Two races have already emerged in the first full day of candidate filings in Cowlitz County.
Twenty three candidates filed, many within an hour or so of the election’s office 9 a.m. opening.
Two contenders have stepped up to run for J.D. Rossetti’s Longview school board seat: Longview fire chief Phil Jurmu will run against Norma McKittrick for the spot.
So far, Longview school board president C.J. Nickerson has re-filed for his seat as board director and has no opponents yet.
Two people have also filed for Longview’s fifth city council position: George Brajcich and MaryAlice Wallis.
In the City of Kalama, current council member Rosemary Brinson Siipola has filed to run for mayor and Sandra Macias-Hughes has filed for city council position 2. The incumbents, mayor Pete Poulsen and council member Dominic Ciancibelli had not yet filed by the end of Monday.
Here is the entire list of the candidates:
Port of Kalama
6-year term District 3 commissioner: Troy Stariha
Port of Longview
6-year term District 2 commissioner: Douglas Averett
Port of Woodland
6-year term District 3 commissioner: Paul D. Cline
City of Castle Rock
4-year term council position 1: Arthur Lee
City of Kalama
4-year term mayor position: Rosemary Brinson Siipola
4-year term council member position 2: Sandra Macias-Hughes
City of Longview
4-year-term council member position 5: George Brajcich and MaryAlice Wallis
City of Woodland
4-year-term council member position 1: Jennifer Heffernan
4-year-term council member position 2: Al Swindell
Longview School District No. 122
4-year-term director position 1: C.J. Nickerson
4-year-term director position 2: Phil Jurmu and Norma McKittrick
Castle Rock School District No. 401
4-year-term director position 1: Vilas Sundberg
4-year-term director at large (5): Andy Ogden
Kelso School District No. 458
2-year unexpired term director position 3: Howard Sharples
Fire Protection District 1
6-year-term commissioner position 1: Dean Boone
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue
6-year-term commissioner position 1: Scott Neves
Fire Protection District 3
6-year-term commissioner position 1: Dan Belding
Cemetery District 5
4-year-term commissioner position 3: Loranne Sue Warila
Cemetery District 6
6-year-term commissioner position 2: Bill Spencer
Woodland Swim and Rec
4-year-term commissioner position 2: Sharyn Crosby
4-year-term commissioner position 5: Shannon Tracy