Prosser, W. Richland city council candidates drop out

Tri-City HeraldOctober 17, 2013 

Two candidates for the Prosser and West Richland city councils say they no longer are running for office.

Their names still will appear on the Benton County election ballot because the deadline to withdraw has passed.

In West Richland, Jay Bowman also dropped out of the running for Position 1 on the West Richland City Council for personal reasons that came up after the withdrawal date.

The remaining candidate for Position 1 is Johan Curtiss.

Linda Gorst of Prosser filed in the spring for Position 3 on the Prosser City Council, but withdrew soon afterward. But then changed her mind again. She thought she had to have surgery that would have sidelined her but the prognosis changed and so did her candidacy plans.

She's actively campaigning, even though her statement on the Benton County Auditor's website says otherwise.

The race for Prosser City Council Position 1 has narrowed to one candidate, Don Aubrey.

Trevor Day, who had filed for the position and ran in the primary election, has decided to withdraw his candidacy for personal reasons.

"It's simply an inopportune time for me to be running for city council and I'm sure Don (Aubrey) will do a fine job," said Day, who added that his wife is pregnant.

Aubrey served on the council for several years in the 1980s and '90s. At that time he was employed in shift work for Milne Fruit Products and felt he couldn't devote the time necessary to be as effective a councilman as he wanted to be and resigned.

Aubrey now is retired and would like to serve his city.

Editor's note: Clarified to update Gorst's information.

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