(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
Off-year, supposedly minor year for elections will feature five races in Chewelah…
In what is supposed to be an off-year election with just minor positions open, it is shaping up to be a transformative and important election for the town of Chewelah. With filing week over, it appears Chewelah voters will have five contested races, with three of them being for city council and two of them being for school board.
It’s just going to get weird.
Chewelah might be the first town to have an election between a husband and wife as Carra Nupp and Bruce Nupp are running against each other for Chewelah City Council Pos. No. 5. While the move seems to be amicable as they still have filed with the same residences, it could result in the debates being held in their living room.
The other big change will the the Chewelah School Board. With the exception of Judy Bean’s No. 1 position, which is not up for election this year, everything else will change on the board. After a contentious period of negotiations for both teaching and classified staff, along with budget cutbacks, it appears more people are interested in running. None of the current members whose positions are open have filed for re-election.
In Pos. No. 2, Sean Peterson is running against soon to be retired math teacher Kyra Rolstad, Bryan Tidwell – the Chewelah Public Library’s librarian – is running for Pos. No. 3 unopposed, Dan Krouse is running for Pos. No. 4 unopposed (and seeing how his son Kaden wrestles, who would oppose the guy?) and T.O. Bakken is running against Warren Stewart for Pos. No. 5.
Bakken ran in the previous school board election.
Long-time City Council member John May is facing opposition from two challengers, Danny Heydorn and Ryan Sieber for the No. 4 Chewelah City Council seat. The council’s at-large seat, currently held by John Wight, is being challenged by Candice Capoeman and Ashley Grubb – who was recently appointed to the Chewelah School Board but could not serve because the school board was mistaken as to where her residence fell within the board seat’s representation area.
Evan Schalock is running unopposed for re-election for the Council Pos. No. 6’s seat.
In other areas, Colville’s mayor Lou Janke has a challenger for re-election from Ralph Lane Jr. Springdale City Council will have a race for their No. 4 seat, with Harold Love and Jeff Burris vying for the same spot. Nine Mile Falls will have a race for their No. 2 school district spot between Kirsten Foose, Mary McAdam and Eric Olson. At Hunters, Rhonda Hughes and Daniel Moss will be going for the No. 2 school district director spot.
Springdale (Mary Walker)’s school district No. 2 spot has a very crowded field with April Steinbach, Jeannette Hallgarth, Michael Moehnke, Dirk Wright and Gordon Man running. In the No. 3 spot, Amy Roy and John Axtell will square off.
Northport school district will have a race between Jim Hanson and Jayson Stachofsky for the No. 3 spot.
In Fire District 1, there will be a race for the No. 3 commissioner spot between Gregory Meyer and Mark Whittaker.
In Marcus, the council No. 3 position will be a race between Mark T. Redler and Carolyn Worden.
Still when you add it up, Chewelah will have the most races this year in the local election with five. Springdale will have the next highest number with three.