Several challengers looking to unseat Washougal council incumbents


first_imgThe city of Washougal has three city council primaries on the same ballot for the first time in nearly four decades, Clark County officials said.Council incumbents Rodney Morris, Jennifer McDaniel and Molly Coston each face challenges from two or more opponents in their quest for another four-year term. Washougal voters have 10 candidates to choose from during the Aug. 16 primary election. The city has a dozen candidates overall seeking four council spots, counting the Nov. 8 general election. Councilman Michael Delavar, who has only one opponent, will face Joyce Lindsay in the general election.“This is the only (Washougal) primary we’ve had since 1973 where we’ve had three offices appear on a primary ballot,” said Tim Likness, Clark County’s elections department supervisor.Clark County started overseeing Washougal’s elections in 1973. Since then, Washougal has had larger candidate pools, but those included competitors in general elections.In 2001, the city had 14 candidates compete for six positions, Likness said. A total of 13 candidates sought seven positions in 1981.The primary council elections include Ward 2, 5 and 7.Ward 2 Councilman Rodney Morris faces the most challengers — three. Morris, 56, has been on the Washougal council nearly 19 years and has served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 30 years. Among his chief objectives are working on the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association, balancing the city’s budget and maintaining EMS services.last_img read more