PACIFIC COUNTY — Interested in joining local government?

The Pacific County Auditor's Office will host a special filing period Aug. 12 to 14. During the period, residents can file to run for numerous local government positions.

Candidates will be listed on the Nov. 5 general election ballot. The open offices didn't draw any candidates before the county's regular filing period deadline, May 15.

South county positions available include two Ilwaco City Council seats, and one director position for Naselle School District. New councilors will replace former councilor Jared Oakes and councilor Kenneth Sprague. The school board director will replace Nick Nikkila.

North county positions available include one commissioner position for Nemah's Pacific County Fire District No. 7, and one commissioner position for South Bend's Pacific County Fire District. No. 8. The Nemah commissioner will replace Commissioner Nancy Robinson. The South Bend commissioner will fill a vacancy.

Filing instructions can be found starting Aug. 12 at Filings will be accepted online, by mail, and in person at the auditor's office, 300 Memorial Drive in South Bend.

Alyssa Evans is a staff writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact her at 360-642-8181 or

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