Not a single person filed for any of the five open positions on the Mesa City Council last week.
But Mesa residents will have another chance this week.
The Franklin County Auditor’s Office is opening a special filing period May 20-22 to find candidates for 11 empty positions around the county.
People who want to run for the positions must file a declaration of candidacy form with the auditor’s office at www.co.franklin.wa.us/elections or in person from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on of those days at the Election Department at 1016 N. Fourth Ave. in Pasco.
The open seats include all five open positions on the Mesa City Council.
Two of the seats are now vacant, according to the auditor’s office, while the three occupied seats are now held by Jim Cronenwett, Elizabeth Guizar and Patti Bailie. None of whom filed for re-election.
Also open are:
• North Franklin School Board District 1, Position 1, now held by Remie DeRuwe.
• Star School District, Position 1, now held by Joe Zlabek.
• Basin City Water-Sewer District, Position 3, now held by Daniel Lee Winder.
• Fire District 2, Position 2, now held by Reed Wiswall.
• Fire District 4, Position 1, now held by Doug Smith.
• Fire District 5, Position 2, now held by Roger L. Richardson.
Last week, 51 Franklin County residents filed for 35 open public office positions.
Among the contested races are three Pasco City Council positions with 11 candidates and a three-way race for the state House of Representatives between Republicans Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy and former Franklin County Sheriff Richard Lathim and Othello Democrat Kenneth Caylor.
Dye was appointed May 9 to serve in the position formerly held by Rep. Susan Fagan until November.
Benton County has not yet set a date for its special filing period.