A possible shakeup in Prosser city government highlighted the second day of candidate filing Tuesday.
Mayor Pro-Tem Randy Taylor filed to run for mayor. Minutes later, Mary Ruth Edwards filed to run for Taylor’s city council seat.
The incumbent mayor, Paul Warden, is leaning against seeking a third term, though he hasn’t made a decision, he said Tuesday. The 61-year old was on the council for two years before being elected mayor in 2008.
“I’m thinking about spending more time with the grandkids,” he said.
Edwards unsuccessfully ran against state Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, in 2012 and 2014. She has already filed to raise money to run again for Walsh’s seat in 2016, though she hadn’t raised any money as of the most recent filing announcement, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission.
Rob Siemens has filed to run for the remaining two years of an unexpired city council term in Position 3 in Prosser, while Bob Elder (Position 4) and Steve Becken (Position 6) both filed to run for another four-year term.
Steve Zetz became the third person to file for Benton City mayor, joining incumbent Lloyd Carnahan and Mayor Pro-Tem Linda Lehman. The candidates will be narrowed down to two in the Aug. 4 primary.
On the Prosser School Board, Peggy Douglas, who was recently appointed to the position formerly held by the late Gayle Wheeler, is being challenged by Patty Johnson.
In Connell, incumbent Councilman Ray Minor is being challenged by Curtis W. Trembley.
Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins filed Monday night, joining fellow council members Rebecca Francik and Al Yenney in seeking reelection. No one had filed to run against them.
Online candidate filing was delayed Tuesday morning because of a software outage at the Secretary of State’s office, spokesman David Ammons said.
Filing in Washington continues through May 15.