Ready or not, election filing week is here

Several local council, commission, school board seats are up for grabs this year

timestamp icon
category icon News

Filing week at the Clark County Elections Office is set for Monday, May 15 through Friday, May 19, and there will be plenty of local positions to file for.

They include city of Washougal Mayor and Council positions 1, 3, 5 and 6.

Two-term Washougal Mayor Sean Guard has already filed paperwork stating his intentions to run for re-election. There are no term limits for the mayoral or council positions.

Current Councilor Brent Boger plans to file. Boger, the Vancouver senior assistant city attorney since 1999, has served on the Washougal City Council since July 2012. Position 3 Councilman Paul Greenlee also will seek re-election. He has served on council since April 2007.

Ray Kutch plans to file as a candidate to fill out the full term of Council member Position 5. He succeeded Jennifer McDaniel, by appointment, in February 2017.

Dave Shoemaker does not plan to run for another term. He is serving in his eighth year as Council member Position 6.

Camas City Council members Melissa Smith, Shannon Turk and Steve Hogan plan to run for re-election.

Smith, who represents Ward 1, was appointed to the City Council in March 2004, then elected in November 2005.

Ward 2 Councilman Hogan is serving his third four-year term.

Port of Camas-Washougal District 1 Commissioner John Spencer plans to file for the commission seat in mid-May. He succeeded Mark Lampton, by appointment, in September 2015.

Port District 3 Commissioner Larry Keister wants to serve a full term. He succeeded Bill Macrae-Smith, by appointment, in March 2017.

This year’s primary and general elections cycles will also include East County Commissioner Position 1 (Tom Gianatasio) and Position 4 (Martha Martin); Camas School Board Member District 1 (Casey O’Dell), District 2 (Julie Rotz) and District 5 (Tracey Malone).

Washougal School Board seats for District 3 (Jaron Barney), District 4 (Cory Chase) and District 5 (Ron Dinius) also are part of this year’s election cycles.

The primary election will be held Aug. 1, and the general election is set for Nov. 7. For more information, visit