Port of Walla Walla commissioner to seek second term

Mike Fredrickson announced plans to run as the filing period for local offices approaches.

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WALLA WALLA -- Port of Walla Walla Commissioner Mike Fredrickson said he plans to run for a second term.

Fredrickson said Thursday he hopes to retain his District 2 Port Commission seat -- one of numerous positions that will be open for election this year.

The commissioner is the first person to publicly declare his intention to run. He said this morning he wants to remain in office and follow through on some of the projects and goals he has had a part in since 2006, when he succeeded previous Port Commissioner Ken Jantz who opted not to seek a fifth six-year term.

"I want to see some of these things that we've started come to fruition," he said.

The District 2 seat represents the eastern third of the city of Walla Walla, plus Dixie, Waitsburg and Prescott.

Fredrickson is a certified general real estate appraiser and co-owner of Associated Appraisers of Walla Walla. According to a bio on the Port's website, he is a 1988 graduate of Walla Walla High School and 1992 graduate of Washington State University, where he studied agri-business. He served eight years on the Walla Walla County Planning Commission before being elected to the Port Commission.

The filing period for interested candidates for the Port and numerous other positions is June 6-10. Those interested can file online or at the Walla Walla County Auditor's Office.

Both the Walla Walla and College Place city councils have four open positions each this year. School districts and numerous other specialty fire and water districts have an array of positions open as well.

Declarations of Candidacy and filing fee payments must be received no later than 4 p.m. June 10.

The primary election will take place Aug. 16.; the general election is Nov. 8.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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