What This Year's Ballot Will Look Like
"Filing Week" ended with a flurry of activity down to the last minute as candidates filed to run for one of 80 available offices across Clark County from Woodland to Washougal. Here is a brief summary of what the Primary Election ballot (August 4, 2015) will look like and who's running for what office. Stay tuned for a series of articles on each race as we get closer to the primary so you can make the most informed choice.
COUNTY WIDE RACES (Partisan)
Clark County voters passed the Home Rule Charter in 2014 which reorganized county government, turned Commissioners into Councilors and expanded the County Council from three to five representatives. The first step into full implementation of the charter occurs in the 2015 election cycle as we elect two new council members. The new structure has created four districts in Clark County where voters in each district will elect their own representative to the council plus a new "Chair" position that is elected county-wide.
COUNTY CHAIR (AT-LARGE) - PARTISAN OFFICE
Five candidates, including the entire current county council, filed for the At Large "Chair" position, a partisan office. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the August primary will advance to the General Election in November.
- DEMOCRAT Mike Dalesandro; Battle Ground City Councilman, previous planning commissioner and active in local charities and non-profits.
- REPUBLICANS Tom Mielke, David Madore and Jeannie Stewart; All three already serving on the county council. Election of any of these three would result in the local GOP party being able to select a replacement for at least one year till the 2016 election.
- REPUBLICAN Marc Boldt who filed as "prefers neither party" for this election. Boldt lost his seat on the county (then called) commission in 2012 to David Madore.
COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2 - PARTISAN OFFICE
Five candidates filed for the primary in the new district stretching from north Vancouver to Woodland including La Center, Ridgefield and Salmon Creek/Felida. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the August primary will advance to the General Election in November.
PORT OF VANCOUVER RACE (Non-Partisan)
Only voters residing in Vancouver Port District 2 will vote in the August Primary. The top two vote recipients will advance to the general election in November where voters in all three districts will elect the replacement for retiring commissioner Nancy Baker. The port race has become one of the hottest races due to the controversy over the proposed oil terminal on port property. Seven candidates filed for this race including (in order of filing):
- Nick Ande
- Bill Hughes
- Eric LaBrant
- Scott Dalesandro
- Peter Harrison
- Lisa Ross
- Bob Durgan
CITY COUNCIL RACES (Non-Partisan)
All seven cities in Clark County will have council/mayor races in 2015. Most of the races are unopposed meaning the lone candidate filing is most likely going to be elected in the November election unless there is a successful write-in campaign. Only two of the dozens of races had more than 2 candidates this year.
BATTLE GROUND (3 SEATS OPEN)
- SEAT 7: Incumbent Phil Johnson is being challenged by Candy Bonneville
- SEAT 2 & 3: Shane Bowman (2) and Steven Phelps were the only candidates who filed for their seats
CAMAS (4 COUNCIL SEATS AND MAYOR SEAT OPEN)
- WARD 1: Incumbent Timothy Hazen is being challenged by Shawn High
- WARDS 2, 3 AND AT LARGE: Bonnie Carter (2), Greg Anderson (3) and Don Chaney (At Large) were the only candidates who filed for their seats.
LA CENTER (3 COUNCIL SEATS AND MAYOR SEAT OPEN)
- MAYOR: Al Luiz and Greg Thornton will be facing off for the mayor's seat
- SEATS 1, 4 & 5: Heather Birdwell-Currey (1), Joe Valenzuela (4) and Elizabeth Cerveny (5) were the only candidates who filed for their seats.
RIDGEFIELD (4 COUNCIL SEATS OPEN)
- SEAT 2: Maria Salazar, Michael Harris and David Taylor will face off in the primary with the top two advancing to the November election
- SEATS 3, 5 & 7: Lee Wells (3), Darren Wertz (5) and Sandra Day (7) were the only candidates who filed for their seats.
VANCOUVER (3 COUNCIL SEATS OPEN)
- SEAT 4: Councilman Bart Hansen is opposed by Justin Forsman
- SEAT 5: Three candidates will be battling for the top two positions in the November election: Ty Stober, Linda Glover and Kathleen Metzger
- SEAT 6: Councilman Jack Turlay is opposed by George Francisco
WASHOUGAL (4 COUNCIL SEATS OPEN)
- SEAT 4: Councilwoman Joyce Lindsay is opposed by Jason Dodge
- SEAT 7: Molly Coston is opposed by Dan Coursey
- SEAT 5: Councilwoman Jennifer McDaniel is unopposed
WOODLAND (3 COUNCIL SEATS AND MAYOR SEAT OPEN)
- SEAT 4: Karl Chapman is opposed by Grover Laseke
- SEAT 5: JJ Burke is opposed by Susan Humbyrd
- SEAT 7: Mike Benjamin is opposed by Matthew Jacobs
- MAYOR: Will Finn is the only candidate who filed for the Mayor's seat
YACOLT (1 COUNCIL SEAT AND MAYOR SEAT OPEN)
- SEAT 3 & MAYOR: Jeff Carothers (Mayor) and Anthony Bronkhorst (3) are the only candidates who filed for their seats
SCHOOL BOARDS (Non-Partisan)
BATTLE GROUND SCHOOLS (2 SEATS OPEN)
- SEAT 4: Mavis Nickels, Dick Rylander and Ben Kapelka will face off in August with the top two advancing to the November election
- SEAT 2: Ken Root is the only candidate who filed for this seat
CAMAS SCHOOL DISTRICT (3 SEATS OPEN)
- SEATS 3, 4 & 5: Connie Hennessey (4), Doug Quinn (4) & Mary Tipton (5) were the only candidates who filed for their seats
EVERGREEN SCHOOL DISTRICT (3 SEATS OPEN)
- SEAT 3: Frank Decker and Victoria Bradford will face each other
- SEATS 2 & 4: Rob Perkins (2) and Todd Yuzuriha (4) were the only candidates who filed for their seats
VANCOUVER SCHOOL DISTRICT (3 SEATS OPEN)
- SEAT 1: Dale Rice and Heather Lindberg are running
- SEAT 5: Rosemary Fryer and Nada Wheelock are running
- SEAT 4: Michelle Giavonnozzi is the only candidate who filed for the seat
WASHOUGAL SCHOOL DISTRICT (3 SEATS OPEN)
- SEAT 2: Elaine Pfeifer and Jason Ferrier have filed for the seat
- SEAT 1 & 4: Teresa Lees (1) & Karen Rubio (4) are the only candidates who filed for their seats
ALL OTHER LOCAL RACES HAD ONLY ONE CANDIDATE, A FULL REPORT ON THESE WILL BE INCLUDED IN FUTURE STORIES