A beginning to the election season

Today marked the first official campaign announcement made by a Camas-Washougal elected official about their intentions to run for re-election this year.

Camas Mayor Scott Higgins said he will seek a second term in office. It’s certainly not a surprising revelation, but it does represent the start of what has the potential to be a busy election season.

In Camas and Washougal alone, there are 21 offices open for filing. Those include the Camas mayor and four city council seats, four Washougal City Council seats, as well as three positions on the Camas School Board and four on the Washougal School Board. There are also four seats up for election on the East County Fire and Rescue Commission and one on the Port of Camas-Washougal Commission.

The five-day in-person filing period begins May 11, giving local residents just a couple more weeks to consider a run for public office.

Thinking about running but not quite sure it’s right for you? Clark County Elections has a class for that. “Winning Ways to Run for Office,” is set for Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Clark County Elections Office. Attendees will get to hear from current elected officials who have campaigned and survived to tell about it, and public relations experts who can give helpful insight into what’s really involved in the process and the subsequent public service.

Ask any current elected official, and they will likely tell you that the job has its ups and its downs. But it is without a doubt one of the most important ways a citizen can have an impact on the community.

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