Filing week for fall election begins May 11
Longtime George Mayor Elliot Kooy was undecided on Monday about whether he will seek a seventh term.
The mayor said he will take the next couple of weeks to decide whether he will seek re-election. Kooy has been mayor of the small town for 24 years.
“It’s more than a third of my life,” he said.
The George mayor’s position is among a variety of local seats up for election this fall. While the general election is not until Nov. 3, candidate filing week begins May 11.
For people who are considering running for a seat on a local governing board or commission, there are three ways to file:
• If filing in person, candidates must go to the Grant County Election Department, located in room 203 on the second floor of the Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata. In-person filing begins at 8 a.m. on May 11 and continues through 5 p.m. on May 15.
• Electronic filing opens at 9 a.m. on May 11 and closes at 4 p.m. on May 15.
• If filing by mail, candidates can submit their paperwork beginning April 27. Filings by mail are retained for processing until filing opens for all candidates on May 11. Filings by mail must be received by 5 p.m. May 15; no postmarks will be accepted after that time.
A person filing a Declaration of Candidacy for an office must, at the time of filing, possess the qualifications specified by law for people who may be elected to the office. The candidate must be properly registered to vote in the district represented by the office at the time of filing.
And, if candidates have a change of heart, they must submit a signed request to withdraw their Declaration of Candidacy before 5 p.m. on May 18. Filing fees are non-refundable.
In George, two council seats also are up for election. The seats currently are held by Janet Boen and Clay Richmond.
In Quincy, both the school board and city council have three seats up for election. All seats are four-year terms. At the Quincy School Board, those three seats up for election currently are held by Myrna N. Blakely, Mike Scharbach and JoAnn Garces.
At the Quincy City Council, Councilman Tom Harris said he will run for re-election, and Councilman Scott Lybbert said he also expects to run. However, Councilman Manuel Guerrero on Tuesday said he was undecided.
The Quincy Hospital District has two six-year seats open that are currently held by Anthony Gonzalez and Darrell VanDyke, who has not been able to attend recent meetings.
The Port of Quincy, Grant County Fire District No. 3 and the Quincy Cemetery Board each has one seat up for election. Those seats are six-year terms.
For additional information and a list of offices open for the 2015 filing period, go to the county elections department at www.grantcountywa.gov. Or call the department at 754-2011.
–By Jill FitzSimmons, email@example.com