Campaign 2007 opened with a flourish yesterday, as eight Lower Valley residents filed to run for office. The election filing period concludes this Friday.
Mary Barrett is the only candidate of the eight to date not already in office, as she filed yesterday to run for the Grandview City Council, position 5 seat currently held by Bill Flory, who has stated he will not seek re-election.
A 25-year Grandview resident, Barrett said she is seeking the post "to get involved and help with improvements" in the community.
Barrett said she also values communication between council and citizens. "The (city) council helped me out and I want to continue the communication with the public," she said of her election bid.
As expected, Grandview Mayor Norm Childress filed to run for a re-election bid to his position. Position 2 Councilwoman Jan McDonald of Grandview also filed yesterday in a bid to retain her council seat.
Sunnyside Mayor Ed Prilucik (position 7) filed for re-election to his city council seat and Sunnyside City Councilman Paul Garcia did the same for his position 5 seat.
After previously indicating he was leaning toward a re-election bid, Sunnyside School Board member Steve Carpenter made it official yesterday by filing for his district 4 seat.
Also yesterday, Port of Sunnyside Commissioner Arnold Martin (district 1) and Port of Grandview Commissioner Ron Grow (district 3) both filed in re-election bids.