First city council candidate steps foward

Peninsula News Network

Port Angeles, WA - 7/9/03 - This fall’s city council races have finally opened, with the first candidate announcing his plans to run for a council seat in Port Angeles.

Retired Rayonier Manager Grant Munro tells PNN he’ll run for the PA city council seat presently held by Councilman Orville Campbell.

Munro, who returned to Port Angeles are retiring from Rayonier this past year, says serving on the council is a way to give something back to the community.

Munro has arguably one of the most extensive timber management backgrounds of anyone on the Peninsula, one of a handful of man who managed the Port Angeles pulp mill, with a stint as General Manager there in the late 80s.

But his experience goes far beyond that, with work for Rayonier in a number of high-level management posts, as well as Weyerhauser and was a General Manager and minority owner of Merrill and Ring.

He feels that background gives him a unique perspective on the Peninsula’s economic development, business and financial management.

Munro saw the world after graduating from Clallam Bay High School. That included management of log trading operations in China, Japan and Russia and opening Rayonier’s operations in New Zealand. But he says he’s home to stay and wants to do his part to make Port Angeles a great place to live.

Munro intends to run for the Position #3 seat presently held by Orville Campbell, one of three PA council positions on the ballot this fall.

The positions are currently held by Lauren Erickson, Mayor Glenn Wiggins and Orville Campbell, none of whom have formally indicated whether they will run for re-election. Wiggins and Campbell are both finishing their second terms on the council, and under the change in term limits approved a couple of years ago… could run for a third term, although at this point at least Campbell isn’t expected to do so.

The situation is less clear cut in Sequim, where there has been a real turn over on the council in recent years. Four of the seven council members must stand for re-election, a majority of the panel. Patricia Schmitt, Ron Farquar and Don Hall were all appointed to the council last year to fill vacancies. None of the incumbents have said for certain whether they will run again.

The formal period for filing for all of this year’s elections begins on July 28th and lasts through the final week of the month.


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