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City council and PUD director seats will be up for election on November ballot.

The filing deadline for local offices on the Nov. 8 ballot is fast approaching. In Scappoose, three city councilor positions and mayor will be up for election. The seats held by city councilors Josh Poling, Brandon Lesowske and Jeannet Santiago will be up for election for four-year terms. A two-year term as mayor, currently held by Scott Burge, will also be on the ballot.

In St. Helens, the four-year city councilor positions held by Doug Morten and Stephen Topaz and the two-year mayor position held by Rick Scholl will be on the ballot.

In Columbia City, mayor and two city councilor positions are up for election. Mayor Casey Wheeler and councilors Gordon Thistle and Susan Ziglinski finish their current terms at the end of the year.

Residents of each city must contact that city's administrator, recorder or elections clerk to file to run. The filing deadline for Scappoose and Columbia City is Aug. 30. For St. Helens, the filing deadline is Aug. 15.

Board of director positions for three People's Utility Districts — Clatskanie, Columbia River and McNulty — will be on the ballot. Candidates must file with the Columbia County elections department by Aug. 30.

Voters will also weigh in on county and statewide races that began in the May primary.

In the May primary, 33.8% of registered voters in Columbia County cast their ballots. That is slightly higher than in 2018, the last non-presidential primary, but lower than other primary elections in the past decade. Within Columbia County, Republican voters turned out in greater numbers for the May 2022 primary, with 50% of registered voters participating, compared to 47.6% of Democrats.


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