Appointed Port Angeles School Board member drops out of race

PORT ANGELES — Appointed Port Angeles School Board member Bill Kindler will not seek a full term, eliminating a contest for the Aug. 6 primary.

Kindler, the former Port Angeles Education Foundation president, withdrew his name Monday as a candidate for Position 5 on the School Board, leaving Staci Politika and Jacob Wright contending for the four-year seat in the Nov. 5 general election.

“It’s strictly personal reasons, and a difficult decision for me, because serving on the School Board in Port Angeles, it’s difficult, it’s challenging, sometimes frustrating, but the other directors, I really enjoyed working with them,” Kindler said Thursday.

Kindler was named in February 2018 to fill the term of Susan Shotthafer, who resigned.

Kindler’s decision leaves Aug. 6 primaries for two seats on the Port Angeles City Council and single positions on the Forks City Council, Clallam County Hospital District 2-Olympic Medical Center board, and Port Angeles-area Fire District 2 board.

Jerry Mote also filed Wednesday as a write-in candidate for Sequim School Board District 1, which Lawrence Jeffryes registered for during the filing period last week.

That created a contested race for the Nov. 5 general election, although Mote’s name will not be on the ballot. Incumbent Robin Henrikson did not file for the seat.

The list of offices and candidates is at tinyurl.com/PDN-ClallamCandidates.

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