Proposed Hospital District #2 meeting tonight in Aberdeen, and later tonight in Brady

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a debate tonight on the formation of a second public hospital district at the Rotary Log Pavillion in Aberdeen. It starts at 6, but video statements from commissioner candidates of the proposed district’s board will begin at 5:30.

News Director for Jodesha Broadcasting Dave Haviland will be moderating, and on the proponents side we’ll have Dr. Ed Brewster president of Grays Harbor College, Lisa Smith with Imperium Renewables, Patrick Wadsworth from the GH Democrats and Dr. Anna Marie Wong. On the opponent-side we’ll have Aberdeen councilman Alan Richrod, Local Republican Jim Walsh, Claudia Woodward -Rice, and John Farra.

Hospital Administrators will be on hand to answer questions until around 6:30 when a couple will head out to a second meeting hosted by Fire District #2 on the topic that is being held at Station 32 in Brady tonight at 7.

The hospital district, and it’s board members, are on the primary election ballots – which you should have received by now, with votes being tallied on Aug. 5th.

The Vote

The Grays Harbor County Elections Department reports that the Commissioners on your ballot with the most votes from their district will become the new district’s Commissioners for the next 6 years. There will be no vote to determine commissioners in the November General election – regardless of the number of candidates in the district.

Aberdeen council appoints Alan Richrod to fill Ward 5 seat

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen city council last night appointed Alan Richrod to take the Ward 5 position most recently held by Alan Richrod – he was appointed to the seat after John Erak passed away, then lost to Erak in the November election. Ward resident Bill Simpson had also expressed interest in the appointment, Councilwoman Kathy Hoder said before the vote “I have to be able to know that what I did was right, and that everything I do – to the best of my ability, passed what I call the smell test.
Bill Simpson, son of Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson, expressed interest in the position earlier this month but a vote was tabled because not all councilmembers were present.
Hoder, and 5 other councilmembers voted with 44% of the 5th ward that chose Richrod in November. Richrod was sworn in after a 6-4 vote last night with councilman Jeff Cook absent.

Aberdeen council meets two candidates, Richrod and Simpson

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen city council last night heard from two people interested in filling the vacancy for the Ward 5 council position previously held by John Erak.
Alan Richrod again expressed his interest – he was appointed to the seat after Erak passed away, then lost to Erak in the November election. Also submitting a letter of interest was William Simpson, son of Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson.
If the 11-member council is split on a decision, the mayor would be the deciding vote, however council last night did not make an appointment noting the absence of Council Chair Kathy Hoder.

Former councilman wins posthumously, Transit tax finishes with over 70% support

MONTESANO, Wash. – With results certified at the county auditor’s office, Voter turnout for Grays Harbor finished at 48.35% for the November General Election.
In Aberdeen, Incumbent city councilman John Smith trails to Tawni Andrews by 9 votes, while incumbent Alice Phelps leads over Roberta Myers by 42. The memory of John Erak holds 26 more votes than appointed incumbent Alan Richrod. Aberdeen Mayor Bill Simpson explained to council this week “The fifth ward will have a vacancy, we will take letters from candidates, and on the December 11th council meeting we will have interviews and vote that night.
On the Hoquiam side, Richard Pennant leads by 8 votes over incumbent council John Weidl and Denise Anderson leads by 44 votes over incumbent Brenda Carlstrom.
Incumbent Port Commissioner Chuck Caldwell finished with over %70 of the vote, as did a vote to support the Grays Harbor Transit Authority with a sales tax increase.
Election results are available online at http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/graysharbor/

Aberdeen council elects Alan Richrod to fill ward 5 seat

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The city of Aberdeen has a new councilman in ward 5, the council elected Alan Richrod to the position last night. Ward 6 councilman Jim Cook said before his vote that we’ll still see a familiar name on the upcoming ballot “According to the elections office John Erak’s name will remain on the ballot during this election, John was an extraordinary man.
Erak and Richrod were on the ballot when Erak passed away last month, City Attorney Eric Nelson said the council will need to elect someone to the position again next year if Richrod lost in November.