Candidate filing periods open
The November general election is fast approaching, and in addition to national and statewide elections, local candidates and ballot measures will also face the public.
The candidate filing period for St. Helens City Council is now open, with council positions two and four, as well as mayor, up for election in November.
Position two is currently occupied by Keith Locke; position four is occupied by Ginny Carlson.
By the end of this term, Locke will have served on city council for 20 years. Carlson was first elected in 2012.
Mayor Rick Scholl will also complete his term at the end of the year. Scholl was first elected in 2016, beating the incumbent with 50.6% of the vote, and was reelected in 2018 for his second two-year term.
In the Nov. 3, 2020 election, voters in Scappoose will elect three city councilors and the mayor.
The winners in November will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2021, in both Scappoose and St. Helens.
Voters will also elect board members for the Clatskanie, Columbia River, and McNulty Water People's Utility Districts.
The county will also vote on a measure that would prohibit Columbia County officials from enforcing most gun control regulations. Measure 5-278 would prevent county employees from participating "in the enforcement of any law or regulation that affected an individual's right to keep and bear arms, firearm accessories, or ammunition" in most situations.
The Rainier Cemetery District will ask voters to approve a property tax of five centers per $1,000 in assessed value for five years. That measure also appeared on ballots in the May election, but was rejected by voters.
The county will also elect two commissioners, in run-off elections. Commissioner Alex Tardif will face Casey Garrett and Commissioner Margaret Magruder will face Brandee Dudzic.
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