Most candidates to run unopposed

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WALLA WALLA — A final flurry of filings Friday produced contested races for several city councils and school boards as well as the state Court of Appeals. However, a majority of those who filed for positions last week will be running unopposed.

In addition, a lack of filings for positions on the Prescott School Board, Prescott City Council, Prescott Parks and Recreation District and Waitsburg Parks and Recreation District will result in a special filing period that opens Monday and closes Wednesday.

In the race for the single Port of Walla Walla seat up for election, only one candidate, Peter Swant, filed for the position being vacated by incumbent Paul Schneidmiller, who announced he was not running. Swant will run for the District 1 seat.

In Walla Walla County, three Walla Walla City Council seats and two College Place City Council positions will have contested races. But because only two candidates are filed for each race, the candidates will advance to the November general election without having to run in the Aug. 6 primary election.

The Walla Walla City Council race will see incumbent Jim Barrow running against Paul Mobley for the Position 1 seat while incumbent Conrad Cavazos Jr. will face Allen Pomraning for the Position 3 seat. The race for the Position 2 seat will have two newcomers, Richard Morgan and Robert Smith, running against each other after incumbent Shane Laib announced he will not seek re-election.

The College Place City Council will see contested races for mayor and one of three Council seats up for election. Incumbent Rick Newby will be running against Lonnie Croft for the mayor’s seat and Julie Scott and Wesley Bernal will be running for the Position 1 seat, which was vacated last week by the resignation of incumbent Steve Dickerson, who became ineligible to serve after moving out of the city.

Candidates for the last two College Place Council seats open for election this year will run unopposed. Incumbent Marge Nyhagen was the only person filing for the Position 3 seat and newcomer Adam Keatts was the sole person filing for the Position 2 seat. Incumbent Council member Alexander Scott said last week he will leave the Council this summer to attend graduate school.

One primary race that did develop Friday was among three candidates running for the state Court of Appeals Division 3, District 2 seat, which covers nine Eastern Washington counties.

Richland residents Terry J. Bloor and George Fearing and Kennewick resident John Gary Metro have filed for the post and will face each other in the Aug. 6 primary election. The two top finishers in that race will then proceed to the Nov. 5 general election.

Another primary race will be among the three candidates who have filed for the Walla Walla School Board Director 1 post. Sam Wells, Joshua Gonzales and Brent Barberich will run against each other in the July primary. Incumbent Daniel J. Hess is not running.

Candidates for the remaining two seats on the board up for election will be running unopposed with incumbent Cindy Meyer filing for the Director 2 position and incumbent Ruth Ladderud filing for the Direct 3 post.

The Dixie School Board will have two contested races. One for the Director 1 position with incumbent Gene R. Wilks running against Dana Gutierrez and the second for the Direct 2 position with incumbent Richard J. Berrier running against Alan Thonney. The candidate for the third seat for election, incumbent Kelly Dabulskis will run unopposed for the Director 5 position.

In Garfield County, a three-way race for the Pomeroy City Council Position 4 seat will result in a primary campaign with incumbent Dennis Gillis running against newcomers Crystal Thornton and Lee Bingman. Two candidates, Joel Reyerson and Erin Darby filed for the Council Position 5 seat while the remaining candidate, Adrian Stebbins, will run unopposed for the Council Position 1 seat.

On the Pomeroy School board, incumbent Paul Ruark will run against Ed Fruh for the Director Position 2 seat while candidates for the remaining two positions will be running unopposed.

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