Schmelzlen Announces Bid for County Commissioner

Kevin Schmelzlen announced this week he will run for Mason County Commissioner, District 3 – the seat currently held by Terri Drexler. In January, Drexler said she will not seek re-election. According to a news release, Schmelzlen is focusing his campaign around establishing a living-wage economy and building a culture of pride and action within the Mason County community.

Schmelzlen owns property on the Arcadia Peninsula and has lived and worked in Mason County since 2013. He founded a grassroots movement, Shelton To The Top, working hand-in-hand with local businesses, government, youth and the broader community to take immediate action for the betterment of Mason County.

Schmelzlen, running as a Democrat, has served as community engagement coordinator at Mason Conservation District and as a Board member of United Way of Mason County, where he worked to address the personal and community needs of residents across the county.

Schmelzlen is the third person to announce their intent to run for Drexler’s seat. Republican Sharon Trask announced her candidacy in February and Independent Kathy Chaussee publicly declared in March.

With the exception of the other two seats on the Mason County Commission, all other county offices are up for election this fall. According to the State’s Public Disclosure Commission website, three people have filed with the PDC to run for Mason County Auditor – the seat currently held by Karen Herr who announced in December she will not seek re-election. The three running for Herr’s seat are Democrat Paddy McGuire, Steve Van Denover who has no party preference, and Independent Teri Schnitzer.

The three seats in the State’s 35th Legislative District are also up for re-election this fall along with the U.S. Representative in Congressional Districts 6 and 10, and U.S. Senator.

The official candidate filing period for this fall’s election is May 14th to May 18th. The Primary Election is August 7th. The General Election is November 6th.