Charter Review seats prompt Clallam candidate filings

Two also file for Port Angeles City Council

PORT ANGELES — Candidates were flocking to run for Clallam County Charter Review Commission seats before the second day of filing for positions in the Nov. 5 general election ended Tuesday.

Charlie McCaughan also filed for the Port Angeles City Council position held by incumbent Michael Merideth, while Nina Napiontek filed for the council position held by Mayor Sissi Bruch.

Bruch and Meredith are not running for re-election.

More contested races also emerged as 20 more candidates filed for elective office between 4:30 p.m. Monday and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, including after-business-hours, online registration.

With three days left for candidates to file for 68 open positions, more candidates than seats available filed as of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday for five Sequim-area District 1 seats and five West End-Port Angeles area District 3 seats.

By the close of in-person filing, Brian Hunter, Kenneth P. Reandeau and Joseph Murray put their names in for Port Angeles-area District 2 seats, increasing the total to six candidates. All live in the Port Angeles area.

Tony Corrado and David Lotzgesell filed for the Sequim-area positions, also upping that total to six candidates.

Ian Nickel became the third candidate to file for the Port Angeles-area District 2 Charter Review Commission seat.

If more than five candidates file in a district, the top five candidates in the general election win the positions. There is no primary election for the positions.

Any other race with more than two candidates is subject to the Aug. 6 primary election.

Ted Bowen filed Tuesday for the Olympic Medical Center hospital district position held by incumbent Jean Hordyk, who filed Monday for re-election.

Another contested race formed when Keith Cortner filed for the Port Angeles-area Fire District 2 position held by incumbent Richard Rudd, who filed for the position.

Incumbent Karin Ashton filed for re-election to the Clallam Bay-Sekiu position and will face challenger Greg Bellamy Sr., who filed Monday for the position.

J. Mike Rudd also filed for the Park and Recreation District (Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center) position held by Jan L. Richardson, who filed Monday for re-election.

Katie Marks and former Peninsula Daily News reporter Arwen Rice filed for incumbent Port Angeles School Board member Dr. Joshua Jones’ position.

Jones said Tuesday he is not running for re-election.

Daisy Anderson filed for re-election to the six-year Forks Community Hospital hospital district position.

Incumbent Port Angeles School Board member William Kindler filed for re-election, as did incumbent Crescent School Board members Trisha Haggerty and Dara Peppard.

Incumbent Forks-area Fire District 1 Commissioner Neris Biciunas and incumbent Fire District 5 Commissioner Danny G. Ahrens filed for election.

Incumbent Park and Recreation District 1 (Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center) Commissioner Ray Henninger filed for the two-year unexpired term.

Filing at the Clallam County Auditor’s Office at the county Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, continues daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday.

Candidates can file online until 4 p.m. Friday.

Information on open positions, voter registration and filing for candidacy is at clallam.net/Auditor/Elections.html.

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Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at [email protected].

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