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Tue., July 30, 2013, 11:41 a.m.

Candidates wanted

When filing opened for elected offices in various towns and districts a couple months ago, a few attracted a large crowd of interested citizens and most drew one or two candidates. But some didn't get any takers.

As in none. Zippo. Zilch. Empty space on the official candidate list.

When this happens, the county elections office holds a special filing period, a few days long, to give people in those towns or districts a second chance to sign up. In Spokane County, that's going to be Aug. 7 - 9.

Open for candidate signup will be Council Position 1 in the Town of Spangle. 

Two fire commissioner positions in Fire Districts 2 and 12, and one in Fire District 11.

One water commissioner position in the Hangman Hills District and one in the Strathview Water District; two positions in the Irwin Water District and three in the Vel-View Water District.

One commissioner position in the Milan Cemetery District and another in the Spangle Cemetery District, two positions in the Moran Cemetery District and three in the Waverly Cemetery District.

Spin Control could make some joke about  interest in the fire district needing to heat up, or people needing to be willing to dip their toe into the water district affairs, or people not dying to serve on the cemetery district boards...but frankly, folks have been making those kinds of jokes for a long time and really, what the districts need is volunteers, not standup. A few of the jobs pay small amounts, while others you serve gratis. A list of the open offices and filing fees can be found here.

A candidate declaration form can be found here. It can be filled out and brought into the Elections office at 1033 W. Gardner Ave. between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 7-9. Or it can be filed online.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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