1 Benton County race triggers a primary election

By the Tri-City HeraldMay 14, 2013 

So far, one Benton County race has triggered the need for an August primary election.

Three candidates are vying for a seat on the Kiona-Benton City School Board. Because three people filed, the primary will be Aug. 6, with the top two vote-getters advancing to the Nov. 5 general election.

Ivan Howard filed his intent to challenge Charles Gray for Position 2 on the Ki-Be School Board on Monday. Daniel Johnson joined the race Tuesday.

Howard told the Herald he has spent almost his life in Benton City. Two of his four children have already graduated from Kiona-Benton City High School, with the others in eighth and sixth grade. He has worked as a Teamster on the Hanford site for 27 years.

"I figured maybe it was time and to stop watching things go by," he said of his decision to seek a seat on the board.

Johnson could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Here are the highlights from the second day of the weeklong candidate filing:

Kennewick City Council

Three more incumbents -- John Hubbard, Bob Parks and Greg Jones -- are seeking re-election. Jones filed for his present position representing Ward 2.

Hubbard and Parks each have filed for the single at-large position. Hubbard presently represents Ward 3 and lives on South Kent Street. Parks, who is the at-large representative, lives on West Second Place.

Hubbard said his decision to run against Parks is because he and his wife bought a lot in the area behind Costco, which isn't in Ward 3.

"We're living in a house much too large for us and want to downsize. We plan to build in a few months, but I want to continue to serve on the Kennewick City Council," he said.

Hubbard said he'd talked to Parks about running against him "and he was not pleased, but was understanding."

Parks said he'd offered another option to the council -- to have all city council positions be at large.

"But some people felt threatened and the council did not approve my idea," Parks said.

Judgeships

Terry J. Bloor of Richland filed Tuesday to fill the remaining three years of an unexpired term on the state Court of Appeals.

Ports

Incumbent Don Barnes and John Givens, both of Kennewick, have filed for the Port of Kennewick District 1 position. Tom Moak, also of Kennewick, has filed against Leo Bowman for the Port of Kennewick District 2 position.

Kennewick School Board

Brian Bradford has filed against incumbent Dawn Adams for Kennewick School Board Pos. 2.

w For more information about filing, go to www.bentonelections.com or www.co.franklin.wa.us/auditor.

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