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Palouse filings: Cook files for Palouse mayor


May 23, 2019

Chris Cook, Palouse city councilman and school board member, has filed to run for mayor to succeed four-term mayor Michael Echanove, who announced earlier this year he would not seek a fifth term.

Cook is a 14-year Palouse resident and seven-year school board member. He was appointed to the planning commission three years ago, from which he resigned, in order to take on the city council role last March.

Cook last week filed for re-election to the district one seat on the school board, but he withdrew and filed for the mayor's chair. The school board seat remained open as of close of filing last week and is now on the list for extended filing this week.

William Perry also filed for Palouse Mayor last Thursday, May 16, but withdrew on Monday.

Mary Rothlisberger filed unopposed for the council seat vacated by Cook; Bill Slinkard filed for re-election to council seat two, and Catherine Cooper filed for re-election to seat seven.

Steve Alred filed for seat six now held by Mark Wilcomb.

Palouse seat five, now held by Rick Wekerman, was still open after last week's filing, and is listed for the three-day renewed filing period which started Tuesday.


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