/elections. Online filers must have a valid email address and be registered to vote in Clark County. Fees can be paid via credit or debit card.
Those filing in person cannot use credit cards. Due to COVID-19 social distancing regulations, only a limited number of candidates will be permitted in the office at a time.
The primary election will be held Aug. 3 and the general election is Nov. 2. A full list of the candidates who have so far filed for elected office can be viewed at clark.wa.gov/elections/candidates.