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Public office filing period approaches

It's nearly filing season for various elected offices around the area and there are plenty of positions that will be decided in the Primary Election in August and the General Election in November.

The candidate filing period for 2013 is Monday, May 13, through Friday, May 17. Potential candidates can file at the county auditor's office.

Yakima County accepts declarations of candidacy through the mail starting in late April and also accepts declarations through fax or email. Klickitat County accepts declarations through its website during the filing period.

Filing fees equal 1 percent of the annual salary of the position being sought. If the position has no annual salary, there is no filing fee.

Open offices in Sunnyside are:

Sunnyside City Council

District 1, 4-year term, $48 filing fee, incumbent Theresa Hancock.

District 2, 4-year term, $48 filing fee, incumbent Dean Broersma.

District 3, 4-year term, $48 filing fee, incumbent Donavon Vlieger.

District 4, 4-year term, $48 filing fee, incumbent Francisco Guerrero.

Sunnyside School District Directors

District 2, 4-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Michelle Emery Perry.

District 3, 4-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Lorenzo Garza Jr.

District 5, 2-year unexpired term, no filing fee, incumbent Miguel Puente.

Port of Sunnyside Commissioner

District 1, 6-year term, $24 filing fee, incumbent Arnold L. Martin.

Open offices in Grandview are:

Grandview City Council

Position 1, 4-year term, $36 filing fee, incumbent Joan E. Souders.

Position 2, 4-year term, $36 filing fee, incumbent Javier Rodriguez.

Position 3, 4-year term, $36 filing fee, incumbent Pam Horner.

Grandview School District Directors

District 2, 4-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Zulma Reyes.

District 5, 4-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Paul D. Jepson.

Port of Grandview Commissioners

District 1, 4-year unexpired term, no filing fee, incumbent Richard Shenyer.

District 3, 6-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Ronald E. Grow.

Open offices in Mabton are:

City of Mabton

Mayor, 4-year term, $60 filing fee, incumbent Angel Reyna.

Mabton City Council

Position 1, 4-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Oping P. Hutson.

Position 2, 4-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Sophia Sotelo.

Position 3, 4-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Mark Gourneau.

Mabton School District Directors

District 1, 2-year unexpired term, no filing fee, incumbent James Adams.

District 2, 2-year unexpired term, no filing fee, incumbent Elizabeth Cerrillo.

District 3, 4-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Elsa Sanchez.

Position 1 At-Large, 4-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Jeannette Williams.

Open offices in Bickleton are:

Bickleton School Board

Position 4, 4-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Jerry Roberts.

Position 5, 4-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Gary R. Hess.

Bickleton Fire District

Position 1, 6-year term, no filing fee, incumbent Miland Walling.

For complete information on all positions open for the election and the requirements for filing, contact the appropriate county auditor's office or visit the auditor website. Yakima County's auditor website is at yakimacounty.us/vote and Klickitat County's auditor website is at wei.sos.wa.gov/county/klickitat.

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