• 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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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/
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  • Aberdeen council remembers John Erak

    ErakABERDEEN, Wash. – The Aberdeen City Council last night held a moment of silence during their first meeting without councilman John Erak, Mayor Bill Simpson said during his report; “To give you some time to remember John Erak, and what he has done for our community.”
    Members of the council shared fond memories of Erak last night, he passed away last month at 81 years old.
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