REALTORS Endorse Onisko, Peterson, Schmit, Rogers

The Mason County Association of REALTORS® (MCAR), one of the county’s largest business organizations with its more than 100 members, has endorsed four candidates for Shelton City Council in the upcoming special election on April 24, 2018. The Association endorsements are:

City of Shelton Council Member 4 – Eric Onisko

City of Shelton Council Member 5 – Deidre Peterson

City of Shelton Council Member 6 – Joe Schmit

City of Shelton Council Member 7 –  Bob Rogers

The endorsement decisions follow comprehensive candidate interviews held on March 14, 2018 with the local organization’s five-member Government Affairs interview committee in Shelton. Questions posed to all eight city council candidates involved their opinion of permitting costs for homes, how to promote the economic growth of the County, their vision for the future of Shelton and how they would handle differences with fellow members of city government.

“Realtors are active in our communities, not only in serving our clients, but in our extensive work for the issues and organizations that enhance the quality of life in the communities where we raise our own families,” said MCAR President Kim Delaney. “Please join us in supporting these candidates by casting your vote in the upcoming special election.”

The Mason County Association of REALTORS®* is organized for the benefit of the business interests of its membership, to promote and preserve private property rights, and to uphold the REALTOR® Code of Ethics. Realtors are the leading advocates for hundreds of area home buyers and sellers each year and current homeowners throughout the County.

There are two opportunities for voters to hear from the candidates in the next week.

Thursday night, the League of Women Voters of Mason County is holding a Speed Dating Candidates Forum at Mason PUD 3’s Auditorium on Johns Prairie Road beginning at 6:30 PM. Each candidates will given an opportunity for an opening statement and then head to separate tables to talk one-on-one with voters. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will be set up at one table and broadcast live as each candidates comes to that table.

Monday night, the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce, Hood Canal Communications and MasonWebTV Powered by HCC are holding a debate at Olympic Middle School beginning at 6 PM. MasonWebTV Powered by HCC will broadcast that debate live as well. The candidates will be asked questions, respond to one another, prepare questions for their opponent to answer and field questions from the audience. Send your questions to director Heidi McCutcheon or submit your question at the event. Questions should be directed to both candidates running for a certain seat. You can specify the seat you’d like the question asked or leave it open to all candidates running for City Council.

Ballots for the Shelton City Council general election will be mailed to voters on April 3rd.