Notable races abound after filing week

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EPHRATA — Candidate filing week is over and the deadline to withdraw has passed, and 30 of the 146 elections being held in Grant County this year are officially being contested.

State Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy, will be facing Steve Verhey of Ellensburg, executive director of sustainability think tank Cascadia Carbon Institute and the chair of the Kittitas County Democratic Party. Ybarra was appointed to the seat in January after Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, stepped down amid a sexual misconduct scandal, and is running to serve the remainder of Manweller’s term.

In Moses Lake, council member Ryann Leonard has chosen not to run for reelection. David Eck is running uncontested to fill her seat.

School District Director races are widely contested this year, as are city council races in Electric City and Soap Lake. For the Moses Lake School Board, Richard Hanover will be running against recent board-appointee Shannon Hintz, while Greg Nevarez will be taking on incumbent board member Susan Freeman and Bryce McPartland will be squaring off against Shaun Hagerty for position no. 5. Though the Soap Lake mayoral race has more candidates than any other contested race, incumbent mayor Raymond Gravelle has not filed for re-election. Electric City Mayor John Nordine has also not filed for re-election, and two have filed to run for his seat.

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