Last-minute election filings create several local races

There was a flurry of last minute filings for public office this past Friday, the last day a candidate could file for the 2011 fall elections.

In Sunnyside, two current members of the Sunnyside City Council and one newcomer filed.

Paul Garcia (position 5) and Jim Restucci (position 6) filed for re-election. Neither could be reached for comment this morning.

Craig Hicks filed to run against incumbent City Councilman Tom Gehlen (position 7).

"I tried before and I figured I would give it another shot," Hicks said.

Hicks added that he would like to see more businesses come to town, indicating that will be one of his priorities if elected to the Sunnyside City Council.

Two incumbents and one newcomer filed to run for the Sunnyside School Board.

Miguel Puente (District 5) and Rocky Simmons (District 1) filed to run for re-election. They are running unopposed. Neither could be reached for comment.

Mike Wedam filed to run for director of District 4. He joins Sandra Linde and Leroy Werkhoven vying for the vacant seat that will be left by incumbent Steve Carpenter, who is not seeking re-election.

Wedam could not be reached for comment.

In Grandview, Mike Bren (position 4) filed to run for re-election to the Grandview City Council. He could not be reached for comment.

Three incumbents on the Grandview School Board filed to run for re-election.

Lydia Moreno (district 1), Alfonso Contreras (district 3) and Tim Grow (district 4) all could not be reached for comment.


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