SOUTH BEND With the conclusion of the candidate-filing period last Friday, there will definitely be changes on one important local board, while most others will retain their existing membership.
The big change will be on Ocean Beach Hospitals five-member Board of Commissioners where it appears Suzanne Staples will replace Nancy Campiche as the District #2 member and Steven Linhart will step in for Garnette Sutherland as District #4 commissioner.
Staples is a registered nurse who worked for the hospital as an administrator until last year when she left as part of emergency cost-cutting moves. She writes a nature column for the Chinook Observer. Linhart is a Long Beach city councilman, runs a security firm and is active in a variety of community causes.
Glenn Ripley is running for a seat on the North Beach Water Commissions board versus incumbent R.D. Williams.
Tom Werner is running for Long Beach City Council position #5, to which incumbent Jerry Phillips is seeking re-election. Recently appointed Councilwoman Natalie Hanson is running for her position on the council.
There are two contested races for Naselle-Grays River Valley School Board, with Joshua Holt vying with Art Hyland and Allen Lebovitz seeking the same position as Bud Strange. Steve Gacke is unopposed.
In Ocean Beach School District, incumbents Larry Phelps and Kris Kaino are unopposed for re-election.
In Ilwaco, Mayor Mike Cassinelli and council members David Jensen, Vinessa Mulinix, Fred Marshall and Jon Chambreau are all unopposed for re-election.
There are two contested races for South Bend City Council, with Cheryl Seals running against Pat Neve and Bob Hall running against Kathy Balcom. Julie (Rose) Struck is unopposed for mayor. Other candidate seeking seats in South Bend and Raymond are all unopposed.
Christopher Anderson is running for the Port of Peninsula vacancy recently created by the death of Dave Clemmons.